Knightdale to debut Paws in the Park, an egg hunt for dogs

mhankerson@newsobserver.comApril 7, 2014 

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    Paws in the Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Knightdale Station Park’s Ashley Wilder Dog Park on April 12, before the annual Easter Egg Hunt begins at Knightdale Station. Dogs must be leashed, non-agressive and have updated shots. The first 100 dogs will receive a frisbee and goody bag. The egg hunt for children will begin after the dog hunt, at 11 a.m.

— Children won’t be the only ones getting in on the egg-hunting action this year during Knightdale’s annual Easter egg hunt.

With a new dog park as part of Knightdale Station Park, the Parks and Recreation department decided to invite dogs and their owners to participate in Paws in the Park, an egg hunt event specifically for humans’ best friends.

“Since the dog park is such a large part of Knightdale Station we wanted to incorporate dogs into the event,” said Megan Thornton, a recreation program supervisor.

With the help of several local animal-centric businesses, the town will hide about 500 eggs filled with treats, Thornton said.

The Soapy Dog (a pet grooming business), Knightdale Animal Hospital, Wake Veterinary Hospital, the Knightdale Pet Resort, Suite Paws Pet Resort and Spa and Smithfield Road Veterinary Hospital are all pitching in to help put on the event.

The hunt requires dogs to be leashed, with updated shots, so the effort will require some help from owners. Thornton said those are considered best practices at dog parks and line up with the dog parks everyday rules. There will be one egg with a grand prize in it, although the town hasn’t revealed what that prize will be.

But it won’t be the only prize for dogs on that day – the first 100 dogs to arrive to the hunt will get a frisbee and a goodie bag. Thornton said she hopes more than 100 dogs will show up, as the department is willing to expand the hunt.

Thornton said the hunt came from the idea to somehow use the dog park during Easter celebrations and is modeled after some other towns’ egg hunts for dogs.

One town Knightdale studied eventually grew their event to warrant placing 8,000 eggs for local dogs to find.

In planning the Knightdale event, Thornton said Knightdale considered what rules other towns used and how big other towns made their event.

“Hopefully it will be a calm event and a very successful event,” she said.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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