Pooches take a tour of Lights on the Lake in Liverpool

First ever Verizon Lights on the Lake Dog Walk boasts success

As the 20th celebration of Lights on the Lake was under way with its annual stroll Monday Nov. 23, community members were gearing up for the chance to bring their best pooch to Onondaga Lake Park for the first ever Verizon Lights on the Lake Dog Walk.

Hundreds of paws took the path beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 24. The event, sponsored in part by Canines Unleashed, ran until 9 p.m.

Participants entered the park with a suggested $2 donation, although several entrants were seen donating more as they entered the main area of the park.

The lights were bright that night, with dogs sporting holiday sweaters and "glow rings" around their necks.

Many attendants talked about how much they loved the dog walk and hope to see it become a permanent part of Lights on the Lake.

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Brunet attended with her daughter Mallory and their two Siberian huskies, Dannie, 4, and her 8-month-old pup Atticus.

"We usually come in our car every year," Burnet said. "And we drive about an hour to get here, but it's worth it."

Stopping to take a picture near one of the light displays was Cindy Gannon of Liverpool and her golden retriever Riley, 6.

"It's great, I hope they do it every year," Gannon said. "I was a little surprised, there are a lot of people here."

Gannon said she was excited for the walk and was surprised to see such a great turnout for this first-time event.

Noticing the happy faces and hearing positive remarks at the event, Leiko Benson, Onondaga Lake Park recreational supervisor, said the crew is already talking about next year.

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