Your Dog is Invited…

These days, there’s no shortage of events where your dog is more than welcome. Some outings are even specially geared for canine guests. Here’s a sample of some fun stuff scheduled for the coming months. If you live in any of these places, mark the dates on your calendar and check them out. Your dog will give you lots of licks and tail wags to say “thank you.”

August 5, 2006
Woofstock – Animal Adoption and Music Festival
Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Washington

The whole family will enjoy this day of doggy-orientated events and live music in aid of the Dugan Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to ending animal control through euthanasia. Experts will be on hand in the doggy play area to give tips on training and general care. There will be lots to buy and to eat. You may even find a new friend here, as numerous animal welfare groups will have pets available for adoption. There will be a brief Homeless Animal Vigil to pay respect to all the adoptable animals that have been euthanized simply because they couldn’t find a home. General admission is $20. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. The event runs from 10.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. For more information, e-mail: info@duganfoundation.org .

August 12, 2006
The Second Annual Indiana Shiba Inu Picnic
Broadripple Dog Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

If your Shiba Inu has had all her shots, bring proof of her inoculations and she will be allowed to frolic with her same breed friends at the dog park while pet parents set out a picnic for everyone to enjoy. A variety of doggy events and fun for kids is planned for the day. There’s a $2 fee per dog to access the dog park area. If you are interested in adopting a Shiba Inu, this is a great way to get to know them in an informal social setting. For more information, e-mail: Volunteer@shibarescue.org .

August 12, 2006
The Bow Wow Bash
7475 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon

The agility and obstacle courses promise to be lots of fun for dogs to work off boundless energy. There will also be training demonstrations and a police K-9 unit on hand to show off their skills. Lots of food, raffles and a silent auction will round off a fun-filled day for the whole family. The event is free to the public. Participating vendors pay a fee, which goes towards the Garden Home Recreation Center to fund a variety of courses offered by the Center, including dog-training classes for the local community. The event runs from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. For more information, call: 503-629-6341.

August 26, 2006
Pet First Aid Course
1242 Magdalena Ave, Deltona, Florida
Learn all about pet first aid and CPR in this four-hour course that will teach pet owners how to provide basic life support in the event of an accident. Participants will receive a formal certification from The American Safety and Health Institute. The course costs $50 and the handbook is $10. A percentage of the takings will be donated to the ASPCA in Deltona. The course runs from 8.00 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, e-mail: gary@aquamarinetraining.com .

August 27, 2006
DOGGS Daze of August
Salmon Brook Park, Granby, Connecticut

The highlight of this doggy festival will be canine frolicking in Salmon Brook Pond. Tickets cost $5 for a 45-minute swim. An all-day doggy swimming pass costs $20. Local dog trainers and experts will be on hand to offer advice to owners and answer questions. There will be lots of food, fun and games, and, of course, dogs for adoption from various local agencies including the Connecticut Humane Society. The event starts at noon and ends at sunset. For more information, e-mail: granby-ctdogpark@cox.net .

September 10, 2006
People and Pooch Walk 2006
Elk Grove Village, Illinois

There’s still time to get fit and join in this three-mile charity walk to raise funds for the Almost Home Foundation that rescues stray and abandoned pets from the villages of the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Barrington, Barrington Hills, South Barrington, and Inverness. The organization, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, also saves pets from local “kill shelters.” The event starts at 9.00 a.m on Arlington Heights Road, and you should cross the finish line by 3.00 p.m. For more information, call: 630-582-3738.

September 16 and 17 2006
3rd Annual Art Bark Fest – Animal Art and Wine Festival
The Village at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California

This promises to be a great outing! While your dog runs around sniffing out new friends, you can view a variety of art and jewelry designs, and sip wines from some of California’s finest wineries. The highlight will be the dog themed wines such as Côte du Bone Blanc and Château La Paws from the Rosenblum Cellars and Mutt Lynch Winery’s Unleashed Chardonnay. Kids will enjoy meeting Cholla, the horse that paints abstract watercolors. Admission is free. There’s a $25 charge for the wine tasting which includes a commemorative glass. Proceeds go towards the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Squaw Rescue Dogs. The event is between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail:artbarkfest@tailsbythelake.com .

September 24, 2006
Sunday in the Park with Pugs
Dennison Park Pond Pavilion, Corning, New York

Pugs and their people are invited to get together, socialize and raise money for Pug Rescue of Central New York, Inc. (PRoCNY) a volunteer organization established to care for and find homes for purebred or mixed breed pugs who have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners to animal shelters. Events during the day include a parade and competitions for the curliest tail and the best silly pug trick. Get your Pug in training for the Run for the Cheese race. The event is from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. For more information, see: pughugs@usa.net .

September 28 – October 1, 2006
DogSkills Adventure Camp
Woodland Lakes, Cincinnati, Ohio

Your dog will enjoy this four-day adventure camp featuring agility training, freestyle dancing, field events, herding and other challenging doggy skills. It promises to be a great opportunity to meet new friends and generally get away from city. The fee is $470 per person and includes all accommodation, meals and training classes. For more information, e-mail: becky@dogskillsadventure.com .

October 19-22nd, 2006
Train your Dog to Track Lost Pets
The Animal Rescue League, Boston, Massachusetts

Here’s a great opportunity to become a certified pet detective and give your dog a job. Nationally recognized pet detective Kat Albrecht will be the instructor for this four-day Missing Animal Response course. Your dog will be taught how to track lost pets by scent detection and tracking methods. A former police woman, Albrecht will teach the same investigative techniques, technologies, and strategies that police detectives and search-and-rescue technicians use to solve missing persons investigations. Registration costs $650. There are discounts for people affiliated with animal rescue groups. The course runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail: question@pethunters.com