The answer to those questions is this: Who cares, man! Let’s just agree that dogs are the greatest and take every opportunity to hang out with them. Our own dogs… other people’s dogs… all of those dogs at the same time…
If you, like Safran Foer, feel better when there are canines around, you’re going to want to attend at least some of the following dog-centric events in the Bay Area this summer.
This fundraiser for Family Dog Rescue is guaranteed to make you as happy as you make your pups. There will be 20 food trucks, 12 local pet-minded businesses, pet portraits, dog training tips, a groomer, a doggy playpen and goodie bags for everyone. Oh, and if you’re reading this list even though you don’t have a dog of your own, the Summer Paw-ty is most definitely for you — there will be adoptable pooches hanging out just waiting to win you over.
Attending a beer-tasting that is also an auction might not sound like the smartest move in the world, but impulse bidding is perfectly acceptable when the proceeds are going to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. There will also be food trucks on hand if you need a bite to soak up all those local craft beers, wines and small-batch vodkas before the bidding starts. Expect live music, games and — of course — all of the dogs. Many, many, many dogs. And what could be better than that?
Yoga: A stress-reliever and life improver. Dogs: Same! What happens when you combine the two? Only the very best things. This 60-minute class is designed to help you deepen the bond with your dog, and leave happier and more relaxed than when you arrived. The Pup Plaza is part of Silicon Valley Pet Project — the first dog community center in the area and a place that only wants the best for your fur babies. Something to ponder when you’re in Downward-Facing Dog.
June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 Milpitas Dog Park, Milpitas
Chihuahuas: Let’s face it, they’re the Donald Trump of dogs. You’re either a passionate hater or an enthusiast so fervent, you’ll get into a fight with a total stranger in the street over it. If you fall into the latter category, you should probably head to Milpitas Dog Park once a month this summer to meet up with other fellows just like you. There, your tiny, shaking babies can wag, sniff and prance around with each other while you join a crew of likeminded lovers of the microdog.
For one day and one day only, Oracle Park turns into a glorious — and fairly surreal — dog costume party. The annual Dog Days of Summer event invites Giants fans onto the warning track to parade with their pups before the game, awarding prizes to the best baseball-themed doggy outfits. Be warned that Dog Days tickets are more expensive than the average game, but try to take comfort in the fact that the experience is pretty priceless. Plus, partial proceeds benefit the very lovely people and animals of the San Francisco SPCA. This year’s Dog Days game is against the Chicago Cubs. Feel free to pretend their logo is a Newfoundland for the day…
June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 Dog Park, Bayfront Park, Mill Valley
Do you have a dog that snores louder than your grandpa in an armchair after a big meal? Then you probably have a pug or a French bulldog. Which means you probably can’t get enough of their tiny flat faces and beefy little bods. Well, get ready to start singing “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)” from West Side Story because every month, a group of pugs and Frenchies get together in Milpitas to grunt and hop around together. Presumably, the humans by their sides can do the same thing, should the mood take them.
June 23 Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center, Petaluma
Yes, yes. We know. All dogs are beautiful, yada, yada, yada. Just try and think of this as an event that embraces freak flags flying and dog tongues flopping. There are several categories for pooches to enter in addition to “Ugliest Dog,” including “People’s Choice” and “Spirit Award,” and the grand prize-winning weirdo will take home $1,500. Get ready for bug eyes, bald bodies, bizarre teeth and tons of personality. Be advised though, pawrents, that your entry form needs to be in before June 21 if you want your little darling to be in the running.
Floofers doing human things is a winner always, but the World Dog Surfing Championship goes next-level: these puppers are doing stuff that a lot of people can’t even do! The surfing dogs are evaluated by judges on confidence level, ability to stay on their surfboard and — this isn’t a joke — tricks. Yes, actual tricks. Like surfing backwards or doing 360-degree spins mid-wave. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’re doing all this surfing while wearing cute little wetsuits and goggles. Absurdly cute entertainment guaranteed.
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