Doggie's Day Out

Any kind of pet will do (even plush!) at the 63rd Annual Pet Parade in Los Altos.

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Hamsters and their people are stars at the 63rd Annual Kiwani's Pet Parade in Los Altos.
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About 5,000 people turned out to watch and walk the short loop on Main & State Streets.
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The parade is organized by the 23 members of Los Altos Kiwanis club. Said volunteer Jim Flynn, "It's like stepping into the 1950's for an hour."
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You can bring a pet - or be one!
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Many people march with a group, like these girl scouts, but plenty of others just show up and join the crowd.
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Several local schools and animal rescue groups, some from as far as Grassvalley, marched in the parade.
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A girl with her guinea pig (hiding in a the corner of his cage.)
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Hermie, Shelly and Thunder, the hermit crabs
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Snails make the perfect pet in a pinch!
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"Kermit" is just wearing green Kool-Aid.
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Every kind of pet is welcome!
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This year, there were more participants than spectators.
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Students from the Studio Kicks Martial Arts School demonstrate their skills.
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Cartwheels by the Gold Star Gymnastics group
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Pulling a parakeet
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The puppies in the pen are up for adoption at Pound Puppy Rescue. They were accompanied by "grown-up" former adopted dogs.
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These lovely ladies have a wagon full of chickens.
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Dog watching chickens
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Lizard in tupperware
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More chickens!
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The crowd is delighted by one of Rolling Hills 4H dairy goats.
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The Children's House of Los Altos group waiting for their turn to march. The Children's House runs pre-school and day care programs.
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The Mardi Gras king and queen
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The Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band. According to band member, Jerry Clements, the only requirement for belonging is showing up.
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