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Dug Up at Dogster: October 2019 Dog Events and Premieres

You’ll fall for these furrific dog events and premieres — so grab the leash and spend some quality time with Spot.

Melissa Kauffman  |  Oct 23rd 2019


October is perfect dog event weather and you and Fido can take advantage of the cooler weather to check out these Fall dog events. Don’t see your event? Email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com.

Check out the October/November 2019 issue of Dogster magazine for all your pet's tummy troubles.

Check out the October/November 2019 issue of Dogster magazine for all your pet’s tummy troubles.

For more dog fun, events, obsessions and products, check out the latest issue of Dogster magazine — in newsstands now or available by subscription.

All MonthDog Holiday Observances: Animal Safety and Protection Month, Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and National Pit Bull Awareness Month

October 1, 2019: National Black Dog Day

Black dog

Photography ©Radoslav Radev | Alamy Stock Photo

“Black dogs are filled with light” is the motto of national blackdogday.com, and we couldn’t agree more. (See Dogster’s Bark Out Loud column’s Why We Love Black Dogs in the October/November 2019 issue.) Sadly, it’s harder for black dogs in shelters to find their furever homes, so get the word out about how wonderful black dogs are using #nationalblackdogday.

October 1 — October 7, 2019: Walk Your Dog Week

By walking your dog just 30 minutes a day, you and Spot can meet the national recommendations for heart health. More steps you can take at walkyourdogweek.com.

October 9, 2019: Pet Obesity Awareness Day

It’s OK, you can tell us … is Fido a little on the chubby side? He’s not alone. Many U.S. pets are. What’s important is that we get them back on track. Every year, Pet Obesity Awareness Day reminds us to make a few changes for the good of Fido. Plus, today help The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention by taking part in its Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey. Find it at petobesityprevention.org.

October 13, 2019: Dogs on the Docks

Jump on this Dogs on the Dock event — where dogs leap from the town dock to the river to benefit local animal shelters.

The Connecticut River Museum’s annual Dogs on the Docks event has participating dogs leap from the town dock to the river to benefit local animal shelters. See which dog leaps the farthest, plus join in the dog-owner lookalike contest, the canine costume contest and a lawn parade. Event held in Essex, CT. More at ctrivermuseum.org.

October 10, 2019 — October 13, 2019: SO MAJOR Pop-Up Event

Love pets and love to shop? Check out this curated assortment of pet essentials, available for a limited time through SO MAJOR. Brands include: Lucy & Co (reversible puffer vests); CatLadyBox (monthly subscription box service for cat lovers and their feline friends); Found My Animal (collars and leashes in an exclusive color palette); Pet Lifestyle and You (celestial lounge bed in midnight blue); The Froggy Dog (cat toy bundle and dog bandana and collar set), and Bark Street Bakery (organic, hand crafted dog treats). Event happening at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Through October 14, 2019: SO MAJOR Pop-Up Event

Pet lovers — shop this curated assortment of pet essentials, available for a limited time through SO MAJOR. Brands include: Lucy & Co (reversible puffer vests); CatLadyBox (monthly subscription box service for cat lovers and their feline friends); Found My Animal (collars and leashes in an exclusive color palette); Pet Lifestyle and You (celestial lounge bed in midnight blue); The Froggy Dog (cat toy bundle and dog bandana and collar set), and Bark Street Bakery (organic, hand crafted dog treats). Find this pop-up event at Century City in Los Angeles, CA.

October 19, 2019: 8th Annual Pugtacular

Talk about a pugtacular event! This Halloween fundraiser brings in Pug owners from all over to take part in costume contests, silent auctions and good food.

Pug Nation — a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of abandoned, neglected, unwanted and abused pugs — is proud to announce its 8th Annual Pugtacular. This huge doggie Halloween fest fundraiser draws in Pug owners from all over to take part in costume contests, silent auctions and good food. This fun Pug event helps to build the rescue community. Takes place from 11am to 4pm at Torrance Park, 2001 Santa Fe Ave, Torrance, CA. Tickets are: Presale — Adult $10, Children $5; Day of — Adult $12, Children $7. Go to website at pugnationla.org/events, or buy tickets at the entrance day of the event. More at pugnationla.orginfo@pugnationla.org, (310)327-7871. 

October 19, 2019: Charity Gala and Doggie Fashion Show

Don't miss Portola Hotel & Spa of Monterey, CA's charity gala and Doggie Fashion Show.

Don’t miss Portola Hotel & Spa of Monterey, CA’s charity gala and Doggie Fashion Show.

The pet-friendly Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA, is hosting the ultimate Paw-ty to celebrate National Adopt a Dog Month.  Portola Hotel & Spa and Tito’s Vodka are hosting a charity gala and Doggie Fashion Show. Portola Hotel & Spa will donate 10% of proceeds to Animal Friends Rescue Project.  Tickets are $75 each and include admission to the doggie fashion show, a drink ticket, three-course dinner and plenty of dancing! Can your dog strut her stuff? Register your furry contestant for the Doggie Fashion Show here. Winners of each category will win a one-night stay gift certificate at Portola Hotel & Spa for you and your furry friend!

October 19, 2019: Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Evan Harding carries his dog Bella as they both wear super hero costumes during the 28th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween dog parade in New York city. Credit: Enrique Shore/Alamy Live News

Evan Harding carries his dog Bella as they both wear super hero costumes during last year’s Annual Tompkins Square Halloween dog parade in New York city. Credit: Enrique Shore/Alamy Live News

See all the boo-tiful pups in the most amazing, creative costumes at the largest dog costume parade in the world down at the East River Park Amphitheater in NYC. Better yet, if your dog loves showing off his costume — join in on the fun. There is also a runway competition beginning at noon, plus raffle prizes. The event is free, no pre-registration necessary. Details at tompkinssquaredogrun.com.

October 20, 2019: Dog Leg of the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon

If you and your dog are physically fit runners then this is the event for you. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and views at the one of the most scenic marathons out there. Your furry teammate will receive a “finishers” dog tag to along with the medal you receive. Although there is no special category placing, as pushing the dogs to be competitive is discouraged, there will be special random prizes awarded to finishers and a raffle. As the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon Dog Leg is presented by Ruffwear, there will be Ruffwear products given as prizes. Takes place in Hood River, OR. Want more? Run over to columbiagorgemarathon.com.

October 22, 2019: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC 2nd Annual Gala

The not-for-profit animal rescue organization, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC (RDRNYC) hosts its 2nd annual gala from 6:00 PM at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. This cocktail and dinner reception gala will raise funds and awareness to help animals in need. Produced by Robin Lathrop of By Robin, the event will be co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC’s goal is to raise awareness of the ever-growing plight of homeless animals in the United States, in shelters as well as those abandoned in the streets. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC’s outreach and education is spread through its website and social media, as well as community events such as this annual gala. For more information, visit: rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

October 23, 2019 — October 27, 2019: Cynosport World Games Dog Agility Championship

Nearly 750 canine athletes from nine different countries are headed to Murfreesboro, TN, to compete in the U.S. Dog Agility Association’s prestigious Cynosport World Games Dog Agility Championship at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Competitors will be battling for the sport’s most coveted prizes, including the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Champion title and the right to compete for more than $10,000 in prize money in the Dog Agility Steeplechase. The Tennessee Miller Coliseum will give spectators multiple rings of simultaneous competition. For those who want to participate with their own well-behaved dogs, there are fun events on Saturday and Sunday. Paws-on activities (for a small donation) include, herding (dogs in an enclosed area move or herd livestock) lure coursing (dogs in an enclosed area chase a rabbit-like lure) and Rally Obedience (combines agility and obedience). There will also be shopping opportunities for pet lovers. Those who cannot attend the event can watch the tournament competition live on cynosport.com. More details and information are available at cynosport.com or at 888-AGILITY (244-5489)

October 25, 2019: K9s4COPs Hard Dog, Fast Dog Competition

Join K9s4COPs, and host Harris County Sheriff’s Office,  as police K9s compete at Bammel Middle School Stadium to find the best combination of speedy pursuit and a powerful takedown. This event is free, open to the public and runs from 7am to 11am, plus it’s part of the K9s4COPs annual Texas K9 Officers Conference. See k9s4COPs.org.

October 26, 2019: DogFest Bay Area 2019

DogFest Bay Area partners with Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites in this a not-to-be-missed event at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.

DogFest Bay Area partners with Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites in this a not-to-be-missed event at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.

Join the fun at this community-based festival that brings dog lovers together for a cause. All funds raised benefit Canine Companions for Independence and its mission of matching assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, free of charge. These expertly trained assistance dogs make a profound impact through the jobs they do like opening doors, picking up dropped items, alerting to sounds and much more. CCI will be partnering with Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites in making this a not-to-be-missed event at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. Last year more than 4,000 supporters enjoyed a great day at DogFest Bay Area, meeting assistance dogs and puppies in training, listenening to a graduate speaker, shopping from local vendors, enjoying great beer and food, pet caricatures drawings, face painting, a costume contest and more! Click here for more info.

 

October 31, 2019: Boneyard Bash

Celebrate Halloween in a furrtacular way when Amazon’s Treasure Truck Boneyard Bash experience collaborates with Blue Buffalo and SmartBones to welcome all pups and dog lovers alike to the Domino Park Dog Run in Brooklyn, NY, for a fun-filled day jam-packed with dog-friendly activities and interactive photo opportunities.  Dog-friendly activities throughout the day include Lick or Treat (take your dog “lick or treating!” by ringing a doorbell for Brand Ambassadors who will have Blue Buffalo treats for the dogs and candy lollipops for kids), Monster-fy Your Pup (have your pup drawn as a classic movie monster by caricature artists), Box-Tume Photo Opp (pose with your pup in the ultimate boneyard photo set up) and lots of giveaways of samples, treats and more from Blue Buffalo and SmartBones. Follow the Treasure Truck on social media @trasuretruck.com.

 

October 31, 2019: HOWL-o-Ween at The AKC Museum of the Dog

Celebrate HOWL-oWeen at The AKC Museum of theDog in New York, New York.

If you are in New York City during Halloween, take your pup(s) for treats while you enjoy snacks, candy and BOOzy punch. (Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.) If you are an AKC Museum of the Dog member, log in using your email or membership ID to receive a special discounted price. Tickets are also available to bring your dog. Costumesare encouraged for both humans and their furry creatures. Prizes will be awarded at the costume contest. Enjoy a photobooth, crafts and more at this exclusive Halloween event. Sign up today to ensure you and your dog get a spot! (Limit 2 dogs per order.)

Thumbnail photo of Justice © Melissa L. Kauffman

Read more about dog-friendly events and tips for having fun outside with your dog on Dogster.com:

• Raising a Dog in the Country

• Canine Concierge

• How to Become a Dog Fosterer