Dove Lewis: 2012 Run For The Love Of Dogs 

On Sunday June 10, 2012 the streets of northwest Portland, Or will be filled with the sounds of barking and tail wags. It’s the 2012 Run For The Love Of Dogs event. Participants will be jogging through the streets to support Dove Lewis, the 24 hour emergency hospital in the northwest part of the city. 

It’s a 5K run and runners can register with or without a dog. It is expected that there may be as many as 750 runners this year. The day starts at 9am and participants will be gathering at the Lucky Lab Pub located at  1945 NW Quimby in Portland. Registration is $30 for individuals. There are also group registration prices available if you are going to run with a team.  

A course map is available on the Dove Lewis website when you register as well as some additional details. There will be a professional photographer on hand to take pics of all the runners as well as a time keeper to see who places with the best time. Strollers are welcome if you have little ones who you want to take out with you as you do the course. 

All dogs who enter must be up to date with vaccines, socialized, and ok with big crowds. The race starts and ends at Lucky Lab so you’ll be able to grab some food and drink afterwards. 

For more information and to register please visit their website

June Pet Events

As May comes to a close and we pull out the summer clothes, plant new gardens, and start prepping for trips to the beach, weekend getaways, and get the kids ready for whatever adventures they will have, don’t forget to include your best canine buddies in your plans. There are some great pet events in June that you and the whole family will enjoy. You’ll meet other pet owners, organizations, and have a tired but happy pup at the end of the day. 

Check out some of the events listed below and if you’re not near these, check with your local humane society and newspaper for local pet events. 

Dog-A-Thon Festival & Walk for the Animals!
June 2, 2012
10 AM to 3 PM
Haven Humane Walking Trail
7449 Eastside Road
Redding, Ca
Admission: $35
Benefiting: Haven Humane shelter animals

Haven Humane Society’s 4th Annual Dog-A-Thon Festival and Arts and Craft’s Faire Walk for the Animals is set for June 2nd , 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Haven’s pet walking trail. It will be an exciting and action packed day with demonstrations by Hennigan’s Spinning Frisbee K9s, sheep herding dogs, contests, and doggie participating events. 

For information about vendor booths and walking registration call 241-5262 or visit their website.

Bark Before Dark 
June 7, 2012
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wollman Rink – mid-park at 63rd st. 
Benefiting: Central Park

On Thursday June 7, go home, get your dog, and head to Central Park. Meet the other dog lovers in your community and enjoy some light snacks and refreshments all courtesy of Central Park Conservancy’s Central Park Paws. 
There will be some experts on hand to offer tips and training methods if you have questions on how to help your dog become the best dog she can be. Learn how you and your dog can play a vital role in maintaining the Park as a dog friendly environment—all while enjoying the Park, your neighbors and of course, your best friend.  

To learn more or volunteer, visit www.centralparkpaws.org. This is an on-leash event.

Bully Walk 2012 
Woodward Park – Mountain View Picnic Shelter
Audobon & Friant Road
Fresno, Ca 
June 9, 2012 
10am to 1pm 
Admission: $15 
Benefits: Fresno Bully Rescue 

Fresno Bully Rescue, a local non-profit, NO-KILL dog shelter specializing in bully breeds will be holding its BULLY WALK 2012 at the Mountain View Picnic Shelter at Woodward Park. This is a fundraising event and all breeds are welcome! Walk with your dog, but you don’t need a dog to participate, and help save lives.  Please do not use retractable leashes as they can tangle and trip up other walkers and dogs. 

The walk starts at 10am and there will also be games, prizes, food, and vendors with information and educational literature. Everyone who participates will receive a free shirt and raffle ticket. 

For more information call 559-276-7611. 

Oregon and Washington Pet Events

If you’re in the great Pacific Northwest and want to find something to do with the whole family, including your four-legged pup, there are some great events happening this weekend that shouldn’t be missed. Oregon and Washington have a lot of pet friendly events, places to hike, and restaurants that make owning a pet easy. If you live or are visiting, check out some of the events and be ready to give a lot of ear scratches and receive a lot of licks!

The 6th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest is scheduled for the weekend of May 18 to May 20, 2012 in Newport, OR at the Rogues Ale Brewery. It starts today at 4pm and ends on Sunday at 4pm.

The schedule is as follows: Fri 4 to 10pm, Sat 12pm to 10pm, and Sun 12pm to 4pm. It is a 21+ event and admission is $10.

This dog friendly brew festival is held inside the brewery and there will be over 50 microbreweries to taste, live music, games for your dog to play such as doggie musical chairs and dog dancing. If your pup needs a bath, a station is set up for that as well. Enter a contest for prizes and enjoy the weekend with fellow pet owners. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and the Central Coast Humane Society.

For more information please visit the site.

Rock-N-Roll for Ruff Times is scheduled for May 19, 2012 from 6pm to 1am at Bogart’s Airport Way located at 3924 Airport Way S in Seattle, Wa. This benefit is for Saving Great Animals, a match-making rescue organization that works to find a pet that matches your lifestyle. Their goal is find forever homes.

The admission is $10 and parking is free. There will be 10 bands and 2 stages. Some of the bands scheduled are Matt The Hoopla, The Fuzz, The DT’s, Jojo Jupiter, JAM, and Speedmop. Aside from great music, there will be good food, drinks, a silent auction, and door prizes.

For more information visit the Seattle eventful page.

The Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is taking place on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 11am to 5pm in Lincoln City, Or at 1545 SE 50th. Does your dog have what it takes to win a prize? Registration begins at 11am and the contests and shows begin at noon. The fee is $3 per dog for each category or $25 for unlimited entries.

You have one day to train for some of the following contests: tail wagging champ, cutest puppy, best frisbee catcher, best handshake, best dressed, and most distinguished elder.

For the humans there will be food, booths with pet related information, and gifts. If you don’t have a pet or want to just watch, it’s $5 per person. If you donate some pet food the donation is waved. All proceeds go to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

For more information and rules on entering the contests, please visit their website.

Dog Events in May

There are plenty of activities for you and your dog to participate in this month. If you are looking for something to do in the upcoming weekends where you and your family can go and meet other dog lovers, watch some amazing dogs do their tricks, and show off your own lovable pup, check with your local events calendar. If you’re near or in any of these cities, check out the events listed below. You’ll definitely have a great time.

Portland, Or: Doggy Dash 2012 is scheduled for May 12, 2012 from 8am to 1pm. It’s $25 to register for you and your dog to walk or run. Come help the Oregon Humane Society and be one of the thousands who celebrate the love of dogs down at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. There will be vendors, contests, giveaways, and educational booths set up. If you want to walk or run register by 8am. Runners leave at 9am for the 2.5 mile loop across the Hawthorne Bridge, along the East bank Esplanade, and across the Steel Bridge returning to Tom McCall. The walkers take off shortly after. There is also a shorter loop for small dogs and older dogs.

For more information check out their website.

Frederick, MD: Bark in the Park will be happening on May 12, 2012 from 10am to 2pm. It’s $5 per dog and a 2 dog per handler limit. The event is being held at Utica District Park at 10200-B Old Frederick Road. The afternoon is hosted by the Frederick County Parks and Recreation and your dog will have plenty of fun running free and off-leash. There will be agility courses, contests, and opportunities to learn new training tips, make new friends, and visit the exhibition booths. If you’re thinking of adding a new four-legged friend to your family, you may find him here. There will also be an adoption booth. Don’t forget to make sure your dog’s tags on his collar, especially his rabies tags. All dogs need to be up to date with vaccines to participate.

For more information call 301-600-2936.

Madison, GA: 1st Annual Paw Wash and Pet Fest is scheduled for May 19, 2012 from 10am to 2pm and will be held at the Bark Park at Heritage Page located at Hwy 441 at Old Buckhead Road. Admission is free but if you want to have your dog bathed it’s $10. The money raised benefits the Humane Society of Morgan County. This is the first year, so help make it big! There will be food, drinks, vendors, and fun. After you wash your pup, check out the newest pet products, services available in your area, and other booths.

For more information call 706-343-0077.

Long Island City, NY: New York Pet Expo will be at the Nassau Coliseum from 10am to 6pm on May 19, 2012. Admission is free. Bring your pet to the expo and meet Shorty Rossi, the star of “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet. There will be over 100 booths and rescue groups present and demonstrations throughout the day of agility, obedience, pet care, and other tricks. Enter your dog into some of the contests for a chance to win prizes and if you’re thinking of adding a new family member, check out the adoption booths that will have over 300 pets looking for forever homes. There will also be low-cost immunizations and microchipping available.

For more information please call 855-PET-EXPO.

Chihuahua Parade To Set World Record

If you are going to be in or near Kansas City, MO on May 5th and have a chihuahua register and participate in the Chihuahua Parade. Cinco de Mayo will never be the same in Kansas City. The Guinness Book of World Records has sanctioned the Chihuahua Pet Parade and Festival to attempt to break the record for the most dogs in costume.

Dress up your chihuahua, chihuahua mix, or wannabe chihuahua and walk in the parade. If your dog loves a parade and isn’t a chihuahua, she’s welcome to march too! All that is required is that your dog be a dog (there will be someone there to verify this) and be in a costume. If you have a Great Dane who thinks she’s a chihuahua, then bring her down for the parade.

All dogs must be on leash and in costumes, tolerant of other dogs, and ok with crowds. The parade has attracted many news sites and it is expected to have a huge crowd of spectators watching on May 5. If your dog gets nervous in crowds and doesn’t like parades, it is best to leave her home and just bring yourself and a camera. This parade promises to be awesome.

The goal is to have 700 dogs in costume on May 5 and to participate the fee is $5. Arrive by 10:30am to register and pick your spot in the parade at Broadway and Southwest Boulevard, KCMO. When you check in you’ll receive a gift bag for participating and there will be a group photo of the marchers taken at 11am.

The block-long parade will raise money for Pet Connection, a no-kill rescue group. The current record for a dog parade is 603 dogs in costume set in Tokyo in May 2011. Help set a new record and register on the Pet Connection website.

4 Ways to Help Your Local Shelter

You don’t have to be working in the animal field to help at your local shelter or rescue group. It’s often been said that doing service helps you in the process. If you’ve been thinking of volunteering but didn’t know if you have a skill that could be useful, think again. There are many positions that shelters need volunteers to fill. No matter what you do for a living, chances are you have a skill that could help a shelter and the animals who are waiting for their new forever home.

Here are 4 ways you can help:

1: If you’re skilled with online social networks and work in the web industry, you could volunteer to keep their website updated, put listings on other websites like Petfinder or keep their twitter and Facebook updates current.

2: Shelters also always need some people who have legal skills. If you have some experience in this field, it comes in handy when it comes to reviewing documentation about contracts, local laws, and copyrights.

3: Skilled at building things? You could volunteer to help repair, build, or add on to the shelter. Repairing an old fence, painting a room, or building a cat tree are all great ways to volunteer your time.

4: If you have accounting skills, shelters always need someone who can crunch some numbers and keep their records up to date. Any non-profit must keep good documentation and if you have the skills, they can certainly use your knowledge.

Also, remember, shelters are always looking for people who will spend time with the animals. Walking dogs, petting and playing with cats, and socializing them to keep them content are super important. It helps with adoptions, keep the pets feeling good, and relaxes you as well!

Pet Events: Weekend of April 14-15, 2012

There are some great pet friendly events happening this weekend that are guaranteed to be educational, fun, and good bonding time for you and your pup. Most of the events are family friendly and will give you all something to do if it’s too rainy for a hike or a romp in the park.

Houston Pet Expo
When: April 14, 2012 10am to 6pm
Where: Reliant Center, 1 Reliant Park, Houston Tx
Admission: Free, Parking is $10

Bring your pet to the Houston Pet Expo and enter contests such as the four-legged and two-legged races, shop for new toys and food, and get your dog a free nail trim. There will be prizes and giveaways and demonstrations from animal trainers throughout the day. There will even be a special appearance by Shorty Ross, from the tv show “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet. If you’re thinking of adopting another or a new pet, check out the several rescue groups and shelters that will have pets available for adoption. If you’re a pet owner or thinking of becoming one, this is the place to gather information, check out the latest gadgets and toys for pets, and learn how to be a responsible pet owner.

For more information call 1-855-PET-EXPO.

Great KC Pet Expo
When: April 14, 2012 and April 15, 2012 10am to 6pm
Where: Overland Park International Trade Center, 6800 West 115th St, Overland Park KS
Admission: $8, Kids under 5 are free

The Great KC Pet Expo will have more than 100 vendors with the latest pet products for sale as well as booths where you can learn tips ad tricks for better pet care. There is going to be a performance arena where dogs will do demonstrations of agility and tricks and contests for you and your furry buddy to enter like the Tiny Dog Contest, Ultimate Stay, and a Fashion Show. If you have been working with your dog to earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate, you can practice with trainers here as well. There is even going to be a lizard and parrot presentation for those of us who love them and want to know how best to care for and keep them healthy.

For more information call 515-778-4762.

A Dog’s Day
When: April 15, 2012 10am to 3pm
Where: Santa Rosa St and Oak St
Admission: Free

A Dog’s Day is part public outreach and part member outreach. Come on down and see some amazing tricks such as flyable demonstrations, agility rallies, and obedience tricks. The day promises to be filled with demonstrations, food, activities, contests, and educational resources for you and your pet. You can get your dog microchipped and take the Canine Good Citizen test as well. Learn about what foods to avoid feeding your pet, how to keep them slim and trim, and what to do with behavior issues like separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobias, and other things many pet owners experience.

For more information call 805-927-1512.

Pet Events in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, also known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, is well known for its casinos, shopping, shows, and dining. It’s also a pet friendly city and as you leave the main strip and head to the outer areas, there are beautiful houses, quiet parks to walk through. There are 5 dog parks, 9 community centers, and 4 golf courses for residents and visitors to use. If you live near or in Las Vegas, there are some great pet events planned for April that are worth checking out.

16th Annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon
When: April 7, 2012
Where: Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex 7901 W. Washington Ave
Registration: Adults $30 Students $15 Children under 12 are free
Time: Starts at 7am

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society is hosting the annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon. It is a 1 or 2 mile walk with dog contests, exhibits, raffles, and a great opportunity to meet other pet owners and help out homeless pets. Your registration fee is tax deductible and your pet will have a fun day out and about. All dogs who participate must be at least 4 months old and kept on leash at all times. They also must be up to date with vaccines and spayed or neutered. You can register the day of the event or visit the website and register online.

Pet CPR Class at Paw Prints Pet Supplies
When: April 14, 2012
Where: Paw Prints Pet Supplies 1000 N. Green Valley Pkway #520, Henderson NV
Registration: $45
Time: 10am to 2pm

This is a 4 hour course that will show you the proper way to administer CPR on your pet. There will be over 50 actions shown that can help save a life including how choking management, seizures, how to assess your pet’s vital signs, rescue breathing, snakebites, and how to restrain and muzzle. You’ll also learn what situations require immediate veterinary care. By learning these techniques you could end up saving your pet’s or another pet in case of an emergency. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the German Shepherd Rescue of Las Vegas. All those who complete the one day course will receive a certificate that is good for 2 years. For more information and to register please call: 702-558-7297.

Ink for Animals
When: April 21, 2012
Where: Mastermind Tattoo 3111 S. Valley View Blvd
Cost: $30 for a paw print or stick figure zombie tattoo
Time: 12pm to 6pm

The Zombie Squad, a group in Las Vegas that “defends” communities from the walking dead will be on hand at Mastermind Tattoo to help educate and stop the pet overpopulation problem in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event will benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Merchandise will be on sale as well as artists who will tattoo a small paw print or stick figure zombie on your body. If you’re looking for a tattoo that shows your compassion and love of animals, this is the event to get it done. No appointments are necessary, just head down between 12 and 6pm on April 21.

More Pet Events for March

March is a packed month of pet events in many different cities. There’s so many parties, fundraisers, and educational events for you and your family to head to. If you’re not sure what to do while the winter weather melts away and heads towards spring, why not check out one of these events?

What: Leprechauns and Labradoodles St. Patrick’s Day Party
Where: Morris Animal Inn 120 Sand Spring Road Morristown. NJ
When: March 14, 2012 9am to 4:30pm
Admission: $49

It’s a fun day that will have contests, games, and a parade. Your dog can participate in the “Leprechaun Wrestling Match,” “Parade O’ Pups,” or have their picture taken wearing their green shamrocks with pride. Your dog must be up to date with vaccines and friendly with other dogs and already have played at Morris Animal Inn to participate. Reservations are required for this event, please call: 973-539-0377.

What: 1st Annual Bark For Life
Where: Berniece Bennet Park 31800 Village Center Road Westlake Village, Ca
When: March 18, 2012 11am to 3pm
Admission: $20 to register

Bark For Life is a non-competitive walk event for dogs and their owners. It raises funds to fight cancer in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. Bring your best furry friend, walk with others, and participate in contests, games, and activities. You can register online or the day of the event at 10am. There will be raffles, demos, and awards given for winners of the contests. For more information, please visit their website: http://barkforlifewestlakeca.weebly.com.

What: The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Mutt Show
Where: Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY
When: March 24 – 25, 2012 11am to 7pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $25 for dogs to enter contest

This event is gaining a reputation as being the “fun alternative to Westminster” in Brooklyn. The money raised is to going to help animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations. There will be a chance to have your dog’s photo taken by James Morrissey of Wild Coyote Studio who also does the photos for the dogs at Westminster in the green room. There will be competitions and classes on CPR and other health related issues with pets. The contests for “curliest tail” and “looks like their owner” are on the agenda and food, prizes, and animals for adoption will be present. For more information call 845-628-6263.

Pet Events for March

March is turning out to be a fun-filled month of events that welcome you, your pets, and help other animals in need. If you’re looking for a concert, happy hour, or looking to adopt a new family member, many of the events listed below are sure to fill those needs. Not near any of these cities? Check with your local humane shelter or animal rescue org to see if there’s some pet-friendly events near you.

Woofstock: A Day of Peace, Paws, and Music is scheduled for March 10, 2012 from 11am to 7pm at Founders Park in Islamorada, Fl. Admission is free but there is a requested donation. The money raised will benefit Marrvelous Pet Rescues. Just as the name suggests, it is going to be a day of music, peace, and pups! There will be food, vendors, games, and music all day. The event will celebrate loving your pet as well as have some great educational booths and vendors. There will be pet rescue organizations there as well with some dogs looking for forever homes. Founders Park is located at 87000 Overseas Highway and for more information please call 305-453-1315.

3rd Annual Alabama Week for the Animals is from March 10 to March 18, 2012. From 7am to 7pm everyday is bringing together educators, advocates, leaders, and pet owners to promote and highlight the importance of animals in our lives. Admission is free and there will be pet adoption festivals, wildlife activities, community building events, and statewide awareness through various businesses and organizations. All the events will shine a spotlight on Alabama and the pets and animals that make life brighter. If you’re looking to see what specific events are being held near you, visit their website for more information: http://www.alabamaanimals.org.

St. Pawtrick’s Day is being held in Rockville, MD at Dogtopia of Whiteflint located at 4920 Wyaconda Road on March 15, 2012 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Admission is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. The Montgomery County Humane Society is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day after-hours part for you and your dogs! There will be an area for an off-leash romp, wine, beer, snacks, and a dj. It will be a great party for everyone. For more information call 240-401-8144.