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Dug Up at Dogster: September 2018 Dog Events

Fall into one of these pup-themed festivals happening in our September 2018 dog events.

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  Sep 24th 2018


Bring on autumn with its colorful leaves, cooler temps and fun fall festivals. It’s the perfect time to take your dog to any one of these September 2018 dog events and happenings. If you’ve got a dog event for September or any time in the future, please contact us and we’ll add it to our dog events calendar.

All Month: It’s National Service Dog Month and Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is National Service Dog Month. Photography ©krugli | Getty Images.

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All Month: Howling Hounds Exhibit

Photo credit: John Sargent Noble, On The Scent (detail), Oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert V. Lindsay, Collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog, St. Louis, MO

Photography credit: John Sargent Noble, On The Scent (detail), Oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert V. Lindsay, Collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog, St. Louis, MO

Find fascinating exhibits at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog — one of the largest repositories of canine art in the world. This month, check out the Howling Hounds exhibit — fine art pieces that pay tribute to our beloved hound dogs — located in the Main Hall Gallery of the museum. While there, peruse the museum’s first-ever dog-and-cat exhibit, Fr-enemies. Both exhibits end September 30th. More at museumofthedog.org.

Tuesday, September 4: Paws on the Walk at the Anaheim GardenWalk

Share happy hour with your best furry friend at the Anaheim GardenWalk, an “entertainment” destination close steps away from Southern California’s Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center. The first Paws on the Walk Happy Hour program runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on the upper level patio at the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar and features a special event-only Happy Hour menu. During September’s inaugural Paws on the Walk event, there’ll be a special photo opportunity for you and your furry pal that includes props and a VIP artificial turf “green carpet” for dogs to walk on while a photographer snaps complimentary keepsake pics. Humans will also be treated to henna tattoos. WAGS Pet Adoption and Anaheim Feed & Pet Supply will be on hand, too. More events to be announced, like a tour of the other GardenWalk restaurants and bars for future Paws on the Walk Gatherings. For more info on this and future events, go to the events page at anaheimgardenwalk.com.

Sunday, September 9: Somerville Dog Festival

Woof it up during this full day of summer fun! Enjoy contests, demonstrations, shopping and food for both humans and canines. The annual free event not only raises funds for the Somerville Foundation for Animals’ pet food bank, it purchases one K9 protective vest for local K9 officers. The festival takes place rain or shine at Trum Field in Somerville, Massachusetts. Find out more at somdogfest.org.

Wednesday, September 12: Life in the Doghouse premieres

FilmRise’s documentary Life in the Doghouse tells inspiring stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ron and Danny have turned their life into a full-time rescue, with at least 60 dogs in their kennel-free shelter at one time. This film gives a frank, honest, and inspiring peek at our country’s pet overpopulation problem. Directed by Ron Davis (Harry and Snowman). See the movie trailer here.

Saturday, September 15 — Tuesday, September 18: Canine Camp Fall Getaway of NY

Yes it’s just like the camp you remember but even better because your best canine friend is along. Swim in the dog-friendly pool, try your paw at agility, hike scenic trails, learn Canine CPR and enjoy seminars by top trainers and veterinarians. Plus, you and your pup can take classes in nose work, barn hunt, lure coursing, flyable, rally obedience and canine freestyle dance. That’s not all — relax with DOGA (dog yoga) and get crafty with the Barks & Crafts class. No bad camp food, you’ll love the Yappy Hour and gourmet meals while watching evening entertainment. Get more information here or email @Janice@caninecampgetaway.com for an application. You can also call 877-K9-CAMPG (877-592-2674).

Monday, September 17: Detroit Tigers’ Bark at the Park

Two American favorites — baseball and dogs — come together at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Take your furry pal to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. Get game and park info at tigers.com.

Tuesday, September 18: Heart-felt Dogs book comes out

Heartfelt dogs available now.

Heartfelt dogs available now.

Love dogs? Love craft projects? Then you’ll enjoy these hand-felt models, plus the sweet true-life stories and photos of the canines behind the art. Gifted artist, teacher and dog lover Stephanie Cowburn creates lifelike representations that will amaze and inspire you. Published by Hubble and Hattie, retails for $16.99. Available at hubbleandhattie.com and Amazon.com.

Sunday, September 23: 1st Annual Hamptons Barking Beauty Pageant

Area businesses and Kennedy Art Productions have joined forces to raise money for RSVP Animal Welfare and Rescue Group and the Art Dawg Scholarship Fund by holding the 1st Annual Hamptons Braking Beaty Pageant. Patterned after human beauty pageants, canine contestants compete in Photogenic, Activewear, Glamourwear and Talent. Winners receive the crown, medals, banners and beautiful gifts from event sponsors — all benefitting these worthwhile causes. This pet-friendly event requires advance reservations by September 15. Spectator Tickets are $50 and include complimentary hors d oeuvres and a door prize raffle ticket. Contestant registration is $100. Click here for more information.

September 23 — September 29: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

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Friday, September 28: Feed Me: 50 Home-Cooked Meals for Your Dog Is Available

Published by Phaidon. Retails for $29.95 US/$39.95 CAN.

Published by Phaidon. Retails for $29.95 US/$39.95 CAN.

Author Viviana Prola aims to revolutionize the way we feed our dogs with her new 220-page book offering 50 recipes for pups of every age, breed, weight and activity level. The book simplifies the transition to cooking your dog’s meals from scratch. Delicious dishes include Carrot Risotto with Seared Beef, Puffed Rice Patties, Rabbit Stew with Potatoes and Kefir, Coconut-Scented Couscous, and Quinoa with Squash and Lamb Ragù. These simple and approachable recipes take less than 40 minutes to prepare. Published by Phaidon. Hardback retails for $29.95 US/$39.95 CAN.

Saturday, September 29: 20th Annual Paws 4 Life Dog Walk

Come one, come all to this dog-friendly event supporting the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia’s mission to provide a free social environment to its members and the families of those with cancer. At least 500 humans and their four-legged friends will be in attendance. Join the walk, enter the contests, watch the entertainment and get a ticket for the amazing raffles. Help keep the programs free for people impacted by cancer. Event held at the Warminster Community Park. Go here for more information.

Saturday, September 29th: World’s Largest Pet Walk 2018

Pet Partners, a 40-year old therapy animal program organization, wants to dedicate a single day for pet parents and their friends to get outside and walk their pets. The inaugural event hopes to encourage people to get passionate about the health and well being of their pets plus strengthen the animal-human bond. Pet Partners also introduced its Walk With Me initiative in response to the Surgeon General’s call to action about walking for better health for those who’d like to organize a local event. Find a manual and starter kit for how to start that program online. To celebrate the World’s Largest Pet Walk 2018, grab your pet and some friends and print out these specially created race bibs to inspire other people. Then share how you’ve participated on social media by tagging @petpartners using the hashtag #WorldsLargestPetWalk. For more on this day and other steps on how to participate, click here.

Sunday, September 30: Beach BBQ Bash Fundraiser

The non-profit, no-kill rescue group Tails of Hope is throwing a fundraising bash with lots of food, cocktails, games, gift basket auction, door prizes and entertainment for animal lovers. All the proceeds go to shelter, food, care and veterinary attention for our four-legged looking for their forever homes. Event takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mr. C’s in Allenhurst, New Jersey. More information here.

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