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Dog-friendly activities in Houston - October 2017

Do you have your calendar ready?  October is a huge month for fall festivals, costume contests, and dog-related fundraisers.  Plus as the weather cools down, we'll all be flocking to the dog parks and dog-friendly patios.  Enjoy!

scruffy dog with red and yellow flowers

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

  • October 1 - Blessing of the Animals at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in the Heights.  Stay for beer, hot dogs, and live music!
  • October 4 - Wag Tantrum Launch Party at The Owl Bar.  Come out and celebrate a new Houston-based dog food line made from human-grade ingredients.  Proceeds benefit Save-A-Pet non-profit.
  • October 6 - Rebel With a Cause gala at Silver Street Studios.  Dinner, drinks, music, and auction benefiting Friends For Life animal shelter.
  • October 6 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • October 7-8 - PetFest in Old Town Spring.  This outdoor festival features parade, wiener races, costume contests, dog shows, and over 60 exhibitors.
  • October 14 - Strut Your Mutt 5K at Stude Park.  This annual charity walk put on by Best Friends Animal Society helps raise funds for many of Houston's animal rescue organizations, and you get to choose where your money goes.  Also includes a festival, doggie yoga, pet portraits, music and contests.
  • October 21 - BarkHappy Halloween Dog Costume Party at FM Kitchen & Bar.  Benefiting Adore Houston, this party will have dog costume fashion show, raffle prizes, and samples.
  • October 21 - 9th Annual Howl-o-Ween Fest in the Bridgeland neighborhood.  Featuring The Super Collies from America's Got Talent TV show.  Food trucks, shows, adoptable pets, kids' activities, pumpkins, face painting, vendors, and more!
  • October 21 - Mutts & Melodies at Green Street downtown.  Enjoy live music while playing with puppies!  Pup Squad Animal Rescue will host pet adoptions.
  • October 24 - BYOD Houston launch.  Ever had trouble finding information on dog-friendly businesses around town?  If you haven't yet heard about BYOD (bring your own dog), head on over to the website and check it out - you don't want to miss it!
  • October 31 - Boo, Brew & Bridges at Under the Radar Brewery.  Dogs welcome, costumes encouraged, and Pup Squad Animal Rescue will be 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!


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:

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 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!

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!

Houston dog-friendly activities for February 2017

2017 is now in full swing, and there are many dog-friendly events scheduled in February.  Hope to see you out and about around Houston!

in home pet photography session houston texas

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

  • February 1 - Puppy Bowl at Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center.  Kick off starts at 9am.  If you can't make it, they will be showing live feed on facebook.
  • February 4 - Mutts and Melodies at GreenStreet downtown.  Pup Squad Animal Rescue hosts live music, puppies, and adoptions every first and fourth Saturday afternoon.
  • February 11 - Portraits For Life - pet portrait event hosted by yours truly to raise funds for Friends For Life.
  • February 11 - Best Friends Brunch at Hotel Zaza.  A brunch supporting aniMeals on Wheels.
  • February 11 - Wiener Dog Races at Sam Houston Race Park. 
  • February 18 - Puppy Up Houston at Rob Fleming Park in the Woodlands.  This 1-mile walk is to promote awareness of canine cancer and raise funds for cancer research.  Also enjoy vendors, silent auction, and entertainment.
  • February 24 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • February 25 - Bark for Life at Riverstone.  A fun walk, demonstrations, contests, and games to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
  • February 25 - Putts for Paws at Hermann Park Golf Course.  Golf tournament benefiting Houston Pets Alive!

I also found several dog-friendly meetup groups - might be worth checking out!

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!