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Dug Up at Dogster — Don’t Miss These December 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 December 2017 dog events!

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  Dec 1st 2017


Give your favorite furpup a fun holiday season by taking him along for the ride on these December 2017 dog events. Don’t get on his “naughty” list by ignoring him due to the hustle and bustle of the season. Notice an event that’s missing on our list? Let us know at dogstermag@belvoir.com.

December 2017 opening: Finally, dogs have a café

Boris & Horton dog cafe.

Boris & Horton dog cafe. Photography by tiffgifphotography.com.

New York City has everything, and now it also has a place to hang out, dog leash in hand with your beverage of choice, be it a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Father and daughter duo Coppy and Logan Holzman named the café Boris & Horton after their dogs. There will be a café side to get your drinks, pastries and sandwiches and a dog-friendly lounge side. Opens in December, so check out borisandhorton.com for updates.

All December: Who’s that Doggie in the Window

Macy's Holiday Windows.

Macy’s Holiday Windows. Photography by Rob Schroeder.

Make Macy’s in San Francisco part of your holiday tradition starting today through the end of 2017. Once again, the department store will be home to Holiday Windows, where the San Francisco SPCA highlights different adoptable cats and dogs in beautifully decorated store window fronts. Last year, the SF SPCA adopted out more than 800 animals over the course of Holiday Windows 2016. Now that’s a holly, jolly thing! Go to sfspca.org/holiday for more details.

Friday, December 1: A Dog Day in December

Dogs get their own holiday party at the Midtown Mutts Dog Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your pups to get a photo with Santa, enjoy a puppuccino, snag a goodie bag and participate in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Midtown Association. Find more info on downtownindecember.com/dog-day-december/.

Saturday, December 2: National mixed breed day

A mixed breed dog with presents and a Christmas tree.

Celebrate your mixed breed dog on December 2. Photography ©GlobalP | Thinkstock.

Celebrate by taking your special mixed breed friend for an extra-long walk or baking some yummy holiday dog treats (see page 12 of our December / January issue for recipes). Help other mixed breeds by donating time or money to a shelter of your choice. Make it a great day for your special dog!

Saturday, December 2: Holiday Dog Parade

Join this pup parade in Breckenridge, Colorado. Register at 3 to 3:45 p.m., partake in light refreshments and take lots of photos. There will be free Santa dog costumes for those who want to join in the parade and don’t have one. Parade starts at 4 p.m., marching from Main Street Station to the Blue River Plaza. Lighting of the town tree is at 5 p.m. Go to gobreck.com for more details.

Saturday, December 2: The Order of St. John of Jerusalem Holiday Gala

Put on your holiday glitz, have fun and give back this season by attending a black tie gala dinner hosted by The Order of St. John in Manhattan, held at New York’s exclusive Metropolitan Club at 7 p.m. You’ll find cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction, all benefitting the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. Get more details by emailing Dame Claire Burke (claireannburke@gmail.com) or calling 212-534-2676.

Friday, December 8: Pet Photos with Santa

Want to get a photo of Fido with Santa? Head on down to Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, Maryland. Just give a small donation supporting the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, take a photo, enjoy a beverage and get into the Christmas spirt. Your dog’s photo can be taken on Santa’s lap or held by family members. Event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. More details on homesteadgardens.com/upcoming-event/santa-paws/.

Sunday, December 10: Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Photography Courtesy GSO Productions.

Jingle over to Southern California for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade, presented by Blue Buffalo. Got a dog that loves the spotlight? Enter Fido into one of the many contests. Pet Expo is from 1 to 5 p.m., and the parade starts at 3 p.m. Get registration information and more at gaslamp.org.

Tuesday, December 12: Tuesday Nights at the Movie with Your Dog

Grab your pup and some popcorn and check out the Canine Film Festival Best Films of 2017, TBA blockbuster film and a sneak peek at Canine Film Festival 2018. Takes place from 6 p.m. on at the Cinépolis Movie Theaters in Miami, Florida. Go to eventbrite.com for more information.

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. 

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