It’s that time of year again! Dog events are popping up on calendars all across the country. Fall is the perfect time to parade your pooch in the great outdoors. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn beautiful colors, the air has a slight chill in the morning that turns into a lovely breeze in the afternoon. What could be better?
Here are a few of the dog-centered events that are occurring in my area:
Races for Rescues
This event is hosted by the Belleville Area Humane Society and is being held at Belleville West High School. There will be a 5k run and fun walk for you and your furry friends. The run/walk beings at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 6th. Entry fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt.
The top 3 runners in each 5k age division will receive medals. The top overall winners in the male and female divisions will receive trophies. And new for 2013, you can run with your dog and receive a prize! There are three categories: Small – 25 lbs or less, Med – 26-50 lbs and Large – 51+ lbs.
All proceeds from the run benefit the Belleville Area Humane Society. If you have any questions, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Shelly at: (618) 410-6376.
Looking for a carnival for your dog? You have found it! This event will be held at Tilles Park in Ladue in St. Louis, Missouri on October 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The day is filled games, contests, food and fun! Owners can have their pooch’s paw dipped in dog-friendly paint and then placed on their official Canine Carnival t-shirt to create a one-of-a-kind memento of your special day together. Games are set up throughout the park for your dog to play and win prizes! One of my fur babies, Theo, won a big box of dog treats. He was very excited! There are also performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team. And don’t forget to sign your pet up for one of the many contests such as: Best Dressed, Best Kiss, and Best Trick! Vendors are also on hand selling everything from custom collars to personally designed dog clothes. On site adoptions are also offered.
All proceeds from this event benefit the APA (Animal Protective Association of Missouri). Head to http://www.apamo.org to learn more!
This event is very special, indeed. Not only does it showcase your wonderful dogs, but it also supports breast cancer research! The event will be held on October 13th in the Upper Muny Parking Lot in St. Louis, Missouri. The morning kicks off with a 5k walk beginning a 9:00 a.m. and a 1 mile walk beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Once the walks have concluded, everyone heads over to the food tent to receive their FREE lunch. Then, the games begin! Every year, one special dog is honored for helping his/her master through their difficult battle with cancer. While emotionally charged, the event is fun for the whole family. Doggie yoga is offered before and after the walk, along with a station to create your very own custom collar for your dog. And don’t forget to bring a costume for the Best Dressed event. My little Adriel won in 2012 for being…what else? An angel!
Don’t miss this year’s first ever First American Fido competition! Only 12 dogs will be selected to compete for the title of American Fido. Head on over to the Celebrate Spot Facebook page to cast your vote! I would LOVE it if you would vote for my special three-legged dog, Penny! She is going to be performing her amazing trick of jumping over a 3 foot pet gate.
All proceeds from this event benefit ywbcp & Director’s Discovery Fund, Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
St. Louis Pet Expo 2013
This annual event is for animal lovers everywhere! Dogs, cats and bunnies are all allowed into this pet and family friendly indoor expo. The Pet Expo is the largest expo for everything pets. More than 150 exhibitors are lined up wall to wall and include anything that you can think of! Vets and animal chiropractors are also on hand to answer any of your questions.
This year, Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules from “Pit Boss” will be at the expo! Onsite adoptions are also offered along with your chance to donate to animal rescue agencies from throughout the area.
The expo will be held on October 26th at from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center. Visit http://www.stlpetexpo.com/ to learn more!
Running Scared into Halloween
The Coalition for Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.) is hosting its annual benefit – Run for Rescues. The event offers a 5k run as well as a 1 mile fun run. Registration is $20 per person. Prizes will be offered for the Best Runner Costume and Best Dressed Companion Dog or Cat.
This event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at the Arnold City Park on Bradley Road in Arnold, Missouri. To register, visit: https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=19642
All proceeds benefit homeless and abandoned animals.
So, leash up your pooches and head to one of these pawesome events!