Dog Days

The dog days of summer may be behind us but that doesn't mean you and Rover can't still get out and enjoy what's left of the season. In fact this may be the perfect time for the two of you to do some things you don't normally get to do, like take a dip in the community pool. For instance the town of Ramapo, New York is having a dog swim on the ninth from noon until three at the Spook Rock Pool. The Greenburgh, New York Department of Parks and Recreation is having a similar event. Be sure to check your local listings to see what's happening in your neighborhood. More and more pools are letting dogs swim after Labor Day weekend and before they close for the season. They're going to have to clean and maintain the pools anyway, so why not let Rex have some fun first?

If swimming isn't your or your dog's thing, don't fret. There are plenty of other events going on for the two of you. In Clinton, New Jersey you can both go to something called Dinner With Rover by the River, sponsored by Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. Taking place September 18th on the terrace of The Old River House Restaurant, all well socialized, leashed and licensed dogs are welcome. It doesn't say anything about the owner but I'm guessing you should be at least two of those things. Leashed is probably optional. The event is to raise money for homeless pets.

All the way across the country in Portland Oregon the Berlin Inn is celebrating Barkin' Oktoberfest (seriously, would I lie to you? Yes, I know it's only September.) on the ninth. There will be plenty of food and plenty to do with face painting, an obstacle course for the dogs (although with all the beer available who knows who'll end up giving it a shot,) face painting and sausage eating contests. If you're planning to adopt a dog and haven't found the right one yet be sure to take a look at the Portland Shelter's pups. You may just find your new best friend.

If you happen to be in or near Ohio you'll definitely want to partake of something a little different; the monthly Doggie Disco held at the Mutt Hutt in Cleveland. Held together with Artwalk, this event is taking place on the 14th. You should click through if only to admire the Afghan in the disco getup. The very next day you and Fluffy can head over to the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival in Lincoln Park. Just make sure there's a leash attaching the two of you so you can relax and enjoy the food, art, music and culture. Will there be dogs painting with their tails? We can only hope.

The Second Annual Bay Area Pet Fair is taking place in San Rafael, California on September eighth and ninth with plenty for you and FiFi to do. There will be bobbing for hot dogs, an event that I hope is for your pup, not you, small dog agility and a demonstration by the K-9 team. There are plenty of lectures on everything from "Pit Bull Confessions" to "What Happened to My Perfect Puppy? Training Your Adolescent Dog." Don't worry if your dog is not in a mood to sit and listen, there is also doggie dancing and a dog show described as "a dazzling display of street mutts, shelter dogs and cast-off purebreds." I don't know about you but I'm always ready to be dazzled.

The Brazo Valley Kennel Club is celebrating AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day 2007 on September 22nd. You and Gargamel can take advantage of the low cost microchip clinic then one of you can get free dog treats, including something called "Chunky Cheeks Dog Chews." I'd make sure Hannibal Lecter isn't running that booth before partaking. There is also a dog contest with such categories as longest tail and shortest legs. There will be meet the breed events, where you can see dogs you may not see every day like the Belgian Tervuren, a rather elegant beast, as well as search and rescue dogs who will be giving a demonstration at 11 am.

If you're interested in this event but don't live nearby, take heart. 370 American Kennel Clubs are hosting their own versions as they also celebrate the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day and you can use this handy tool at their website to see all the events scheduled in your state.

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