It was family portrait day at Lakeside Park, and Marci could barely contain herself.
She squirmed while being held, snapped at others far bigger than her and didnt always want to look at the camera.
But thats probably par for the course when youre a 10-month-old ball of white fur and fluff.
Marcis owners took her to Lakeside on Sunday to be a part of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Controls 25th annual Picture Your Pet event. It was the dogs first family portrait.
Weve been doing this every year, said Amy Freygang-Bogle, the mother of Marcis owner, Rachel Freygang, and a longtime dog owner.
Its no secret that pets can become a part of the family.
And the event, which lasts through today and is part of Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival, gives owners an opportunity to get a professional portrait done at an affordable price, said Peggy Bender, spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control.
Weve done this so long, weve literally seen some of these families grow up, Bender said.
Families with pets receive a 5-by-7 studio portrait of their pet and family together or just pets for $15. Photos are taken by Jim McKinely Photography, and proceeds support community animal safety education programs.
While dog owners are the ones who mainly show up, all pets are welcome, Bender said. Cats, rabbits and even hamsters have been brought in to have pictures done.
This year, Denise Rainwaters brought what many at the park thought to be a first: two sugar gliders named Willy Wonka and Minka.
Sugar gliders are small marsupials that look like mini-possums and originate from Australia. Rainwaters carried Willy Wonka and Minka in a pouch when they werent crawling on her shoulders or across her back and chest. In all, Rainwaters said she has 21 sugar gliders at her home.
Thats what happens when you have an empty nest, she said.