It’s a shiny, fresh new year and a great time to realize one of your resolutions: spend more time with your dog and helping other dogs, too. Check out our list of fun January 2018 dog events that can help you keep those resolutions — easy, peasy! (If you know of an event not included on this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Dog Events in the subject line.)
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All Month: New York Dog Café Opens: Boris & Horton
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 is a café side to get your drinks, pastries and sandwiches and a dog-friendly lounge side. Find it at 195 Avenue A, New York, NY. Drink up more details at borisandhorton.com.
Monday, January 1 — Sunday, January 21, 2018: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt
If you like mummies, and we know you do, don’t miss the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. The first major exhibition on this topic, you’ll see 30 animal mummies — dogs, of course, and birds, reptiles, snakes, rodents and cats — plus more than 60 objects relating to the Egyptian ritual. Check it out now, as the exhibition ends on January 21, 2018. Unwrap more at brooklynmuseum.org.
Tuesday, January 2: Pet Travel Safety Day
What’s the best way to travel safely with your pet? Buckle him up in the back seat with a crash-tested and approved harness. Don’t have one? Today’s the perfect time to get one. Find other pet travel safety tips here.
Tuesday, January 16: Canine Influenza Virus Presentation
Want to learn more about dog flu? Robert Duquette BVSc, MRCVS, PhD, Senior Professional Services Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health will give a comprehensive presentation about CIV — its signs, transmission, diagnosis, sanitation and treatment — plus how it affects social dogs. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Humane Society Silicon Valley in California. Please RSVP. First come, first serve basis as space is limited.
Thursday, January 25: 4th Annual Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship
The Joriad™ begins in the morning at the Lane County Fairgrounds Livestock Arena with a series of qualifying events where spectators can cheer on the teams as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets. This event is just the start of a full weekend of fun truffle events, such as cooking classes, a Grand Truffle Dinner, a two-day Truffle Growers’ Forum and the Eugene Fresh Truffle Marketplace. Sniff out more details on oregontrufflefestival.org.
Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28: The Oregon Truffle Festival’s Eugene and Surrounds Weekend
Got a truffle-foraging dog or just want to forage along with truffle hunters and their dogs? This is the weekend for you! Along with truffle foraging, there will be top chefs, decadent luncheons and dinners, wineries, hands-on cooking classes and more. Go to oregontrufflefestival.org for more information.
Saturday, January 27: Mardi Gras on Mainstreet Dog Parade
Don’t miss this canine-fine event presented by the Krewe of Amalee in Downtown Deland, Florida, taking place at 11 am. This year’s theme: Hollywood Hounds. Be a spectator or join in the fun by registering your dog at dogparadedeland.com.
Saturday, January 27: Stars to the Rescue XXVII
The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) saves dogs and cats whose time at public shelters have run out. Join host Tony La Russa and ARF for their annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. This year’s animal-supporting stars include the world-famous band Chicago, country music star Cam, Broadway star Franc D’Ambrosio and more. Purchase tickets online or call 925-943-SHOW. Details at arflife.org.
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