Pet Events in May in the USA

There are so many cool events for you and your pets to head to and meet others who love their pets just like you this upcoming May. It was a long winter, it’s time to play!

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

With so many pet events across the country, this list can’t be quite comprehensive – at least not without your help. Is your pet event, or one in your area, missing from our list? Please help us update this list to keep it current by leaving the information in a comment below!

Pet Events in the USA – May 2016

Cinco de Mayo Dog Fiesta

When: May 5, 2016 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: 31 2nd Ave NY, NY
Admission: $15 per dog
More information: Tickets
Hotels in NYC

Stop by the Unleashed store and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Bring your pup and enjoy the festivities! There will be a piñata full of doggie treat, dog friendly margaritas, adult beverages, and a costume contest.

Yappy Hour

When: May 8,2016 1pm – 2pm
Where: 15030 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA
Admission: Free
More information: 747-998-5325
Hotels in Sherman Oaks

Come and enjoy a play hour. Meet other dog lovers and find a furry BFF for your furry BFF. Call to reserve a spot as it is expected to fill up fast!

Doggie Dash 2104

When: May 14, 2016 8am to 5pm
Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Sw Naito Parkway and SW Pine St. Portland, OR
Admission: Free to watch, Registration $35
More information: Oregon Humane Society
Hotels in Portland

Join thousands of your friends on May 14th to walk, run, eat, drink, and have fun with your furry friend. It’s the 27th annual OHS Doggie Dash. Come with or without a dog! There will be vendors on site with great pet products, food carts, music, and lots of fun. After the walk/run, enter your pup in one of the costume contests and help raise over $600,00 for pets who need forever homes and TLC.

Paint a Pet

When: May 14, 2016 2pm to 4pm
Where: 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR
Admission: $40
More information: Facebook Event Page
Hotels in near Salem

Bring a photo of your pet and the artists will help you paint a picture of your canine on a 9×12 canvas. There is no experience necessary. If you’re under 12, parental supervision is required. All the proceeds raised will go to the Willamette Humane Society.

5K and Pet Expo

When: May 21, 2016 9am to 3pm
Where: Arlington Ave and W 1st, Reno, NV
Admission: Varies
More information: Registration
Hotels in Reno

Come to this fund raising event and participate in the 5K jog/run. Also stick around for the whole day. There will be vendors on site for you to do some shopping, a beauty pageant and much more.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

When: May 29, 2016 1pm to 2pm
Where: 5700 100th St SW, Lakewood, WA
Admission: Free
More information: 253-984-6903
Hotels in Lakewood

Need to get your pet vaccinated? The Vetco at Petco offers low cost vaccine packages. Many of them are under $70. Some shots are only $10. So head on down and get your dog or cat updated today!

Pet-Friendly Newport

Rhode Island is named the Ocean State for good reason: everywhere you turn you seem to have amazing vistas of the ocean, including Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay. And Newport puts you right in the middle of it. It’s also one of our favorite cities because it’s extremely pet friendly.

Taking a walk in Fort Adams State Park.

For an outdoor adventure with your dog, try Cliff Walk. Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long trail along the Atlantic shoreline in Newport’s National Historic District. Dogs are permitted throughout the trail, provided that they are leashed and supervised at all times. Another popular outdoor trek is Newport’s Ten Mile Drive, which snakes along the southern shoreline and displays the history of the city’s wealthy community. It also contains numerous public parks and public-access shorelines. Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed when they are outside of vehicles. There’s also Fort Adams State Park, which is located along Newport Harbor and offers such activities as swimming, fishing, boating, soccer and picnicking. Brenton State Park is another scenic park equipped with hiking trails, picnic tables, and gardens that allows dogs of all sizes for no additional charge, provided they are on a six foot leash and have a valid license tag.

If you’d looking for more low-key place to bring your dog for quick exercise, Newport has a fenced-in dog park that welcomes dogs of all sizes and allows them to run off-leash.

A happy shopper at Wag Nation.

There are also multiple dog-friendly tours and tourist attractions in Newport.  Newport Tour and Guide Company is an attraction that caters small group tours around Newport and provides pet-friendly vehicles. Dogs of all sizes are permitted on these tours for no extra charge, provided they don’t require any extra clean up.  Another popular dog-friendly Newport historical attraction is Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the United States. Leashed dogs are permitted throughout the grounds, but are not allowed in the buildings

If you’d prefer to tour Newport from the water, Gansett Cruises offers dog-friendly harbor tourist. Dogs are only allowed on the main deck of the boat and must be leashed and supervised.

Although the city of Newport does not permit dogs on their beaches between Labor Day and Memorial Day, there are a couple of pet-friendly beaches in the surrounding area: Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth and East Ferry Beach in Jamestown both allow leashed dogs.

Newport has a plethora of pet-friendly eating establishments ranging from cafes, pubs, ice cream parlors, seafood restaurants, and more, so you’ll never have to worry about leaving your dog alone while you eat:

There are even two restaurants that have a menu items specifically for dogs: Canfield House Restaurant and Pub, and The Landing at Bowen’s Wharf.

If you’d like to treat your pet while you’re in Newport, visit Wag Nation. Wag Nation is a pet boutique sells pet products such as food, leashes, toys, and pet apparel. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted in the store.

For a list of pet-friendly hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Newport and booking information, click here.

Pet Events in February in the USA

The shortest month of year is going to be one of the most pet friendly ones ever! There are so many cool events for you and your pets to head to and meet others who love their pets just like you do. It might be cold outside, but that shouldn’t keep you from having fun. From dog shows, to adoption events, to fundraisers, February is going to be a busy!

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

With so many pet events across the country, this list can’t be quite comprehensive – at least not without your help. Is your pet event, or one in your area, missing from our list? Please help us update this list to keep it current by leaving the information in a comment below!

Pet Events in the USA – February 2016

Chariots of Fur Beach Run and Festival

When: February 6, 2016 10am to 2pm
Where: Seawalk Pavilion 75 1St N., Jackonsville, Fl
Admission: $25
More information: St. Francis Animal Hospital
Hotels in FL

The Chariots of Fur Beach Run and Festival is an annual fundraising event for St. Francis Animal Hospital. The funds provide care to less fortunate family pets. Register for the 5K run or 1 mile walk. Everyone who participates receives a t shirt and goodies for their pups. Stick around after the run to check out the vendors and enjoy a day at the beach with your furry buddy.

Puppy Bowl Party Fundraiser

When: February 6, 2016 1pm to 4pm
Where: Camp Run-A-Mutt 11468 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA
Admission: Check site
More information: Sydnees Pet Grooming
Hotels in CA

This party for dogs is a Super Bowl themed event with games, contests, and prizes to be won. There will be a kid section with crafts, great food from the InSlider Food Truck, and craft beer. Bring the whole family and spend a few hours meeting other dog owners and try to win those contests!

My Furry Valentine

When: February 13. 2016 10am to 5pm
Where: Sharonvill Convention Center 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH
Admission: Free
More information:513 – 235 – 1353
Hotels in OH

This is a huge adoption event which will have hundreds of pets looking for their forever homes. Meet dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals and enter raffles, shop at the vendors, and bring the whole family. There will be children events and games for them to play while you make friends with your new family member. Admission and parking is free.

Valentine’s Doggie Social

When: February 13, 2016 1pm to 3pm
Where: Bend Pet Express 133 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR
Admission: Free
More information: 541 – 389 – 4620
Hotels in OR

The Valentine’s Doggie Social benefits the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. Bring your dog and enjoy treats, games, and…doggie frozen yogurt? There is also a kissing, errr, licking booth and you can have your photo taken with your bf for $15. It’ll be a fun afternoon.

Fur Pink Run/Walk

When: February 21,2016 7:30am start
Where: Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA
Admission: Varies
More information: Paws Fur Pink
Hotels in CA

Run or walk for breast cancer with your favorite dog. The funds raised from registration benefit the Susan G. Komen organization. The fun starts at 7:30 where you will pick up your packet. After the 5K run and 1 mile walk, there will be a costume contest and awards given out. So get your pup’s best outfit cleaned and ready to show off at this great event.

Images from Pet Smart

Go Shopping With Your Dog

I’ve noticed that more and more stores allow dogs in them. I don’t know if it’s because the attitudes are slowly shifting about pets in our society or if store owners realize that they can make a few more sales by allowing people who walk by with their dogs to be able to come in and shop. I’m not talking about service animals. I mean anyone who has a pup and is out and about taking a walk.

Not many stores openly advertise that they allow pets to walk around with their owner. All stores ask that your dog be well-behaved, friendly, and on a leash. It’s always best to ask first before walking in with your pup.

Here’s 7 Stores That Allow Dogs

Home Depot – make sure your dog is on a leash that is fairly short since the traffic in here can get crazy and your dog could get hurt easily.

Macy’s – be mindful that not everyone is ok with dogs and some customers may be allergic or have a fear. Keep your dog close to you and on leash at all times.

Barnes and Noble – be prepared for a small stampede of children who will want to pet, hug, snuggle, and squish your pup! It’s actually a great place to hang with your dog and browse books.

Urban Outfitters – some locations do not allow pets to accompany their owners. Ask before you pop inside.

Foot Locker – as long as your dog doesn’t try to chew on the sneakers, you’re good to go.

Nordstrom – similar to Macy’s, keep your dog close to you, keep leashed at all times, and make sure you pup exercises his/her best manners.

Old Navy – expect a lot of “awww!” and people asking to pet your pup as you check out some of the spring styles.

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Time to Sell Your Home? Have a Pet? Tips to Help Make That Sale

Years ago when we were selling our place, there were many tips the realtor gave us to make the home more attractive to potential buyers. We were told to touch up the paint around the doorways and windowsills, get the wooden floors re-sanded and polished, and keep it tidy for open houses. We were also told to try and bake things like cookies so the house would smell good. When it came to the cats there were some good tips we were given too and while we were unable to do all of them. They definitely helped when people came and checked out the place.

Tips for Selling Your House With Pets

  1. Keep the yard super clean – don’t let any of your dog’s business be in the yard during showing. If there are any dead spots in the grass from urine, plant new grass and keep the yard looking like the landscapers were just there.
  2. Hide the litter box – when showing the house, the last thing a buyer may want to see or smell is a messy litter box. Clean it out, sweep up any litter that was kicked out, and if possible, place it somewhere out of view. Something as simple as in the basement off to the corner can work or behind the toilet bowl if it fits.
  3. Relocate your dog – when having an open house, find a friend who can watch your dog for a few hours or if your dog goes to a dog daycare, bring her there. If your cat is ok with boarding, let her spend a day at a cattery. If that doesn’t work, have a friend take your cat for the day or the hours your house is being shown.
  4. Remove evidence of the pet – clean the carpets, replace any filters in the air vents, dust off that pet hair, and make it look like a pet has never lived there. Touch up the paint where the cat may have scratched and wipe off the doggie nose prints from the glass patio doors. Pick up the bowls of food and wash them out. Take the toys and put them away and out of sight.
  5. Don’t hide the fact that you have pets – don’t lie. You have pets, that’s fine. What you are aiming for is to show that the pets haven’t taken over and that your house is clean, in great condition, and worth the price!

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Want a Kitten with Your Coffee?

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened up in March, in London, England and in the short time it’s been open it has drawn a crowd. Why? Well, because of the cats. The newest cafe is offering stressed out cat lovers a place to go and drink a latte and pet a cat.

Curl up with a book, a cat, a coffee, and a croissant. It’s the prefect combo. The first cafes took off in Japan and have been a huge success. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who lives in a small apartment or doesn’t have the time to take care of a cat but would love to have some head butts, purrs, and a little bit of fur attached to your pants.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium has 11 resident cats who have free roam of the cafe. The cafe, which is named after Alice’s cat from Alice in Wonderland, is following the growing trend of cat cafes that are opening in major cities around the world. This year, there will be a cat cafe opening in San Francisco too!

Check out the videos of the cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium and if you are visiting with group, book your visit on their website here.

Image from Ego Alter Ego

Tips for Summer Getaways With Your Dog

Taking your dog for a hike? Going camping this summer? Great idea! But first, be sure you and your dog are prepared for the upcoming trek. Here are a few tips for taking your dog on a camping trip or summer hike.

6 Tips For Summer Getaways

  1. Expect the Unexpected – Although you can probably expect temperate weather, summer trips can mean unpredictable highs and lows. Be prepared and pack knowingly. Tarps for keeping dry and extra towels are a good idea for any trip; if unexpected rain arrives, you won’t be caught stuck in the rain. The same goes for unexpectedly warm weather as well. And in this case, being stuck on a hike or camping trip with an overheated pet can be far worse than having a soggy doggy.
  2. Overheated Dogs – Each year, pet owners are caught in the terrible position of dealing with an overheated pet. Hot temperatures and not enough water can be a deadly combination. Even if your pet is drinking water it still can result in your dog being overly warm. Be sure to pack plenty of water. In addition to this, keep an eye out for strange behavior coming from your dog. If you’re hot, your dog probably is too. Also, have a place for your dog to rest in the shade and do what you can to help keep your canine cool – he’ll thank you for it later!
  3. Toys, Toys, Toys – Although sand dunes and forest fields provide endless amount of distractions for your dog, bring something for them to play with anyway. As you may know, dogs can get both easily distracted and easily bored with a task. Having a bone on hand for the down time will keep your dogs attention where it should be and not on everything else.
  4. Bring the Leash – Sure, you’re dog is excellent at the dog park or in your back yard off leash but being in a new environment can be distracting. When you travel, be sure to bring your dog’s leash. It will come in handy when your dog decides it wants nothing more than to entertain the family eating dinner nearby, or when they decide to go on a squirrel-chasing escapade.
  5. Don’t Forget the basics – Don’t forget the essentials like dog food, water, and poop bags. Additionally, try to provide some bedding for your pet that he will be comfortable sleeping on. Many traveling dog owners bring a crate to contain all the dog energy when it becomes overbearing at night time, or just a little too much overall.
  6. Identification and Emergency Care – Check those dog tags, updated the microchip information, and carry the # of your vet with you as well as looking up the emergency hospitals that are nearby where you are staying. If your dog gets injured on a hike, becomes ill, or gets lost, it’s best to be ready to tackle them with a prepared and calm attitude. It’s scary enough to have a sick or lost pet, planning can help ease fears a little.

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Best Pet-Friendly Companies To Work For

Many of us know the benefits of pets in terms of reducing stress, enhancing our day to day, and reducing depression. It seems over the years companies that aren’t just mom and pops or small businesses are also realizing the benefits of having pets at the office. They can boost morale, change the mood of the room, and offer a quick break from staring at the computer screen for 8+ hours. For the pet owner, it helps ease worry about their pet being alone all day, getting into something they shouldn’t (garbage can), and lunch time includes a walk. For the pet, they are given a ton of attention from co-workers and get to have a routine that keeps them happy and stimulated.

Small companies used to be the only place where you might someone bringing their dog to work or a mom and pop store that has a cat in it. It wasn’t common to find pets in larger companies but if you are a pet lover and will soon be in the market for a job in retail, web development, or another customer facing industry, here are some great pet-friendly companies to work for.

Top 5 Companies That Are Pet Friendly

  1. Clif Bar – You know this company, they are the protein bar company that has pictures of people climbing on a cliff. Their bars are great for when you’re hiking or just need a quick boost of energy while at work. Well, they’ve had an open dog policy from the beginning. In fact, there may be as many as 20 dogs at a time in the office all waiting for lunch to go play, walk, and hang out with their other furry buddies. The company even has a group vet deal for its employees. How cool is that?!
  2. Pet Plan – is a pet insurance company and has many employees who bring their pets to work. It only seems natural. They even have a few guidelines in the employee handbook about pets in the office to make sure all the creatures get along. Pet Plan is crazy about pets and their office is often full of tail wags, doggie kisses, and helping customers with their pet insurance policies.
  3. Google – yes, as you surf the web and use google as your guide, the employees are sitting there at their computerse with dogs at their feet. Google is known as one of the most pet-friendly places to work at. They are also very conscious of creating a welcoming work place for everyone. Their policy includes guidelines about cleaning up after your dog, being mindful of fellow colleagues who may be allergic to your dog, and other items to make sure everyone is happy.
  4. Zynga – Not familiar with that name? Well, some of the games you play on your smartphone might be made by these guys. A video game company in San Fran which makes some of the most well known games such as Words With Friends and Draw Something has a pets welcome policy. According to Zynga, “Everyday is bring your dog to work day!”
  5. Etsy – since its start in 2005, Etsy has been a dog friendly office. Casual and creative workers have enjoyed letting their dogs play, snooze, and have meals together in the office. It helped create a schedule and employee bonding. It also is a lot of fun for the dogs. The dogs also inspire the team at Etsy from time to time. Many of the dogs are rescues too which just makes this company that much more lovable.

Does your company allow dogs in the workplace? If so, let us know and tell us how it helps your day!

Image from The Pets Central

Spring Travel with Pets

Spring is a great time to plan weekend getaways in the United States. The weather warms up and you can still find places to ski but also places to camp, hike, and be outside. With the holidays that come around in spring, the kids have some weeks off from school which can make planning vacations easy and set in stone.

Spring is also an excellent time to take a trip that includes the family pet, especially if they love being out in warmer weather that’s not too hot and not too cold.

No matter what the weather’s like outside your window right now, there’s no reason you can’t start dreaming – and planning – for your next adventure. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the winter, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the winter months like pet parades, photos with Santa, and other fun spring events.

Spring Pet Travel Tips

Planning ahead can reduce stress and save time. Don’t forget the following items before you head out:

  1. Medication – make sure you have enough of it for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up refills for your pet before you head out.
  2. Kennels and carriers – some places require that your pet be in a carrier or crate when left alone. A kennel is also a safe way to travel for your pet. Airlines have size restrictions for kennels that can travel in cabin. Check about restrictions and policies of the airline before booking.
  3. Never leave your pet in the car – the air in the car doesn’t circulate and the temperature can drop or rise within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening.
  4. Rest stop areas mean everyone gets a break – take your dog out for a walk, offer some water and a snack. If you’re going to be there for a while, play a little to burn off any pent up energy.
  5. Identification – make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.
  6. Vet records – bring a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof of your pet’s vaccines.
  7. Find the local emergency vet – know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your pet becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.
  8. Spring means that some of those annoying parasites are starting to come back, protect your pets with heartworm pills and flea and tick medications. Talk to your vet about the proper dosages and any other preventatives you may need depending on where you are traveling to.

Spring Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! – so if you know of an event for dogs, cats, horses, parrots, guinea pigs or anything else that you think should be added to our lists, please let us know!

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Meetup.com Pet Lover Groups in Portland, Oregon

So your dog could use some friends… and hey, why not you too? There’s nothing wrong with more friends, right? Portland is known for having great coffee, food carts, and being one of the top pet-friendly cities in the USA.

If you’re new to Portland or want meet some new fellow pet lovers Meetup.com is a website where people can join groups and participate in events with others who share common interests. Meetup groups for pet owners are great because they can help you find play groups for your dog based on size, energy level, breed, and location. Some groups ask for a small donation and others are free.

Here are 5 of the most active pet Meetup groups for Portland, OR:

The Portland Pug Meetup Group: There are over 900 members and they have monthly meetups at dog parks around Portland. Imagine a park full of fawn, black, and brindle pugs playing and running around. If you have a pug and want to meet other pug owners, this is the group! Their next play date is scheduled for August 4, 2012. You must be a member of the group to find out the location and RSVP.

The Portland Dachshund Meetup Group: This group has over 300 members and is a great way for Dachshund owners to meet each other. Dachshunds of all kinds are welcome. It’s great this group exists because these little pups sometimes are intimidated by taller dogs. Imagine a stampede of Dachshunds running around Gabriel Park! You must be a member to view the play dates.

The Portland Shiba Inu Meetup Group: Meet other local Shiba Inu owners. They have monthly play dates and membership is free. Due to the free-spirited nature of Shiba Inus, the play dates are always at fenced in dog parks or indoors.

The Portland Dog-Lovers Meetup Group: This is a fun loving group of dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes and their owners. They schedule dog hikes, urban walks, dog friendly happy hours, bbqs, and educational events. Their meetups are not just in Portland, a few past events were to the coast and surrounding areas.

The Portland Small Dog and Wine Lovers Meetup Group: This meetup group was started by a couple who moved to PDX within the last year. The group has about 100 members who all love their furry buddies and also have an interest in good food, good wine, and socializing. Some past meetups have been group trips to a winery, brunch, and play dates at local dog parks and indoor dog parks.

There are so many more meetup groups for Portland dog lovers, are you a member? What groups do you and your pup belong to?

Image from The Portland Dog Lovers Meetup Group