Celebrate the month of love with the furry one(s) you love. Read on for some February 2018 dog events we can’t wait to check out!
All Month Long: SF SPCA Pop-Up
Looking for something fun to do that gives back at the same time? Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the SF SPCA’s pop-up at One Embarcadero Center. The pop-up will be around all February in celebration of Year of the Dog. Check out the Cat Café, Puppy Cuddle Experience and Cone of Shame art gallery. There will be special events like Yappy Hours and Paint Your Pet Valentine. For more info, go to sfspcamorethanaconeparty.eventbrite.com.
February 16 — March 16, 2018: Grants Applications Accepted at Grey Muzzle
Animal shelters, rescue group, sanctuaries and other nonprofit organizations whose work includes helping senior dogs are invited to apply for Grey Muzzle grants, which typically range from $2,500 to $7,500. The Grey Muzzle Organization is looking for grant applications to fund programs for at-risk senior dogs all around the country. “We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization. “We’re looking forward to awarding dozens of grants to help thousands of deserving old dogs spend their golden years in loving homes.” Learn more on greymuzzle.org.
Sunday, February 4: Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade
Tails up for this parade! Join the canine Mystic Krewe of Barkus for its annual Mardi Gras Parade through the French Quarter in New Orleans. Don’t just be a spectator, register your own dog for the parade at barkus.org.
Monday, February 3 — Thursday, February 15: Sleeping Pet Photo Contest
Got a cute pic of your pup sleeping? Enter it in Embrace Pet Insurance’s “Where Does Your Sleeping Pet Lie?” photo contest. Submit your photo between February 3 through February 15th. Don’t forget to vote and get your friends and family to vote too. Voting closes on February 15. Winners announced on Embrace Pet Insurance’s Facebook page. Find more details and the top prizes on its website.
Saturday, February 10: Sweet Barks
Can’t get any better than a day of canine fun, shopping, festivities, a kissing booth and photographs brought to you by nonprofit Austin Pets Alive! and photographer Zilker Bark. There will be adoptable dogs too, along with lots of vendors. You can also sign up (while spaces last!) for a Valentine’s Day Dog Portrait with Zilker Bark. Not only will the event be a great time for dogs and dog lovers, but it’s for a great cause — Austin Pets Alive! The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST at the ABGB, 1305 Oltorf St. W, Austin, Texas. More details on Facebook. Can’t make it to Austin? You can still donate here.
Saturday, February 10: The Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run
If you’re in the Houston area, you won’t want to miss the 2018 Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run, which benefits Houston’s Friends For Life Animal Shelter and Sanctuary. The annual 5K starts at noon at Kung Fu Saloon. From there, walkers, runners and beer enthusiasts will venture to four other pubs, then back to Kung Fu Saloon for an after party. One beer at each of the five bars on the run is included in the registration. Register online for $45, or pay $50 the day of the race. The run is hosted by Kung Fu Running Club and surrounding area running clubs. Go here for more information.
Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13: 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Live from New York, it’s the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan. If you can’t make it to New York, you can catch the show on television. Follow the top dogs on the road to finding out who will be named Best in Show at westminsterkennelclub.org.
Tuesday, February 13: How To Fix a Broken Heart Available
What happens when your furrever Valentine passes away? Author Dr. Guy Winch tells us in How to Fix a Broken Heart, which includes advice on dealing with all kinds of loss, including pet loss. You can get it today for $16.99 ($22.99 CAN).
Saturday, February 15: Midamerica Boston Terrier Rescue’s 1st Annual Valentine’s Celebration
Show your love by attending this fundraiser to help Boston Terriers find homes in Denver and across Colorado. All are welcome — including dogs with current shots! There will be lots of dog, drinks, prizes and a photo booth. Cost is $5 per person. The event, hosted by Denver’s Woof in Boots, goes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More information available on adoptaboston.com.
Saturday, February 17: 5K Paw Walk
Two great causes in one: Rescue dogs and the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Sprint down to the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, benefiting the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and San Diego Botanic Garden, where not only will there be a lovely 5K walk through the garden, but there will be pet products, food, treats and, of course, dogs! Event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More info at 5kpawwalk.org.
Monday, February 19: Premiere of Hallmark Channel’s 2018 American Rescue Dog
Watch more than 52 dogs from various rescues and shelters compete for $75,000 in grants from the Petco Foundation for their alumni shelters during Hallmark Channel’s three-hour television premiere. The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show celebrates rescue dogs in this personality-driven competition, with the goal to spotlight rescues and inspire viewers to adopt their next dog from their local shelter/rescue. Brought to you by Executive Producers Jennifer Schultz, who has worked on many high profile national pet adoption campaigns, and Michael Levitt, creator of Fox’s Cause For Paws, The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show is partnering with AdoptAPet.com to encourage local pet adoption. Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen, the show also has celebrity judges Linda Blair, Rick Springfield, Brandon McMillan, Ross Matthews, Andrea Arden, plus Larissa Wohl covering all the action ringside.
Holiday Observance: Thursday, February 22: Walking the Dog Day
When the weather outside is frightful, dog lovers can get neglectful, which is why having a Walking the Dog Day as a reminder just makes sense. Re-commit to your dog’s regular walking schedule today, and go outside with your dog — bond, exercise and have fun!
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Tell us: What fun dog events are you attending or celebrating this month?
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