VIDEO: Dogs and their owners, both of all sizes, turn up in record numbers for Heritage Days Pet Parade

Hayden and Harlow Turner sit with Kirby, the lop-eared rabbit, an unusual pet that attracted a lot of admirers during the annual activities at Saywell Park during Heritage Days. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Three friends enjoy a drink before the Heritage Days pet parade.
The pet parade gets underway at Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan on May 18. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Pooches of all kinds parade around Saywell Park during Heritage Days at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Twice around the sandy park for the entrants in the Lake Cowichan Heritage Days pet parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There’s a chance to show off a pet’s tricks, too, during the annual Heritage Days pet parade at Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan.
Pet owners of all ages parade around Saywell Park during Heritage Days activities on Saturday, May 18. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
This is Kirby, the lop-eared rabbit, who won the ‘most unique pet’ award in the annual pet parade at Saywell Park. There were more pets entered than ever this year. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Saturday, May 18 was simply a great day to be outdoors at Lake Cowichan’s Saywell Park and lots of families took advantage of it to enjoy Heritage Days there.

The Pet Parade, which had been the Pooch Parade until a lop-eared rabbit named Kirby stole the show, was better attended than ever.

Friends and family members, phones and cameras all ready, stood on the sidelines as proud owners paraded their pets around the sandbox in the centre of the park.

Then, they came back to the pavement for judging and for the chance for pets to show off the tricks they’ve learned.

All the smiles in the crowd showed that this May long weekend event is here to stay.

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