Of all the holidays, we think Thanksgiving is the one that relates most to dogs. Who is not thankful for our four-legged friends who have no other agenda than to make us happy and be constantly at our side? It’s that sense of companionship and joy in family that Thanksgiving celebrates and is probably why there are so many holiday events that include dogs in the festivities.
From Pennsylvania to California, Massachusetts to Texas, there are a ton of Thanksgiving events for dogs. And their variety is amazing. Whether it’s a simple potluck dinner or a glittery holiday parade, they all boil down to one thing: giving thanks for your good fortune and celebrating it with the ones you love.
Even if you’re not planning on hitting the road this year, these Thanksgiving events for dogs should inspire you to look locally or start a celebration yourself. We’re sure there’s a shelter nearby that’s throwing some kind of dinner, gathering or parade. Stop by with your pooch and join in the revelry. You both will be glad you did.
Thanksgiving Events for Dogs 2019
Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk, Marion, MA
December 1. What better way to work off that pumpkin pie than to take your best friend for a long walk on a beautiful parcel of land. Owned by the Sippican Land Trust, the White Eagle parcel is a protected freshwater wetland that contains acres of cranberry bogs, forests, and streams. The walk is free and no registration is required.
Festival Foods Twelfth Annual Turkey Trot Dog Jog, Various Locations, WI
Thanksgiving Day. For those of you who need a little more of an aerobic challenge, the Festival Foods Turkey Trot will be holding a 2-mile run (trot, jog or walk) for you and your favorite canine at 11 different locations in Wisconsin. Registration is $5 and your dog gets a Turkey Trot Bandana that can be used as a fancy napkin at your own Thanksgiving dinner later in the day. Or not.
39th Annual Ford Holiday River Parade, San Antonio, TX
November 29. Want to have some fun the day after Thanksgiving? Then head to San Antonio for the Annual Holiday River Parade. It’s an amazing event that involves 29 illuminated and decorated floats, each one representing a Texas musician and their Christmas music. This year’s musicians include Steve Earle, among many others, and will be hosted by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Whoa! Sounds like a hoot to us.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Your Dog, Oxford, PA
November 15 – November 22. Turkey, meatloaf with cranberry sauce, sweet potato pumpkin puree and a fresh baked muffin sounds like a pretty fancy meal. Especially if you’re a dog. And the best part is, you don’t have to cook it. Just call in and pick it up. Oxford Feed & Lumber will take care of the rest.
Dog Friendly Thanksgiving and Potluck Gathering, New York, NY
November 20. A dog-friendly coffee shop in New York City, Boris & Horton is throwing their first “friendsgiving” event. Just purchase a ticket, bring along some human food and they’ll provide the wine and a spread for your dog (courtesy of Maison de PawZ) that includes a whole turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie, and Mac n Cheese biscuits. Yum!
Chateau Morrisette Tree Lighting Celebration, Floyd, VA
November 30. Since Thanksgiving is so late this year, we figured we mix in some other holiday events that are taking place around the same time. And the tree lighting celebration at Chateau Morrisette, a pet-friendly winery, sounds like a great way to kick off the season. Stop by for hot drinks, a “tiny” Nutcracker performance, a courtyard campfire, and a traditional tree lighting at dusk and you and your best friend will be in the spirit before you can say “hot toddy.” Admission is free.
Home for the Pawlidays, Atlanta, GA
November 22 to November 29. The LifeLine Animal Project wants their dogs to be happy and thankful this holiday season. And to make sure of it, they are promoting a Home for the Pawlidays event by providing pet supplies, vet care and support to anyone willing take a dog home for the week of Thanksgiving. All you have to do is supply the love.
Holiday Dog Cart Rides, Golden, CO
Starting December 7. Ever been pulled by a Newfoundland? If you own one, probably. But in a cart? By one wearing a Santa hat? Probably not. Then head for Golden, CO, for their Holiday Dog Cart rides. Newfies have been providing cart rides for children in a holiday tradition that goes back more than 20 years. Rides are free but donations are encouraged to help support the Golden’s fire department.
Macy’s Holiday Windows, San Francisco, CA
November 22 – January 1. The San Francisco SPCA has come up with a great holiday idea. In fact, it’s so great they’ve been doing it for 33 years. Partnering with San Francisco Animal Care and Macy’s they are going to be highlighting adoptable puppies (kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas) in Macy’s holiday windows for on-lookers to adopt. The windows are unveiled on November 22 and will be open every day throughout the holiday season. There will also be a month-long series of events that include a “cuddle experience” where you can get up-close and personal with the adoptable animals, as well as getting your dog’s photos taken with Santa.
All of us at Petswelcome wish you and your whole family a happy and joyous Thanksgiving.