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The Ducks Splashed and the Dogs Ran

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Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Thousands of ducks race down a man made river at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale. Photo by Ed Hamilton/Oct, 13, 2012

By Mary O’KEEFE

The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash – KIDS – hosted by the Glendale Kiwanis Club was held at Verdugo Park on Oct 13 when industrious volunteers created Lake Glendale where about 17,000 rubber ducks raced to the finish line throughout the day.

Those that visited the race not only were able to see the spectacle of rubber duckies with sunglasses racing down a rapid river, but had the opportunity to visit various booths, trying their hand at several games of chance.

The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis but powered by volunteers from the local high school Key Clubs and Rosemont Builders Club.

A short walk in the park from the ducks and visitors was the Glendale Police Dept.’s K9 unit. The dogs, and their officer handlers, demonstrated the techniques the animals use in helping the officers in their day-to-day police work. The event was sponsored by the Glendale Police Foundation, the Glendale K9 Unit, the city of Glendale and the Community Services and Parks.

Randy Slaughter of the Glendale Kiwanis club gathers ducks at Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Randy Slaughter of the Glendale Kiwanis club gathers ducks at Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

There were several fun activities for dogs and their pet parents including a pet adoption fair and pet costume and speed contests.

Mickey the lab, is a chick magnet in the dog costume contest, with his owner, dressed as a chick, Tomoko Watanabe.  Joe Allen of the Glendale Fire Dept. hosted the contest at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale. Mickey came in second.

Mickey the lab, is a chick magnet in the dog costume contest, with his owner, dressed as a chick, Tomoko Watanabe. Joe Allen of the Glendale Fire Dept. hosted the contest at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale. Mickey came in second.

 

Greg Fish, left, and Randy Slaughter, Kiwanis club volunteers, round up thousands of ducks for the next race during the  Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Greg Fish, left, and Randy Slaughter, Kiwanis club volunteers, round up thousands of ducks for the next race during the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Bruno Ramirez tosses a bean bag with Natilie Geragosian, right, and Brianna Boyer at the Rosemont Builders Club fundraiserAnnual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Athena gets ready for the dog costume party at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Bijou, dressed at Lady Gaga, waits to participate in the dog costume party at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Nikkis is quite the devil for the dog costume party at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

During a demontration, Yudy, with the Glendale Police Dept. K-9 unit, waits patientlly for a command from Officer Maribel Feely at Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Yudy, with the Glendale K-9 unit, attacks trainer Daniel Inglis, during a demontration at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Glendale K-9 Police Officer Aaron Hamilton receives a drawing of his retired K-9 dog, Quwai, from Officer Maribel Feely at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

Bijou dressed as Lady Gaga, participates in the dog costume contest at the Annual Glendale Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, Verdugo Park, Glendale.

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