Canine Playtime 2010

Here at i Love Dog Friendly (iLDF) we have a top priority over the summer– soaking in the sun with some canine fun. With our new website launch you can expect to see more articles and blogs highlighting events around town that are canine friendly. Whether you live in Los Angeles or New York, iLDF has you covered on events coast to coast.

In our native Los Angeles, there is the Dodgers’ “Bark in the Park” event on August 21. This event will feature a Pup Rally, a Pup Parade and a Dodger game for just $25. But if your pup’s leash and collar aren’t Dodger Blue, try bringing him to the Wiggle Waggle Walk in Pasedena, Calif., on Sept. 26th. This year, 12th annual Wiggle Waggle Walk will bring together thousands of pet parents for a scenic 1 or 3 mile walk around the famous Rose Bowl. Admission and registration are free with fundraising proceeds benefiting the Pasadena Humane Society.  There are prizes, foods and contests going to the pet parents who help fundraise.

For our furry friends in Nor Cal, try heading to the PHS / SPCA’s 16th annual Mutt Strutt in San Mateo, Calif. The Strutt is on August 21 at 9 a.m. and features demonstrations, vendor booths, contest prizes, and more. There will even be Most Talented and Best Dressed contests hosted by PHS / SPCA president Ken White.  The Mutt Strutt also has a 1k (0.6 miles)and 3k (1.86 miles) , where pet parents can enlist sponsors to raise money for the PHS / SPCA foundation. Admission ranges from $17 to $28, and all proceeds go to raising awareness for the SPCA. There’s also the 2010 San Jose Pet Expo on October 2. The Expo will feature all the foremost trainers, groomers, rescues, shelters, vets, clinics, pet stores, retailers, hobbyist groups, and societies. The goal is to assemble all key areas of the pet companion world to educate, demonstrate, and perform for the San Jose pet lover community and beyond. The expo is being held at the San Jose Convention Center and admission is free.

For pups in an Empire State of mind, New York’s Rescue Ink is hosting its first annual Rescue Ink Foundation Halloween Fundraiser. This event will raise funds to help Rescue Ink prevent animal abuse and save animals living in horrific conditions. The Halloween Fundraiser will be held on October 29, with an evening of eclectic entertainment in a prime Manhattan location with more than 1,000 guests and the opportunity to mingle with celebrities. The star-studded evening will feature appearances from tattoo artists, tarot card readers, fire dancers and a band. More information on admission and fees will be posted on RescueInk.org in the near future.

So instead of taking a walk on the beach with your paw pal, try taking them to a Dodgers game or a Halloween fundraiser. There are always dog friendly events making their bark, so be sure to check back on iLDF for updates.

Amelia Lerutte

Amelia Lerutte is a public relations and social media expert, and a pack leader to a couple derpy Boston Terriers, a lovable Leonburger and a Keeshound. When not writing or promoting the i Love Dogs brand, Amelia is an avid NHL fan, ice hockey player and video gamer.

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