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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!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers

holiday gift guide for dogs

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the kick-off to this year's holiday shopping season is just a few short days away!   

Regardless of whether Fido has been naughty or nice this year, it's always fun to give during the holidays.  Or heck, buy a little something for yourself too!  I've put together a list of holiday gift ideas for your dog and dog-loving friends featuring several local Houston businesses.

Gift ideas for your dog

1) New ID tag.  It's so important for your pup to have a collar with up-to-date contact information.  Thought Blossoms creates simple, personalized pet ID tags - I especially love the hammered designs!

2) New digs.  For the stylish pups, how about a new outfit?  Funny Fur carries a huge selection of doggie clothes, from hoodies and sweaters to jackets and formal wear.

source:  Funny Fur

source: Funny Fur

3) BarkBox subscription.  What's not to love about a surprise box of goodies arriving on your doorstep each month?

source:  BarkBox

source: BarkBox

4) Homemade dog treats.  The Doggie Express whips up some of the most beautiful dog cookies I have ever seen, and even better, they deliver!

5) Playdates.  While you're putting in the long hours at work, why not spoil your pup with a visit to doggie daycare?  Depending on what part of town you're in, there are many great choices:

6) Quality time with you.  Instead of buying something for your dog, you can commit to exploring the city together, such as trying out a new dog park or dog friendly restaurant each month.

Gift ideas for pet owners and dog lovers

1) Gift certificate to a dog-friendly restaurant

source:  Cottonwood

source: Cottonwood

2) Photo gift, such as framed prints, cards, calendars, photo books and more.  Mpix is a good consumer print lab with a wide variety of photo products.

3) Sweet stories about dogs.  The following books are all highly recommended. Some of the stories are quite moving, so you might need a box of tissues (speaking from personal experience!)

4) Wearable art.  Pop Your Pup transforms a picture of your dog into a hip shirt you can wear everywhere.

source:  Pop Your Pup

source: Pop Your Pup

5) Willow Tree Angel of Friendship figurine.  This line of figurative sculptures are simple, classic, and comforting.

6) Funny coffee mug.  I found so many cute ones on Etsy, my favorites being "Namaste home with my dog" and "I shih tzu not!"

7) Donation to a dog rescue group or animal shelter.   Giving to others is rewarding, and the holiday season is the perfect time to pay it forward.  No matter how much or how little you donate, your time and/or money can help pets get a second chance for a happy life!

What are your favorite dog gifts to give and receive?  Are you planning to fight the Black Friday crowds or shop online in your jammies?

Want to give the gift of custom photography?  Let's chat!