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Spot the dogs: Cantigny welcomes canines for annual 'Dog Days' festival

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5:41 p.m. CDT
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Wheaton resident Grace Anderson, 9, and her sheepdog Betsy participate in the peanut butter lick contest Saturday at the Cantigny Dog Days festival.
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Riley, a border collie owned by Mark Faragoi of the Windy City K-9 Disc Club, demonstrates his skills Saturday before a crowd at the Cantigny Dog Days festival.
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Many people and dogs attended the Cantigny Dog Days festival Saturday.
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A woman brings her dogs Saturday to the Cantigny Dog Days festival.
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Leila Strysick, 6, and her grandmother Anita Hoppe make their own stuffed dog Saturday at the Cantigny Dog Days festival.
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Windy City K-9 Disc Club member Mark Faragoi and his dog Lucky give a demonstration Saturday at the Cantigny Dog Days festival.

WHEATON – Cantigny Park was filled with pups of all sizes Saturday during its sixth annual Dog Days festival.

One of the park's most popular summer events, owners were invited to bring their four-legged friends to Cantigny to play and enjoy the outdoors. Attractions included the Bark Park, shows and demonstrations by trained animals, the Windy City K-9 Disc Club, several dog rescue organizations and more.

There was also a visit from Cpl. Bill Wynne, a decorated World War II veteran and the owner and trainer of war dog Smoky. The Yorkshire terrier lived from 1943 to 1957, serving in the war and accompanying her master on photo reconnaissance missions. She later became the first therapy dog of record.

The park has been holding the event since 2009 in memory of patron Robert R. McCormick's love for dogs.

For more information, visit www.cantigny.org.

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