The Burbank Park District held their 3rd annual Pet-A-Palooza bash (formerly called Petnic) Saturday at Newcastle Park. Pet-A-Palooza is an event organized by park district dog trainer Kim Bandusky as a way to celebrate the pets in our lives.
The event featured food (human and pet), vendors, crafters, and pet contests . Paul's Mobil D.J. Service provided music and Petcasso Pet Portraits were on-hand providing owners with one-of-a-kind caricature drawings of thier pets.
Animal Welfare League (Chicago Ridge) and NAWS (National Animal Welfare Society, Mokena) were on-site with adoptable pets and donations of pet food were collected for these organizations.
The crowd seemed to really enjoy the event and Bandusky said turnout exceeded expectations with many new faces (both pets and humans) in attendance. Bandusky's only regret is that no shelter adoptions took place and reminds everyone that many of the shelter animals in attendance are still available and are looking for their 'furever' home.
UPDATE: Kim Bandusky reported that a 10 week-old Stafford Terrier puppy named Ivy was adopted today by a Burbank couple who attended the event. Ivy will start puppy obedience classes with Bandusky next week. Best wishes to Ivy and her new owners. Kudos to Kim on her hard work organizing Pet-A-Palooza and finding a home of Ivy!