Originally Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2012, 2:29 pm
Last Updated: Sept. 30, 2012, 2:31 pm

Dogs strut their stuff down by the river at Bark in the Park

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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Photo: Gary Krambeck
Dressed as a bat, Dexter, a Boston Terrier owned by Jonathan Rounds, of Davenport, waits for his turn in the fashion show contest at Bark in the Park at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island, on Sunday.

ROCK ISLAND -- It was a lot more than a walk in the park today for many Quad-Cities dogs and their owners at the third annual Bark in the Park at Schwiebert Riverfront Park.

The pets got to trot around on leashes in a parade, strut their stuff in a talent contest, catch Frisbees and dress to the canine nines in a fashion show. A 4-year-old Scottish terrier named Pepper, owned by Jeremiah Cowgill of Davenport, won first place for his costume -- green hospital scrubs that transformed him into Dr. Pepper.

Mr. Cowgill won $100 worth of obedience training from the new Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network (QC CAN), and during the talent portion of the program, Pepper showed off his trick of rolling over. Other dogs were dolled up as a witch, a ballerina, and a lion, as a boom box blared dog-themed tunes including 'Who Let the Dogs Out,' 'Walkin' the Dog,' and 'Dog and Butterfly.'