A variety of animals, some small, others gigantic, took an early morning Saturday stroll through downtown Wheatland for the 95th Pet Parade.
The walk began down Main Street, then hooked around Front Street before making a left on Fourth to round out the route. There were many dogs, horses and even some goats this year for the 95th running of the event.
Emily Dawson, a Wheatland native who has been attending the parade for years, said she’s seen it all when it comes to the parade.
Dawson said while there is still a decent attendance, the pet parade used to be a huge year-end highlight of the town.
“When I was growing up, there were only 350 people here so everything done in the town, everyone participated,” Dawson said. “It was a busy little town and the Pet Parade was one of the big highlights.”
Dawson said she likes that the youth remains involved, hoping one day to see even more of the Wheatland children walk the streets with their pets.
“That will only happen if the schools stay involved,” Dawson said.
The children involved this year brought many different dogs with them. Danielle Gatlin had a Leonberger named Buddy, while Courtney and Ben Coburn’s family pet was a small dog.
Dawson said there were a lot of little dogs this year which she likes to see. She said she’s partial to small dogs.
“Yeah, well, because I’m little,” she said in response to why she likes them.
The event was sponsored in part by the Wheatland Lions Club, which helped to navigate the parade route along with the Wheatland police and emergency personnel.