I was wandering around the neighborhood, doing my Saturday errands, and encountered families participating in the village "pet parade." People and their dogs go from station to station and participate in games. Prizes include a package of Twizzlers (at the movie theater) and Botan Rice Candy (at the sushi house) and helium-filled balloons (at the UPS store).
Participating in the festivities was a towheaded toddler, solemnly dragging a dog on wheels. It was clear that to him, the white plastic beagle was a real dog, and his parents were going along with him all the way. Just the thought of him makes me smile.
If you play along, let me know.