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Right Now

"Collect Dog Fur for Oil Clean-up", Santa Cruz - various locations. Friends of Lighthouse Field (FOLF), a community of Santa Cruz dog lovers, is spearheading a Santa Cruz community campaign to collect pet fur and human hair clippings that will be woven into booms and mats that help clean up the Gulf Coast oil spill. Animal fur and human hair have proven to be an efficient and abundant material for collecting and containing petroleum spills. FOLF volunteers are picking up bags of fur and hair clippings from Santa Cruz pet groomers and hair salons, which is shipped to the Gulf Coast in a program coordinated by Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based ecological organization. The hair collections are converted into booms or woven into mats that volunteers at the Gulf Coast spill use to sop up oil. The program grew from a concept developed by a hair stylist who recognized hair and fur are natural collectors of oil. Santa Cruz businesses participating with FOLF are: KatWalk Salon and Spa, Santa Cruz – http://www.katwalksalon.com; Le Salon, Santa Cruz – http://www.lesaloncruz.com; Bed and Biscuits – http://www.bedandbiscuits.com/contact.html; Shampoochez – http://www.shampoochez.com

"Collect Dog Fur for Oil Clean-up", For Other Living Things™, 1261 South Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale. For Other Living Things (FOLT) is spearheading a Silicon Valley community campaign to collect pet fur and human hair clippings that will be woven into booms and mats that help clean up the Gulf Coast oil spill. Animal fur and human hair have proven to be an efficient and abundant material for collecting and containing petroleum spills. FOLF volunteers are picking up bags of fur and hair clippings from Santa Cruz pet groomers and hair salons, which is shipped to the Gulf Coast in a program coordinated by Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based ecological organization. The hair collections are converted into booms or woven into mats that volunteers at the Gulf Coast spill use to sop up oil. The program grew from a concept developed by a hair stylist who recognized hair and fur are natural collectors of oil. For more information see http://www.forotherlivingthings.com.

Right Now New!

Sing a petition to State Parks to reinstate off-leash recreation at Lighthouse Field. See www.folf.org.

Right Now New!

"Be My Hero", "Are you ready to walk a dog? Play with a cat? Raise funds? Clean kennels? Are you ready to do what Martha Stewart was the first to do — pledge to make a difference in the life of a shelter pet? When you pledge to volunteer at one of the 7,500-plus shelters in the Adopt-A-Pet.com database, Purina ONE will donate $5 to participating shelters in the One Hope Network, up to $500,000. See www.bemyhero.com

Right Now New!

Help keep Oyster Bay available for off-leash dog use, with Oyster Bay Dogs.

Right Now

Sign a petition here and take a survey on dog parks in San Leandro here.

Right Now

"Petition Supporting Dog Parks In Santa Cruz County," We are seeking 1,000 signatures from residents of SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. Only residents' and visitors' signatures will be counted by the Parks Commission. To encourage the Parks Commission of County of Santa Cruz, California to establish open space, “off-leash” dog parks, trails and grass athletic fields that allow dog sports such as obedience training, agility, fly ball, canine Frisbee and other organized canine activities.

Right Now

"Petition for off-leash dog parks in Cupertino". Dog lovers please sign our petition. The City of Cupertino has not been very encouraging to our requests, so we are trying to get a show of support to convince them otherwise. Everyone is welcome to sign, since we use all the neighboring cities dog parks, they would probably like us to get our own (to share of course)! For more information contact Betsy and the Cupertino Dog Walkers at betzd@pacbell.net.

Right Now

Speak now, or forever hold your leash! Save and promote off-leash recreation areas for dogs in the Bay Area!

  • For San Francisco, call 415 273-5715, e-mail fortfunston@hotmail.com or visit www.sfdog.org or www.fortfunston.com for further information. Sign a petition to create permanent off-leash areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area here.
  • For the East Bay, sign the petition to keep Pt. Isabel as an off-leash area, and help Oyster Bay Dogs keep Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline dog-friendly.
  • For Oakland, Michelle Doppelt, Dimond Park Rec Center, is re-activating the Dimond Park Advisory Council. One of the topics she is proposing is a K-9 group to consider a number of options to make Dimond Park more dog friendly. Right now no dogs are allowed in Dimond Park. If you are interested in getting involved, go to DPAC's web site http://www.dimondpark.info/search/label/k9group, scroll down to see proposed dog run and walkway. If you would like to be part of this DPAC Action Team Send an email to Michelle Doppelt mdoppelt@oaklandnet.com
  • For San Jose, contact Steve Roemer, San Jose Parks Manager, to let him know you support more and better dog parks at (408) 794-1359. Sign a petition for a dog park in the Rose Garden area here.
  • For Campbell, contact Lisa Petersen, senior engineer for Campbell at 408 866-2190 or visit www.cityofcampbell.com (check under "What's New").
  • For Milpitas, join the Milpitas Dog Park group at yahoo.com.
  • For Santa Clara County, contact Jane Mark of County Parks at (408) 355-2237 or jane.mark@mail.prk.co.santa-clara.ca.us.
  • For Santa Cruz, save the Lighthouse Field (see Laura's site, also).
  • For San Mateo County, sign this on-line petition.
Ongoing

Puppy Socials and Special Playgroups

 

Every Wednesday - recommended for small dogs!

"Small Dog Playgroup," 6:30 pm, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Puppy and Small Dog Playgroup on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. The group is for puppies 8 to 20 weeks and dogs under 40 pounds. Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Wednesday

"Puppy Social," 7-8 PM, Oddstad School: 930 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Puppy Socials are hour-long play sessions where puppies get to play with other puppies offleash in a supervised setting, for pups aged 10 weeks to 20 weeks. We'll also have an older pup social coming soon! All puppies must be healthy and current on DHLPP vaccinations. RSVP Required. Contact us with your name and your pup's name at 650-557-1583 or training@pacificapet.com.

Every Friday - Recommended for puppies!

"Sirius Puppy Social," 6:30 PM, Branham Plaza, 4442-B Pearl Avenue (at Branham), San Jose. Pups must be 12 to 18 weeks of age when they attend their first social (The upper age limit for starting the socials is 18 weeks, however, if they keep coming regularly and stay social, they can attend the rest of their lives). Bring shot records with you to your first social. Pups must have age-appropriate vaccines. Flat collar only (no metal or slip collars). No flexi-leashes. Guardian 18 years or older MUST accompany dog throughout the social. Bring yummy treats for your pup. Space may be limited. When room is full, social will be closed to any other pups who may show up. Trainer reserves the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Walk-in fee is $10 per dog. For more information contact Eleanor Stewart at 408 750-6750 or eleanor_stewart@yahoo.com.

Every Friday

"Small Dog Social," 6:30-7:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Let your little ones play, and get their yah yah's out while you sip some wine, kick back, and share housetraining tips. Exclusively for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and their parents. Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. It's indoors, it's safe, and most of all... it's silly! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

"Puppy Happy Hour," 7:30-8:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Mingle with other new puppy parents while your puppy learns how to make new friends! Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. Remember, a tired puppy is a happy parent! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

First Saturday of every month

"Happy Tails' Puppy Playtime Social," 1-2 PM, Happy Tails/Canine Corral, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Canine Corral Dog Daycare in conjunction with Happy Tails to You Dog Training now offer a Puppy Playtime Social every first Saturday of the month. Come to our spacious daycare and have your puppy socialize with other puppies and their owners in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Puppies must be younger than 6 months of age and be current with their vaccinations. Dawna Caldwell, CPDT of Happy Tails to You Dog Training will be overseeing the event. She will be assessing your puppy's play style, body language, and energy level. We will use this information to help your puppy develop appropriate play and social skills, with both dogs as well as people. For more information see the happytailstoyoudogtraining.com.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Downtown Dogs' Puppy Social", 9-10 AM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. The Puppy Social Club allows young pups (ages 10 - 28 weeks) to socialize and learn appropriate play behavior, with dogs their own age. We also discuss training tips and answer questions regarding dog behavior. We would love for you and your pup to join us! Please register Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of current vaccinations (DHLPP and Rabies). There will be a fee of $5 for each event or you can purchase 5 events for $20. To register contact kelly@downtowndogs.com.

Every Saturday - Recommended for small dogs!

"Toy Dog Social," 12-1 PM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. Join Downtown Dogs for a fun time with dogs that are 15 pounds and under). Meet with other toy dog owners to discuss some of the special concerns, training differences, and safety issues of toy dogs. We’ll devote a lot of our time to letting the little ones party and play with each other (with supervision). For more info contact Kelly Alves Helsing at info@downtowndogs.com or 408 287-2267.

Every Saturday - recommended for small dogs!

"Small Dog Playgroup," noon, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Small Dog Playgroup, for dogs 20 pounds and under (dogs slightly over 20 pounds, but with appropriate temperaments may be permitted). Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Saturday - recommended for smaller puppies!

"Puppy Playgroup," 11 am, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Puppy Playgroup for puppies 8 to 20 weeks and under 40 pounds. Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Playgroup for medium to large breed puppies," 1 PM, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd.,San Leandro. Weekly play group for dogs over 30 pounds and 3-6 months old. This will allow owners of young puppies to enjoy off leash play with their dogs. Our social groups give dogs a chance to play and interact with other dogs in a safe, supervised, and controlled environment. This service is offered to Braveheart students. Dogs that we have not trained previously or recently may be accepted into play groups after evaluation. Check the website to make sure we are having play groups for any given Saturday. For more information contact Vicki Ronchette at braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net or (510) 483-2631, or see Braveheart for more information.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Social" 9 AM, A Dog's LIfe, Palo Alto. Puppy Socials are a safe and supervised environment to help further your puppy's social skills and bite inhibition during that critical up-to-18 week socialization window. Course prerequisites: Puppies must be under 18 weeks of age when attending their first social; Puppies must have proof of being 10 days past their initial vaccination for DHPP at their first attendance. Bordatella also recommended but not required; Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy; $10 - per session drop-in charge. Payment goes to instructor. NO NEED TO REGISTER. On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full. Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play). The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize. Please note that this is not an environment to work on behavior issues. Socials are not necessarily appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Check our website for more details: www.dogslife.biz/classes.html#puppysocials

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Play Group," 10-11 am, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. The 10 AM play group is for pups 11 weeks of age (an exception may be made for pups < 11 weeks if cleared by a veterinarian) to 6 months of age (or older for smaller/shy pups). Proof of vaccinations appropriate for age are required the first visit and have a minimum of 2 rounds of vaccinations for Distemper and Parvo. The class drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday - Recommended for older puppies!

“Adolescent Play Group,” 11 AM-noon, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. This is an 11 AM play group for pups older than 5.5 months and adolescent dogs. However, I need to be familiar with the pups or screen newcomers to this group before allowing them to participate. If you are interested in the 11 AM class, please email me the details about your dog, i.e. age, breed, sex, prior classes and play experience. Again, vaccinations appropriate for age are required and the drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy and Small Dog Social Hour," 10:15-11:15 AM, Livermore Country Pet Hospital, 2110 Greenville Rd. Livermore. One hour of supervised puppy play time, command practice with distractions, question and answer time with the trainer and other socialization exercises. Class is drop in, no need to pre-register. Cost is $10/week, payable at class. Class is weather dependent. Please call 925-371-8142 after 8am to check if the social is cancelled. Puppies aged 9 weeks-20 weeks are welcome to attend. Additionally, any puppy who has attended Perfect Puppies with Tell a Tail Dog Training in the past 3 months is welcome to attend regardless of age. Non aggressive small dogs under 20 pounds of any age are welcome as well. Socials will be held at Livermore Country Pet Hospital in the outdoor fenced in area. This area is locked when not in use and access to this area is restricted only to dogs in training classes who have provided proof of vaccinations. For more information contact TellATail.com.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Social Hours," 10 AM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Puppies, up to 6 months old, will meet new dogs of all kinds, sizes, and temperaments; run, play, sniff and wrestle for some great exercise; develop social skills with not only other pets, but friendly people who will be equipped with treats and praise. Give your puppy the best start in life though important socialization - the key to getting an easygoing, friendly adult dog you can take everywhere. For more information see http://therexcenter.com/dog-training/puppy-socials.htm

Every Saturday

"Heatherly Puppy Social", 9 AM, Heatherly Kennels, 1190 East San Martin Ave., San Martin. Bring your puppy (under 6 months) for off-leash play supervised by certifed trainer. These are drop in sessions, each costing $7. The area is shaded, cool, and fully fenced and a tunnel will be prodivded for play. Proof of vacinations and a negitive fecal exam are required to be admitted. For more information contact info@heatherlyaussies.com or (408) 683-2163.

Every Saturday

"Dog Day Mornings" at the Peninsula Humane Society. Socialize your dog with others. Large dogs 9:30-10:30 am, small dogs 10:30-11:30 am every Saturday. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 784 for more information.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Playskills Drop-in Sessions," 10:30 AM, in Aptos. Pups with one set of shots (and instructor approval) are welcome. Adolescent dogs and adults may participate at the instructor's discretion. Four prepaid sessions are $40 or $15 per session. For more information contact Lori Katz of Kindred Spirit at (831) 685-DOGS (3647) or Lorikatz@aol.com or www.DogTrainNow.com.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Yappy Hour" 10:30 - 11:30am, Titan’s Kingdom - Daycare & Resort, 1512 Fulton Place, Fremont. This important socialization experience is designed for pups (1 year or younger) so they will learn the skills to socialize and interact with other dogs and people.  Come join us and give your pup the best chance at becoming a friendly and social dog. Requirement: Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of vaccinations (Bordatella and 2nd series of DHPP). $5 per pup. For more information contact titan@titanskingdom.com or (510)353-1367.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Socialization Preschool," 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today's society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs at www.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Some Saturdays

"Puppy Play Time Meetup," noon, Dog Town, 540 Bryant Street, Palo Alto. If you just got a puppy and want to start off on the right foot come on in to Dog Town in Palo Alto! Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your pup to other puppies and watch them romp around and play! These play groups will be supervised by a professional dog trainer. Teri Aslett with Legendary Teri's Dog Training & Pet Care is ready to make sure your pup has a good experience making new friends. While your puppy is playing, you can pick up useful potty training tips and get some answers to many other training questions. You will be given a handout containing valuable information about the critical periods in a puppies life and how much of an impact they make on the way your pup will behave as an adult. This meetup is for puppies 20 weeks and under. Puppies must have had their first round of shots a minimum of 5 days prior to the meetup. Please bring shot records from your vet and $10 in cash to participate in puppy play. For more information see http://www.meetup.com/Palo-Alto-Puppy-Play-Time/calendar/krxhpynmbxb/. Email Teri to be notified about playgroups as they are scheduled.

Varied Dates

"Free Group Runs for Dogs and their Owners", date, time and location varies, in Santa Cruz County. A fun, social and active group for all fitness levels - from beginning runners to seasoned veterans! Come join us on the various trails throughout Santa Cruz county to get fit with your dog. Meet other runners who like to exercise with their favorite furry friend! I started my dog running business - See Spot Run - in Santa Cruz back in 2008. Now I'm looking to gather runners and dog owners alike to join me on some of the beautiful trials in our area. Running with the pack is a great way to get fit, tire out your dog, and meet other wonderful people in the Santa Cruz area! So sign up, and lets hit the ground running! For more information contact See Spot Run at 831-297-2122, sierra@seespotrunadventures.com or see www.seespotrunadventures.com.

Varied Dates

"Bay Area German Shepherds Meetup," various times and locations. This Meet Up group was started so that German Shepherds could play, exercise and socialize with their own kind. Meetups are held all around the South Bay Area and vary from hikes, beach trips, parks, training classes and anything else we can think of. It is an opportunity to meet other German Shepherd owners, share experiences and knowledge while giving the German Shepherds the opportunity to play, exercise and socialize with other German Shepherds. We must ensure that the members of our Meetup group are safe, therefore, everyone must keep their Shepherds up to date with all vaccinations and only join the pack if there is no history of uncontrollable aggressive behavior. For more information see http://www.meetup.com/Bayareagermanshepherds/

Every Day

"Nightly Dog Walk," Willow Glen High School, 2001 Cottle Ave., San Jose.

Every Day

"Annie's Blankets," various sites in the Santa Cruz area. The mission of Annie'sBlankets is to provide comfort to lost and injured companion animals and to promote public awareness regarding the needs of homeless and ailing pets. Bring your clean blankets, old or new, to your local Annie’sBlankets site. Look for the Annie’sBlankets barrel. Annie’sBlankets will collect the blankets and towels and distribute them to various shelters, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. We use a rotating donation system so we can provide comfortable bedding to homeless and ailing pets all over the Central Coast and Bay Area. See www.anniesblankets.org.

Every Day

Use Dogpile for all your websearch needs and benefit the APSCA, or use GoodSearch and benefit the charity of your choice (including Humane Society Silicon Valley).

Every Day

"Free Kibble for Trivia," It's fun and helpful - you answer a trivia question about cats or dogs to donate. Feed hungry dogs, play Bow Wow Trivia. FreeKibble.com

Every Day

"Drink wine to fight cancer in dogs," Buy the Cru Vin Dogs' Golden Retriever Chardonnay to donate money to Morris Animal Foundation to research cancer treatments.

Every Day

"Drink wine and support the SPCA of Monterey County". Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. And now they have created a delicious wine that supports The SPCA! We're howling with delight! Cima Collina's Howlin' Good Red is a tasty and appealing blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% of the profits will go directly to the animals at The SPCA. For more information, please visit Cima Collina's website at http://cimacollina.com/WordPress/

Every Day

"Martha Speaks website" - see pbskids.org/martha.

Right now

"Humane Society Silicon Valley survey". We are interested in learning more about our community's preferences for pet-related services so we can ensure our Animal Community Center is the best place for people and their pets. Would you please take a moment to fill out our short online survey- just 6 questions. Also, please pass the link on to your friends, family, coworkers, and any other pet owners you know. Click here. Thank you!

Every Day

"Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Research". Tufts is looking for subjects for a study of thyroid replacement therapy for canine behavior problems. This dog behavior study is looking for dogs that are aggressive to their owners and also have a thyroid problem. The double-blind study will focus on borderline cases, dogs that have normal thyroid levels but are in the bottom 20th percentile of the normal thyroid hormone level range. Half of these dogs will receive thyroid hormone supplements that will bring them to the upper part of the normal range and the other half will receive a placebo. The study will then assess if treating the thyroid problem decreases the aggressive behavior. The study lasts for 8 weeks. The first two weeks are a baseline phase when the owners count the number of aggressive episodes that occur per day and document them on a form. Then the dog’s aggressive behavior is monitored again for the next 6 weeks after dog gets the supplement. The participants can be from any part of the country and do not have to bring the dogs to Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic in order to participate. In order to qualify, a dog must be aggressive (growl, lift a lip, snarl or bite) to a human family member 4 - 5 times/week, and not be currently being treated for a thyroid condition. Please contact Nicole Cottam, Behavior Service Coordinator, at 508-887-4802 (nicole.cottam@tuft.edu) for more information.

Every Day

"Marin Humane Society seeks foster homes for animals in need - Take good care of our babies! The Marin Humane Society is currently looking for foster care volunteers who can “take good care of our babies” until they are ready to enter the MHS adoption program. Foster homes offer a temporary environment for animals to work on behavior issues or rehabilitate after injury or illness, and provide a safe place for kittens and puppies to grow. On average, more than 30% of adoption animals at MHS benefit from time in a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to experience the joy of caring for a companion animal without making a long-term commitment. Volunteers bear no out-of-pocket expenses. The Marin Humane Society furnishes all necessary supplies and provides routine and emergency veterinary care; foster parents supply the love. The Marin Humane Society is in need of a several types of foster homes, including: Behavior fosters - Behavior foster homes afford dogs the opportunity to get beyond a particular issue that would otherwise make it difficult for them to be adopted. Medical fosters - Medical foster homes are crucial for giving animals the time they need to heal away from the stress of a kennel. Whelping fosters - Whelping fosters provide care for dogs through their pregnancy. For more information about becoming a foster care volunteer, please call MHS foster care coordinator Samantha Pascoe at (415) 506-6235.

Right now

Take a survey on how to choose a new dog here. Flip playing in the snow

Every Day

Read about and donate to the Rabies Challenge Fund.

Every Day

Help the Humane Society Silicon Valley's fundraising and animal services efforts through Bright Light. Click here.

Every Day

"Free Clicks for Donation," click for free at The Animal Rescue Site and Care2.com to help advertisers donate food to feed animals at the North Shore Animal League America or shelters funded by Fund for Animals. Click here and here (and then go on to donate to other environmental, medical, and social causes!).

Every Day

Read the doggy comic strip Pooch Cafe from the SitStay GoOut Store.

Every Day

"Get $10 to Spay/Neuter Your Pits and PitXs", Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd. San Mateo. PHS/SPCA is offering free surgeries plus $10 cash back for owners of pit bull terriers or pit bull mixes who have their dogs altered at PHS/SPCA. To schedule a surgery, call 650 340-7025.

Every Day

"The East Bay Pit Fix Program," The East Bay SPCA offers FREE spay and neuter surgeries to pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Appointments must be made for each dog you would like spayed or neutered and there can be up to a 4-6 week wait for an appointment. Surgeries are performed at the Oakland SPCA Spay & Neuter Center at 410 Hegenberger in Oakland or at the Tri-Valley SPCA Spay & Neuter Center at 4651 Gleason Dr. in Dublin. For more information call 1-877-4PIT-FIX or 510-639-7387.

Every day

Join the Nor Cal Canine Hikers Group (e-mail discussion list) to find out about hikes, walks and activities you can do with your dog in the greater Bay Area! Or join Dinghy Dogs for those who like to boat, kayak and canoe with their dogs.

Every day

"Donate your used books to MHS and help animals in need," By participating in books sales throughout the year, the Marin Humane Society is able to turn your used books into much needed resources for the shelter animals. Please donate your books, DVDs, CDs and books on tape (in good condition and less than 10 years old), and make a difference in the life of an animal in need. Please call (415) 506-6232 for more information, or simply bring your donations to the shelter.

Ongoing

"Million Dog Search," online. Million Dog Search is a nationwide campaigne aimed at increasing awareness for canine osteoarthritis. The goal is to screen one million dogs who could be needlessly suffering from osteoarthritis and urge owners to visit their veterinarian. Visit milliondogsearch.com and take the OA checklist to find out if your dog is at risk, then help one of ten pet charities move closer to winning up to $25, 000. For more information about canine osteoarthritis, visit TreatDogArthritis.com.

Weekly

"K9Cast with Tara and Walter," A podcast about dogs, dog training, rescue, shelters, adoption and more! Weekly podcast on dogs and training promoting positive reinforcement training.

Every Monday

"Society Dog group walk in Evergreen," 6:30 PM, location varies, Evergreen area of San Jose. Hate the way a weekend ends abruptly and work starts again on Monday? Well, shake off those Monday blues and join us for our Evergreen Chapter weekly Monday night walk. See the Society Dog website for more information.

Every Monday

"Drop-In Rally and Competition Obedience Classes," 6:30 PM, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd, San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers drop in Rally and Competition Obedience classes. Tuesdays, 6:30pm, rotates each week from rally to obedience. All positive, clicker training techniques. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Monday

"Puppy Social," 6 or 7 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Calling all puppies up to 6 months old! It’s social hour with Jen Hultz (www.jenscaninesocialclub.com). Bring your puppy to meet dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments and friendly people equipped with treats and praise. Puppies will run, play, sniff, wrestle, and receive affection from strangers, all of which is great for exercise, developing social skills, and learning to like people and other dogs. $10 per puppy. Mondays at 6pm and 7pm, time depends on age & vaccinations. Please RSVP at 650-738-8739 or info@therexcenter.com

Every Monday

"Dinner at Zazie," 5:30-9:30 PM, Zazie Restaurant, 941 Cole St, San Francisco. On Monday nights, dog owners are allowed to bring their well-behaved pooches to the restaurant's lovely, secluded patio. The canines are treated to a biscuit and fresh water, while their owners can enjoy Zazie's California-French fare with a discounted bottle of Graeser's "Ruff Red" Zinfandel for just $10. All lit up with white lights, the patio now has heat lamps to provide warmth on those chilly nights. It's all really charming and cozy, especially with the family dog by your side. Reservations recommended: 415-564-5332.

Every Monday and Wednesday

"CCI Campus Tour," 10 AM and 2 PM, Canine Companions for Independence, 2965 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. For groups of 10 or more, please call 707 763-9882. See www.cci.org for more information.

Every Tuesday

“Bark in the Dark in Los Gatos,” 6:30 PM walk, meet at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (corner of Santa Cruz and Main), Los Gatos. Join Society Dog for group evening dog walks in Los Gatos. Walk at 6:30 PM, followed by no-host social hour/appetizers at 7:30 PM. For more information see Societydog.com or call 408-671-3417.

Every OTHER Tuesday

"Drop In Conformation Class," 7:00 (all dogs) and 7:30pm (small dogs), Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Conformation training is dog show preparation training. We offer the only clicker/positive conformation classes in the area and are referred to by many other trainers for our specialized approach to conformation training. Braveheart Dog Training offers drop in conformation classes every Tuesday evening at 7:00 and 7:30. The class is 30 minutes long. The cost is $10 per class or purchase a 4 visit card for $35. Please email or call Vicki Ronchette at braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net or (510) 483-2631 to confirm class will be held, or see Braveheart for more information.

Every Tuesday

"Puppy Play Time," puppies 6:30-7:30 PM, Steindorf School, 3001 Ross Ave., San Jose. Jen and Steve Piazza of Dogs N Suds host a supervised puppy socialization period every Tuesday night. Puppies (one year or younger) can play from 6:30 to 7:30. "The play time is supervised by one or more trainers. We allow the dogs to be dogs but do not allow overly sniffing, or any other bad behaviors you might find at a dog park. The play group is a mixture of big and small dogs, By mixing the groups it makes for a more rounded and adaptable dogs and parents. The cost is 7 dollars for the hour and it is a first come first server event. When showing up for the first time please bring proof of shots. When pulling into the parking lot, head towards the school busses we are in the second building one door down from Nancy's school of dance." Contact Steve at steve.piazza@dogsnsuds.com for more information.

Every Tuesday

"Open Swim at the Rex Center," 8-9pm, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. For dogs who will swim by themselves - with the assistance of mom/dad throwing the ball or toy. Self-motivated dogs can be cleared to swim on their own after a minimum of one assisted swim to prove that the dog can swim and get in and out of the pool safely. Sessions are by appointment only. (Sorry, swimming is for dogs and coaches only—our insurance coverage, and San Mateo County health codes, will not permit owners to join their dogs in the pool.) For more information contact The Rex Center at 415.578.5735 or 650.738.8739 or info@therexcenter.com.

Every Tuesday

"Small Dog Off-Leash Park Meet-Ups in San Francisco," 6:45-7:45 PM, Alamo Square Park, San Francisco. Strictly non-commercial. No reply necessary - just show up. Rain cancels, but we love fog and clouds. No selling or promoting of any kind is allowed. For more information contact ForTheDogs.net.

Every Tuesday

"Small Dog Off-Leash Park Meet-Ups in San Francisco," 5:45 or 6 PM, Pine Lake Park (just west of Stern Grove), San Francisco. Strictly non-commercial. No reply necessary - just show up. Rain cancels, but we love fog and clouds. No selling or promoting of any kind is allowed. For more information contact ForTheDogs.net.

First Tuesday of each month

"HSSV Companion Animal Loss Support Group," 6:30-7:30 PM, Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Avenue, Milipitas. Anyone who has experienced a loss or anticipates such a loss is invited to attend the HSSV Companion Animal Loss Support Group. The group helps grieving pet owners heal the pain by working through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. The meetings are held at the shelter on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief even after your own needs are met. This service is provided at no fee for our community. Donations are welcomed to help provide necessary services for our animal guests here at the shelter. For more information contact Beth Ward at (408) 262-2133 x178 or beth.ward@hssv.org.

First Tuesday of every month

"Pet Loss Support Group," 7:30 to 9:00pm, SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama St., San Francisco. A Pet Loss Support group for grieving pet owners takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Grief counselor Dr. Betty Carmack moderates the group and resource booklets will be available at the meeting. It is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 415-554-3050.

First Tuesday of every month

"Pet Parenting Support," 6:30 PM, Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road (near 17th Avenue), Santa Cruz. Welcome to the Tail-Wagging World of Dog Ownership! Starting shelter/rescued dogs out on the right paw in their new homes - coaching for their people. This free, drop-in group will coach you in training your newly adopted dog and helping you overcome some of their challenging behaviors and common problems. These sessions are for people, so please leave your dogs at home. Jumping up, barking, and pulling on the leash, etc. come naturally to dogs and we’re here to help you learn what to do. Reservations required: 831-475-1580. Sponsored by: Bed and Biscuits, Lori Katz of Kindred Spirits Dog Training, and the Santa Cruz SPCA.

First Tuesday of every month

"Chili's Supports The SPCA for Monterey County," 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Chili's at1349 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside or 1940 N. Davis Road, Salinas. Visit Chili's the first Tuesday of every month to support your SPCA! With each flyer presented, Chili's will donate 10% of your total bill to The SPCA. This amazing offer is only valid the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Chili's in Seaside or Salinas, and you must bring this flyer with you.

Third Tuesday of every month

"Pet Loss & Grief Support Group: When You Lose Your Beloved Companion," 7- 8:30 PM, The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley. All of us know the enormous sadness of having our wonderful pets die. The feelings of grief, despair, and loss are sometimes overwhelming. The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is pleased to offer a new monthly grief support group to help you if you are suffering from the loss of a beloved pet. Please join us for helpful information and emotional support. There is no fixed fee. We do appreciate donations to help cover the costs of printed handouts. For more information, please call Roy at (510) 752-7757.

First Wednesday of each month

"People 'n Pets Mini Massages: An ongoing benefit for Pets Unlimited, 5-7 PM, Spa Solé, 2500 Clay Street, 2nd Floor @ Fillmore, San Francisco. Happy Hounds Massage and Spa Solé are combining their services to benefit Pets Unlimited, a non-profit shelter and hospital. Get a massage for yourself and your pup at the same time, in the same room! $1 per person and $1 per pet, per minute. Call now for your People 'n Pets Mini Massage Session - 415-929-6886. And don't forget to stop by Pets Unlimited and adopt a pet!

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month

"Grief Support Group," 7 PM, 2701 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. The group is based on the belief that grief needs to be shared in order for healing to happen. We are a story-telling and listening group. Contact the Santa Cruz SPCA at (831) 465-5000 for more information.

Every Wednesday - recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Social" 7:30 PM, HSSV/A Dog's LIfe, 901 Ames Avenue, Milipitas. Puppy Socials are a safe and supervised environment to help further your puppy's social skills and bite inhibition during that critical up-to-18 week socialization window. Course prerequisites: Puppies must be under 18 weeks of age when attending their first social; Puppies must have proof of being 10 days past their initial vaccination for DHPP at their first attendance. Bordatella also recommended but not required; Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy; $10 - per session drop-in charge. Payment goes to instructor. NO NEED TO REGISTER. On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full. Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play). The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize. Please note that this is not an environment to work on behavior issues. Socials are not necessarily appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Check our website for more details: www.dogslife.biz/classes.html#puppysocials

Every Wednesday

"Drop In Conformation Class," noon, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Conformation training is dog show preparation training. We offer the only clicker/positive conformation classes in the area and are referred to by many other trainers for our specialized approach to conformation training. Braveheart Dog Training offers drop in conformation classes every Tuesday evening at 7:00 and 7:30. The class is 30 minutes long. The cost is $10 per class or purchase a 4 visit card for $35. Please email or call Vicki Ronchette at braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net or (510) 483-2631 to confirm class will be held, or see Braveheart for more information.

Every Wednesday - recommended for small dogs!

"Small DogPlaygroup," 6:30 pm, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Puppy Playgroup on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. The group is for puppies 8 to 20 weeks and under 40 pounds. Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Wednesday

"Puppy Social," 7-8 PM, Oddstad School: 930 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Puppy Socials are hour-long play sessions where puppies get to play with other puppies offleash in a supervised setting, for pups aged 10 weeks to 20 weeks. We'll also have an older pup social coming soon! All puppies must be healthy and current on DHLPP vaccinations. RSVP Required. Contact us with your name and your pup's name at 650-557-1583 or training@pacificapet.com.

Every Wednesday

"Waggin' Wednesday Dog Walk," evenings, Downtown Campbell. Announcing Downtown Campbell's "Waggin' Wednesdays" Dog Walk! Waggin' Wednesdays Downtown Campbell Dog Walk is an informal "just come down" event. Walk your dog Wednesday night, let the pooch sniff out some new dog pals!, all the while strolling around Downtown Campbell and enjoying an evening out! Waggin' Wednesdays is Wednesday evenings. Come on down! Walk your dog here. For more information see http://www.downtowncampbell.com or contact Dana Smith at 408.374.5200 or smith000@ix.netcom.com.

Every Wednesday

"Low-Cost Spay/Neuter surgeries," by appointment, SVACA, 3370 Thomas Rd., Santa Clara. Silcon Valley Animal Control Authority operates a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for residents of Campbell, Monte Sereno and Santa Clara. Cost is $30 per dog ($10 for cats). Other services offered include michrochips, rabies vaccinations, DA2PP (FVRCP and FIV tests for cats), and heartworm tests. Schedule an appointment through 408 764-0344 or see the SVACA website for more information.

Every Wednesday

"Humane Society Meet and Treat," 5-7 PM, Humane Society Silicon Valley, 2530 Lafayette St. (at Martin Ave.), Santa Clara.. Come join us for "Meet and Treat" every Wednesday. Not sure about adopting just yet? Come down and visit with animal guests outside their kennels. Play with canine companions throughout the shelter. Experience cuddly cats in your lap. And of course rabbits too! We will have tasty treats for people as well!

Every Wednesday

"Dog walk at Hester School," 6:30 PM, meet at the Alameda and Lenzen at 6:30 for an hour (or so) walk around the neighborhood, you don't even have to have a dog, just come walk. If you are interested, please meet Jessica and Duke there.

Every Thursday

“Bark in the Dark in Willow Glen,” 6:30 PM walk, meet at the Willow Glen Elem. School (corner of Minnesota and Lincoln), Willow Glen (San Jose). Join Society Dog for group evening dog walks in Willow Glen. Walk at 6:30 PM, followed by no-host social hour/appetizers at 7:30 PM. For more information see Societydog.com or call 408-671-3417.

Every Thursday

"Puppy Socialization Preschool," 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today's society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs at www.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Every Thursday

"Puppy Social" Bella & Daisy's, 1750 Union Street, San Francisco. Join PupStart for a weekly puppy social, where your 9 - 16 week old puppy will meet other vaccinated puppies of the same age and equally important a variety of people! You'll have fun and most importantly invaluable socialization and habituation for your puppy in a safe environment. We'll help you get started with reinforcing a sit, suddenly settling during play, name recognition exercises and tips on a jump-free pup. For more information call (415) 440 7007.

Every Thursday

“Sienna Bistro Dog Night," 1359 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. For more information call 408 271-0837.

First Thursday of every month

"Assistance Dog Institute Tours, 10 AM, 1215 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. For more information contact Jorjan or Cheryl at 707 545-3647, info@assistancedog.org, or see www.assistancedog.org.

Second Thursday of every month

"Pet Loss Support Group," 7-8:30 PM, Peninusla Humane Society, San Mateo. When your companion animal dies, it's natural to feel grief and sadness, even depression. Our free support group is designed to offer anyone grieving the death, loss or terminal illness of a beloved companion animal. Led by a professional counselor, our group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30 pm. The group usually ranges in size from 6 to 12 participants. Some people come once or twice, others four or five times. For more information, please contact Malu Trehan at 650/340-7022, ext. 344 or mtrehan@peninsulahumanesociety.org.

Second Thursday of every month

"Golden Gate English Springer Spaniel Association meeting", Walnut Creek.   "We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at Marie Callendar's in Walnut Creek.  If you would like to join us please contact Audrey Eng at goldmtn_springers@yahoo.com for directions and meeting time."

Third Thursday of every month

"Assistance Dog Institute Tours, 2 PM, 1215 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. For more information contact Jorjan or Cheryl at 707 545-3647, info@assistancedog.org, or see www.assistancedog.org.

Last Thursday of every month

"FREE Behavior Lectures," 7-9 PM, Pacifica Community Center - Portola Rm. (450 Crespi Dr.), Pacifica. People Understanding Pets will be giving free lectures on pet behavior. Trainer Loring Slivinski will be focusing on dealing with problem behaviors with reward-based training. There will also be time for questions at the end, and handouts will be provided. Lectures are open to anyone interested, though because of the venue, we have to ask that the attendees are human only, no dogs (sorry Fluffy!). PuP is a non-profit organization dedicated to "Improving the Lives of Pets and their People through Education". No RSVP required, but if you are planning to attend please contact the trainer at 650-922-4274 or pup@sonic.net.

Every Friday

"Pets Around The Bay," 7:20 PM, KPIX Channel 5 (Bay Area). Features Dr. Ian Dunbar on dog training, Dr. Erin Troy on pet health. Sponsored by Pet Food Express.

Every Friday - Recommended for puppies!

"Mountain Pups Puppy Social," 10-11 AM, Wilson Veterinary Hospital, 24900 Highland Way, Los Gatos. For pups 8 to 24 weeks of age. "In this hour-long session pups will have ample opportunity to interact with each other and play together off-leash. In addition, instructors will supervise and make observations, as well as narrate the pup-play and lead discussions about understanding dog play. We will wind down at the end of each session with some relaxation exercises and a question and answer period. This is a drop-in class. You may attend as often as you like, but you must register before attending. $15 per session or prepay for 4 sessions and pay only $50. For more information contact Lisa White at (408) 857-0482 or Lisa@MountainPups.com.

Every Friday - Recommended for puppies!

"Sirius Puppy Social," 6:30 PM, Branham Plaza, 4442-B Pearl Avenue (at Branham), San Jose. Pups must be 12 to 18 weeks of age when they attend their first social (The upper age limit for starting the socials is 18 weeks, however, if they keep coming regularly and stay social, they can attend the rest of their lives). Bring shot records with you to your first social. Pups must have age-appropriate vaccines. Flat collar only (no metal or slip collars). No flexi-leashes. Guardian 18 years or older MUST accompany dog throughout the social. Bring yummy treats for your pup. Space may be limited. When room is full, social will be closed to any other pups who may show up. Trainer reserves the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Walk-in fee is $10 per dog. For more information contact Debby Knott at 408 972-2342 or HappyPuppy2@comcast.net.

Every Friday

"Small Dog Social," 6:30-7:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Let your little ones play, and get their yah yah's out while you sip some wine, kick back, and share housetraining tips. Exclusively for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and their parents. Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. It's indoors, it's safe, and most of all... it's silly! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

"Puppy Happy Hour," 7:30-8:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Mingle with other new puppy parents while your puppy learns how to make new friends! Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. Remember, a tired puppy is a happy parent! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

"Swimming Hours," 1-7:30 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Looking for a way to unwind at the end of a busy week? Why not relax by the pool with your dog on a Friday? The Rex Center is now offering new swimming hours on Fridays, from 1 pm to 7:30 pm. Call 650-738-8739 or email info@therexcenter.com to book your appointment today!

Every Friday

"Frenchie Friday", 4-7 PM, Dolores Park, Dolores Street @ 19th Street, San Francisco. Every Friday afternoon/early evening, a gathering called "Frenchie Friday" happens in Dolores Park. It is a gathering of people and their French bulldogs. Dolores Park is in the Mission District of San Francisco. The Frenchy Friday group congregates in the center of the park, near the back side (Church Street) of the park.

Every Friday

"Yappy Hour!" 5-7:30 PM, Bella & Daisy's, 1750 Union Street, San Francisco. Bring your dogs and enjoy wine and cheese with other pet lovers! Dress up Fido and throw on your cocktail attire! For more information call (415) 440 7007.

Every Friday

"Agility Dogs," 2 pm, Dog park in Vallejo. "Hi there anyone have a pasison for border collies or agilty dogs like i do? well if you have one or two i five we all can have a border collie meetup! i am a dog trainer myself and can give you somtips also for a troubled dog! Jus an outing for fun nothings profitable about it." For more information contact Hanna From "Human" Training K9edu at (707)5525179 or inuyasha1965@yahoo.com or see http://k9education.webs.com

Every Friday (July 3rd through Labor Day)

"Yappy Hour," 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Tails by the Lake - The Village at Squaw Valley. Every Friday from July 3rd through Labor Day weekend Tails by the Lake will host Yappy Hour at the Village at Squaw Valley USA from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Bring your dog out to the village and receive a free doggie ice cream sample from Tails by the Lake while you enjoy a little treat for yourself – a glass a wine with a donation to The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Pups will also receive a sample of doggie beer - yes, it's beer for dogs! Store specials during Yappy Hour can help outfit your pup with a unique collar, dog house, yummy treat or cool toy. Mingle in the courtyard with canine critters and locals alike and then enjoy the live music, treats & wine from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Donations for wine benefit The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  Free! For more information see www.tailsbythelake.com

Every Friday and Saturday

"CARE Dog Adoptions", Fridays 7-9 PM, Saturdays 10:30 AM - 2 PM, CARE Adoption Center, Maple Leaf Shopping Center, 4190 Piper Dr. (at Saratoga), San Jose. Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) has dogs and puppies (and cats!) available for adoption every weekend. For more information and pictures and descriptions of available animals, see www.carepets.org or call 408-227-CARE.

Fourth Friday of Every Month

"Reiki Healing Circle," 7-8:30 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Join Reiki practitioners Angie Raspa and Cathy Rennie for an evening of healing energy. Share Reiki with your own animals and each other or take this opportunity to explore reiki before committing to a class. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Bring a snack or beverage to share; tea/water is provided. FREE! Please RSVP at info@therexcenter.com or 650-738-8739. http://www.therexcenter.com/workshops/reiki1.htm

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Downtown Dogs' Puppy Social", 9-10 AM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. The Puppy Social Club allows young pups (ages 10 - 28 weeks) to socialize and learn appropriate play behavior, with dogs their own age. We also discuss training tips and answer questions regarding dog behavior. We would love for you and your pup to join us! Please register Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of current vaccinations (DHLPP and Rabies). There will be a fee of $5 for each event or you can purchase 5 events for $20. To register contact kelly@downtowndogs.com.

Every Saturday - Recommended for small dogs!

"Toy Dog Social," 10:15 AM- 12:15 PM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. Join Downtown Dogs for a fun time with dogs that are 15 pounds and under). Meet with other toy dog owners to discuss some of the special concerns, training differences, and safety issues of toy dogs. We’ll devote a lot of our time to letting the little ones party and play with each other (with supervision). For more info contact Kelly Alves Helsing at info@downtowndogs.com or 408 287-2267.

Every Saturday - recommended for small dogs!

"Small Dog Playgroup," noon, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Small Dog Playgroup, for dogs 20 pounds and under (dogs slightly over 20 pounds, but with appropriate temperaments may be permitted). Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Saturday - recommended for smaller puppies!

"Puppy Playgroup," 11 am, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Braveheart Dog Training offers a Puppy Playgroup for puppies 8 to 20 weeks and under 40 pounds. Cost is $7 per visit or purchase a 4 visit card for $20. For more information contact Braveheart Dog Training at (510) 483-2631 or braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Playgroup for medium to large breed puppies," 1 PM, Braveheart Dog Training, 2123 Marina Blvd.,San Leandro. Weekly play group for dogs over 30 pounds and 3-6 months old. This will allow owners of young puppies to enjoy off leash play with their dogs. Our social groups give dogs a chance to play and interact with other dogs in a safe, supervised, and controlled environment. This service is offered to Braveheart students. Dogs that we have not trained previously or recently may be accepted into play groups after evaluation. Check the website to make sure we are having play groups for any given Saturday. For more information contact Vicki Ronchette at braveheartdogs@sbcglobal.net or (510) 483-2631, or see Braveheart for more information.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Social" 9 AM, A Dog's LIfe, Palo Alto. Puppy Socials are a safe and supervised environment to help further your puppy's social skills and bite inhibition during that critical up-to-18 week socialization window. Course prerequisites: Puppies must be under 18 weeks of age when attending their first social; Puppies must have proof of being 10 days past their initial vaccination for DHPP at their first attendance. Bordatella also recommended but not required; Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy; $10 - per session drop-in charge. Payment goes to instructor. NO NEED TO REGISTER. On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full. Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play). The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize. Please note that this is not an environment to work on behavior issues. Socials are not necessarily appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Check our website for more details: www.dogslife.biz/classes.html#puppysocials

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Play Group," 10-11 am, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. The 10 AM play group is for pups 11 weeks of age (an exception may be made for pups < 11 weeks if cleared by a veterinarian) to 6 months of age (or older for smaller/shy pups). Proof of vaccinations appropriate for age are required the first visit and have a minimum of 2 rounds of vaccinations for Distemper and Parvo. The class drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday - Recommended for older puppies!

“Adolescent Play Group,” 11 AM-noon, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. This is an 11 AM play group for pups older than 5.5 months and adolescent dogs. However, I need to be familiar with the pups or screen newcomers to this group before allowing them to participate. If you are interested in the 11 AM class, please email me the details about your dog, i.e. age, breed, sex, prior classes and play experience. Again, vaccinations appropriate for age are required and the drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy and Small Dog Social Hour," 10:15-11:15 AM, Livermore Country Pet Hospital, 2110 Greenville Rd. Livermore. One hour of supervised puppy play time, command practice with distractions, question and answer time with the trainer and other socialization exercises. Class is drop in, no need to pre-register. Cost is $10/week, payable at class. Class is weather dependent. Please call 925-371-8142 after 8am to check if the social is cancelled. Puppies aged 9 weeks-20 weeks are welcome to attend. Additionally, any puppy who has attended Perfect Puppies with Tell a Tail Dog Training in the past 3 months is welcome to attend regardless of age. Non aggressive small dogs under 20 pounds of any age are welcome as well. Socials will be held at Livermore Country Pet Hospital in the outdoor fenced in area. This area is locked when not in use and access to this area is restricted only to dogs in training classes who have provided proof of vaccinations. For more information contact TellATail.com

Every Saturday

"Heatherly Puppy Social", 9 AM, Heatherly Kennels, 1190 East San Martin Ave., San Martin. Bring your puppy (under 6 months) for off-leash play supervised by certifed trainer. These are drop in sessions, each costing $7. The area is shaded, cool, and fully fenced and a tunnel will be prodivded for play. Proof of vacinations and a negitive fecal exam are required to be admitted. For more information contact info@heatherlyaussies.com or (408) 683-2163.

Every Saturday

"Dog Day Mornings" at the Peninsula Humane Society. Socialize your dog with others. Large dogs 9:30-10:30 am, small dogs 10:30-11:30 am every Saturday. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 784 for more information.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Playskills Drop-in Sessions," 10:30 AM, in Aptos. Pups with one set of shots (and instructor approval) are welcome. Adolescent dogs and adults may participate at the instructor's discretion. Four prepaid sessions are $40 or $15 per session. For more information contact Lori Katz of Kindred Spirit at (831) 685-DOGS (3647) or Lorikatz@aol.com or www.DogTrainNow.com.

Every Saturday

"Puppy Yappy Hour" 10:30 - 11:30am, Titan’s Kingdom - Daycare & Resort, 1512 Fulton Place, Fremont. This important socialization experience is designed for pups (1 year or younger) so they will learn the skills to socialize and interact with other dogs and people.  Come join us and give your pup the best chance at becoming a friendly and social dog. Requirement: Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of vaccinations (Bordatella and 2nd series of DHPP). $5 per pup. For more information contact titan@titanskingdom.com or (510)353-1367.

Waggin' Hour at Wag Hotels, San Francisco
Yappy Hour at Paws & Claws, Oakland

Every Saturday

"Puppy Socialization Preschool," 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today's society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs at www.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Every Saturday

"Dog Walking Group," 10:30, MetroPooch, 241b E. Campbell Ave. Campbell. Walk with other dog lovers every Saturday to Campbell park. For more information contact MetroPooch at www.metropooch.com or 408.379.BARK (2275).

Every Saturday

"Community Pup Runs," 8 am, Location: Varies throughout Santa Cruz County. Run with the pack! Dogs and runners unite! Join Sierra with See Spot Run, and bring your pooch for a sixty-minute, out-and-back run at one of the many beautiful, dog-friendly locations in Santa Cruz County. Free to the public! Treats provided! All levels welcome. Fantastic exercise for high-energy or obese dogs. Great networking opportunity! Fun and social way to get in shape! For weekly run locations please visit our website at seespotrunadventures.com or contact Sierra at 831.297.2122 or sierra@seespotrunadventures.com

Every Saturday

"Dog Talk Radio Show", 8-9 AM, KHTS AM 1220. Co-hosts Nicole Wilde and Laura Bourhenne are professional dog trainers/behavior specialists. These friendly Fido-tamers share their expertise on everything from how to get your dog to pay attention to you, to how to get him to stop paying attention to that sandwich you left on your countertop! The show features tips and tricks you can use with your own dog, special guests, and doggie trivia contests with paw-sitively great prizes! And, you can always call in to ask questions about your own fur-kids. Best of all, the recommended training and behavior modification methods are gentle and humane. Click on "Listen Live Now" on the radio station's website to listen in, or listen to archives at the DogTalk website.

Every Saturday

"Dachshund Gatherings", 3-5 pm, Foster City Dog Park; 600 Foster City Blvd. (at Bounty Drive) Foster City. Bring your dachshund for fun and socialization! No fees. Dog park is off-leash & fenced. Benches, water, poop bags are provided. Grounds are high-end astro turf, no mud/dirt. Join us every Saturday. If you need directions, contact Caroline Chau at taipanchau@comcast.net. For more info and event listings, join our group online at groups.yahoo.com/group/SF_Bay_Dachshunds.

Every Saturday

"Concord Dachshund Get-together", 3 PM, Concord Newhall Park, Ayers and Turtlecreek, Concord. Weekly play group for doxie and doxie mixes, weather permitting. For more information contact the CCC Dachshund Meetup Group.

Every Saturday

"Flyball practice", 8:30-10:30, Evergreen College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd., San Jose. Come watch the Flyball team "Pawdemonium" practice this great doggie sport!

Every Saturday

"Dolores Dogs' Poop Scoop", 9:00- 11am, Dolores Park - just West of the "Clubhouse", San Franciso. Free coffee and donuts for all who volunteer to help clean up the park. For more information see the Dolores Dogs Website.

Every Saturday

"Free AKC Obedience, CGC & Rally Training Session, 9 am, location Santa Clara. K9 Training Lab hosts free training sessions almost every Saturday. To maintain a safe and friendly environment, we have a few prerequisites: Dog is current on vaccinations; Dog has previous training; Dog can sit/down, come when called & heel a bit; Dog is well socialized/not aggressive with other dogs and must be easily handled by a stranger; and handlers are willing to learn! For more information contact K9 Training Lab at toanew@yahoo.com, www.k9traininglab.com, or http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9TL/

Every Saturday

"Potty Training Seminar," 1:30 PM, Tully Petco, 1960 Tully Rd, San Jose. Free seminars are an intorduction to Petco's dog training including basic information on nutirition, grooming and training lessons. For more information see petco.com.

Most Saturdays

"Pit Bull Basics Education Class," 1-2:30 PM, various South Bay shelters. Who should attend: anyone curious about the breed, potential adopters or puppy buyers, recent adopters, anyone who deals with Pit Bulls on a regular basis. Cost: FREE. This class will introduce you to the Pit Bull breed and answer your tough questions. Do their jaws lock? Why are they in the news so much? Can I have other pets if I adopt a Pit Bull? I just adopted a Pit Bull, what do I need to know? This class is PEOPLE ONLY, so please leave your pup at home. Q&A session follows the presentation, so bring your questions! You will be given a list of educational resources at the end of class. Questions about this class? Want to host this class at your shelter? Email stephanie@ourpack.org.

First Saturday of every other month (odd numbered months)

"Small Dog Meetup," 1:30 PM, Castro Valley Dog Park, Paradise Knoll St. , Castro Valley. All small dogs under 15 pounds are welcome. For more information call 510-357-1700, email chihuahuameetup@yahoo.com, or see the website at groups.yahoo.com/group/chihuahuameetup/.

First Saturday of every month

"Happy Tails' Puppy Playtime Social," 1-2 PM, Happy Tails/Canine Corral, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Canine Corral Dog Daycare in conjunction with Happy Tails to You Dog Training now offer a Puppy Playtime Social every first Saturday of the month. Come to our spacious daycare and have your puppy socialize with other puppies and their owners in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Puppies must be younger than 6 months of age and be current with their vaccinations. Dawna Caldwell, CPDT of Happy Tails to You Dog Training will be overseeing the event. She will be assessing your puppy's play style, body language, and energy level. We will use this information to help your puppy develop appropriate play and social skills, with both dogs as well as people. For more information see the happytailstoyoudogtraining.com.

First Saturday of every month (May through October)

"Paws in the Park: Pet Awareness Day," noon - 4 PM, Park Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. Santana Row is pleased to announce the return of our second annual Pet Awareness Day, Paws in the Park, presented by Humane Society Silicon Valley! Paws in the Park is a free series of events for pets and pet lovers that will run the first Saturday of the month. Come by to learn how to adopt a pet from the Humane Society, as well as take part in educational and fun activities for you and your pet, such as agility contests and “pets on parade.” Pet-themed prizes will be provided by Orvis each week. For more information, contact the Santana Row Concierge at (408) 551-4611.

First Saturday of every month

"Santa Clara Pugs Meetup," 10 AM, Watson Park 21st and Jackson San Jose. A meeting for pugs and their owners at 10:00 a.m. We have about 30 pugs who meet on a regular basis. Come join the fun! For more information contact Janet Harada of the Santa Clara Pug group at 408 254 2920 or janetjhar@yahoogrooups.com.

First Saturday of every month

Saturday Doggie Happy Hours, 4–8 PM, Doc's Clock, 2575 Mission Street (between 21st and 22nd Street), San Francisco. February 4 Happy Hour is benefitting Give A Dog A Bone: From 4-8 PM, 50% of the bar and 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Give A Dog A Bone. For more informaiton see http://www.docsclock.com/

First Saturday of every month

"Fort Funston Dog Walker's Clean-up," 9:30am, Fort Funston upper parking lot, San Francisco. Buckets/bags, coffee, prizes and doughnuts! For more information contact Fort Funston Dog Walkers at 415-468-1262, fortfunston@comcast.net or http://www.fortfunstondog.org.

First Saturday of every month

"Pup N Pony Meet and Greet", 10-11 AM, 11500 Skyline, Oakland. Does your pup need a one-on-one tutorial on trail etiquette around horses? Mosey on down to our monthly Pup and Pony Meet and Greet held on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting*). If you are not sure how your dog is around horses, PLEASE come to this clinic and continue with other obedience training to make sure your dog will return to you when called, no matter what. Look for the Volunteer Mounted Patrol person with his or her horse at Dunn Trail parking lot area at 11500 Skyline Blvd. When you turn into the parking lot, the old, ranch-style Parks building will be to your left. The horse and rider should be at the far right end of the parking lot as you face the hills. Introduce your self to the horse trainer BEFORE taking your dog out of the car.For further information call Oakland Dog Owners Group at 465-0928, ext 2.

First Saturday of every month

"Pomeranian Playtime," noon-3pm, Alameda Small Dogs Park, Alameda. Join Pomeranian dogs for a monthly playgroup. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda, next to the Tennis Courts. For more information contact Melissa at 510-676-3642 or massagesbymel@yahoo.com, or see the Bay Area Small Dogs group.

First Saturday of the Month

"San Jose Pug Meetup," 11 AM, Paws Mahal, 5444 Thornwood Drive, San Jose. Meet friendly Pugs and Pug Owners near you! Come to a local Pug Meetup to play with people and pugs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family! This will be the very first Meetup for This San Jose Pug Meetup Group meeting at The Paws Mahal Doggie Day Care. We'll use the time to get to know each other, talk about being Pug Owners, and discuss what we want out of our Meetups. Please RSVP as we will be bringing pizza and would like an idea how many to expect. Let us know what you would like from a meetup group. For more information see the meetup website.

First Saturday of every month

"Bay Area Beagle Meetup," noon, Mountain View Dog Park, Mountain View. Bring your dogs to a beautiful park with separate areas for large and small breed dogs! For more information see the Bay Area Beagle Meetup Group.

First and Third Saturday of every month

"Carmel Dachshunds Walk," 11 AM, meet at 8th & Scenic Dr., Carmel. Dachshunds and their owners meet at 11 AM and then start the walk at 11:30 down to the beach and back up. Carmel beach is off leash for dogs under control. For more information on the Dachshunds Walk contact Kim Edmundson at 831-625-6171 or kinedmundson@aol.com.

First and Third Saturday of every month

"Animal Adoptions," noon-3pm, Pet Food Express, 1902 South Bascom Ave, Campbell. Adoptions from the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. See SVACA.com.

First and Third Saturday of every month

"Dog Massage," 3-7PM, Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Dog Massage from Canine Therapeutics now available at Pet Food Express Campbell Location. Canine Therapeutics will be on site on 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month from 3pm. Walk-ins are welcome! For more information see k9therapeutics.com

Second Saturday of every month

"Dachshund Meetup," 3 PM, different locations - see the meetup site. We meet at the park for socialization. We walk in parades, host picnics, hold Dachshund Derby's, costume contests, and ad hoc events. For more information, contact Elizabeth Runyan,
Santa Clara County Dachshund Organizer at 408-580-6003 or Kitten0721@aol.com.

Second Saturday of every month

"South Bay Chihuahua Meetup", noon, Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin Country Park, Milpitas. A special little club for special little dogs... and their people. Chihuahua mixes also welcome! For more information see chihuahua.meetup.com/60/.

Second Saturday of every month

"San Francisco Dachshund Gathering," 10:00am, Buena Vista Park, San Francisco. A monthly get-together at which scores of wriggling, happily barking wiener dogs play as their owners swap care tips and marvel over their antics. Meet at the top of Buena Vista Park, Buena Vista & Central. Contact Karey Tolentino at 415-771-8601 or dachshundsf@yahoo.com.

Second Saturday of every month

"Irish Wolfhound Fun Day & Beach walk." Noon, Fort Funston parking lot, San Francisco.

Second Saturday of the Month

"San Francisco Corgi Meetup," 1 PM, Pine Lake Park, Vale Ave & Crestlake Dr, San Francisco. Our monthly San Francisco Corgi meetup (formerly met @ Mountain Lake Park), but new location starting July 2011. Come join us every second saturday. Plenty of parking in this grassy, spacious, and lovely park! Meet other corgi owners and corgis. For more information contact Karen H at spongecat613@gmail.com or see http://groups.yahoo.com/sfcorgi

Second Saturday of the Month

"West Contra Costa Chihuahua Meetup," noon, location TBA. Meet friendly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Owners near you! Come to a local Chihuahua Meetup to have your own dog show and talk breeding. Longcoat or smoothcoat, puppy or adult -- all shapes, sizes and breeds of chihuahuas and people are welcome! "We just started this group for members on this side of the bay. I live in Pinole and there is a great small dog park in Pinole. We are close to Hercules, Richmond, Crockett, and Rodeo. I hope we can get people from a lot of different areas." See the Meetup website for more information.

Second Saturday and Sunday of the Month

"Nike Rescue Pet Adoptions,"noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose.
For more information contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Second Saturday each month

"Basset Hound Meetup," 10am, Drigon Dog Park in Union City. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the second Saturday of each month at 10am. All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

Third Saturday of every month

"Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Adoption Fair," noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose. Come by this fabulous boutique and meet some of HSSV's charming and loving canines. And, each month, there will be an event bonus feature! For example, August and September will feature microchipping. All adoptable dogs are Spayed/Neutered, Vaccinated, Microchipped, and Health and Behavior Tested. Come learn why HSSV is “the best place to adopt a pet”! To learn more about the monthly events, please visit www.HSSV.org or contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Third Saturday of every month

"Bulldog Day at The Park," 1 PM, Las Palmas Dog Park, Sunnyvale. The dog park event is the third Saturday of every month. French and English Bullies are invited to play at the park! All bulldog owners are invited to join a bulldog day at the park the third Saturday of each month. The Las Palmas dog park is a gated dog park with a huge area for dogs and their owners. Please bring all your bullies each month (weather permitting of course)for a day of fun and a lot of bulldogs! For more information contact Michelle Moore, at myshell781@yahoo.com.

Third Saturday of every month

"English Bulldog Meetup", 4 PM, San Francisco ( (join the Meetup group for exact location). "We are a group of Bulldog Lovers that meet up and have our bullies play with each other. That’s basically it. It's a great opportunity to meet new people. Meet new dogs. Or just get a great idea of what it would be like to have a bulldog of your own." For more information see the San Francisco English Bulldog Meetup Group.

Third Saturday of every month

"Boston Terrier Meetup," 1 PM, San Francisco ( (join the Meetup group for exact location). "Meet fellow Boston Terriers and Boston Terrier Lovers near you! Come to a local Boston Terrier Meetup to play with black, brindle and seal Bostons, talk breeding and have fun. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family!" For more information see the San Francisco Boston Terrier Meetup Group.

Third Saturday of every month

"Chihuahua Meetup," noon, Danville (join the Meetup group for exact location). "Meet friendly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Owners near you! Come join us and socialize. All small breeds and owners welcome. It's a great experience for both." For more information see the East Bay Chihuahua meetup group.

Third Saturday of every month

"Dachshund Meetup," 2 PM in San Francisco (join the Meetup group for exact location). "Meet fellow Dachshunds and Dachshund Owners near you! Come to a local Dachshund Meetup to talk breeding and have your own dog show. Longhaired, Smooth or Wirehaired; miniature or full-sized, all breeds of Dachshunds and people are welcome!" For more information see the San Francisco Dachshund Meetup group.

Third Saturday of the Month

"The Peninsula Chihuahua Meetup," noon, Seal Point Dog Park, San Mateo. We'll use the time to get to know each other, talk about being ChiChi Lovers, and discuss what we want out of our Meetups. The Seal Point Dog Park is located off of Hwy 101. You take the 3rd Avenue exit East and continue on E. 3rd until it turns into J. Hart Clinton Drive. The park is on the left. When you turn into the park there is a parking lot on the right near the fenced in dog park. We will be in the small doggie section (obviously!). For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

"Contra Costa English Bulldog Group MeetupUp," 10 AM, Memorial Park Dog Run. "We are a small group of bully owners who live in the Contra Costa County area. Our bullies play with each other - it's that simple! A great opportunity for your bully to meet other bullies and their owners. See you at the Meetup!" As like all other meets, it will be cancelled if it happens to rain. since it's no fun for the bullies to be in the rain. For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

"San Francisco English Bulldog Group MeetupUp," 4 PM, location TBA. "We are a group of Bulldog Lovers that meet up and have our bullies play with each other. That’s basically it. It's a great opportunity to meet new people. Meet new dogs. Or just get a great idea of what it would be like to have a bulldog of your own." For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

"The Peninsula Yorkshire Terrier Meetup," 10:30 AM. "I hope the weather holds out for us! We will be outdoors at Shore Dogs park in Redwood Shores. Shoredogs park has grass and a tree, poop scoop bags, a picnic table and doggie water fountain. It sometimes get breezy, so bring a sweater." For more information see MeetUp.com.

Third Saturday each month

"Basset Hound Meetup," 10am, Morgan Hill Dog Park on Tennant. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the third Saturday of each month at 10am. All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

Fourth Saturday of every month

"German Shepherd Rescue Adoption Day," 11am-2pm, Pet Food Express, Los Gatos Village Square, 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos. German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California is dedicated to the rescue and welfare of German Shepherd Dogs. Our volunteers help foster and adopt dogs to willing homes -- we hope you can assist us in our efforts. Our Adoption Day events give you an opportunity to see some of our dogs that are available for adoption and talk to our volunteers about the kind of dog that might fit into your lifestyle and household. For more information contact 1-866-SAVE-GSD or www.SAVEGSD.org.

Fourth Saturday of each month

"San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup, 11:30 AM, Alta Plaza Park, Between Scott and Jackson Sts, San Francisco. "Please feel free to come to our monthly meetup on the 4th Saturday of each month". For more information contact Daphne, Scotti and Yoda at (415)971-1885 or see the meetup website.

Last Saturday each month

"Basset Hound Meetup," 10am, Fort Funston - San Francisco. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the last Saturday of each month at 10am near the port-o-potty's at the upper parking lot to take a leisurely stroll on the beach and back. Usually takes 2 hours, depending on how much the hounds stop to play!! All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

Monthly

"Santa Clara County Dachshund Meetup Group," various locatons and dates. For more information see the meetup website.

Every Sunday - Recommended for puppies!

"Dog's Life Puppy Socials" 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (shy, smaller dog section available at 10:30). Held at A Dog's Life, 1249 Birchwood Drive, Sunnyvale. Puppy Socials are a safe and supervised environment to help further your puppy's social skills and bite inhibition during that critical up-to-18 week socialization window. Course prerequisites: Puppies must be under 18 weeks of age when attending their first social; Puppies must have proof of being 10 days past their initial vaccination for DHPP at their first attendance. Bordatella also recommended but not required; Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy; $10 - per session drop-in charge. Payment goes to instructor. NO NEED TO REGISTER. On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full. Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play). The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize. Please note that this is not an environment to work on behavior issues. Socials are not necessarily appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Check our website for more details: www.dogslife.biz/classes.html#puppysocials

Every Sunday - Recommended for puppies!

"Puppy Social," 9:30 AM, Pooch Hotel, 180 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale. Join Cindy Lonnstrom of Diva Dogs for a Puppy Play & Social celebrating the arrival of new puppies under 16-weeks of age. Cost is $10 per puppy (cash only). Contact PH at 800 364-8199 or Cindy at 408 245-3647 for more informaiton.

Every Sunday

"Naked Dog Walks," 10:30 AM, Los Gatos Town Square, Los Gatos. "Weekend walks are back...due to popular demand! The time changes, Spring approaches, and Society Dog brings back some weekend walks (otherwise known as Naked Dog Walks!)... this time on Sundays! Mark your calendars and join Society Dog for some beautiful morning walks in Los Gatos. Meet us at our regular location...the Los Gatos Town Square (corner of Santa Cruz & Main) at 10:30. As always, clothing is optional...for dogs, that is! See the Society Dog website for more information.

Every Sunday

"Woof, Walk & Yappy Hour!" 10:30am, Santa Cruz. Join us each week for a walk in Santa Cruz! Each week is a different locale and then we go to a dog-friendly restaurant for Yappy Hour. Our walks are adventures, many in places local dog owners didn't know about! We walk for about an hour and a half and then go eat. Please email to get on the mailing list to find out about each week's walk. More upcoming events will be happening such as whale watching, movies with your dog, music, etc! Contact Woofers & Walkers at 831.427.0350 or whitneywilde@sbcglobal.net.

Every Sunday

"Small Dog Beach Walk," 10 AM, Ocean Beach (San Francisco). Small dogs (under 20 lbs). No cost, no commercial intent, just fun and exercise. The Saturday walk is a loyal group. We've had up to 25 dogs even on rainy days; on a fair weather Saturday we have 50+ dogs and 75+ people. At Ocean Beach, we meet across from the Beach Chalet Restaurant on the beach close to the water. We walk north from there, because the legal off-leash area ends just south of there. There is plenty of parking, and the area is well served by MUNI. See our website atforthedogs.net and our Yahoo Group at groups.yahoo.com/group/SmallDogsSF/

Every Sunday

"Terrier Play Day," 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, Manzanita Park, 17000 Castroville Blvd, Prunedale. Join us every week as we welcome all levels of working terriers, dachshunds and their people who want to have FUN with their earthdogs. Racing, Go-to-Ground, Agility, Conformation, Grooming & Pot Luck social picnic. Have a good time or prepare for trials. Run your dogs, Muzzles are required for racing and on sale at the event. Cost $10/dog, $2/person. Sponsored by Living with Dogs. Volunteers very welcome. For more information see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/terrier-play-day/ or call 831-476-9065.

Every Sunday (except major holidays)

"Pit Bull Training Class," 10-11 AM, register for location. Who should attend: new owners/adopters, leash-reactive PBs, and anyone looking to hone their dog's manners, esp. around other dogs. We help you strengthen the owner-dog bond, improve & maintain your dog's leash manners, and work on leash reactivity issues. (Not sure if your dog is leash reactive? Check out our Leash Reactivity page). This is a drop-in class, so your dog is always exposed to new dogs. This is a GREAT way to desensitize him/her to other dogs on-leash and to teach your dog to focus on you despite the environment. For more information on this class, email info@ourpack.org.

Every Sunday (rain will cancel)

"Dog Agility Course Open," check the website for time (rain cancels), Wilson Vet Clinic parking lot, 24900 Highland Way, Los Gatos. Open training for 2 hours on an agility course in the Santa Cruz Mts off Summit Road, 15 mins from Los Gatos. Dog agility is a series of obstacles, such as jumps and tunnels, made into a course that the dogs work through. This form of dog play can be purely for fun or serious competition. If the handler has not done agility before then Kristin works them through equipment and some basics. Then they can practice what ever they like. Most come for fun and a few are into competing. There will be no training on Thanksgiving weekend and/or if it rains. Your dog must be in good health; age is not a factor; socially adjusted to people and dogs, and have mastered basic control commands. Beginners are welcome. Please come join us. Contact Kristina Irvin or just show up. Items to bring besides your dog - leash, treats, toy and enthusiasm. Fee to participate is as you feel; the money will go to more equipment. For more information see the website at lomaprietadogagility.com call Kristina Irvin at 408 353-5358 or 408-506-8670 or IN8RUNNER@aol.com.

Every Sunday

"San Francisco Dachshund Gathering," 3-4:30 PM, Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco. Come socialize you dachshund with other dachshunds, get to know other dachshund owners and share tips. Park is located in Pacific Heights between Scott, Steiner, Clay and Jackson St. Parking available on the street. For more information contact Karey Tolentino at 415-771-8601 or dachshundsf@yahoo.com, or see Dachshund San Francisco website.

Every Sunday

"East Bay Dachshund Group," 3:30-5 PM, Dublin Bray Commons Dog Park, Finnian Way, Dublin. Socialize your dachshund and get to know other dachshund owners. Share tips with one another. For more information contact Heidi Ertl at heidi_ertl@yahoo.com or 925-931-0451.

Every Sunday

"Large Breed Puppies Playgroup," noon - 2 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, 8th and Portola, Alameda. A great place to socialize your pup while you meet new people who also have large puppies. We will move from the small dog playside to the large dog playside of the park as our pups grow. All pups must be 30lbs or less and completed vaccines. Join our group for other events, such as hikes, fostering opportunities and outings. For more information contact the Large Breed Puppies Playgroup at riannonkids@yahoo.com or see groups.yahoo.com/groups/largebreedpuppiesplaygroup.

Every Sunday

“Rose Garden Dog Walk," 9:30 AM, San Jose Rose Garden, San Jose. Walks are 30-40 minutes at a brisk pace. Walks located in San Jose. This non profit walking and training club for individuals who wish to build a strong bond with their dog while meeting other dog enthusiasts. We promote respsonsible dog ownership by keeping our dogs on leash, asking others before allowing dogs to greet,and fulfulling our dogs through excersize and obedience training. A trained dog is a happy dog. New members are welcome. Please join this group for approval. Upon approval the start location of the walk will be emailed to you. No previous dog training experience is required. Just a smile and a wagging tail!

Every Sunday (Rain cancels)

"Castle Winery Dog Days," 1-5 PM, Castle Winery, 122 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Bring yor friendly canine companion to frolic during "Yappy Hour while you "whine" on our outdoor patio. For more information call 707 996-1966 or see www.castlevineyards.com.

Every Sunday

"The Dam Dog Walk," 8:45 am. This walk gets your dog moving in a migrating pack mode for exercise and mental health. Dogs on leash. Cost: $1 donation to Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County. For more information contact Sallie Palmer at 707-463-3647.

Every Sunday

"Potty Training Seminar," 2 PM, Tully Petco, 1960 Tully Rd, San Jose. Free seminars are an intorduction to Petco's dog training including basic information on nutirition, grooming and training lessons. For more information see petco.com.

First Sunday of every other month (even numbered months)

"Small Dog Meetup," 1:30 PM, Castro Valley Dog Park, Paradise Knoll St. , Castro Valley. All small dogs under 15 pounds are welcome. For more information call 510-357-1700, email chihuahuameetup@yahoo.com, or see the website at groups.yahoo.com/group/chihuahuameetup/.

First Sunday of every month

"South Bay Boston Club," 1 PM, please view website for monthly location. Every first Sunday of the month a bunch of Boston Terrier owners and their pups gather together for a great social event. It is a great place to have fun with your dog, socialize with other Bostons and trade info/ideas with each other. We always meet at a dog park that is fenced and very safe for the dogs. For more information contact Brittney Norman at 408-439-4410 or brittneynorman@sbcglobal.net or see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbayboston/.

First Sunday of every month

"Pug Sunday," 2:30pm, Alta Plaza Park (along Jackson Street between Scott Street and Steiner Street), San Francisco. Every first Sunday of the month, pug owners gather from far and wide to bring their magical dogs together for an afternoon of chaos and joy. See Pug Sunday Website or contact pugsunday@yahoo.com.

First Sunday of every month

"Chihuahua Cha Cha Cha," 12-noon, Randall Museum/Corona Heights Dog Run. Chihuahua Cha Cha is a monthly gathering of Chihuahuas and Chi mixes (we're not snobs!) in San Francisco held on the first Sunday at noon at the Randall Museum Dog Run located on the corner of Roosevelt and Museum Way. For more information, contact: info@chihuahuachacha.com.

First Sunday of every month

"Yorkie Meetup," 1 PM, San Francisco (join the Meetup group for exact location). The S.F. Yorkshire Terrier Meetup Group is a group delicated to meeting other yorkies. We meet once a month for a day of yorkie sniffs! Join today and meet other yorkie lovers in your neighborhood. We hope to see you soon! See the San Francisco Yorkshire Terrier Meetup Group for more information.

First Sunday of every month

"Bay Area Maltese/Maltipoo Meetup Group," 1:00 PM, Santa Clara Reed Street Dog Park, 880 Reed St. at Lafayette, Santa Clara (check each month for current location). This is a group for anyone positive with a great attitude and a love for their Little One. My Malteses have changed my life in such a positive way. That's why I started the Maltese/Maltipoo Group to socialize and meet new Pals that share the same joy. We would like to share in funny stories, training tips, and just to have some Doggie Dog fun! There is a separate fenced area for small dogs and large dogs, so our pups will be able to run off-leash safely. We're also going to try having topics each Meetup. For more information see the Meetup website.

First Sunday of the Month

"San Mateo Pug Meetup," 3 PM, location TBA. Meet friendly Pugs and Pug Owners near you! Come to a local Pug Meetup to play with people and pugs of all shapes and sizes. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family!We have changed the day for this meetup to 3:00pm on Sunday. Hope to see everyone there. See the Meetup website for more information.

First Sunday of the Month

"Miniature Pinscher Monthly Meetup," 2 PM, City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin County Park, 3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas. The Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group is for lovers, fans, parents, admirers, devotees, and slaves of Miniature Pinschers or Miniature Pinscher mixes. We also welcome other small breed dogs and parents to join our play group and meetups to get the most out of play time and socialization for our best little buddies! We have a monthly meeting/playtime at a local park in the Santa Clara County area. Generally, the meetups are on the second Sunday of the month at Milpitas Dog Park. It's subject to change based on needs/wants of members and their schedules. Check the Calendar on our website. You do not need to live in the county but hope that if you're out of area you're able to attend the meetups. For more information contact Frances n Buddy (woof woof) at kennels@smrfcop.com or see the Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group website.

Second Sunday of every month

"SVACA Adoption Event," noon- 3:00 pm, Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose. Every second Sunday of the month SVACA holds an offsite adoption event from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Pet Food Express in San Jose at 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd. For more information contact Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at 408-764-0344 or staff@svaca.com.

Second Sunday of every month

"Boston Terrier Social," 12:00 PM, Corona Heights Park, Museum Way & Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco. Monthly social group for Boston Terriers and their people! This is a great location. The park has an enclosed dog area and great views of the city. You can’t see the dog area from the road. Park, walk in, it is just to your left. For more directions, pictures, and other information see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanfranciscobostonterriersocial/.

Second Sunday of every month

"Vaccination and Microchip Clinics," 10 AM - noon. Marin Humane Society, Novato. Dog and cat vaccinations are $5 each and microchipping is $20 for dogs and $10 for cats (microchips are free for cats with paid vaccinations). Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers. See the MHS website for more info.

Second Sunday of every month ('til September, and weather permitting)

"The Dublin Summer Fun Pug Meetup," 11 AM, Bray Commons Park (Keegan St. and Finnian Way), Dublin. Come for some fun in the sun for pug lovers and their pugs! Just for the summer, there will be ice, misters, and a pool for the little guys to play in, so be sure to bring a towel (and sun block for yourself!). For more information contact the Dublin Pug Meetup at 925-829-2997 or dublinpugmeetup-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Second Sunday of every Month

"Nike Rescue Pet Adoptions,"noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose.
For more information contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Second Sunday of every month

"Miniature Pinscher Monthly Meetup," 10:30 AM, City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin County Park, 3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas. The Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group is for lovers, fans, parents, admirers, devotees, and slaves of Miniature Pinschers or Miniature Pinscher mixes. We also welcome other small breed dogs and parents to join our play group and meetups to get the most out of play time and socialization for our best little buddies! We have a monthly meeting/playtime at a local park in the Santa Clara County area. Generally, the meetups are on the second Sunday of the month at Milpitas Dog Park. It's subject to change based on needs/wants of members and their schedules. Check the CALENDAR on our website. You do not need to live in the county but hope that if you're out of area you're able to attend the meetups. For more information contact Frances n Buddy (woof woof) at buddy@smrfcop.com or see the Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group website.

Second Sunday of every month

"Alameda Schnauzer Meetup," 1 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, Westline Dr., Alameda. Schnauzer owners and lovers from throughout the Bay Area meet at the Alameda Small Dog Park on the second Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. for the Alameda Schnauzer Meetup. Please register on schnauzer.meetup.com so we know you're coming. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts - see Alameda Small Dogs.

Third Sunday of every month

"Pom Sunday," 1 PM, Dolores Park (20th and Church Streets), San Francisco. This is a a monthly gathering of Pomeranians and they people they own. Everyone (and every dog) who loves Poms are welcome. Be sure to bring earplugs! Meet us at 1:00 pm right smack dab in the middle of San Francisco at the southwest corner of Dolores Park near the palm trees above the playground. You don't have to have a Pom to come to Pom Sunday. All breeds are welcome as long as they can get along with Pomeranians - the biggest little dogs in the world! For more information contact sfpomsunday@yahoo.com.

Third Sunday of every month

"Novato Pug Play Day," 10 AM-Noon, Hamilton Park Amphitheater, 700 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. Pug Play in the Park every third Sunday of every month. Start time is around 10:00 and ends around noon or so. Fresh water and shade is available. We have a great group of dogs that come - we are up to 40 Pugs strong! Novato Pug Sunday is lots of fun with Pug prize raffles and lots more. There is even a celebrity amongst us, that would be Yogi from Evening Magazine. Come join the fun! For more information contact Jett with the Novato Pug Sunday Group at 415-250-3069 or JCRain5006@comcast.net.

Third Sunday of every month

"Alameda Pug Sunday," 11 AM - 2 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, Westline Dr., Alameda. Pugs and their owners meet at the Alameda Small Dog Park. See Alameda Little Dogs or Alameda Small Dogs for more information. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts.

Third Sunday of every month

"Santa Rosa Pug Play Day," 10 AM-Noon (June-September) or 3 PM (October-May), DeTurk Round Barn dog park, 819 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa, Calif. If it's too hot or rainy, group members meet the following Sunday. The De Turk Round Barn is a fenced in, leash-free dog park. The Novato Amphitheater Park is a two-acre expanse of lawn crowned by a large stone amphitheater. Fresh water and shade is available at both parks. Please, it is important members observe all park rules and regulations. For more information contact lhoward@sonic.net.

Fourth Sunday of every month

"Bulldog Sundays," 1 to 4 PM, Alta Plaza Park (between Steiner, Jackson, Scott and Clay Streets in the Pacific Heights neighborhood), San Francisco. Bring a picnic, your friends & family, and most importantly your bulldog for some fun. We'll be on the north side of the park facing Jackson Street. If you have any questions, need directions etc. please e-mail Mike, Shannon and Maddie Duffy at bulldogsundays@yahoo.com.

Fourth Sunday of every month

"Coton Play Date,"10:30 am - Noon, Hoover Park Dog Run, 2901 Cowper St., Palo Alto. A fun and active play date for all Coton de Tuelear breeds and Coton lovers in the SF & Peninsula area that's held at the Palo Alto Hoover Park Dog Run. Occurs every fourth Sunday of the month; for 2009 play dates are: 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/29, 12/27. Request to join this Yahoo! Group and you'll get all of the great details: Coton Buddies SF Bay Area Yahoo! Group or contact 650-200-5870 or masami_2masami@yahoo.com.

Various dates

"Dog Hikes around Bay Area," various dates, times and locations, mostly in the East Bay. We are a fun group of hikers with dogs that love to enjoy both passions at the same time. Grab your furry roommate and join us as we sniff out hound friendly trails, preferably off leash, throughout the Bay Area. Most of our hikes are in the East Bay, and are fairly easy. All dog lovers are welcome, even those who have the misfortune of living without pup at the moment. Your dog should be well-behaved, though you need not be. Some hikes are an easy stroll and others will send your heart monitor into the red zone. Hikers should be certain their fitness and the condition of their dog match the hike they sign up for. Our hikes will be kept small in nature. That policy is based on safety as much as park impact. We understand dog hiking involves slobber, poop bags, dusty or muddy pants, and the occasional skunk spray. Hikers should be both responsible with their pets and good humored in regards to the "pack" of the day. Grab your dog, come out and join us. We indulge in doggie gushing, dog tricks, photo ops, and the obvious game of "fetch." For more information contact Ken McKee at hikersandhpounds@gmail.com or see http://www.meetup.com/Hikers-and-Hounds/

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"The Bay Area Bichon Frise Meet Up," Fremont. This Meet Up is for all the small dog owners especially Bichon Frise owners. If you have a friendly small dog with all the updated vaccinations, you are welcome to join our meet up! See you all soon! For more information contact Cindy Chan Ngan at 510-608-7633 or cindychanngan@yahoo.com or see the MeetUp group.

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February 2012

February is Spay/Neuter Month!

All February

"Spay/Neuter Month," Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Throughout February, spay/neuter surgeries are on sale. The cost includes a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, hospitalization on the day of surgery, and the Spay-Neuter surgery itself. We do have additional charges for those animals in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid and/or obese ($50 for each 15 minutes time period) and all animals must be current on all vaccinations. Additionally, we have mandatory take-home pain medication. By appointment only! Space is Limited. Call 408.727.3383 x827 or x828 to set up an appointment.

All February

"National Canine Weight Check". This February, be your dog’s best friend. Join us for the National Canine Weight Check. In February, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight. Just take your dog to a participating veterinary office, and in many cases, you won’t even need an appointment. For more information and to find a participating vet, click here.

through April 30 2012

"Annual Leave No Dog Behind® Writing Contest," online. Tell us about the most memorable trip you ever took with the special Fido(s) in your life. Perhaps you go away once a year, or maybe an overnight or an occasional weekend getaway. Maybe you’ve had a humorous, serious, or tail-wagging experience en route to the groomer, a friend’s house or during a holiday excursion. Or, maybe you’ve yet to take that special trip with Fido. Tell us what your perfect Fido-friendly vacation would be. Cross country tour of America? Backpacking in the wilderness? A Fido-friendly cruise? We want to know. (No talking dogs, please!) See FidoFriendly.com for more information.

February 4

"Bay Area Pet Expo," 10 AM - 6 PM, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose. This free event attracts thousands of pet lovers looking to enjoy a day out with their furry friend. Between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM, the Expo will be packed with more then 100 local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and organizations all geared towards pet lovers. Whether you'd like to learn, shop, play or adopt, this an event you won't want to miss! Because the 2011Bay Area Pet Expo is also designed to promote responsible pet ownership, the highlight of the day will be a mega-adoption event. If you're looking to add a new member to your family, more than 200 pets will be available for adoption, along with information from dozens of local rescue groups and shelters. If it's entertainment or live demonstrations that you're interested in, you'll have ample opportunity to watch – and take part in – the day's events. You can sign your dog, cat or animal friend up to participate in several competitions, such as the costume contest, talent contest or fashion show. Your pet can also try out the agility or flyball courses after local pets demonstrate why these action sports are so popular. If you're interested in pet care, obedience training, author book-signings, activism and more, the entertainment stage will keep you busy all day. Of course, pets are welcome to attend the event, provided that they are on a fixed lead and have current vaccinations. Not up to date on vaccinations? Don't worry! There will be discounted vaccinations and low-cost microchipping available. You can even get free nail trimming! For more information see www.BayAreaPetExpo.com.

February 11 New!

"Valentines Adoption Celebration,"10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas) and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (PETCO centers). "Open your heart and home to a furry Valentine. Adopt a dog, cat or bunny. Come pick up your new love." Adoptions of cats, dogs and bunnies at all ACC and PETCO adoption centers.

February 11

"Wags & Wuv 2012", Citizen Canine, 420 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland. Join us for an outdoor extravaganza and fundraiser at Citizen Canine! We have planned a terrific canine family fun day including Talented Canine Demonstrations such as Nosework & Disc Dogs; Live Music; Vendors from Local Businesses; Food, Wine & Beer Tastings; FREE Doggie Snacks; Pet Photography Booth; Best Canine Valentine's Costume Contest; Pet Massage/T-touch, and more! Proceeds from Wags & Wuv 2012 will benefit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Golden Gate Bassett Rescue and East Bay SPCA and allow these organizations to continue to provide humane care and placement for Bay Area pets! Raffle tickets for Wags & Wuv 2012 are $5/ticket. (Bulk discounts: $45 for 10 tix / $80 for 20 tix / $100 for 25 tix). A sneek peak at just some of the items up for raffle & silent auction include: A weekend stay at Citizen Canine for your dog valued over $100; Gift Certificates for stylin’ grooming services at All About the Dogue Salon & Spa valued at $50; 30lb bags of delicious & nutritious Merrick 5-star dog food valued over $50 each; Weekend vacation packages and restaurant gift certificates from around the Bay Area valued $100+! Plus more to come. For more information contact Citizen Canine at +1 (510) 562-1750 or http://www.citizencanine.net.

February 12 New!

"Pet Wash Fundraiser," 9am-7pm, Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose. Buy a pet wash, save a pit bull in need! Proceeds benefit Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue. Bid on fabulous prizes, and buy a pet wash to save a pittie! For more information see http://ourpack.org/.

February 12 New!

"Pug Rescue Fundraiser Party," 3-6pm, Axis Cafe, 1201 8th Street, San Francisco. The only thing better than a party is a party with pugs. Join us at Axis Cafe’s pug-friendly patio Sunday February 12th for an afternoon of food, wine… and PUGS! Enjoy Food, Pug Wine tasting + Cash Bar. Pugs roam free! Adoptable & Celebrity pugs will be in attendance. Tickets are $40 in advance | $50 at the door. Includes food, pug wine tasting, and loads of pug fun. Link for more info and ticket sales is: http://www.centralcoastpugrescue.com/2012/01/party-with-your-pug/
Questions or comments can be emailed to deby@centralcoastpugrescue.com

February 14

Valentine's Day - remember the one who offers you unconditional love - your dog! Remember that chocolate (especially dark chcololate) is poisonous to dogs - if you are concerned about your dog getting into chocolate in your house, please bring it to your dog trainer for proper disposal!

February 14

"National Pet Theft Awareness Day". Last Chance for Animals (LCA), invites you to participate in a national campaign aimed at raising public awareness of a threatening epidemic--pet theft. On Sunday, February 14th, LCA will observe The 22nd Annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day (PTAD)! Each year on Valentine's Day, LCA educates the public on the dangers of pet theft with the help of individuals and other animal organizations throughout the United States. Nearly 2 million companion animals are stolen in the United States each year. Unfortunately, most stolen pet cases go unreported, so this number is actually even higher! Some are taken under false pretense through "free to good home" ads, abducted from their yards, or are taken from humane shelters through a practice called pound seizure. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog-fighting rings, or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed. Your participation can make all the difference. By working together, we can educate the public about the problem of pet theft, memorialize the nearly 2 million animals taken each year, and educate the citizens on how they can protect their companion animals. Join our nationwide network of organizations and individuals in this important crusade. It is the responsibility of caretakers to protect their pets from these horrible fates. Visit www.StolenPets.com to learn how you can protect your pet. Spread the word about Pet Theft! Hold your own PTAD!

February 14-15 (second Monday-Tuesday)

"Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show," NY. The show will be broadcast on USA network and CNBC. Visit Westminster Kennel Club for more information.

February 25 New!

"Second Annual PRIMP for PAWS", 2-6 PM, 2688 Union Ave, San Jose. A Charity event at BELLA BELLA SALON benefiting Humane Society Silicon Valley. Our dedicated team at Bella Bella Salon will be donating 100% of our service proceeds to the cause! We will be having a prize drawing every 15 minutes including generous gifts from a variety of local businesses. We will also have an xtensive Boutique area to shop until you drop (%10of ALL sales also donated). Or stop by to enter the raffle, sip on some wine and nibble on some local restaurants tasties! Need Product? 10% of all product sale are also donated! For more info www.bellabellasalon.us or call for an appointment today at (408) 559-4247.

February 26 and March 5

"Mosaic Pet Portraiture at Fireclay Tile," 10:30-2:30, Fireclay Tile, 495 W Julain St (at Autumn), San Jose. What a fabulous way to honor a beloved pet! In this 2-session workshop, studnts will creat a realistic, texture rich, colorful and whimsical mosaic portrait made with ceramic and glass. Each student's portrait project, based on a photograph is guaranted to strongly resemble their subject. Class includes lecture and demonstration on how to translate a photo into a mosaic template, use of basic mosaic tools and techniques. No mosaic experience necessary. Beginners welcome! To register or for more information contact instructor Delaine Hackney, www.delainemosaic.com or Fireclay Tile, www.fireclaytile.com.

February 27

"Spay Day USA," all day, everywhere. Do it for love - spay or neuter because as an Animal Guardian, you love your pets and want to do what's best for them. As a Citizen, youlove your community and want to make it a better place for people and animals. As a Veterinary Professional, you love knowing yoru skills can preventanimal suffering. You can help end the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Be part of Spay Day USA on February 27, 2007. have an animal spayed or neutered, volunteer, or donate. For more information contact the Doris Day Animal Foundation and Spay Day USA at 202 546-1761 or www.spaydayusa.org.

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March 2012

March 13

"K9 Veterans Day" March 13 2012 marks the 70th birthday of the United States K9 Corp. Unofficially, it's known as "K9 Veterans Day"- a national effort to annually honor all war dogs - from Border Patrol K9s to Bomb Detection K9s to the Therapy Dogs that help human veterans recover from their traumatic injuries. This week's newsletter is dedicated to all military working dogs worldwide and their handlers - those on active duty, retired, deceased, or fallen heroes. For information see http://k9veteransday.org/

March ?

"ARF's Annual Business of Saving Lives conference," Walnut Creek. This two-day conference offers an exciting agenda of workshops on animal behavior, shelter wellness, business and program practices to provide attendees practical information and tools for effective animal welfare operations. Register today! Early bird registration discount ends February 15, 2010. For more information see http://arf.net/about/events/bosl/index.php.

March 23

"National Puppy Day," all day, everywhere. Help us Save 10,000 homeless puppies across the nation on March 23rd! National Puppy Day is not only a day to celebrate the puppies in our lives, for how much joy, unconditional love and friendship they offer us, but to acknowledge the great need that many homeless puppies have for a loving and forever home and to educate the public about animal cruelty. Often puppies are given as holiday gifts and by this time of year, their novelty has worn off. Holiday echoes of children's excited promises to walk the puppy, clean up after him and feed him, have fallen by the wayside... resulting in abandonment, as mom and dad are too busy to pick up the slack. "It's a puppy" they say. "I'm sure someone will want him!" And off to the shelter he goes. Puppies come in all shapes and sizes and on National Puppy Day, you can expect to find homeless puppies between the ages of 5 to 12 months old in shelters all over the U.S. Shelters are full of them all year round... so won't you pick up where someone else left off? A puppy is virtually a clean slate to train and mold into the perfect pet! It's bad enough imagining an adult dog being euthanized due to lack of human interest....but a beautiful, cuddly, viable puppy? Now that's a pure heartbreaker! If you're a shelter or rescue organization, you can hold a fun event to help encourage local animal lovers to adopt. If you're just an animal lover, take the initiative to partner with a local animal shelter and host an adoption event in your town ....or if you're a business, become a sponsor of National Puppy Day by having your own event and reap the rewards of exposure to not only your local neighbors, but over 1.5 million visitors a month to the National Puppy Day site and enjoy the community credibility of participating in this worthy life saving holiday. For more information contact the Animal Miracle Foundation at 360-297-7886 or puppyday@nationaldogday.com.

March 22-23

"AKC All Breed Dog Show," 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, North Grounds, Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Hosted by the San Mateo Kennel Club. Parking: $7 per vehicle. For additional information, please call: (925) 373 - 1495 or www.akc.org/akc_clubs/?371

March ?

"Pooches in the Park," 10 AM- 2 PM, Polo Grounds Dog Park, 2255 Huntington Dr., Aptos. The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services is excited announce the second annual Pooches in the Park! Pooches in the Park is a unique opportunity for Santa Cruz dog lovers of all ages to showcase their pets in an environment that fosters education, advocacy, and fun. Register your Terrier, Poodle, Labrador, Dalmatian, Spaniel, Catahoula, Sheepdog, Mutt, or whatever breed is a part of your family, and take part in the Dog Pride Costume Parade! Admission (for humans) is free; the dog registration fee is $5.00. Dogs must be at least 6 months old to participate. Pooches in the Park is a multi-agency collaboration in association with the Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services and Supporters and Helpers of Arts, Recreation and Parks (SHARP), as well as Santa Cruz Animal Control Services, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), and the Sheriffs Department - K9 Unit. Come and see one of the only (and the largest) dog parks in the County at Polo Grounds Dog Park and meet our very own Santa Cruz Animal cops! A day of fun, education, and information for all ages is sure to be had by all. There will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy--contests, performances, demonstrations, kids' activities, rescue organizations and specialty vendors. A costume contest, agility and obedience demonstrations, adoption services, low cost vaccinations, animal rescue groups, pet vendors, pet gifts, training experts, grooming services, and delicious animal and human food will be available. Please come and join the festivities! Registration and detailed event information (highlights and guidelines) will be available by Thursday, February 1, on the Santa Cruz County Parks Department website: go to www.scparks.com, and look for the "Pooches in the Park" icon. From there, you can click to register online, or download a flyer for registration by mail, fax, phone, or in person at the Parks Department. For more information, contact Andrew Stewart, Barkline: (831) 454-7930 or prc113@scparks.com

 

April 2012

April is "Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month"
Find out more through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 212-876-7700
and "National Pet First Aid Awareness Month"

Through April New!

"Free Spay/Neuter for San Francisco Pit Bulls and Pit Mixes" at the SF SPCA. Did you know that over 60% of the dogs euthanized in the City of San Francisco are at least part pit bull? As part of an awareness campaign and in an effort to encourage San Francisco residents to spay or neuter their unfixed pits, the SF SPCA is offering FREE spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit mixes during the months of March and April 2012. Please call us at 415-554-3030 to schedule an appointment.

April ?

"6th annual Fashion for Compassion fashion show," 12:30pm, The Westin San Francisco Airport, Millbrae. Please join the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA for our 6th annual Fashion for Compassion fashion show. The 3-course gourmet vegetarian luncheon will be followed once again by an all animal fashion show! This is an afternoon you won't want to miss! For additional information or to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara at (650) 340-7022 x375 or dkelsey@PeninsulaHumaneSociety.org

April ?

"Annual EastMinster PetShow.com Parade & Benefit," 12-4 PM, Sunset Center, San Carlos St & 9th Ave, Carmel-by-the Sea (Parade at 2p, Silent Auction ends at 3p, Egg hunts on the half hour 12:30p, 1p, 1:30p& 3pm). Pre-Parade Events; Dog Easter Egg Hunts; Silent Auction; Best Dog Costume; Meet Mr. and Ms. Bunny, and have your picture takenRegister now at http://eastminster.vpweb.com/EASTER-PARADE.html

April 7

"Celebrities Fore! ARF" Pleasant Hill. Join Tony La Russa and celebrity friends in Pleasant Hillas they tee off at the fabulous Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill on Thursday, April 7. Then head out to the beautiful Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, June 20 where Tony will be joined by many St. Louis Cardinals as they trade their bats for clubs. Both tournaments are rounded out with breakfast, on-course games, wine holes, raffles, a post-event cocktail reception and buffet, awards ceremony, and a silent auction featuring loads of exciting golf, dining, spa, hotel, winery, and sports memorabilia packages. Celebrities FORE! ARF golf tournaments are popular events in both states. Don’t wait, or you’ll be left in the clubhouse! Sponsorships are available now – please call 925.296.3154 or see http://www.arf.net/about/events/celebrities-fore-arf.php

April 9

"Wiener Nationals," Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley. Come out to Golden Gate Fields to see who will take home the Championship title as the fastest Dachshund in the Wiener Nationals. Watch as these top dogs race to the finish line to compete for $1,000 in prize money. Dachshund races begin at 11:45 a.m. and continue after each horse race until 5:00 p.m. First horse race 12:15 p.m. Purchase tickets at the gate. General Admission $6. General Parking $4. Kids 17 and under are Free.
Please use Buchanan Street entrance for General Admission. For more information see http://www.goldengatefields.com/events/2011-04-09/wiener-nationals or call (510) 559-7300

April 10-16

"National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week," nationwide. The National Animal Control Association is proud to announce our annual national effort to celebrate and promote the continuing upgrade and professionalism of Animal Control. As with other events designed to promote specific groups, professions, or other important causes NACA is pleased to provide all the necessary encouragement for all localities who would like to show their appreciation to their Animal Control agency or for all Animal Control agencies to have a special week of their own to show off their pride and get the recognition for the important services the these agencies provide all over the World. For more information see www.nacanet.org/

April 14

"Gimme Shelter! - 2nd Annual Crepe Place Benefit," 8:00pm, The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. The Crepe Place will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Gimme Shelter" Santa Cruz SPCA Benefit Concert on Thursday April 14, featuring headliners Reign Lee and Melissa Cox as well as Patti Maxine and Her Lap Dawgs and Amee Chapman and the Velvet Tumbleweeds. This is a very special evening for an extraordinary cause. Celebrated musical acts from both near and far join together to help raise funds for the SPCA in their effort to build a new shelter that will enable them to take in more homeless animals. The event includes a special raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes from local businesses. Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale at the Santa Cruz SPCA during normal business hours or at Petpals this weekend April 9 and 10.
The Santa Cruz SPCA is a completely non-profit, private, no-kill shelter that relies solely on donations. If you would like to help by donating funds toward the construction of the new facility you can do so by mail at P.O Box 3800 Santa Cruz, Ca 95063, through PayPal on our website www.santacruzspca.org, or by stopping by our shelter at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 465-5000 or see http://www.santacruzspca.org/events or http://thecrepeplace.com/events/97410/

April 14-17 (second weekend)

"AKC Dog Show," 7am-3pm Thursday & Friday, 7am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, California Expo Fairgrounds and Center, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Build C& D, Sacramento. Adult $8.50, Seniors (60 & Over) $6.50, Children 12 and under FREE. Thursday is FREE to everyone! Parking: $10. For more information contact Sacramento Kennel Club at 916-383-5194.

April 15

"Taxes Due," All over the United States. Make sure you fill out your 1040-DOG form, the Individual Canine Income Tax Return! See DogWare.com.

April 16

"Saratoga Pet Parade," 9:30-11:00 AM, Saratoga Village Center, Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Every year, the SVDC (Saratoga Village Development Council) holds a pet parade and contest in downtown Saratoga. 9:30-10: Enter your pet in the contest; 10-11: Judging and prizes; 11: Pet Parade. Contests include Best dresed/homemade costume; Best/Silliest trick; Best behaved/best trained; owner/pet look-a-like; Best stuffed; Oldest pet. Sign Up at The Pawsh Pet in The Saratoga Village Center before April 16th for a free gift! Singer Bob LeBeau will be serenading with children’s songs from 9:30-10am on April 16th. Sponsored by Saratoga Village Development Council (SVDC)- see www.SaratogaVillage.info

April 16

"Pat's Run," San Jose, Pat's Run is 4.2 miles, through the Almaden Valley area. Dogs are welcome. More than 6,000 participants and volunteers turned out for the inaugural event to honor scholar, athlete and soldier Pat Tillman. This year, the Pat Tillman Foundation is preparing for 10,000 people at each event. Entry fee is $25, to benefit the Tillman Foundation. You can find info at www.patsrun.com.

April 16

"Picnic Day," Davis. The Canine Medicine Club at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine invites you to Picnic Day! Picnic Day is an annual UCD event with numerous activities, exhibits and demonstrations throughout campus. Events include a Dog Breed Showcase, a Dog Rescue Showcase and Parade, a Frisbee Dog contest, and Dogs In Action, including Jack Russell terrier races, an agility demonstration, a demonstration of the AKC canine good citizen test and much more! There will be various animal events taking place throughout the day. Events start up bright and early at 8am and end around 5pm. Events include: Cow milking, Frisbee Dog Contest, Flyball, Goat milking, Sheepdog Trials, UCD Equestrian Team Demonstration, and UCD Vet Med Doxie Derby. So grab your family, friends, or significant other and have enjoyable time interacting and learning more about different species of animals. For more information, see the CMC's Picnic Day website or the general Picnic Day website.

April 17

"Pet Parents Day"

April 23 (Saturday before Easter)

"Bunnies and Bonnets Parade," noon, Campbell Avenue (Light Rail tracks to Third Street), Campbell (near San Jose). The annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell is a family and community affair held on the Saturday just before Easter and follows the City of Campbell's annual Easter Egg Hunt. In past years the parade has featured marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars, bagpipers, floats, dog clubs, and other assorted things of interest that make up the Campbell area community. This year, the parade is entering its 10th anniversary and we're seeking participants to help us make this year's parade the best one yet. If your group, club, or organization would like to participate in this year's parade, download the attached entry form and return it by Monday, March 26th, 2007. There's no fee to be in the parade (unless its a commercial float). The parade will not be judged and no prizes will be admitted. This is all just for fun! For more information see www.downtowncampbell.com.

April 23

"Hoppin' Hounds Easter Bisquit Hunt," 9:00-10:30, Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. It's the 8th Annual Doggie Easter Biscuit Hunt in Los Altos Hills! You and your dog will hunt through Byrne Preserve in search of dog-healthy Easter Biscuits provided by our wonderful and generous sponsor, Pet Food Express. The hunt runs from 9:00-10:30am at Byrne Preserve at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. This exciting on-leash event is held to benefit the Palo Alto Animal Services shelter. We will request a $5 donation with all proceeds benefitting Palo Alto Animal Services. For more information see http://www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-recreation and more about Palo Alto Animal Services at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/pol/animal_services.asp

April 23-24

"Chief Solano Kennel Club Dog Show," 8:00 am to 6:00 pm - North Grounds, , Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Parking: $7 per vehicle. For additional information, please call: (707) 446-7492 or see www.chiefsolanokennelclub.org

 

April 24-30 (last week of April)

"National Scoop the Poop Week" Starting the day after "National Sense of Smell Day" comes "National Scoop the Poop week". With the popularity of dogs increasing so has the problems of dog waste. Most city dwellers have seen and perhaps even smelled, a winters' accumulation of dog waste in such common areas as school yards, parks, alleys and even on sidewalks. With so many dog owners not cleaning up it has become more than a minor inconvenience. In addition to being unsightly, canine waste not only attacks our senses with offensive odors, but attracts rodents and insects (which carry their own diseases), and worse, leaves humans and their dogs vulnerable to the threat of salmonella, worms and parasites who unknowingly come into contact with the waste. There are not only potential health risks involved but also environmental issues that need to be addressed. When dog waste is not picked up and properly disposed of, it can wash into nearby bodies of water or carried by runoff into lakes and streams, untreated dog waste can become a significant source of runoff pollution. A second environmental issue to consider is the use of plastic bags when picking up after our dogs. Plastic takes on average 300 years to degrade. Plastic bags that are used also tend to end up in municipality sewer systems, blocking the system. There are now many biodegradable alternatives available. The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning up after your pet at least once a week. Taking precautionary safety measures and disposing of your dogs waste can prevent infections in both humans and their dogs.

April 25

"Don't Step in the Dog Poop Day", everywhere, all day. April 25 is Don't Step in the Dog Poop Day, a day to take a break from scraping your shoes. This is the perfect time for you to evaluate all of your pick-up options, from eco-friendly poop bags to a professional service. See www.petcentric.com.

April 26

"International Day of the Dog". See website for more information.

April 26

"National Pet Parents Day". Veterinary Pet Insurance has designated the last Sunday in April as National Pet Parent's Day, slating the nation’s first official day celebrating pet caregivers. In the traditional spirit of a spring season set aside for celebrating parents of human children, National Pet Parent's Day recognizes and honors those who lovingly consider their pets part of their family.

 

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"PetSmart's Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend", Hillsdale PetSmart, 3520 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. Northern California Beagle Rescue invites you to PetSmart's Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend. The three-day sponsored adoption event takes place in all PetSmart stores. The goal is to find homes for more than 18,500 pets in need. PetSmart in San Mateo will be part of this annual event aimed at increasing adoptions of homeless or unwanted companion animals. During the event, Northern California Animal Rescue Friends will showcase our available beagles and small toy breeds. Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit the San Mateo PetSmart. Adopt a pet and receive a FREE trial bag of Hills Science Diet dog food, The Guide for Lifelong Health, valuable coupons, and more!

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"The Annual National Service Dog Eye Exam Event Appointment Deadline". The 4th Annual National Service Dog Eye Exam Event is taking place in May this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to take care of deserving dogs who do selfless work every day. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) has over 180 certified members ready to provide these FREE exams! Appointments must be made by April 29 for exams that will be conducted in May. Service dogs give us so much — we love the idea of giving back to them! Eligible dogs must be active “working” dogs, certified by a formal training program or organization. Dogs currently enrolled in a formal training program also qualify. Service dogs, including: guide, hearing, handicapped assistance, search & rescue, police, detection and therapy dogs are eligible — as are other service animals (horses, cats, etc.) as long as they meet stated qualifications. Veterinary specialists will be looking for eye and eyelid problems, such as redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other abnormalities. Early detection and treatment are critical to working animals. These exams are at no cost to the pet guardians. Those desiring to participate must first register at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Once registered, appointments can be made for exams. Registration ends on April 29 for May exams. Appointments are on a first come first served basis. For more information visit ACVO at http://www.acvoeyeexam.org/.

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"Woofin in the Wind," 2-4 pm, Oak Meadow Park, 200 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos. Grab those bunny ears and baskets and join Society Dog for its annual Spring extravaganza featuring the famous doggie egg hunt a train ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat with your pooch, special food treats & refreshments for both dogs and people, interactive games involving you and your dog, and more! This is one of the most popular of events and will be considered a fundraiser for the club this year. The club has been known to help other dog organizations through event funds. Consider parking for free on University Ave or come prepared pay for parking in the park lot. Questions about the event or membership? Be sure to call or email us. The entire family is welcome to join us for this event. (Please note that there will be no refunds for this event.) Society Dog, a social club for dog lovers, hosts this great event for dog lovers in the beautiful, dog-friendly town of Los Gatos. This event is 2nd in popularity to the annual Howling Halloween, also held for dog lovers in Los Gatos. Society Dog originated in Los Gatos in 1999 and continues to host many unique events that continue to entertain dog lovers from all over the Bay Area. One of the main-stays of the club is its weekly group dog walks in Los Gatos and Willow Glen and occasionally other Bay Area locations. Socialization and exercise in a safe environment for both dogs and people is the focus of the walks. Walks are typically followed by a no-host "Yappy Hour". Society Dog is particularly known for its lime-green party machine (the Society Dog bus) that can be seen promoting the club in many locations. Society Dog is a very welcoming on-leash community inviting well-socialized dogs of all sizes and breeds. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, $30 family membership.For more information contact Cathy Menendez, Event Dog, at 408-671-3417 or SDEventDog@yahoo.com. See http://www.societydog.com/index.php?x=event_detail&id=700

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"HSSV Fur Ball Gala," 6-11 PM, The Centennial Lot, California’s Great America, Santa Clara. Whine and Dine on the Row with your Animal Companion! Featuring wine tasting and cocktails, a silent auction, an amazing live auction, "Animal of the Year" awards, and music and dancing. This event is Humane Society Silicon Valley's fourth annual black-tie fundraiser. This one-of-a-kind event, which includes your pet as a guest, will have wine tasting, gourmet cuisine, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Advanced reservation required. Tickets are $250 per guest (Animal companions may attend free of charge). If you and your animal companion would like to join us, please contact Robert Armbrust at 408.727.3383 ext. 879.

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"DogFest," 11am-4pm, Duboce Park, Noe Stret @ Duboce Avenue, San Francisco. DogFest is a community dog show and family fun event that raises funds for art, literacy, and science programs at a small public school in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco: McKinley Elementary. All proceeds offset the continued cuts to public education funding and directly help McKinley children. Check out the silent auction items. Kiddos: stay entertained with jumpy houses, face painting, carnival games, kid-friendly food, and more. Pooches: enter in the "everyday dog show" with contests for best rick, best costume, & best look-alike duo. Dog Lovers: relax in the Doggie Spa and scoop up the specialty merchandise in the Dog Zone. For more information see http://mckinleyschool.org/2011/04/dogfest-2011/

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May 2012

Throughout May

"Chihuahua Spay/Neuter Month at HSSV," Throughout May, HSSV is offering a discounted rate to spay or neuter your Chihuahua or Chihuahua mixes. Male Chihuahua neuters are just $15.00 and female Chihuahua spays are just $40.00! Spaying/Neutering extends your pet's life expectancy, reduces rates of certain cancers and cuts down on behavior problems like marking, fighting and wandering. Fixing your pet also controls the Chihuahua pet overpopulation problem in Silicon Valley and will help reduce the number of unwanted Chihuahuas entering animal shelters. For more information see http://hssv.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=106501

May 5 New!

"Animal Hospice Class", 10am - 6pm, Fremont. To educate and train people about the compassionate care of animals in the final stages of their lives. Once conventional medicine can no longer lead to a cure for our animal friends, we often feel helpless. Hospice recognizes that our animals still have a mental, emotional, and spiritual journey to make. By teaching compassionate acupressure touch, Tom Wilson Ph.D empowers us to participate in our animal's journey. Then, we can walk the final days together, living each moment in joy, as well as sorrow, yet there will be no regrets for how we walked every step of the way together with our animal friends. Once death is accepted as a part of life, there is freedom to "dance to the end of the song" with our beloved animals. Essential elements of this class include: Attending to the holistic needs of aging, chronically ill, and terminally ill animals; Using energy work modalities to comfort animals in end of life issues; Strengthening the immune system with acupressure and other modalities; Empowering pet guardians to participate in hospice care, including simple acupressure techniques; Natural death, euthanasia, and grief recovery. Contact Tom Wilson, Ph.D., 530-913-1309, tomasso@pobox.com, www.animalata.com.

May 26

"Dog Scouts of America Informational Meeting," 6:30-7:30pm, Humane Society Silicon Valley - Community Room, 901 Ames Ave in Milpitas. Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is host for the first Dog Scouts of America troop in the Bay Area! Join us every 4th Thursday of the month. First-time attendees should leave their dog(s) at home until they meet with a troop leader. Dogs must be dog social and on leash at all times. Get a better understanding of how your dog thinks, learns, and what drives his behavior. Learn how your dog can earn the title of 'Dog Scout' and begin earning patches, participating in events, camps, etc! If you believe in positive reinforcement, making your dog(s) part of the family and setting an example of responsible dog ownership then this is just what you have been looking for! Learn more at: www.dogscouts.org or call Beth Ward at HSSV: 408.262.2133 ext. 178. This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.

May 30 (Monday, Memorial Day)

"Memorial Day Bake Sale to benefit greyhounds and local wildlife," 4pm, 774 Pershing Avenue, San Jose. Meet and greet Hannah (age 9) at her first Bake Sale as she offers awareness to the needs of local wildlife (and her very own, hand made cookies!) Please join the San Jose Animal Advocates in supporting Hannah at her Memorial Day bake sale. Hannah is eager to let you know about her own efforts to save a baby Mockingbird and wants you to know about what you can do to help wildlife in your own neighborhood and to raise money for two great causes close to her heart. (Hint: She really digs wild animals and greyhounds!) Hannah will be splitting the proceeds from her bake sale between the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley and Golden State Greyhound Adoption. Please come out and support Hannah in her exemplary efforts to make a difference in the lives of animals! Email for more info. To read about Hannah's Mockingbird rescue and her interesting in saving animals - please go to the SJAA newsletter page at http://www.sjanimaladvocates.org/newsletters.html where Hannah - in her own words - and hand drawn picture,, will tell you all about it. Go! It's a fun and sweet read, you're sure to enjoy.

May 3

National Disabled/Specially-Abled Pets Day - see disabledpetsday.com

May 3-9 - Be Kind to Animals Week

May 4-10 (first week in May)

"National Pet Week," Pets have profound affects on the lives of their human owners. They provide us with love, endless hours of companionship, and wonderful relationships that help fill our our lives. National Pet Week is a celebration of those relationships. Being a pet owner is not just fun and games. Being a responsible pet owner requires that your pet's health is properly cared for. Information on the health of your pet is included here, but make sure to talk with your veterinarian about your particular situation. "National Pet week" was,jointly founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, Ill.) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. The Auxiliary to the AVMA is celebrating "Pets and People—Healthy Together". The Auxiliary chose this year's theme to promote the importance of exercise for people and pets, said Ginger Morton, the Auxiliary's vice president for public relations. The purpose of National Pet Week is to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine. The AVMA and Auxiliary founded the event in 1981, and the celebration has spread throughout the United States. The AVMA continues to support the event. For more information see http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jan10/100115j.asp.

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"The Monterey SPCA's Annual Wag n’ Walk," Shoreline Park in Monterey. The SPCA's 2012 Wag n' Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 1st at Shoreline Park in Monterey. Stay tuned for more information or contact us at 373-2631 or 422-4721 to learn more. The Wag n' Walk is our signature people and dog walk-a-thon! The more donations you collect, the further each step you take will go to help the animals. Choose between a two or four mile walk and enjoy a funfilled morning by the bay with your pet while supporting The SPCA for Monterey County.

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"Annual Marin Human Race," Race begins at 8:30 a.m., Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. The Marin Humane Society is very excited to participate in the 25th Annual Marin Human Race, the largest race and nonprofit fundraiser in the county. The event includes a scenic 4-mile course, nonprofit agency fair and fun activities for people of all ages. You can participate by running or walking in the race, and collecting pledges for MHS. Or, you can offer a pledge for a member of the MHS team. For more information on how to participate, please call (415) 506-6231. Visit the Marin Human Race website for general information.

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"Fit Dog Fit Nation," everywhere. Fit Dog Fit Nation Day is Sunday. Celebrate by taking your dog for a walk, a run, or some tail-wagging time in the sun. Join us for a fun walk/run an help kick off National Pet Week. Exercise is so important for our four-legged friends that “Pets and People — Healthy Together” is the theme of this year’s National Pet week, May 2-8, 2010, jointly founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, Ill.) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. Healthy dogs are happy pets and regular exercise is key to every fitness plan. Dogs are great workout partners. Studies show that our exercise programs are more successful when we take our dogs along. For dogs, more time with you means less time home alone. Animal behavior experts agree that active dogs are less likely to become behavior problems. Excess weight is a health hazard for all of us. Pudgy pets are at increased risk for osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and dental problems. They don’t live as long as their lean friends, either. For more information see http://www.dogtrainingsandiego.com/fit-dog-fit-nation/

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"POOCH Dog Daze," 10-4, Frontierland Park Pacifica. DOG DAZE of PACIFICA annual fundraiser! Come join Pacifica Organization Of Canine Helpers (POOCH) for a day of fun and excitement! Dog demos including Herding, Agility, Obedience, Guide dog for the blind, positive reinforcement talks, a Dog Psychic, booths lined up from Gorilla BBQ, groomers, natural pet products, face painting, paws in clay, and more to come.... Dog contests and judges, and a RAFFLE! All funds are for a dog park in Pacifica! For more information contact POOCH at 650-224-2183 or cathy@adogmom.com, or see http://www.pacificapooch.com

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Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade,” Los Altos. The Kiwanis Club presents their Annual Pet Parade. For over 60 years (starting in 1947, five years before Los Altos was incorporated as a city), the Los Altos Kiwanis Club has produced the Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade. From rather simple beginnings, the Kiwanis Pet Parade has evolved into the city's most renowned civic event - a spring celebration that attracts thousands of kids, along with their pets of all kinds, wagons, bicycles, parents and neighbors, as well as bands and other community groups. Absolutely no commercial or political promotions; nothing distributed to the crowds; foot power only (exceptions can be arranged); groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or signs (non-commercial). For more information, contact Randall Hull, Kiwanis Pet Parade Chairman at (650) 559-1914 or randallhull@losaltoskiwanis.org, or see the website at www.losaltoskiwanis.org.

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"Bark For Life of San Francisco," 10 AM - 1 PM, Crissy Field. Looking for an activity to do with your canine friend and it's for a good cause too? Join us at Bark For Life, May 14, 10AM -1PM at Crissy Field in San Francisco, for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demos, contests, and games! The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Register today! www.relayforlife.org/barksanfranciscoca or contact Bark For Life at Bark4LifeSF@gmail.com

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"Paws on Parade and 8th Annual Animals on Broadway," Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. 0.91 Mile Walk. Registration – 8 a.m; Walk – 10:30 a.m. Broadway is not just for CATS anymore, it’s for dogs, birds, rabbits, and even potbellied pigs! No, we aren't talking about the theatre, we are referring to “Animals on Broadway”, a festival for people and pets alike to join together and spend the day celebrating their animals on Broadway — Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek, that is. At “Animals on Broadway”, there’s fun for the entire family! Enjoy your day checking out vendor booths that include travel gifts, costumes, pet jewelry and artwork, gourmutt pet treats and professional pet photography, to name a few. Don't miss the opportunity to view dog obedience and training classes, police K9 units at work, or having your dog washed by ARF volunteers. And be sure to sign up early for all the fun contests that include Cutest Beg, Silly Pet Tricks, Fastest “Woofer”, Distraction Factor and Dunkin’ for Dogs! Kids can enjoy a special area just for them with fun ARF kids' crafts and face painting. While you're listening to live music, look for that special autographed celebrity baseball or St. Louis Cardinals line-up card at the “Sports and ARF Sales” booth or pick up some ARFWear for your family and pets. And while you’re considering adding a new member to your family by adopting a dog or cat at the ARF Adoption Mobile, don’t forget to visit the feral cat and dog rescue groups. For more information contact Animal Rescue Foundation.

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"Dog Days of Hollister," 10am - 5pm, Dunne Park, Hollister. Parking for Dog Days may be found on any of the surrounding streets and for free in the Briggs Building parking structure at 365 Fourth Street. Come and enjoy a day filled with heartfelt smiles, wagging tails, laughter and fun! For more information visit our web site at www.hollisterdog.org or call 831-636-4809. Vendors and sponsors welcome!

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"Rohnert Park Mutt Strut Dog Walk and Pet Fair, 10:00a to 2:00p, Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park. Got a dog? Got a dog who likes to go on walks? He/she will have a doggone good time at the Animal Shelter League’s “Mutt Strut” on May 22 benefiting the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. Festivities begin at 10:00 am at the Sonoma Mountain Village(in Rohnert Park), with a 1-mile dog walk, contests, demonstrations, entertainment, and pet related exhibits. Entry is just $5 per dog, which includes a doggie bandana and valuable gift bag. Fun for the entire family! Visit www.rpanimalshelter.org for info.

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"Annual Human Race - Furry Friends 5K Dog Walk," 8:30 AM, Charleston Park, Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View. Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) is participating in the Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley's 14th annual Human Race (VCSV). The Human Race is hosted by the VCSV as a fundraising opportunity for local non-profits. FFR is inviting all animal lovers of all ages to come join in on the fun and help raise money for rescue dogs and cats! Dogs are allowed on a separate 5K dog & person course, so bring your furry friend to help raise donations! Come by our Furry Friends Rescue booth between 7am-12pm for healthy dog snacks and water for our doggie walkers and meet some of our dogs at our adoption showcase. It's easy, fun, and a great way to enjoy the day with family and friends. Participants register to participate and then collect pledges on behalf of FFR. Then on Saturday, May 10th all registered participants complete either a 5K walk or 5K/10K run throughout Shoreline Park. There is a race purse for the top runners and free breakfast, t-shirt, and pizza for all participants. Walkers with leashed dogs have a separate course along Stevens Creek outside of Shoreline Park. Furry Friends Rescue is an all volunteer non-profit companion animal rescue organization for Northern California dedicated to the rescue, fostering and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats destined to be euthanized in local shelters. Funds raised from the Human Race pledges will help save the lives of abandoned Dogs & Cats that are rescued from Northern California Animal Shelters and towards the development of a future Northern California Animal Sanctuary. Many just need a second chance, while a few need special veterinary care or long-term sanctuary homes. Funds are needed to support these special dogs and kitties. For more information and details on how to participate, please check the FFR website "Calendar of Events" page at www.FurryFriendsRescue.org or contact info@FurryFriendsRescue.org or call (510) 794-4703.

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"Paw Prints Benefit Walk," 9-noon, BayFront Dog Park, at the end of Sycamore Avenue off Camino Alto, Mill Valley. The Marin Humane Society will host Paw Prints, a benefit walk for the shelter animals. Pups and their people are invited to stroll along a one mile course that begins and ends at scenic BayFront Dog Park. Agility demonstrations will be available, plus vendors with fun stuff for canine companions. The event fee is $25 for each registered dog. For questions, please call 415.506.6208 or see MarinHumaneSociety.org. Walk on!

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June 2012

Throughout June

"Free Microchips," HSSV, 501 Ames, Milpitas. Free pet microchip service for 25 Sunnyvale residents and discounted prices for everyone else! 4th of July is just around the corner. And with it means record numbers of scared and frightened pets "running for cover" from loud fireworks and boisterous neighbors. Lost and confused, dozens of pets end up roaming the streets and/or end up in local shelters, often with no identification to quickly locate their owners. Throughout June, HSSV is offering discounted pet microchipping. Walk-in microchipping is $30 + tax (regular price is $45). And for the first 25 Sunnyvale residents, microchips are free! The next 25 are 50% off our regular price (making the price $22.50 + tax). After these 50, the June special price kicks in for all other Sunnyvale residents. Proof of residency is required for the Sunnyvale resident discounts. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call: 408-262-2133 x108 or visit: www.hssv.org.

June 27 New!

"Derby Dog Dash," Solano County Fair, Vallejo. Does your small dog love to run? Can his tiny paws move at the speed of lightening? Does he or she love the pageantry of the horse racing, only with little numbered doggie-jackets and everyone racing on the real horse racing surface before a grandstand of racing fans? If so, the Northern California Derby Dog Dash is for you! Enter your small dog in one or ALL of our multiple events. Entry is FREE, admission to the Fair is FREE and prizes are in CASH. All dogs are welcome to bring their cheering squad and enthusiasm for small dog racing. We welcome Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Yorkies, Jack Russells, All Breeds and All Mixes. Free entry for the dog and two accompanying adults! Every effort will be made to place dogs of similar breeds and weights in the same heats. The winner of each heat will face off in a Championship Race. Registration is required. Go to www.DerbyDogDash.com for an entry packet and details. Mail, fax or e-mail your entry today! If you love dogs, or just enjoy their antics, this is a day you won't want to miss.

June 30 (Thursday) New!

"Pet Disaster Preparedness Class," 12:30 PM, Community Room, HSSV, 501 Ames, Milpitas. Disasters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can strike at any time. Your pet’s best chance for safety in a disaster is you! HSSV invites you to this free class - Thurs. June 30 @ 12:30 PM - to get started! Everyone is free to attend. Drop-ins welcome! Join us for this "Be Pet Prepared" educational course on how to put your pet disaster kit together. Learn what materials are needed for your emergency kit as well as steps to complete your disaster plan. Pet handling demonstrations will be given, as well as helpful checklists and handouts to take home. Check out a sample pet disaster kit. Free Admission. For more information, visit: www.hssv.org/bepetprepared or call Michelle Wise at 408-262-2133 x388.

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"Annual Westie Spring Fling & Parade of Rescues," 10-4, Vasona Lake Park (Circle Group Area), 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. Everyone is welcome to the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club's annual spring event. "Our Lure Course is back again this year for lots of Westie fun. We will present our annual Parade of Rescues, Westies we have rescued and placed through our Westie Rescue program. Bring your Westies, an exercise pen, blanket, folding chairs and a dish to share at the BBQ and Pot Luck Picnic Lunch.  All dogs must be on a leash or in an exercise pen.  All owners must clean up after their own dogs. If you are looking for a Westie to share your life, this is a great way to meet and talk with Westie breeders and owners as well as with our rescue coordinators.  Plan to spend a relaxing time sharing small talk and making friends... all for the Love of Westies. $5 per person which includes the BBQ and Pot Luck Picnic Lunch by reservation,  $5 registration fee per dog for the Lure Course. For more information contact Dianne Pritchard at 408-274-8718 or Padiwak@msn.com.

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"Annual Woof To Woof," 10 AM-3 PM, Skypark Soccer Complex, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. A doggie play day on spacious, beautifully maintained grass soccer fields. Free admission and free parking! Demonstration events, guide dogs and many contests for your dogs with great prizes. Vendor booths highlighting products and services for dogs. Food vendors on-site. This year we are expanding to include an Assistance Dog Expo and are moving away from the obedience and agility demonstrations. This recognizes the increasing popularity and achievements of Assistance Dogs. This year we will feature Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael. It is a natural pairing with our core mission of providing services to blind and visually impaired persons in our four county service area. The work of guide dogs and hearing dogs is well established, and there is growing popularity and interest in Service Dogs such as assistance, companion, therapy and facility dogs. Training and equipment as well as legislative action on accessibility are all growth areas. Ample, free parking. A large dog park is immediately adjacent to the event to let your enthusiastic dog run off a little energy. Raffle and MORE. All proceeds benefit the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. For more information contact (831) 458-9766 or see wooftowoof.com.

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"Annual Shiba Party," 10-4, Josef Hoog Park, 551 Marin Oaks Drive, Novato. Shiba Fanciers of Northern CA presents their Annual Shiba Party! Generous donations of Shiba memorabilia, crates, leashes, and innumerable doggie items will be supplied by Shiba lovers and dog related businesses to make this an outstanding event. A portion of the raffle revenue goes to local Shiba Rescue. Anyone wishing to contribute items to the raffle is encouraged to do so. For further information, contact Tabitha Szary at 415-245-1203 or tabby@hauntedmansion.com. There is plenty of shade in which to set up crates or exercise pens. Please RSVP to Jacey Holden, 209-369-3473 or jholden@jps.net.

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"Woofstock - 4 Days of Peace, Music & Dogs," Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. Join Contra Costa County Kennel Club and Lake CountyKennel Club for 4 days of peace, music & dogs at their annual cluster of dog shows. See the pups, hang out at the fairgrounds and groove to the music and the canine scene. Tie-dye day and live music on the grass, Saturday! Hose down the VW bus, shake out those bell bottoms, straighten out the love beads and come on out to Woofstock. Admission is free, day of show parking is $7. For more information see www.ccckennelclub.com or call (209) 815-3613 or (925) 229-8040.

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“Dog Day on the Bay," noon - 2PM, Hornblower Cruise ship, San Francisco. Join the San Franisco SPCA and Hornblower Cruises for a special cruise of the SF Bay with your dog! Bring your first mate along for the Hornblower Cruises & Events 3rd Annual Dog Day on The Bay, benefiting the SF/SPCA. Enjoy a gourmet brunch for you and your friend while we sail the waters of San Francisco Bay. Join us for a one-of-a-kind nautical adventure. Treat your pooch to a day on the Bay with spectacular views, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service. We've thought of everything -- from a bow-wow buffet and protective netting to a 'poop' deck and doggie entertainment. Dogs are invited to sail free for 'Dog Day on the Bay.' See SF/SPCA for more information or call Jamie Holt (415) 522-3548.

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"Take Your Dog To Work Day!" This fun “Dog Day” is celebrated across the nation every year in June by thousands of participating companies. The event calls attention to what wonderful companions dogs make and encourages their adoption from rescues and shelters. Dogs will have a chance to earn their kibble, owners enjoy the companionship from their furry friends and employers have the opportunity to experience the benefits of having pets in the workplace! See the TYDTWD webpage for more information. Articles on how to have a successful day are here, and here.

June 24

"Annual Spring Dog Festival," 10AM to 2 PM, 401 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel (Santa Cruz). The Spring Dog Festival is a "fun" raising event for dogs and their people and yes, a fundraiser too, for the preservation and creation of off-leash exercise options for dogs, education about responsible dog ownership and worthy dog related charities in our local community. The festival features interactive fun and games for kids and adults. C-DOG has been going strong helping dogs and dog owners in Santa Cruz County for eleven years! C-DOG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization organized entirely by dog owners to benefit dogs. For more information see http://www.coastaldogs.com/index.html.

 

July 2011
July is "National Doghouse Repairs" Month

July 30 New!

"Mosaic Pet Portraiture at Fireclay Tile," 10:30-2:30, Fireclay Tile, 495 W Julain St (at Autumn), San Jose. What a fabulous way to honor a beloved pet! In this 2-session workshop, studnts will creat a realistic, texture rich, colorful and whimsical mosaic portrait made with ceramic and glass. Each student's portrait project, based on a photograph is guaranted to strongly resemble their subject. Class includes lecture and demonstration on how to translate a photo into a mosaic template, use of basic mosaic tools and techniques. No mosaic experience necessary. Beginners welcome! To register or for more information contact instructor Delaine Hackney, www.delainemosaic.com or Fireclay Tile, www.fireclaytile.com.

July 31

"14th Annual Bay to Barkers Dog Walk/Run and Festival," 10 AM-1 PM, North Parking Lot of Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Hway, Albany. Dog walk and festival fundraiser supports Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. Check-in for 1-mile dog walk Sunday, July 31st at 12:00pm near North Parking Lot of Golden Gate Fields in Albany, CA. Event features fun activities including crafts for kids, doggie spa time, a Lead Dog Contest, alumni reunion/ parade and a Doggy Olympiad. Visit booths hosted by community groups and pet supply companies. $25.00 registration. Register at berkeleyhumane.org. For more information, please contact us at (510) 845-7735 ext. 13 or at development@berkeleyhumane.org.

July 31

"The Highway WienerDog Derby 2011," 10:30 AM, Palo Alto High School. The highly anticipated, annual Dachshund Derby, The Highway Wiener Nationals is again planned for this year on Sunday, August 8th starting at 11:00am (be there by 10:30am). DACHSHUNDS ONLY will take to the lawn at Palo Alto High School to showcase their speed and race for the title. This FREE, Dachshund ONLY, 6th annual race will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes! It's National Mustard Day, and in celebration there will be a BBQ sausage feast served at and after the race. (all free) More information at http://www.meetup.com/dachshund-35/calendar/13510439/

July ? "Dog Days at Lincoln," Lincoln High School Atheletic Grounds, 555 Dana Avenue, San Jose. A canine event in suport of responsible dog ownership, community involvement and the formation of city sanctified Dog Parks within the City of San Jose, California and surrounding areas. Attend a fun-filled day with your best four-footed friends and family! All pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Donations to help establish neighborhood dog parks are requested. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Co-Chair Bob Walker rwalker663@aol.com or (408) 244-253.

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July 4 Hot!

"Independence Day", all day, everywhere. Dogs usually hate fireworks, and Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year for most animal shelters. Get training tips to help you out here.

July 4

"Join the Parade," San Jose. The Alameda Business Association is sponsoring a July 4th parade from Lincoln High School to the Alameda by the Theatre area. Booths will be setup on the Alameda area. Anyone interested in participating in either a dog walk in the parade and/or assisting in the Lincoln Hound Society booth, please contact Co-Chairs Bob Walker at RWalker663@aol.com or (408) 244-2535; or Ed Hodges ehodges@ix.netcom.com. Lissa Shoun of Andy's Pet Shop also invites people with leashed dogs to join her and Ruby the scarlet macaw in the parade.

July 4

"Basset Hound Waddle for Rescue Fourth of July Parade," 10 AM - noon, Novato. Join the Golden Gate Basset Rescue for their annual fundraiser and basset hound promotion event, as part of the City of Novato's Annual Fourth of July Parade! Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and the entry fee goes to benefit basset rescue.   It is a good way to promote basset hounds and promote rescue because it gets dogs and their happy and proud owners out in front of the public.  "Anyone with a friendly, social basset can enter;  if the basset is a rescued dog, so much the better.  If someone wants to participate, but he or she doesn't have a dog, or the dog does not like crowds and commotion or is too young or too old to "waddle", he or she can just come without a dog and volunteer to walk a dog for someone else.  Many of us have more than one dog and can use an extra hand.  There are almost always more than 50 bassets in the parade.  We have a "bring-your-own-lunch" picnic afterward in a nearby park.  The club provides sodas and prepares charcoal for anyone who wants to barbecue something.  There will also be games and prizes." For more information, see the GGBR website or call the City of Novato at 415 898-6425. Special Request from Wag'N'Train client, Fran Madden: "Once again, before our Fourth of July 'Waddle', I’m raising money for Golden Gate Basset Rescue, Inc. (GGBR). This year, I am more motivated than ever to solicit donations because GGBR provided surgery in April for our foster dog, Alice to remove a rare and aggressive tumor from her mouth. Thanks to GGBR, Alice is recovering well and will soon be available for adoption. Without donations from people like you, GGBR wouldn't have been able to afford to do that for Alice, or to provide treatment for the countless other dogs, young and old, who arrive with medical issues that require attention before they can be adopted. Please make a donation by visiting my Firstgiving page: www.firstgiving.com/francesmadden You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to Golden Gate Basset Rescue, Inc. by Firstgiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation."

July 4

"Aptos 4th of July Parade, 9 AM, 7701 Soquel Dr. (at State Park Dr.), Aptos (Santa Cruz area). Calling all Great Pyrenees! Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California invites all Great Pyrenees and their two-legged friends to join us in marching in the Aptos 4th of July Parade. The pyrs are always a crowd (and Judge) favorite! Then immediately following we'll relax and refuel at our host Don Bowden's mountain cabin retreat nearby for a BBQ lunch and social hour. Bring a dish to share -- there's lots of cool shade and great trails to explore at Don's home near the parade route. We'll provide directions at the parade lineup. We will be lining up at 9 AM (parade begins at 10 AM) (look for the group of impossibly large, fluffy white dogs - we're hard to miss). After our march (which takes about 45 minutes), a club member with a home nearby hosts a post-parade-pyr-party with food, drink and a beautiful setting to visit with other friendly, pyr-loving folks and their four-legged fluffy pals. So add a little red and blue to your favorite big white dog and join the festivities! For more information contact Deb Michelotti at deb@citadeltech.com (please use "pyr" in the subject line of your email) for further details.

July 4

"Morgan Hill 4th of July Parade," meet between 8:30 and 9 AM, outside of The Granary Gallery, 17490 Depot St, Morgan Hill. "Come Walk with us! Show your support for a Morgan Hill Off-Leash dog park by bringing your dog to walk in the Independence Day Parade with MHDOG. Wear your stars and stripes and join us on Depot Street near the Granary between 8:30 and 9:00am (We must be completely assembled by 9:00am). For more details check out the parade route at www.mhidi.com or the MHDOG site at www.morganhilldog.org or call (408)778-4644.

July 4

"The 3rd Annual Pooches on Parade and Dine With Your Doggie Bark BQ," noon, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. We invite all dog owners to come celebrate the 4th of July with our Coastside Communities by walking their four-legged friends in Half Moon Bay's Ol' 4th of July Parade. Join us July 4 to be a part of the pageantry. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am and the parade starts at noon. There are fun events surrounding the parade, like our Yappy Hour (6/25) and our Bark BQ (immediately following the parade) that we're certain you won't want to miss. For more information see http://www.poochesonparade.org/

July 14

"Bastille Day Poodles (And Friends) on Parade"11 AM - 2 PM. Santana Row, San Jose. Hosted by Left Bank Brasserie. Whether your dog is a purebred poodle or a Heinz 57 mixed breed, you won’t want to miss the Bastille Day dog parade benefiting HSSV. This is a really fun event with great dog- and people-watching potential! Left Bank is donating each $10 registration fee to HSSV. Don’t miss this fun event with lots of dog- and people-watching! See http://www.santanarow.com/events/ for more information.

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"A's Dog Day At The Park ," Oakland Coliseum. On Friday, July 15, the A's will hold their fourth annual Dog Day at The Park at the Coliseum, presented by AvoDerm. Fans are invited to bring their dogs to the park and help cheer on their home team as the A's host the LA Angels at 7:05 p.m. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-game "Pup Rally" in in the North K parking lot where each Pup will receive a goodie bag containing an A's bandana and samples of dry dog food from AvoDerm. The rally will also feature contests including a best dressed and best trick contest as well as a contest for the dog that looks most like its owner. The A's will donate a portion of the proceeds to Dogs4Diabetics, a non-profit organization that trains medical-alert service dogs to detect hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) in diabetic youths and adults and alert their partner or other family member of the situation. Online registration is required. Deadline to register is Sunday, July 12. All dog owners must bring a copy of a current vaccination document from a licensed veterinarian. All dogs must wear an identification tag to the game and be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. Before the game, there are dog contests and a pup parade on the field! (click here for d'tails!) Cost: $15 for one person and one dog; $9 for a person w/o a dog. For more information contact the Oakland A's.

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"Pooch PowWow & Canine Convention," 10 AM - 3 PM, Niles Community Park at 3rd and H Streets, Niles District, Fremont. A great day for dogs and dog lovers alike! Register your pooch in our fun competitions, enjoy the water park, and dog-related demonstrations. This is our 10th Annual year for this event. Furry Friends Rescue, Dog Adoption Showcase & Info. Booth will be there. For more information contact Niles Main St Association at 510-742-9868 or info@niles.org.

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"Moolah for Mutts," 6:30-10 pm, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, San Francisco. Second annual Moolah for Mutts fundraiser! Join Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on July 16th for our second annual fundraiser, Moolah for Mutts – Praise Be to Dog! Delicious food! Fab drinks! Cool auction items! Wonderful dog people! We intend to make Moolah for Mutts – Praise Be to Dog! a HUGE success – allowing us to rescue, provide veterinary care, and find homes for many more senior dogs. Learn more here - http://moolahformutts.org - and get your tickets before we sell out!

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"Nike Animal Rescue Foundation's Annual Walk," 9 am- 5 pm, Vasona Lake County Park- Circle Group A, Los Gatos. NARF’s 16th Annual “Walk Your Tail Off” for Homeless Pets! Come out and walk your tail off for a cause! Enjoy a stroll around the park and other activities for pet lovers and their furry pals. Adoptable dogs will be available for walking and showcasing! For $20 you will get a NIKE animal rescue T-Shirt and lunch! For more information contact Linda Pope at 408.224.6273 or narf@narfrescue.org, or see www.narfrescue.org/events or http://www.narfrescue.org/news/16th-annual-dog-walk/

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"Art Bark Fest - Animal Art, Wine & Music Festival," Reno, NV. Bark if you love art! Visit gorgeous Lake Tahoe and enjoy sipping fine wines and browsing fine art underneath the peaks of Squaw Valley. The Art Bark Fest was created to combine the love of art & wine with the love of animals and is one of the only animal themed fine arts and wine festival in the country. The artwork varies from the work of Cholla the horse that paints abstract watercolors to a jeweler who creates a 14K gold necklace from your own dog's nose imprint. The fine wines will also be animal themed - Graeser Winery's 2002 Two Dog Vineyard Merlot to Mutt Lynch Winery's Unleashed Chardonnay. Throughout the day enjoy live music, dine, shop for art, or just relax and enjoy the fine wines from several renowned vineyards. Benefit for Tahoe-Truckee Humane Society! For more information visit www.thebarkfestival.com, or contact Tails By The Lake at email artbarkfest@tailsbythelake.com or 530-583-9247.

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"Bay Team Agility Tournament," San Martin. Come on out for a fun and low-pressure event! Treat it as a fun match with ribbons, or work towards titles. If you've never done CPE before, here's a good chance to check it out. We're offering 5 games per day to choose from. You can start at level 1 with no teeter or weaves, or as high as level 3. CPE has lower jump heights and generous fault and time limits. CPE (Canine Performance Events) offers a variety of classes to pique your interest and make the day entertaining and give you a chance to work on your choice of skills. All classes are suitable for both novice and experienced dogs and handlers, as CPE offers 6 levels of competition. Standard: A numbered sequence of 14-20 obstacles, including all obstacle types--except that Level 1 and 2 have no teeter or weaves, for very novice dogs. Colors: Essentially two short intertwined Standard courses that are similar but not the same, with only 9 or 10 obstacles, and you can pick which one you want to do. Nice to be able to choose which contact or challenge you'd rather work on! Jumpers: Numbered course with only jumps and tunnels. Fast and fun. Wildcard: A short standard-like course with a delightful twist: At three places in the course, you have a choice of obstacles to do (for example, at number 3, you might have a choice of a tunnel or two jumps). Full House: Design your own 30-second course using the obstacles arranged by the judge. This is my favorite--like a gambler's opening with no gamble at the end! Each obstacle is worth points and you can do each twice. During your 30 seconds, you must do at least one "bonus" (5-point) obstacle, two three-pointers (tunnels, tire), and three one-pointers (jumps), plus enough else to earn the minimum qualifying points. It's usually pretty easy to find a flowing course that matches your dog's skills. Snooker: A favorite strategy game in two parts. The second part consists of a flowing sequence numbered 2 through 7. The first part consists of doing three red one-point obstacles interspersed with your choice of 2-through-7 obstacles (e.g., 1-7-1-2-1-3). The fun is in picking your dog's best path through the opening, either for simplicity or for higher points (usually the higher numbers are harder to incorporate into the opening sequence). Jackpot: Can be similar to Gamblers in USDAA, or very different. The traditional jackpot is two parts: The first part is like Full House, design your own course to collect points for 40 seconds. The second part (the jackpot) starts after a whistle at the end of your 40 seconds, and you direct your dog over a specific sequence of obstacles at a distance. Distance and difficulty increase at higher levels. Find the joy of working with your dog farther away from you! A nontraditional gamble also has design your own course for accruing points, but the jackpot could be almost anything that the judge can dream up. More fun! For more information see http://www.bayteam.org/wiki/CPE_trial_Jul_23-24_2011

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"Cause for the Paws," 1-5 PM, The Grove at Silverado Resort. The 8th Annual “Cause for the Paws” benefit for Napa Humane will be held on Sunday, July 24. The "Cause" is the quintessential Napa Valley event bringing together 1,000 guests to enjoy a walk-around tasting of offerings by more than 20 chefs and restaurants and fine wines and brews from over 30 wineries and breweries from the Valley and beyond, a live auction, a large and diverse silent auction, live music, and – what makes the “Cause” unique – adorable adoptables! With questions, please contact Jennifer Smith at 707.255.8118 X204 or jsmith@napahumane.org, or see http://www.napahumane.org/news_events_cause_paws.html

August 2012

August 1-31

"Annual Dog Days of Summer at Cima Collina Winery," Thursday - Monday 11-6, Cima Collina Winery, San Carlos between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. For the month of August, we are offering all people who come in with pets a complimentary tasting of our award-winning wines. We specialize in vineyard-designated Pinots, Chardonnay, Cabernet-blends from the finest vineyards in Monterey County. Includes a tasting of our "Howlin' Good Red," a flavorful blend of Merlot & Syrah - benefits the SPCA. Free Doggy treats for Your Dogs! For more information, call the tasting room or visit http://p0.vresp.com/8aWoeW or http://www.cimacollina.com

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"Dog Days of Summer," 11:00am - 4:00pm, Mutt Lynch Winery, 602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg. Come humans, come dogs, come all. Please join us for our 6th annual Dog Days of Summer Open House on Saturday, August 14, to benefit the San Francisco SPCA. Admission will be $10 per person. Dogs are welcome and essential! A winery open house unlike any other. Mutt Lynch prides itself on being THE most dog friendly winery in the world. Dog Days of Summer will be a jam packed affair appealing to humans and dogs alike. Two and four legged guests should come prepared for a doggone good time featuring - New Release Wine Tasting; Hound Lounge; Yapps & Apps; Live Music; Unveiling of 2008 Rusty Muttitage; Dog Art; Benefit Event. A charity event for the San Francisco SPCA. The San Francisco SPCA has worked tirelessly to make San Francisco the nation's safest city for homeless cats and dogs and has expanded its vision to include rehabilitating thousands of sick and injured animals beyond the borders of San Francisco. Mutt Lynch Winery will be donating 100% of admission receipts and 10% of all sales proceeds on the day to the shelter. An unveiling event for the winery’s newest wine 2008 Rusty Muttitage. This year’s event will feature the unveiling of Rusty, Mutt Lynch’s newest wine label from the Dog Art Today - Mutt Lynch Winery dog art wine label contest. Winning artist Kimberly Santini and her Rusty painting will be unveiled at noon, along with winemaker Brenda Lynch’s limited production 2008 Rusty Muttitage red wine. Selected from her best barrels, Rusty is a Sonoma County red wine blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Petit Verdot (27%) and Petite Sirah (8%), aged 100% in French oak barrels. Last but not least, a “poop” tax or “bark” tax will be charged for wayward dogs, and donated to the shelter! We hope to see you there!

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"14th Annual Swiss Dog Day Afternoon," 10 AM- 5 PM, Upper Fort Mason (Franklin St. x Bay St.), San Francisco. Swiss Day includes Conformation, Obedience and Rally Matches, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, and Mountain Dog Olympics open to all Swiss Mountain Breeds: Bernese, Greater Swiss, Entlebuch and Appenzell Mountain Dogs & Saint Bernards. On-site registration is available from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. Event is free if you're just coming to watch, meet the dogs or find out more about these lovely breeds. Enjoy a Patriotic Parade, Swiss Music, a great Raffle, Handmade Crafts and Souvenirs, a Swiss-Style Barbecue, and loads of Canine Fun! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the indivdual breed Rescue and/or Health funds. To obtain entry forms for the matches, a schedule of events or driving directions, contact Cindy Beckman at swissday@norcalbernese.org

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"Derby Dog Dash," Sonoma County Fair (Santa Rosa). Does your small dog love to run? Can his tiny paws move at the speed of lightening? Does he or she love the pageantry of the horse racing, only with little numbered doggie-jackets and everyone racing on the real horse racing surface before a grandstand of racing fans? If so, the Northern California Derby Dog Dash is for you! Enter your small dog in one or ALL of our multiple events. Entry is FREE, admission to the Fair is FREE and prizes are in CASH. All dogs are welcome to bring their cheering squad and enthusiasm for small dog racing. We welcome Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Yorkies, Jack Russells, All Breeds and All Mixes. Free entry for the dog and two accompanying adults! Every effort will be made to place dogs of similar breeds and weights in the same heats. The winner of each heat will face off in a Championship Race. Registration is required. Go to www.DerbyDogDash.com for an entry packet and details. Mail, fax or e-mail your entry today! If you love dogs, or just enjoy their antics, this is a day you won't want to miss.

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"Derby Dog Dash," Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa. Does your small dog love to run? Can his tiny paws move at the speed of lightening? Does he or she love the pageantry of the horse racing, only with little numbered doggie-jackets and everyone racing on the real horse racing surface before a grandstand of racing fans? If so, the Northern California Derby Dog Dash is for you! Enter your small dog in one or ALL of our multiple events. Entry is FREE, admission to the Fair is FREE and prizes are in CASH. All dogs are welcome to bring their cheering squad and enthusiasm for small dog racing. We welcome Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Yorkies, Jack Russells, All Breeds and All Mixes. Free entry for the dog and two accompanying adults! Every effort will be made to place dogs of similar breeds and weights in the same heats. The winner of each heat will face off in a Championship Race. Registration is required. Go to www.DerbyDogDash.com for an entry packet and details. Mail, fax or e-mail your entry today! If you love dogs, or just enjoy their antics, this is a day you won't want to miss.

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"Carmel Beach Paw-ty with Society Dog," 11-4, Carmel Beach. Join Society Doggers at their favorite off-leash beach location, Carmel. Bring your frisbees, balls, a bagged lunch, a snack to share, and of course... your dog! We'll provide the activities and special doggie treats to make this a really special afternoon with your pooch! There is no charge for this event, but just let us know that your coming so we can prepare. You can RSVP to alphadog.terri@gmail.com or see societydog.com!

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"Canines and Wines," 10-2, HALL Wines, 401 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena. Join us for the 3rd Annual Canines & Wines at HALL St. Helena! Admission includes a tasting of select Artisan wines and a presentation of delectable treats for dogs and their people, along with samples, products and more, all under the shady Arbor of HALL St. Helena! In addition, each guest will be entered into a raffle to win fabulous prizes. No reservations required, this is a drop-in event. $15 admission for HALL Members and their guests, and $20 general admission. We will have wine available for sale the day of the event, and 20% of all wine sales directly benefit the Napa Humane Society. For more information contact HALL Winery at 707-967-2626 or see http://www.hallwines.com/hall-events-in-napa-valley-and-around-the-country.

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"Annual Bocce Tournament," 9-3 PM, Marin Bocce Federation (550 B Street, San Rafael). Interesting fact: Next to soccer and golf, Bocce is the third most participated sport in the world! Come play the oldest known sport in world history and support the Marin Humane Society shelter animals! Form your own team of four to six players ($300 per team) or register for $50 and we’ll assign you a team. Beginners welcome. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, catered lunch, one raffle ticket and one drink. Registration deadline August 1. For more information, call 415.506.6208 or see http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/Events/index.html#bocce.

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"16th Annual Mutt Strutt," 9am – 1pm, Coyote Point Park, San Mateo. Start planning now to join the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA for their annual Mutt Strutt dog walk-a-thon. It’s never too early to start planning your day by the bay all while supporting the animals. The Mutt Strutt is a great way for you and your best friend to spend a summer morning! To register for the Mutt Strutt, please visit the Mutt Strutt web site. For additional information, please contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara, (650) 340-7022 ext. 375 or DKelse@PHS-SPCA.org.

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"Annual Walk/Run for the Dogs," 8 AM to Noon, Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Join Dogs4Diabetics for its second annual fundraising walk and run on Saturday, August 21. Friends, family, and dogs welcome! Preregister alone or with a team on our website to get a free tee shirt during the walk. The 5k course starts and ends at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek. Invite your friends and family to sponsor your participation and participate in our raffle. Raffle items: a Kindle, a Dsi XL, a Flip Ultra Camcorder and iPod shuffles. You do not need to be present to win and tickets are available for purchase at D4D's offices. Pre-registration is encouraged and costs $20. An expedited sign-in table will be available on the day of the walk for those who register below, and all pre-registered participants will receive a free event t-shirt. Only those who pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt. A 32G iTouch will be awarded to the top fundraiser who raises over $1000! Support our life saving service dogs. For more information see www.dogs4diabetics.com.

August 26

"National Dog Day," everywhere (US). The National Dog Day Foundation is working diligently to raise needed funds for public awareness about the plight of dogs in our country. With its first annual National Dog Day Parade coming to New York City in 2007, proceeds from the pre-events and the parade will go to help animal rescue organizations and call attention nationally to dog issues with the hopes of impacting the outreach of animal rescue organizations across the country. National Dog Day’s goal, through public awareness, is to be a catalyst for the adoption of a minimum of 10,026 dogs on that day across the nation by participation of all animal shelters and rescue groups. Shelters that are closed on Saturdays will be asked to stay open, and everyone who adopts a dog on National Dog Day will receive a special National Dog Day  “thank you” and adoption certificate as a keepsake of the day. National Dog Day will turn out to be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day. For more information see the website.

August 27 New!

"Doggie Block Party,"12:00 AM to 6 PM, 223 Jackson Street (Between 5th & 6th. Streets), San Jose. Biscuits is celebrating their one year of business this coming Saturday and wants to share their success with all the dog lovers of San Jose by throwing one big heck-of-a-party. And you’re invited! As the name implies, Biscuits is a pet store, located in San Jose’s Japantown district. But owners Jen Pam and Steve Kim set out to make sure it was much more just a store. Specializing in pet health foods of natural and organic treats, Jen and Steve's services also include humane, anesthesia-free dental cleanings, and nail trimmings. And as you can image, it is filled with – what else – biscuits. All sorts of biscuits. Biscuits in all shapes and sizes, and delightfully humorous bags - all with completely healthy ingredients, of course. Opening just last year during our wolrdwide, just-won’t-let-go terrible recession, Biscuits has never-the-less, flourished and Jen am Steve wish to show their appreciation, Soooo- It’s Block Party time! The event if FREE and you and your dogs are invited. What will the event offer?
Live DJ acts and performances by local bands, dancers and drummers as well as pets for adoption, local vendors, live art fusion, dog training sessions, raffles & giveaways, and a TON of food and beer! Plus, of course, you get to shmoose the great Japantown area with your best buddy at your side. Note: The Block party is in celebration of the entire Japantown block of businesses, that all opened together last year. Check out the offierings of the other shops while there. To learn more about Biscuits, and/or the big party, please visit their website: http://www.shopbiscuits.com or call: 408-564-6537

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"Annual Dog Days of Summer," Game time 1:05 PM, San Francisco. The Shores of McCovey Cove will cater to man's best friend, as the Giants hold the Annual Dog Days of Summer. Special seating sections in the outfield bleachers will be filled with dogs and their owners on a day sure to attract canines of all shapes and sizes. Prior to that afternoon's game, there will be a dog parade and costume contest for all to enjoy down on the field. Giants vs Padres - Buy tickets (required). From the South Bay, join SocietyDog's "Tail-Gate Paw-ty" from 3-7 PM.

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"Paws, Wine & Dine," 12-2 pm, The Mmoon 177 W. Santa Clara Street San Jose. A great doggie friendly event out on the patio at The Mmoon in downtown San Jose on Sunday August 28th from 12-2pm. We want dog lovers to bring their dogs and a bottle of wine (no corkage fee) to enjoy a Sunday on our beautiful patio. Our patio is 2,400 square feet and is enclosed by a balustrade. The Mmoon specializes in Argentine empanadas that are really easy to eat if you have a pet "on hand". If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DeLayne at delayne@themmoon.com or see http://www.themmoon.com

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"Camp W: Summer Days," Lake Tahoe area. Summer camp for you and your dog! Spend your days under the majestic Sierra pines and don't forget to visit your own private beach for a refreshing swim! A week of incredible fun celebrating nature and summer with a more leisurely pace and lighter fare than Summer Camp. Includes our most popular activities - hiking, swimming, lure coursing, training and crafts - but allows more free time for relaxation and sightseeing. Summer Days offers accommodations with light breakfasts and lunches plus a dinner barbecue. Campers have most evenings free to enjoy local eateries and night life. For those wishing more comfort and privacy, off-site accommodations are available. Formerly "Camp Winnaribbun". See www.campw.com for more information.

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"Duboce Dog Days of August Celebration," 12-3 PM, Duboce Park, San Francisco. Come share a great day with your dog in Duboce Park! FREE MICROCHIPPING (SF residents), Dog Massage, Dog Psychic, Dog Licenses, Caricaturist (you and your dog). Dog games, including The Pooch Coach's "Rover Roulette Wheel". Rescue groups (Grateful Dogs, Rocket Dog, Wonder Dog), Top Dog Pet Care, Local Pet Stores - The Animal House, Pet Food Express, Jeffrey's Natural Pet Food, Papa Poochinelli's Holistic Pet Treats. For more information see www.sfdog.org

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September 2012

September is National Pet Health Insurance Month - celebrate by getting your pet insured! No pet parent is prepared for the possibility of an unexpected surgery, and there is no better way to handle the expense than with insurance. If you subscribe early and keep up with your monthly premiums, pet health insurance can serve as a financial safety net, allowing many pet parents to provide a higher level of care to their sick or injured pets than they would otherwise be able. In addition, pet health insurance can alleviate the difficult decision to limit veterinary care, or to consider early euthanasia that economic limitations can impose. Prove to Fido that you care about his well being, get him insured!

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"National Pet Memorial Day" The day falls the second Sunday of every September and sets aside a time to reflect on and honor departed pets. You can mark this day in many creative, thoughtful ways. See http://www.tailsinc.com/index.php?body=howliday_memorial

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"Woofstock," 8 AM - 1 PM, Johnson Springview Park, Rocklin. Day-long events benefit Placer SPCA.

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"Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club Dog Show and Agility Trials," 8:00 am to 6:00 pm - North Grounds, Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. "This all-breed show, incorporating agility, obedience and conformation, will feature over 2000 dogs from more than 150 different breeds. Dogs will compete for the ultimate conformation award of Best In Show at this premiere canine beauty pageant. You may see new American Kennel Club breeds, such as the Italian Spinone or the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. You will be able to enjoy exciting performance events, agility and obedience trials showcasing the dogs' brains as well as endurance, and booths with information on nutrition, health, rescue and pet ownership. A fun and exciting day with man's best friend! $5 Adult, $3 Seniors and Children 12 and over, Under 12 Free. Tickets are sold at the door only." For more information on the show, contact Robin Welter at (510) 237-8135, or weltersinrichmond@comcast.net; for the Agility Trial, contact Lorie Abbott, Event Secretary, (925) 294-8965 or lorie@abbadogs.com or call (707) 795-7941 and see www.akc.org/akc_clubs/?446

September 15 Hot! Hot! Hot!

"Bark In The Park", 10am - 5pm. William Street Park - William and South 16th Streets, San Jose. "The day is full of educational and entertaining activities from training events and informative demonstrations to contests, performances, competitions and music. Nearly 75 commercial and non-profit vendors will be offering a variety of products and services. An assortment of food, beverages and music are available. Special areas include a kid's tent with activities geared for many ages and coordinated by our local museums." Activities include: Dog Water Park, Agility Course, Children's Activity Area, Specialty Vendors, Rescue Organizations, Food and Beverages, Live Music, Celebrity Guests, Dog Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest. Demonstrations include: Flyball Canine Relay, Sheep Herding, Team Agility, Disc Dogs, Canine Good Citizen, Grooming, Training. Event is free! A $5 donation per registered pet is requested. Dogs must be leashed.

September 17 or so

"AKC Responsible Owners Day". See details after July 1 at the AKC website.

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"Society Dog's annual Blessing of the Animals," 12-2 PM, Pageant Park (behind the Los Gatos Civic Center at 110 East Main St), Los Gatos. To All Blessed People With Pets... This is a custom that is conducted annually all across the world in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures. We will hold our own Pet Blessing on September 30. Personal blessing for each and every pet; Special blessing for owners who have rescued dogs; Recognition of the efforts of search & rescue dogs; and Memorial to pets that passed in the last year. Reverend Richard Menefee will be performing the ceremony . Reverend Rich has an extensive background both as an animal trainer from Marine World and as a rescuer. We are also proud to include Reverend Jacqueline Leeba who will share in officiating this year. She has a life-long love of animals and currently resides in San Diego with her cat, Riley. This is an event primarily for well-behaved dogs, and we ask that your dog be on a 4-6 ft. nonretractable leash. Please email alphadog@societydog.com with a request to attend with any other kind of pet or with any other questions. One pet per attendee please. Attendees will receive a commemorative medal to celebrate the occasion. Everyone is invited to join us for a wine and cheese social immediately following the blessing. $18 for Basic Members ($15 for Society Dog Pre-furred Members). Reservations Required - Please register and pay by check or Paypal no later than Wed., Sept 26 at www.societydog.com.

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October 2011

October is "Adopt-a-Dog Month" and "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month"
Find out more through the American Humane Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal

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"Annual Blessing of the Animals", 10-2 St. Boniface Chruch, 133 Golden Gate, Ave., San Francisco. Join animal lovers from around the Bay Area for the 20th annual Blessing of the animals. Adoptable pets on hand at this free event. For more information see stbonifacesf.org or contact Juanita Taylor at 415 863-0111.

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"Paws in the Park," 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Lion's Wayside Park, First and Neal Streets, Pleasanton. Paws in the Park is a pledge-driven dog walk and community-wide animal celebration that will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Lion‚s Wayside Park in downtown Pleasanton. The dog walk will begin at 1:00 pm and will follow two routes through downtown Pleasanton. There will be a short walk for small and/or senior dogs and a longer walk for everyone else. We are encouraging both dog owners and non-dog owners alike to sign up and collect pledges and anticipate at least 250 walkers. In addition to the walk, Lion‚s Wayside Park will be the setting for a huge animal celebration. Featured in the park: Vendor booths featuring health and pet-themed merchandise and services; K-9 Good Citizen screening; Agility demonstrations; Low-cost micro-chipping; Music featuring Debra Knox and The Go Dogs; Dogs available for adoption to good homes. For more information and to register for Paws in the Park go to www.pawsinthepark.valleyhumane.org or call 925 426-8656

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"Growl, Meow and Wine!" 1 - 5pm ,East Bay SPCA, Tri-Valley. Celebrate your love for animals by joining us for a fun-filled afternoon of music, wonderful food and fine wine. Music generously donated by Blue House and Steel Jam. Join us as we celebrate and raise life-saving funds for our animals! For more information see the website.

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"Blessing of the Animals," 11 AM, Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue (at Fruitvale), Saratoga. For more information contact St. Andrew's at http://www.st-andrews-saratoga.org/

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"Blessing of the Animals," 9 AM, Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. Commemoration of St. Francis Join us for a special Worship Service on October 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated on the first Sunday in October with the Blessing of the Animals. At one time this blessing focused on the farm animals upon which our life depends, but lends itself to the blessing of pets and the biblical witness of our role as caretakers of the earth. To accommodate the animals, and weather permitting, worship service and the rite of blessing will be held in the amphitheater. Everyone is welcome to attend, including your pet. Coffee and refreshments, including “bear claws” and “animal” crackers, will be served at 8:30 a.m. as well as following the service. Refreshments will also be provided for some of the pets!. For more information see losaltoslutheran.org.

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"Blessing of the Animals," 4-5:30pm, St. Raphaels, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, Marin. The Catholic Daughters of America Court #1406 and St. Raphaels are hosting a blessing of the animals. The event will take place in front of the church. All friendly and well-behaved animals are invited to attend. This is a free event. If your pet is not available you can bring a photo, stuffed animal or anything that reminds you of your pet. Animals should be under control at all times by leashes or carriers. For more information contact St Raphaels at 415-454-8141.

 

October 1-29 New!

"Halloween Costume Contest," Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose. Bring your festive animal in costume into the store and we'll take a picture for the judge! Winner will be chosen on Saturday Oct 29th. Winner will receive a $25 gift card. For more information contact Pet Food Express at (408) 247-0077.

October 8 New!

"Blessing of the Animals and Harvest," 10:30 AM, Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road, San Jose. Join Pastor Ben in the activity field (church dog park). All animals are welcome. Please have all animals leashed or crated. Followed by pot luck BBQ, animal costume contest and portraits, and an art show. For more information contact Peg at 408 258-8133 or foothillpc@gmail.com, or see www.foothillpc.org.

October 9

"K9 Cancer Walk," 8:00 am, Vasona Lake Park, 298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos. Join us for the very first Bay Area K9 Canine Cancer Walk. Six million dog are diagnosed with cancer each year and cancer is the number one killer of adult dogs. The K9 Cancer Walks are fundraising events throughout the country that support Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Cancer Campaign. All funds raised at the K9 Cancer Walks go directly toward much-needed research that will help dogs enjoy longer, healthier ˜cancer-free˜lives. Walk for a cure along the beautiful Los Gatos Creek Trail. After the walk join our panel of expert speakers and learn more about cancer prevention, early detection and the future of cancer treatments and research. Participating in the K9 Cancer walk is a great way to memorialize a beloved dog lost to cancer and create a brighter future for your current companion. For more information contact Sandy Vilahu at 916-471-9307 or sandy@caninek.org, or see http://www.CanineK.org and http://www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org

October 9, November 13, December 11New!

"Lure Coursing Play Day". For more information contact Sandi Pensinger at sandi@livingwithdogs.us or see www.livingwithdogs.us

October 9 New!

"Blessing of the Animals," 2-4 PM, Skyline United Church of Christ, 12540 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland. Come enjoy a special ceremony that honors our animal companions and acknowledges the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pets, their photos, or even a stuffed animal to represent them. Afterwards, walk your pet through our unique labyrinth. For more information call 510 531-8212 or contact office@skylineucc.org.

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"Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference," Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. If you are a Dog Trainer, a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Animal Behaviorist, Shelter Staff or just plain LOVE DOGS, the 2011 APDT Conference will provide cutting-edge information invaluable to your profession. Continuing education units may also be earned toward certification renewal. The 2011 conference promises to be an educational adventure you’ll long remember, providing up-to-date behavior studies, training methods, business development, health and nutrition sessions and much more. Presenters gathered from across the country will share their tales of exploration and expertise in interesting, interactive and informative ways that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Visit the Exhibit Hall to enjoy demonstrations, explore educational materials and other products, network with other professionals and catch up with old friends. All the best dog trainers will be there! For more information see apdt.com.

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"Walk 'N Wag", 10 AM - 1 PM,Kelley Park and History San Jose. Join the Humane Society Silicon Valley at this year's Walk 'n Wag. Every step, and every dollar raised, will help save an animal's life. Why wag? Because it’s fun to spend a day with your pet! Because it’s full of exercise! Activities for your animal companions! Vendor booths for your many interests! Fun and games for children and families! Live entertainment! JOIN THE FUN! Take yourself, your family, and of course your animal companions on an enjoyable 5K walk; and have fun with activities! Join us on a lively 5K fun walk, with lots of activities for all ages! For more information see hssv.org.

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"8th Annual Pug-o-Ween," 10 am - 3 pm, Marin Humane Society (event will be indoors this year), 171 Bel Marin keys Blvd., Novato. Costume Contest and Fundraiser for PROS Pug Rescue. Registration donation is $10.00 per entry. Events will include: Costume contest, Pug Races, Frank n' Bob, Prize Raffles, Photo Booth, Silent Auctions, Pizza and a chance to win an overnight stay in Bodega Bay with your pug(s)! For more information contact Pug PROS Pug Rescue at 925-974-7847 or rescue@pugpros.org or see www.pugpros.org

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"8th Annual Fall Furry Flurry," 9 AM - 1 PM, Los Gatos Creek Park, Campbell. It’s time for the 8th Annual Fall Furry Flurry Fun Festival! 5K Walk with your pet; Silent Auction/Raffle; Bobbing for Weiners! Have fun with Rally Obedience; Largest Dog/Smallest Dog Contest; Costume Contest; Ask the Behaviorist; Musical sits and MORE…Each walker registrant recieves a t-shirt, raffle ticket, pet goody bag, and more. Sign in 9-10:30am; 5K walk 9:30 to 12:30; Contests/Games 11-12:30; Raffle Drawing 12:30; Silent Auction 1pm. For more information http://www.paws4sjacs.org/events/fall-furry-flurry/, call 408-559-3230 x108 or email info@paws4sjacs.org

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"Howling Halloween® with Society Dog," 5-6:30 PM, Old Town Shopping Center, 50 University Ave, Los Gatos. Society Dog's Howling Halloween® 2011 A Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza for Your Dog! Be earth friendly and BRING YOUR OWN TREAT BAG! Ribbon Awards for Best Costumes! Limited to one well-behaved dog per person ~ 4-6 ft. nonretractible leashes only. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Parking is limited - arrive early. We encourage participants to BYOB (bring their own treat bag), water and poop bags. (If needed, Bow-wowzer will be providing bags at 100 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos) For additional information email helpdog@societydog.com or the call the YELP LINE at 408-671-3417. Partial proceeds of this year's event will benefit the Canine Cancer Campaign. For one ghoulish evening, Old Town Los Gatos is going to the dogs! Society Dog that is, as they host their annual Howling Halloween® Event. Come join the fun with your beloved canine in Halloween attire. For more information go to www.societydog.com or 408-671-3417 or alphadog@societydog.com.

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"Wags To Riches," 4-8:30 PM, Hayward Veterans' Memorial Building, 22737 Main Street, Hayward. Have fun, save Shepherds and win prizes all at the same time! You'll have FUN Fundraising! K9 demos, great food and drink, silent auction, bag raffle, meet friends and special dogs. All this and more at GSRNC's 2011 Wags to Riches FUNdraiser on October 22nd in Hayward. Tickets are just $35, plus if you get them today, you will qualify for our Early Bird drawing giving you a chance to win $4,000!* Even if you can't attend, you can save German Shepherds! You can buy tickets to our Dream it! Win it! Grand Raffle by clicking here. The Grand Prize is a $4000 VISA gift card, and additional prizes include a $1,500 VISA Gift card, 2 night etaway to the Carmel Country Inn, and a 32GB iPad2! Wags To Riches is our Annual FUNdraising event. Every dollar raised supports our mission to save dogs. GSRNC's average cost to rescue a dog is over $700 and our adoption fee is only $300. Wags to Riches helps fill the void. So please try to be there and have some great fun. If you can't attend, purchase Dream It! Win It! Grand Raffle tickets to save more dogs. Misty, Ziggy and the others thank you for your help and on October 22nd you can make their dreams come true. If you have any questions or need more information about GSRNC please visit our website at: www.GSRNC.org or call 800-728-3473.

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"Tartan Games," 9:30-4, Vasona Lake Park, Circle Group Area, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. Join the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club and come celebrate our Westies' and Scotties' Highland heritage as the dogs "go-to-ground" in the Tunnels, jump the Hurdles and chase the (toy) squirrel on our Lure Course. Plan to enter your stylish and fun-loving pets in our Annual Costume Parade lead by a Bagpiper Extraordinaire.  There will be prizes for the winners! Our Cairn and Scottie friends are coming, too!  If you are looking for a Westie to share your life, this is a great opportunity for you to meet and talk with Westie breeders and owners as well as with our Rescue Coordinators. For more information contact Jim and Linda Gilcrest at 831-462-6440 or Jim@GilcrestConsulting.com or Linda@GilcrestConsulting.com.

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"Woofstock, Pets & Pinot," 12:00 - 6:00 pm, The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga. Enjoy a very Groovy day of Wine Tasting, great music and Woofstock fun with your pets! Wine tasting will be located at their outdoor plaza, boasting breathtaking views of the Silicon Valley. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Winery while enjoying cool and fun woodstock music from live bands-Liquid Sky and Hootenanny, Yappy Hour Dog goodies, Dog Costume Contest, Dog Adoption Showcase, Silent Auction, Raffles and special guest artists/vendors. Diane Wat Design will be on-site to hand painting of your precious pet on a t-shirt or tote. Please bring your favorite photo. On-site photo available. Partial proceed to FFR. Posh Pooch Portraits will be on-site. Get your complimentary fine art photo portrait ready for the holidays. 50% of print sale benefit FFR. Mingle, Dance and relax with your doggie! Cost: $15 RSVP online, $20 at entrance. Purchase tix on event page at www.MountainWinery.com. Woofstock Virtual Walk: Donate online or create your own walk to raise funds to support FFR rescue dogs & cats from over-crowded shelters. Raise $100 in pledges and receive a limited edition Woofstock T-shirt. Prizes for highest pledges at Woofstock! For more information see www.FurryFriendsRescue.org or call 408.741.2822 or info@FurryFriendsRescue.org

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"All Star Dog Run Santa Cruz 5K/10K," 9:00am-12:00pm, Nisene Marks State Park/Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos (Santa Cruz area). Don't leave your dog at home! We've got a 5K/10K for you and your pup! This stellar event is a rolling out-and-back course, on paved and fire roads, through the redwoods. Run, or walk & wag, this beautiful venue. We put the wag in schwag for you! Entrants get top doggie bags, T-shirt, and a finisher medal. Race Expo with treats for man & his best friend! Win your division and win a new pair of Saucony running shoes! Prizes for top three finishers in 5K and 10K. Youth division under 14. Special awards for largest and smallest dog. Every entry contributes to our sponsorship of Morris Animal Foundation animal health studies. More info at www.AllStarDogRun.com or contact Liz Devitt or Tracy Adam Childs at 831-212-2874 or liz@allstardogrun.com.

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"All Star Dog Run San Francisco 5K/10K," 9:00am-12:00pm, Treasure Island, Building 180 S, San Francisco. Don't leave your dog at home! We've got a 5K/10K for you and your pup! This stellar event is a flat & fast race on paved roads beside the Bay. Run, or walk & wag the 5K course, at this beautiful venue. We put the wag in schwag for you! Entrants get top doggie bags, T-shirt, and a finisher medal. Race Expo with treats for man & his best friend! Win your division and win a new pair of Saucony running shoes! Prizes for top three finishers in 5K and 10K. Youth division under 14. Special awards for largest and smallest dog. Every entry contributes to our sponsorship of Morris Animal Foundation animal health studies. Adults $40-45; Under 14 $30-35; sign up w 4 friends for 10% discount. More info at www.AllStarDogRun.com.

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"Bay Area Basset Hound's All Hound Howl-O-Ween Pawty," 10 AM -noon, Drigon Dog Park, Seventh St at Mission, Union City. Costume pawty for all hounds and people (optional). Bring your dog's favorite treats to share and a collection bag. Games, prizes, fun! Cost $10 donation (partial proceeds to Golden Gate Basset Rescue). For more informaiton contact Gwen Dossey at pengwen65@yahoo.com or http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

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"Halloween Pet Photos," 12-3pm, Family Tails Photography Studio 1755 E. Bayshore Rd. Suite 23A Redwood City. "It's that spooky time of year again... Family Tails Photography will be taking halloween pet photos on Sunday October 17th from 12-4pm. Photos will be taken at the Family Tails Photography studio located at 1755 E. Bayshore Rd. Suite 23A Redwood City. The cost is $40 for 5 photos on a disc for your unlimited use. No appointment is necessary, photos are taken on a first come/first serve basis. Bring your pet (and yourself if you like!) in costume and join the fun. Cash or check only please!" For more information email familytails@yahoo.com, or call Karen at 650 868 0019.

October 25

“National Pitbull Awareness Day," everywhere. October 25th, 2010 marks the 3rd annual “National Pitbull Awareness Day.” Read about the day at www.blessthebullys.com.

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"Annual Halloween Doggie Social & Costume Parade," 5 PM, Gussied Up Dog Boutique, 1310 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. At 5:00 pm bring your doggie to the 3rd Annual Halloween Doggie Social & Costume Parade at Gussied Up Dog Boutique.

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"6th Annual Dimond Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party," 6-9 PM, Paws & Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 6th Annual Dimond Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party. Meet at Paws & Claws, 6 pm parade through the district collecting treats. Return to Paws & Claws and enjoy outdoor campfire, food & drinks. Dress warmly! $5 Donation Benefits PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)-East Bay. For more information contact Ruth or Diane 510-336-0105 or see http://www.pawsnclawsoakland.com Back to top of Calendar

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"Marsh Madness Dog Walk for Palo Alto Family YMCA," 8:00 a.m., Palo Alto Baylands, 2775 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Family YMCA in collaboration with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will host the Second Annual Marsh Madness 10k/5k Fun Run at the Palo Alto Baylands. Marsh Madness is an annual 10K/5K running and walking event created to raise funding and awareness to combat growing youth health problems, including poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, youth obesity, and adult-onset diabetes. Dog Walk: 8:00 am, $30 for pre-registration, $35 day of event. Pre Registration: Register before Wednesday, October 22 at noon. This is open to the public, participants do not need to be a member of the YMCA.YMCA members receive a $5 discount.Register by October 3 to guarantee your t-shirt size. For more information contact Jason Berry at 650.856.9622 or jberry@ymcamidpen.org.

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"Pet Pride Day," 12-3 PM, Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park, (off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., near the intersection of Stanyan and Lincoln.)San Francisco. Join the San Francisco Animal Care and Control for Pet Costume Contest, Working Animal Demonstrations, Animal Rescue Groups, Pet Product Vendors, Pet Gifts and more! A fun filled day for all ages. Come meet our very own San Francisco Animal Cops! A day of fun, education, information and just a great bonding time for all (dogs included)! For the safety of the animals, this event is limited to dogs. All dogs must be on leash. For more information see the website at www.petprideday.com or contat Deb Campbell at 415 554.9427 or deb.campbell@sfgov.org.

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"Sunnyvale Howl'oween Pet Parade and Faire," 10 AM - 4 PM (faire), 1-1:30 PM (parade), Plaza del Sol, Downtown Sunnyvale. The last Sunday of October.Sunnyvale Downtown Association invites you to participate in a special event, on Saturday, October 30th, 2010, the 3rd Annual Sunnyvale Howl'oween Pet Parade & Faire! The Sunnyvale Howl'oween Pet Parade & Faire is a family event to be held the last Saturday of October. Give yourself, your kids and your pet an opportunity to wear their Halloween costume twice this year by participating in this "eye candy" family event. See some of the zaniest pet and human costumes, enjoy the "American Pet Idol" talent contest, pet themed arts & crafts vendors, products & information all geared toward your favorite pet & more! Parade and Faire highlights to enjoy are as follows: Best Pet Costume; Best Human Costume; Best Combo Costume; Best Group Costumes; Best Float; Pet Lover Village; Pet Talent Show; Dog Treat Stacking Contest; Coloring Contest, and much more! All Sunnyvale residents and those of neighboring cities are encouarged to participate by dressing up and bringing their family and favorite pets to walk in our pet parade. This event is entirely free; pre-registration preferred, and those who do will receive a souvenir. The absolute deadline for parade and booth applications is October 18th, 2010. For questions, more information or to become a Howl'oween event sponsor, please call (408) 516-7217 or see http://www.downtownsunnyvale.com/petparade.

October 31

"Halloween". Help your dog handle the nightmare with these Training Tips.

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November 2012

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month: the time to consider a companion who knows not to chew on your gym shoes, jump on visiting friends, or scratch the sisal carpet. Petfinder.com has teamed with shelters everywhere to shine the spotlight on older animals who often get overlooked. Studies have shown that having a pet around can lower blood pressure, especially when that pet is housebroken and calm. Many shelters have reduced or waived adoption fees during the month, and some have Seniors for Seniors programs, special adoption plans for older adults. So if you're looking to add a furry companion to the family, visit your local shelter and consider an older (and probably wiser) cat or dog.

 

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December 2012

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"Visit PHS/SPCA animals at Macy’s Holiday Store," 12 noon to 5:30 pm, 115 Hillsdale Mall San Mateo. One item from our Christmas list arrived early! Macy’s Hillsdale has donated window space at their holiday store for PHS/SPCA shelter animals awaiting adoption. We will bring a small number of animals to this fantastic spot behind the window, but on display at Macy’s Holiday store, which is near the interior Macy’s entrance. Staff or volunteers will be present at the store with our animals. Please stop by and say hi and spread the word. For more information see http://www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/events/index.html

through December 24

"Annual Holiday Windows," Macy's Union Square, Stockton at O'Farrell, San Francisco. Adoptable animals from the SF/SPCA on display at Macy's Union Square windows. See the SF/SPCA for more information.

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"Holiday Pet Photos," 11-4, Okashi Barkery, 519 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. Have professional pet photographs done for the holidays. Pet portraits are always a lovely gift or keepsake. Appointments are optional, walk-ins welcome! There is no obligation to purchase photography! Photo packages starting at only $15.00. Photographs would be mailed to your home, in time for Christmas. Don't miss out - you never know, Santa may also drop by, too! For more information contact All Action Photo at (408) 298-5899 or allactphoto@aol.com or http://www.allactphoto.com/

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"Photos with Santa" 11AM-3PM, Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell. Bring your pet (dog, cat, rabbit, etc.!) to take a picture with Santa! Donations of $10 or more are requested to help the animals at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. Pictures will be available immediately. For more information contact Friends of SVACA at (408) 421-2556 or contact@friendsofsvaca.org or see http://www.friendsofsvaca.org

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"Holiday Pet Photos," 11-4, Club Belly Rub, 206 N. Bascom Ave, San Jose. Have professional pet photographs done for the holidays. Pet portraits are always a lovely gift or keepsake. Appointments are optional, walk-ins welcome! There is no obligation to purchase photography! Photo packages starting at only $15.00. Photographs would be mailed to your home, in time for Christmas. Don't miss out - you never know, Santa may also drop by, too! For more information contact All Action Photo at (408) 298-5899 or allactphoto@aol.com or http://www.allactphoto.com/

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"Holiday Pet Photos," 11-4pm, Dr. Dave's Doggy Day Care, 1665 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. Have professional pet photographs done for the holidays. Pet portraits are always a lovely gift or keepsake. Appointments are optional, walk-ins welcome! There is no obligation to purchase photography! Photo packages starting at only $15.00. Photographs would be mailed to your home, in time for Christmas. Don't miss out - you never know, Santa may also drop by, too! For more information contact All Action Photo at (408) 298-5899 or allactphoto@aol.com or http://www.allactphoto.com/

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"Doggone Good Open House," Doggone Good warehouse, 320 Turtle Creek Court (corner of Stone), San Jose - you will see balloons for the entry door. Thursday Dec. 17th, 1 - 5 PM; Friday Dec. 18th, 1 - 5 PM; Saturday Dec. 19th, 10 AM - 1 PM. You can shop online at www.doggonegood.com and put in comments to hold your order for Open House pickup -- we'll zero out the shipping and have your order waiting for you. You can also create & print out a wish list and we can help you locate the items you want. Or just come and wander! There will be complimentary wrap for your purchases (we'll provide the wrap, you provide the wrapping labor).

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January 2013

January is National Train Your Dog Month and Shelter Dog Prevention Month

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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Declares January "National Train Your Dog Month!" The APDT announces a new annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization to create a healthy relationship between dogs and their owners. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. We, at the APDT, think it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT has selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible. It is our hope that the everyday dog owners will visit our Web site, so that they can see how easy and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of their dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. We have a wide range of topics that we’ve covered so that pet owners will recognize themselves & their dogs. We have provided a great deal of information that will help using methods that are kind gentle and that have an emphasis on building your relationships with your dogs. In addition the APDT has more than 5000 members who are willing and able to help dog owners who need help with their dogs. If there is one thing that current television shows about dog training have taught the public its that there are solutions to help dogs with behavior problems and there are alternatives to try before giving up your dog. Our web site content will include contests winners from our membership, downloadable handouts on training, and regular updates on Facebook and Twitter with fun ideas and tips on how to train your dog. APDT members nationwide will help promote the event and focus on bringing awareness to their own home towns. Please join the APDT in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month! See www.trainyourdogmonth.com.

January ?

"Stars to the Rescue for ARF," 7pm – 11pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Please join Tony La Russa and ARF on ?? at 7 p.m. at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California for ARF's 20th anniversary Stars to the Rescue gala! Early confirmed performers for this fabulous evening of music and entertainment are Grammy Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles. The lineup also features comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan. For more information: http://www.arf.net/about/events/stars-to-the-rescue-wc.php

January ?

"SPCAMC's Annual Pet Telethon," The SPCA for Monterey County’s 11th annual Pet Telethon airs live on KION-TV 46 on Saturday, January 28 from 6 to 10 pm. Last year we raised over $145,000 to help the animals and with your help, 2012 will break all the records! All donations go directly to help animals in need in our community. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not receive funding from other SPCA’s or Humane Societies. Everything we do is made possible by donors like you. For more information, please contact Marie at 831-373-2631 x203.

January ? (last weekend of Jan)

"Annual Golden Gate Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show," 8:30-5 PM, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. 143 Breeds - the perfect place to decide on your next breed [or mix!]. Breed rescue information available. Final Judging with Best In Show Dog selected each day. Adults: $12 • Seniors: $10 • Children {2-12 years of age}: $7; Family Plan: (2 Adults & 2 Children) $30. Special Attractions include Dina Zaphiris - Behavior Savior and Pet Finder 11:00am and 2:00pm • Agility Demonstrations by TopNotch Training Daily 12:30pm & 3:00pm; Continuous Seminars Saturday & Sunday. For more information see http://goldengatekc.com.

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"Prepare Your Dog for the New Baby," 4-6 PM, Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. If you are expecting (or recently added) a new human baby to your family, there will be a lot of changes for your family dog. In this seminar trainer and behavior specialist Stacy Braslau-Schneck from Stacy's Wag'N'Train will discuss some of the concerns you may have, signs of potential problems, and training methods you can use to prepare your dog for the next steps. This seminar should help ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable. This will be a lecture and demonstration, so please leave your dogs at home (babies are welcome). Register at www.hssv.org

 

 

January ?

"Annual Behavior Medicine Symposium", Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The Behavior Medicine Club at UC Davis is pleased to invite you to the 7th annual Behavior Medicine Symposium. Clinical animal behavior is one of the most rapidly expanding fields of veterinary medicine. For small animal practitioners, owners will turn to you for help in diagnosing and treating behavior problems in their animal companions -- we'll give you the essential tools to prevent and treat them! For large and exotic animals, practitioners will need to know how to properly handle these patients to decrease stress and enhance animal welfare! Keynote speakers: Our small animal keynote speaker, Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash and founder of The Academy for Dog Trainers, will spend two hours discussing the history of dog training and the use of operant vs. classical conditioning in dog behavior modification. Please visit our website for more information and to register http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/clubs/bmc/symposium/index.cfm

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"TTOUCH for You and Your Dog," 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz. TTouch is a revolutionary training and health care system based on cooperation and understanding, utilizing a variety of techniques that promote optimal performance and health without fear or force. The TTouch method helps create a joyous partnership between people and animals. TTouch includes a series of mindful TTOUCHES, easy-to-use leading exercises through a "Confidence Course", body wraps, the 'balance leash' and/or head collars, combined with an attitude of cooperation and respect. The simple easy-to-learn TTOUCHES increase bonding, help adoptees adapt, teach self-control and self-confidence to even the already confident, help speed healing and even release pain. The balance leash is a simple tool to eliminate pulling; the body wrap can help overcome fear of noises or help with arthritis; the halti can be used to gently teach a dog to lead or help keep an aggressive dog safe; the Confidence Course is fun and a great teaching tool for solving a variety of behavioral issues, teaching a pup to walk by your side, helping an unfocused dog focus and keeping you on track. Come learn the basics of TTOUCH, including techniques for positive health benefits, behavioral improvements and basic training. We'll practice TTOUCHES on our dogs and on each other. While we help them learn to relax, gain confidence and self-control, we get benefits as well. Doing TTOUCHES rewards the 'TToucher' as well as the 'TTouchee'. We’ll also observe our dogs' body language and learn how to integrate that knowledge with TTouch. We'll focus on the 'issues' of the participants, learning ways to improve health, performance, behavior and relationship. $110 per dog/person team (Early Bird Discount: $100 if registering by August 1). For more info and to pre-register: JodiFredi@aol.com or 831-426-1697.

 

"Dog Talk: Calming Signals ~ How dogs communicate", 9:30am-4:40pm, Santa Cruz. Through slides, lecture, discussion, and hands-on observation, we’ll learn how dogs use “calming signals” to communicate with each other and with us. Dogs use more than 20 body language gestures to “talk” with each other. Deepen your relationship with your dog through better communication & understanding! Learn how to use this language-of-cooperation to help your dog. Jodi Frediani, Instructor. For more info and to pre-register: JodiFredi@aol.com or 831-426-1697.

 

 


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Other Events listings can be found at PuppyWorks, DogFriendly.com, Fetch The Paper (especially for North Bay events), In Circle Pets, The Bark, DD's Dog Training (obedience matches and workshops), Dogtivities, and the American Kennel Club. See also the specialty clubs, such as the Bay Area Siberian Husky Club, the Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club, Bay Area King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Club, Friends of SF/ACC, and NorCal Boxer Rescue. Did I miss an event? Is there an important detail I left out? Please let me know! Page hosted by Stacy's Wag'N'Train, offering dog and puppy training in San Jose!

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