Dog treat dispenser becomes a tradition

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Neighbors on one street say they're taking an old tradition into their own hands. A free dog treat dispenser in memory of the owner's former pet has become a popular pit stop.

But when the owners moved, it moved with them. Now their old neighbors are teaming up to give away twice the treats.

At the busy intersection of an avenue and a street, the sidewalks are just as popular-- Especially among those with four legs. Like Clover, and her human, Kim Filkin.

"Pets in general just make our lives better, and we love it," she says.

Clover loves Filkin's free supply of treats just for her and her friends.

"People would look at it, and kind of walk by," says Filkin.

The container features a picture of Scout, Filkin's former pet of 13 years.

"One evening, she just could not breathe," says Filkin, "And we knew we had to take her in and have her put down."

But Scout may not know how much her picture would lift the neighborhood up.

"People would leave treats on the door, notes on the dog treat holder, a box of treats randomly, some people would leave a note. Which we were just floored. We don't expect anything, we just like to give them out. Just a good gesture," says Filkin.

It's a bright spot at Healey and Prospect, but one that left a hole where it used to be a few blocks down.

"A lot of people walk down here with their dogs," says Walter Laesch.

They know Filkin's story over on Union street.

"They had a dog that died."

And they know she moved. 

"Took the dog treat dispenser with her."

It only took a couple months for them to say "Doggone It!"

Then it was Sue and Walter Laesch to the rescue.

"We miss it," says Sue, "We miss having that as part of our neighborhood so we decided to continue the tradition." They bought a new treat dispenser to continue the tradition.

"It's just promoting a sense of community," says Laura Jamison, "I think that's probably pretty evident from the idea that we came together and we're gonna put this treat jar up."

The neighbors on Union street just got their new treat dispenser on Monday. They're planning on stocking it with free treats in honor of all pets who've passed on.

 

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