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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:

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 - August 2017

A relatively quiet month for dog-friendly activities around Houston...  enjoy the break, the A/C, and the pool!

dog with big ears running on beach

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

  • August 3 - Kendra Gives Back Party at the Kendra Scott Jewelry store in City Centre.  Shop for jewelry to benefit Corridor Rescue.
  • August 4 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • August 5 - Wine and Dine for Felines (and Doggies too) at the French Quarter Grill.  Enjoy food and drink, silent auction, and door prizes with proceeds benefiting Loving Arms Pet Placement.
  • August 5 - Mutts & Melodies at Green Street downtown.  Enjoy live music while playing with puppies!  Pup Squad Animal Rescue will host pet adoptions.
  • several dates - Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic with VIP PetCare at Loyl's Natural Pet, Pet Supermarket, and Katy Tractor Supply. 

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 with dogs in Houston - July 2017

The summer is heating up... don't forget your water as you hit the town for these fun dog-friendly events in and around the Houston area!

french bulldog with one floppy ear

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

  • July 1 - Mutts & Melodies at Green Street downtown.  Enjoy live music while playing with puppies!  Pup Squad Animal Rescue will host pet adoptions.
  • July 7 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • July 8 - Picnic for Pets.  Celebrate the grand opening of the Houston Humane Society's new Pavilion.  The event will have BBQ, vendors, silent auction, live music, and games.
  • July 15 - DogPop at Yuppie Dog in the Heights.  Music, food trucks, space for your dog to play, and local businesses for an evening of fun benefiting the Houston Homeless Pet Project.
  • July 15 - League City Dog Park Summer Fun.  A dog of pet adoptions, music, food, splash pools, and more. 
  • July 19-23 - Houston World Series of Dog Shows.  Held indoors at NRG Park, this show has breed judging, obedience, agility racing, frisbee catching, and dog dancing.  Tons of vendors and demonstrations on dog health, training, grooming, and more.

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:

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

Warrior and Chloe - Houston Midtown Pet Photography

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time for a reason.  Ten years ago in a random Piggly Wiggly parking lot in a small Alabama town, a lady was giving away free puppies.  Concerned by what might happen to this tiny little guy, Warrior's mama scooped him up, took him home, and started spoiling him rotten.

houston rescue dog in park

After moving to the big city a few years later, they found Chloe wandering around the neighborhood.  It didn't take long for their family to grow from three to four as Chloe worked her way into their hearts.

family photo session with dogs houston midtown park
houston couple with rescue dogs

Warrior was named after that Alabama town, but now has about twenty nicknames... and he lives for playing ball!

playing ball at elizabeth glover dog park houston

Chloe is a daddy's girl and likes to go for walks and snuggle on the couch.

large dog urban graffiti wall houston

I usually refer to my photo sessions as doggie play dates.  This last image was taken at the very end of my date with Warrior and Chloe... I just love their smiles, don't you?

east houston dog photographer

2017 is getting off to a busy start.  March sessions are already booking, and there are a few spots left for the Portraits For Life event on February 11, benefiting Friends For Life animal shelter in The Heights.

Houston dog-friendly events for September 2016

With the summer behind us, we're all cursing the extra traffic and wishing for cooler weather.  But the good news is that fall brings more dog-friendly events and fundraisers for Houston's pet shelters and rescue groups.  September looks like a fun month with activities from biking to painting to pub trivia.  Get out there and enjoy y'all!

puggle dog in eleanor tinsley park houston texas

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

  • September 9: Fierce & Fabulous Soiree put on by Houston PetSet.  Enjoy a fancy night out at The Astorian for food, cocktails, dancing, and live and silent auctions.  This big event raises funds for many of Houston's local rescue groups.
  • September 10: Pub & Pedal for Pups bike and brew ride around the Heights, benefitting Pup Squad Animal Rescue.  BYO Bike!
  • September 14: CAP 2016 Gala Kick-off.  The actual Gala is not until November, but enjoy sips and lite bites at Tootsies while supporting Citizens for Animal Protection.
  • September 17: Picasso's by Paws.  Bayou City Outdoors presents a fun painting party at where your dog gets to be the artist!  Held at Urban Tails and benefitting Houston SNAP.
  • September 17: Mutts, Meows & Margaritas.  Evening at Mo's for food, drinks, music, silent & live auctions, benefitting BARC.
  • September 21: Geeks Who Drink Puppy Pub Quiz.  Fundraiser at Little J's Bar on Washington benefitting Corridor Rescue.
  • September 23: 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!