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Dog-Friendly Activities in Houston - May 2018

One of the busiest months of the year - Mother's Day, graduation celebrations, a three-day Memorial Day weekend, all signalling the start of summer!  In between all the parties and get-togethers, I wouldn't blame you for just chillaxin' at home.  But if you are looking for something to do with your dog this month, I've got you covered...

small black and white dog standing by large flower pot

Things to do with your dog in Houston (May 2018):

  • May 5 - Cinco de Doggo Fiesta at Axelrad Beer Garden.  Margaritas, maracas, doggy bags, pinata games, raffles and more benefiting Reggie's Friends.
  • May 5 - Chihuahua de Mayo at the Houston Humane Society.  Food truck, family fun, and special adoption rates for chihuahuas and chi-mixes.
  • May 8 - K-9 Angels Spring Fling at Karbach Brewery.  Beer, food trucks, auction, & raffles benefiting K-9 Angels Rescue.
  • May 14 - Dogs & Divas Fashion Show & Lunch in League City.  Fashion and dogs benefiting Bay Area Turning Point.
  • May 16 - Yappy Hour at Midtown Park.  Check out this newly-opened park in Midtown with a dog park!  Treats, prizes, doga (dog yoga), and more!
  • May 19 - Bark for Life of Riverstone in Sugar Land.  Celebrate cancer survivorship, both human and canine, in this non-competitive walk.  Benefiting American Cancer Society.
  • May 26 - Greenawalds Service Fun Run at Bear Creek Pioneers Park.  Family friendly, playground, and mini-zoo, join this fun run to raise money to end Veteran homelessness while saving dogs and training them to support PTSD.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!


Dog-Friendly Activities in Houston - March 2018

After an unseasonably cold winter, things are starting to warm up!  It's time to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your dog!  I'm loving all the spring flowers popping up around town!

black fluffy happy dog in spring flowers in houston park

Things to do with your dog in Houston (March 2018):

  • March 15 - FFL YPG Yappy Hour at Cactus Cove.  A pre-St. Patrick's Day yappy hour on the dog-friendly patio, benefiting Friends For Life.
  • March 17 - St. Pawtrick's Day Celebration at Brooklyn Athletic Club.  Bring your dog and join BYOD on the patio for games, green drinks, costumes, and door prizes.  Shamrock bingo benefiting Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary.
  • March 17 - Kiss Me I'm a Rescue adoption event with Houston Pets Alive!  Food games, green beads, and green beer!
  • March 17 - Doggie Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Rover Oaks Pet Resort. Benefiting Shaggy Dog Rescue.
  • March 21 - Bluebonnet photo sessions by yours truly.  Back by popular demand!
  • March 21 - Yappy Hour at Midtown Park.  Check out this newly-opened park in Midtown with a dog park!  Treats, prizes, doga (dog yoga), and more!
  • March 23 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  A doggie playdate happy hour with treats, contests, and prizes!
  • March 24 - BarkHappy Houston Spring Pup Crawl at Under the Radar Brewery and Axelrad Beer Garden.  Benefiting Adore Houston. 
  • March 24 - Paws in the Park in Pearland.  Get outside for this fun run, dock diving, demonstrations, pet vendors, and food!
  • March 24 - Wags & Wagers , a casino night benefiting Corridor Rescue.  Gaming, DJ, silent auction, drinks, and catered dinner.
  • March 25 - Bark Mitzvah at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism.  Enjoy food trucks, pet vendors, music, and giveaways - everyone welcome!
  • March 25 - Abandoned Animal Rescue's Wine Tasting Fundraiser where animal lovers, art lovers, foodies, and beverage connoisseurs come together for a great cause!

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

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Dog-friendly events in Houston for April 2017

Did you make it out to see the bluebonnets this year?  If you hurry, you still might be able to find a patch for photos.  I'll be sharing images from my bluebonnet sessions soon.  Until then, let's see what dog-friendly events are happening around Houston this month.

The first event in the list, Doggy Party on the Plaza, actually already happened and I was there with a booth - I enjoyed meeting many of you! 

I didn't take many pictures at the event, but couldn't resist these little guys.  No surprise, they stole the show everywhere they went! 

little dogs in harley davidson biker outfits

Things to do with your dog in Houston (April 2017):

  • April 1 - Doggy Party on the Plaza at City Centre.  If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for next year - this fundraiser has adoptable dogs, a parade, costume contests, vendors, music, and more!
  • April 8 - Dog Meet Up on the Patio at The Isles Ice House.  Monthly meetup to socialize, eat, drink, and be merry with your dogs.
  • April 8 - Easter Fun for Every Bunny at Petsmart, multiple locations.
  • April 9 - Pet Night with the Easter Bunny at Memorial City Mall. 
  • April 22 - Mutts and Melodies at GreenStreet downtown.  Pup Squad Animal Rescue hosts live music, puppies, and adoptions every first and fourth Saturday afternoon.
  • April 22 - Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run in Sienna Plantation.  Participate in a 5K run or 1 mile fun run/walk with your dog, fundraising event for disadvantaged children.
  • April 22 - OPA Rescue Ride in Conroe.  Family-friendly event including departure of Flight for Life (plane transporting rescued animals to forever homes), a 100-mile motorcycle ride, and after-party celebration.  Benefiting Operation Pets Alive!
  • April 28 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • April 29 - K-9 Fun Run & Walk at University of Houston.  Get some exercise and support the Houston Humane Society, and stay for food, drink, shopping, and more.
  • April 29 - Pet-a-Palooza in Galveston.  Family-friendly event benefiting Galveston Island Humane Society.  Live entertainment, food trucks, costume/dancing/trick contests, and adoptable animals.  Plus you can stop at the beach while you're down there!

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

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Things to do with your dog in Houston - March 2017

OK, I know March in Houston means all things rodeo, but you might need a break from the BBQ and late night concerts, so here's a short list of dog-friendly activities this month.  See you down at NRG - I'll be in line for a funnel cake!

black dog in discovery green park

Things to do with your dog in Houston (March 2017):

  •  March 5 - Rocket's Dog Walk at Hermann Park.  Enjoy a one-mile walk or a 5K run followed by after party with games and activities.
  • March 4 & 25 - Mutts and Melodies at GreenStreet downtown.  Pup Squad Animal Rescue hosts live music, puppies, and adoptions every first and fourth Saturday afternoon.
  • March 24 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!

Dog-friendly events in Houston for December 2016

The year is winding down, and with the holidays coming, there are just a small handful of dog-related events happening around Houston this month. 

A quick note:  Many of the rescue groups and shelters around town rely solely on volunteers and donations to make a difference in animals' lives.  We all love a story with a happy ending, but it takes dedication and resources.  In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider donating time, food, supplies, or money to one of these great organizations.

houston pet photography

Things to do with your dog in Houston (December 2016):

  • December 3 - Jingle Bell Bark and Brew at Kirby Ice House.   Join Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue for their annual fundraising and adoption event.  Silent auction, raffle, brew, and pet photos with Santa!
  • December 3 - iWalk for Animals at Memorial Park picnic loop.  Get your exercise in either the 5K or 1K, and join the fun with demonstrations, live music, and vendors.  Benefits the Houston SPCA.
  • December 3 - Santa Paws at the Houston Humane Society.  Pets and kids can get their picture taken with Santa, donation of a Kong toy or pet food is recommended.
  • December 4 - Paws and Claus at Gleannloch Farms Dog Park.  Family fun with training demonstrations, entertainment by Houston Frisbee Dogs, silent auction, vendors, and more!  Benefiting Gleannloch Farms Pet Committee.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!

Houston dog-friendly events for October 2016

October and November are hands down my favorite months of the year!  Cooler weather, fall festivals, college football, pumpkins, lazy Sundays, costumes, and trick-or-treating!  Whether or not you dress your dog up for Halloween, get ready because there are a TON of fun dog-related activities happening this month in Houston!

hunting dog in houston park

Things to do with your dog in Houston (October 2016):

  • October 8 - DogPop.  Neue Creative and Modular Dog present a pop-up event at Raven Tower benefiting local dog rescue.  Bring your dog for DOGA (dog yoga), costume contest, local vendors, and food trucks.
  • October 10 - AAR Golf Tournament in Tomball.  Grab your clubs and your golfing buddies and enjoy a day on the course benefiting Abandoned Animal Rescue.
  • October 14 - Divots for Dogs.  Calling all golfers!  Enjoy a 4-person scramble, lunch, dinner, silent auction, and raffles - proceeds benefit Corridor Rescue.
  • October 14 - BARC on Broadway Ball.  Spectacular evening of cocktails, dinner, live & silent auctions, entertainment, and dancing at the Junior League of Houston, with proceeds benefiting the Houston BARC Foundation.
  • October 14-15 - Barkitecture Houston.  Dog-friendly festival in downtown where local designers, architects, and artists build amazing dog houses, which are auctioned off to support Pup Squad Animal Rescue.
  • October 15 - Strut your Mutt dog walk.  Fundraising festival at Stude Park with games, crafts, costume contest, music, food trucks, and vendors, benefiting Best Friends Animal Society.
  • October 15 - Wine Walk Fundraiser at Spring Street Studios benefiting Houston Boxer Rescue.  Wine tasting, silent auction, photo booth, and live music fun.
  • October 16 - Brews, Sparkle, & Pups.  Celebrate Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue's 6th birthday at Irish Cowboy with drinks, food, friends, and raffles.
  • October 18 - Par fore Pets golf tournament at Wildcat Golf Club benefiting the Houston Humane Society.
  • October 19 - Yappy Hour with Grandma Lucy's.  Bring your dog to Krisers in the Heights for a special treat.
  • October 21 - Friends For Life's Written in the Stars Gala.  Enjoy dinner under the stars at the Houston Polo Club with fun activities and live auction.  Proceeds benefit Friends For Life No-Kill Shelter.
  • October 22 - Pugs on the Bayou. Fajita dinner to raise funds for PugHearts rescue.
  • October 23 - Annual Hallowiener put on by Dachshund Rescue of Houston at Rover's Romphouse.
  • October 23 - Barks Buds & Suds pup crawl in Midtown.  Let your dog join in on the pub crawl fun!  Proceeds benefiting the Houston Humane Society.
  • October 26 - K9s4COPS Unleashed.  Gala event with dinner, drinks, silent & live auctions, and rock n' roll music.
  • October 28 - Midtown Houston's Yappy Hour in Bagby Park.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour features treats, contests, and prizes.
  • October 29 - Halloween Mutt Mixer at Kriser's West U location.  Stop in for goodies and prizes for best costumes!
  • October 29 - Bridgeland's 8th Annual Howl-o-ween Fest.
  • October 29 - Carter's Pet Depot Howloween Fest.  Costume contest, ghostly pictures, treats, goodie bags, and more.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!

Things to do in Houston with dogs - August 2016

The picture of Ziggy below says it all!  It's Houston.  It's summertime.  It's hot.  Wishing you and your pup plenty of lazy afternoons in the pool!  And if you're brave enough to go out on the town, there are a few dog-friendly events in Houston this month.

tired dog with tongue out

Things to do with your dog in Houston (August 2016):

  • August 3: Pup Sport Dog Run in Clear Lake.  For active dogs, enjoy a dog-friendly run with Jackie's Brickhouse Running Club along Clear Lake Shore followed by a free dinner.
  • August 26: Midtown Houston's Yappy Hour in Bagby Park.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour features treats, contests, and prizes. 
  • August 28: Houston Astros Bark in the Park at Minute Maid Park.  Bring your pup to watch the Astros take on the Tamp Bay Rays at 1pm, but come early to enjoy all the festivities!  Leashed dogs welcome, and show your Astros spirit!

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

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7 Dog-friendly Weekend Getaways in Texas

You need a break. 

Too many late evenings at the office.  Your dog misses you and your evening walks.  It's time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge!  Somewhere peaceful where you can bring your dog.

dog friendly resorts and weekend getaways in texas

Seven pet-friendly getaways within easy driving distance of Houston:

  1. Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort in Boerne.  On just the other side of San Antonio, this resort features golf, swimming in the Guadalupe River, hiking trails, and a spa to relax in.  The Riverwalk is also dog-friendly and a short drive away.
  2. Blisswood Bed & Breakfast in Cat Spring.  Only a short drive from Houston, this 500-acre working ranch features 9 guesthouses, antiques, animals, and a gorgeous setting.  Enjoy horseback riding, catch & release fishing, archery, trap shooting, hiking, or simply unwind among the live oaks.
  3. Canyon of the Eagles in Burnet.  Features 62 guest rooms on a 940-acre private nature park along the shores of Lake Buchanan.  Hike, swim, and breathe in the Texas Hill Country.
  4. Cypress Creek Cottages in Wimberley.  Features 12 stand-alone cottages with private hot tubs.  Close to the charming square of Wimberley and all this quaint town has to offer.
  5. Abundance Retreat in Wimberley. A private retreat with just 2 guesthouses located on Cypress Creek and steps away from historic Wimberley square.  Canoe, kayak, play horseshoes, or rock on the front porch.
  6. Pomegranate House & Cottages in Granbury.  A handful of private cottages a few blocks from the historic square.  Enjoy the peace and quiet or read a book under the magnificent oak trees.
  7. Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary & Retreat Center in Burnet.  On the shores of Lake Buchanan, enjoy quiet accommodations, three meals a day, and plenty of opportunity to unplug, enjoy nature, and recharge.
texas vacation with dog

Another resource to help plan an enjoyable Texas vacation with your dog is Dogtipper's Texas with Dogs travel book.  It's a few years old, but the authors post updates on their website.

So go on... book your getaway!  You will thank me :)

Where do you and your dog get away when you need a break?  Tell me, and I'll update the list!


Things to do in Houston with dogs - June 2016

Don't let this dog's grumpy face fool you - I promise he was quite happy frolicking on the beach!  Summertime means road trips and swimming and plenty of cold beverages.  Here's a list of dog-friendly and dog-related events in Houston during June.  And because the weather is getting uber-hot, please be careful (safety first for both you and your doggies!!)

bulldog on beach - houston dog photographer

Things to do with your dog in Houston (June 2016):

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!

Things to do in Houston with dogs - May 2016

May... graduations and celebrations and everyone looking forward to summer vacations!  I've compiled a list of dog friendly events in Houston for the month of May.

boxer in discovery green downtown houston texas

Things to do with your dog in Houston (May 2016):

  • May 5: CAP Cinco de Mayo 5k Fun Run at Sugarland Memorial Park.  Dress up in your favorite Cinco de Mayo garb and enjoy Mexican food and drink following the run.  Proceeds benefit the Citizens for Animal Protection. 
  • May 5: Cinco de Mile Block Party in Midtown.  Five bars and clubs come together to throw a fun Latin party with live music, dog costume contest, and more.
  • May 6: Martinis for Mutts at Alliance Francaise de Houston in Midtown.  Dress up for an evening of martinis, wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and silent auction.  Proceeds benefit Pup Squad Animal Rescue. 
  • May 14: Kirk Cushing's Dog Master Seminar at Kriser's in The Heights.  Meet a dog behaviorist / trainer and learn about fostering a better relationship with your dog.
  • May 15: Perro de Mayo at The Continental Club in Midtown.  A concert fundraiser benefiting Barrio Dogs.
  • May 15: Putts fore Mutts at Cypress Lakes Golf Club.  Calling all golfers!  Fun golf event benefiting Scout's Honor Rescue. 
  • May 21: Puppies for Breakfast at Market Square Park.  A morning dog festival in the heart of downtown, features pet vendors, live music, food trucks, a costume contest and more.
  • May 21: Pull for Puppies at City Centre.  A tug of war tournament and pet festival benefiting Forgotten Pet Advocates. 
  • May 27: Midtown Houston's Yappy Hour in Bagby Park.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour features treats, contests, and prizes. 

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!