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Dug Up at Dogster: Don’t Miss These October 2017 Dog Events

Interested in fun dog events going on near you? Whether you can bring your pup or simply celebrate him, we've found a few to check out this October!

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  Oct 23rd 2017


It’s officially autumn and there are tons of fun October 2017 dog events to check out. See some of our favorites below. (Note: Please confirm all dates and times with the event holder as dates and times sometimes change.)

Tuesday, October 3 — Thursday, October 5: 5th Annual IBSPA Annual Conference

The International Boarding & Pet Services Association is holding this year’s convention in Jacksonville, Florida. If you can get there early, there will be pre-conference workshops on October 1 and October 2. For information on speaker line-up, sessions and more, go to petcareconference.com.

Wednesday: October 4: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Fairview, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to Elm Animal Rescue. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 7: Glow in the Park — A Walk for the Animals

Join Seattle Humane for its annual evening dog walk at Green Lake Park in Seattle, Washington. This year’s event benefits its Disaster and Life-Saver Rescue funds. Get in on the fun for a good cause and check out the food trucks, music, adoptable pets and glow-in-the-dark surprises.

Monday, October 9: Pups On the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Carrollton, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to the Denton Animal Shelter. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10: The Dog Lover Unit

The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops.

The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops by Rachel Rose.

We all know they are out there — those brave cops in fur who protect and serve around the world. Now you can read all about them in The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops, written by acclaimed poet-turned-author Rachel Rose and out today from St. Martin’s Press.

Wednesday, October 11: 10th Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey

A fat and overweight beagle dog.

An overweight beagle dog. Photography ©GlobalP | Thinkstock.

Help Dogster’s own Dr. Ernie Ward in the fight against pet obesity by taking some time to talk about your dog. On National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will conduct its 10th Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey. Interested? Check out pet obesityprevention.org.

Wednesday, October 11: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to Canine Companions for Independence. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday: October 14: RescueMe 5K

Get running to the 3rd annual RescueMe 5K benefitting the American Pit Bull Foundation’s Operation Sidekick and taking place at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. This great program provides rescued service dogs to veterans with PTSD. Besides the great exercise, there will be vendors with lots of food and beer, plus games and more. You and your dog will get some goodies too, your dog gets a souvenir bandana and you will get a t-shirt, beer and souvenir cup. Kicks off at 9 a.m. for runners and walkers. For more information, go to americanpitbullfoundation.com.

Sunday, October 15: 4th Annual National Dog Show Charity Walk

Wilson Farm Park in Wayne, Pennsylvania is the place to be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 4th Annual National Dog Show Charity Walk benefits seven different Delaware Valley charities, plus has lots of things to see and do for adults, children and furry family members. Attractions include exhibitors, canine demonstrations, games and prizes for pets and pet parents.

Sunday, October 15th: Shelter Hope Pet Shop’s Pet Appreciation Day

You and your dog can catch the wave — on the wave machine that lets dogs surf, plus see tons of adorable animals, listen to great adoption stories and even get a smooch from a pooch at the dog kissing booth when you celebrate Pet Appreciation Day with Shelter Hope Pet Sho
p in Thousand Oaks. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Janss Marketplace. Visit shelterhopepetshop.org for more information.

 

Monday, October 16: Pups on the Patio

Get over to White Rock Cane Rosso restaurant
in Dallas, Texas fora fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Ros
so and 100 percent will be donated to the Texas Humane Legislation Network. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18 — Saturday, October 21: APDT Annual Conference

Calling all professional dog trainers to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ 2017 Conference in Richmond, Virginia! There, you’ll find plenty of speakers, classes, peer-to-peer sharing and networking opportunities. For more information, go to apdt.com.

Wednesday: October 18: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to PAWS for Irving Animals. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 21: 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

The 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

The 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Photography by Stacie Joy.

Scamper down to the 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in the Alphabet City neighborhood of New York, New York. Be a spectator, or show up with your dog in costume and compete for prizes. Event runs from 12 to 3 p.m. Runway competition starts at noon with parade following after. All you need to know is at tompkinssquaredogrun.com.

Saturday, October 21 — Tuesday, October 24: AHVMA Annual Conference

If you’re a veterinarian, you don’t want to miss the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s 2017 Annual Conference in San Diego, California. Check out the schedule, which is filled with classes and speakers at ahvma.org/conference-schedule.

Saturday, October 21: 8th Annual Dogtoberfest

Heist Brewery in NoDa (Charlotte, North Carolina), is going to the dogs! Hosted by Foster for Dog Days of Charlotte, the event will include a costume contest, live music by Nate Randall, adoptable dogs, vendors and more. Event starts at 2 p.m. Go here for more details.

 

Sunday, October 22: Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party

Sean Casey Animal Rescue celebrates its 10th annual Halloween adoption event in Brooklyn, New York. Looking for forever homes — dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles and more! Lots of performances from Sue Pike The Animal Talker, Stop Shopping Choir, Talay, Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, The Lady Aye and Elvis impersonator Robert MacArthur. Of course there will be plenty of food, activities and prizes, including a costume contest and puppy kissing booth. Event is from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, October 23: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Fairview, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to the DFW Pug Rescue Club. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Carrollton, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to Operation Kindness. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday: October 25: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Fairview, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage
and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to the Texas GSP Rescue. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25: Pups on the Patio

Get over to Cane Rosso restaurant in Carrollton, Texas for a fun night of pizza, patio and pet adoptions. For $10, you get an adult beverage and a discount on dog-inspired pies. Ticket sales will be matched by Cane Rosso and 100 percent will be donated to the Cane Rosso Rescue. Event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cynosport.

Photography by Great Dane Photos, courtesy Cynosport.

Wednesday, October 25 – Sunday, October 29: Cynosport® World Games Dog Agility Championships

Head to Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to watch canine competitors battle for prizes like the Grand Prix of Dog Agility® World Champion title and $10,000 prize money for the Dog Agility Steeplechase® winner. Consider your pup a champion? Well-behaved dogs can partake in agility events on Saturday and Sunday. Pet parents will have tons of opportunities to shop for fun merchandise, too. Event runs Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening events start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 per car. For more information, visit cynosport.com or call 1-888-AGILITY.

Saturday, October 28: DogFest Walk ‘N’ Roll Bay Area 2017

Grab a leash and your sneakers to Support Canine Companions for Independence and its mission to provide highly-trained service dogs to people with disabilities. Hosted by the East Bay Miracles chapter alongside Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites at Jack London Square, this is a free family and dog-friendly festival and walk. Sign up for the walk here.

 

 

 Saturday, October 28: 5th Annual Harvest Fest

Take your family, including the furry members, to the Meatpacking District’s free outdoor artisanal market and seasonal fair. This free events has plenty of activities for humans and dogs to do. Eat yummy treats, check out dog-friendly vendors (like the Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie, West Village Veterinary Hospital and Rubin Museum of Art) and enter your pup in the costume contest. Event located at Hudson River park’s 14th Street Park in New York, New York from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 29: Barktoberfest 2017

It’s a fun day for dogs and their humans in North Carolina’s Durham Central Park. Come meet other dog lovers and their pups from 12 to 4 p.m. Event put on by Beyond Fences.

Stay tuned for more from Executive Editor Melissa L. Kauffman on Dogster.com’s Dug Up at Dogster column and on social media with #DogUpatDogster.