The warm days and cool nights of October seem to bring out all sorts of creatures looking for fun. Halloween is still weeks away but we've already spotted a four-legged pirate and a bat dog. If you prefer pets that are a little creepy without a costume, see the reptile event later this month.
The warm days and cool nights of October seem to bring out all sorts of creatures looking for fun. Halloween is still weeks away but we’ve already spotted a four-legged pirate and a bat dog. If you prefer pets that are a little creepy without a costume, see the reptile event later this month.
Here’s a roundup of pet events for October.
The princess bulldog was a contest winner at the 2011 Apple Day and Mutt Strut on Whidbey Island. This year’s event is on Oct. 20. Photo by Marian Myszkowski
Blue Dog Bakery’s Pet Treat Pantry Palooza: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6, Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle. This free event celebrates Blue Dog Bakery’s Pet Treat Pantry partnership with Rainier Valley Food Bank. There will be live music, complimentary nail clipping and brushing for dogs. Pet food donations encouraged.
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Responsible Dog Ownership Day: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6, Paws Abilities Total Dog Center, 7338 26th St. E., Fife. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound and All Terrier Club of Western Washington host an event with information about breeds, pet care and training. Fun activities for dogs include swimming ($15) and AKC Canine Good Citizen testing ($25). There’s also a you-wash-dog area ($10). Admission is free.
Bunny and Guinea Pig Spa Day: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6, Humane Society Tacoma & Pierce County, 2608 Center Street, Tacoma. Hop to it to claim a reservation for a 25 minute appointment that includes nail trim, grooming, scent gland cleaning and a massage. A class on rabbit issues will be at 2 p.m. RSVP at CNorlund@aol.com.
Rabbit film: 1 p.m. Oct. 6-7, SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle. The documentary “Rabbit Fever” follows competitors in the National American Rabbit Convention.
http://www.rabbitfever.com/ and http://www.siff.net/cinema/index.aspx
DockDogs at Salmon Days: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Issaquah. Watch dogs dive into the fun as they compete in big air (long jump), extreme vertical (high jump) and speed retrieve (fastest pooch) in a long pool. Practice is at 9 a.m. Contests start at 10 a.m.
Furry Friends Fiesta: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 7, PetSmart, 17845 Garden Way N.E., Woodinville. On Saturday, meet adoptable cats and kittens from several shelters and rescues. On Sunday, adoptable dogs and puppies will be featured. Shelter staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and help find a good match at this Animal Alliance WA event. See the website for details about adoption fees.
Puppy Up! Walk: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road S.E., Auburn. This 2 Million Dogs benefit for cancer awareness includes a walk and a festival with vendors, food, entertainment and contests. The walk is from 1-3 p.m. $20 general registration. Free for youths under 14.
http://puppyupauburn.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1029076 and http://2milliondogs.org/
Weiner Dog Races at Oktoberfest Northwest: Noon Oct. 7, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. See the little dogs run while taking in the German entertainment, foods and games. The event benefits Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society. General admission is $5 on Sunday. Kids under 13 are free. For details about other Oktoberfest activities, see the website. Only dogs registered in advance for the competition will be allowed on the fairgrounds.
http://www.oktoberfestnw.com/ and http://www.almosthomerescue.org/
Free ID Microchips: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road, Woodinville. Free identification microchips for dogs and cats while supplies last. (Pets must be spayed or neutered to get the free chip.)