August 31, 2014

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Pet Palooza

BRUNSWICK — The librarians didn’t blink an eye as a parade of dogs made its way through the Brunswick library on Friday, but some of the patrons had to take a second look.

This week, the Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library has been holding its second annual Pet Palooza event. Librarian Carmen Croghan explained the library wanted an event to bring out residents and get them involved there.

“Pets are something that a lot of people can relate to and we could celebrate the pets that we have in our lives,” she said.

Jennifer Mille, an employee at the Brunswick library, reads to a group of kids, dogs and a guinea pig just before the library’s “Strut Your Mutt” parade Friday. (Marie Kacik Kula / Gazette)

Jennifer Mille, an employee at the Brunswick library, reads to a group of kids, dogs and a guinea pig just before the library’s “Strut Your Mutt” parade Friday. (Marie Kacik Kula / Gazette)

So far this week, the library has had an exotic animal show and an event for children to read books to therapy dogs. And on Friday, about a dozen dogs and one guinea pig were dressed to the nines for the “Strut Your Mutt” pet parade.

“I have way too much time on my hands,” joked Wes Mandrych, of Brunswick. His pug Frankie was dressed as a Holy Grail crusader a la Monty Python and his other pug Pebbles was dressed as a Harley-Davidson biker.

But that’s only the start of the dogs’ wardrobe at home, Mandrych said. They have golfer garb, a Navy SEAL uniform, a cowboy outfit and more. Pebbles, Frankie and Mandrych’s third pug also have guitars and make up the band The Puggers.

Dogs wearing clothes was the norm at the library Friday. Pedro, a bichon frise, wore a checkered cowboy top normally meant for Build-A-Bears, or stuffed animals that have their own wardrobes. Pedro’s owner, 9-year-old Sadie Koerper, wore a matching checkered blouse.

“He had a skirt on when we left, but that fell off,” Sadie explained.

Nine-year-old Megan Ferrari’s dog Kira wore a Brunswick Blue Devils

T-shirt. “We’re big Blue Devils fans,” said Megan, of Brunswick.

Freda Tolliver’s dog Sugar wore a pink satin and sequined gown. Tolliver, of Brunswick, said she considered pushing her other dog, 14-year-old Sugar, who has arthritis, in a stroller.

Events for Brunswick Library’s Pet Palooza continue today at the library, 3649 Center Road.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.