Watch out for that T-Rex! Group bringing cheer during pandemic by walking as inflatable animals

It’s not Halloween, but instead a way to bring smiles to quarantined kids and families

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Contributed photo (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Ferndale)

FERNDALE, Mich. – Just when you thought Halloween was over, the streets of Ferndale might have a group of people dressed in inflatable animal costumes coming to neighborhoods soon.

But don’t worry about going to the store and buying candy to give them.

It’s just simply in the name of bringing some smiles and laughter during the coronavirus pandemic.

It all started for Sarah Ignash, owner of All American Pet Resorts Lakeshore in nearby Roseville, when she had to do something devastating, and as a result, then wanted to try and do something uplifting.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down many businesses, Ignash had to lay off employees and suspend services for her business in order to survive.

“I just wanted to do something to cheer people up,” she said. “I had just laid off 13 people from our business. I just needed to do something that was lighthearted and fun.”

So after hearing about how people in another state were dressing up as inflatable animals and walking around to help cheer up kids, a light bulb went on in Ignash’s head.

Ignash, who in 2017 decided to buy an inflatable T-Rex costume because it was simply something she thought was neat after seeing it on TV, reached out to some other friends who had inflatable animal costumes.


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