Dug Up at Dogster: October 2020 Dog Events, Holidays and Happenings

Tampa Bay wears his pumpkin costume every year for Halloween. ©Melissa Kauffman

Boo! October has arrived so quickly it’s scary. Not to worry, these October dog events and dog holidays will quickly give you and your dog a howling good time! Don’t see your event here? Email your dog event details to dogstermag@belvoir.com. Send dog event details four months before the event to get into the dog happenings column in the magazine and one month before the event to get into the Dogster.com online dog event calendar. Note: If the dog event is an in-person dog event and not a virtual dog event, check the website for the latest details in case of event change.

October 2020 Monthly Dog Holidays

Dog Events All Month October 2020

October 2020 dog events
Bounce Pet partners with North Shore Animal League to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month and the launch of new Bounce Pet Hair & Lint Guard sheets. ©NicoleTarko/NSALA

October 2020: Bounce Pet to Sponsor Pet Adoptions

Throughout October, at participating North Shore Animal League America shelter partners nationwide, Bounce Pet will be covering up to a total of $25,000 of adoption fees as part of its “Bounce Home with Your Adopted Pet” program. Up to 500 approved adopters will receive $50 off their adoption fee as well as a full-size sample of Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard. The program is in celebration of the launch of Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard Dryer Sheets. Bounce has partnered up with the North Shore Animal League just in time for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October. With pet adoptions at an all-time high, the partnership aims to help prepare new pet owners to share their home with a furry friend without worrying about shedding. More on participating shelters at https://www.animalleague.org/2020bounce/

October 2020: America’s Top Dog Model Calendar Launch

Congratulations to national contest winner Moto Girl, a stunning Chihuahua from Bend, Oregon. The amazing calendar photo was taken by April Nichols and edited by Troy Martin. Her exquisite Angel Dress is designed by Julie Lancaster. Pearl bling necklace by Ya Ya’s Pet Bling. At 10-months old, Moto Girl passed basic obedience and during her reign as America’s Top Dog Model 2019 she earned her Canine Good Citizen Certificate. Moto Girl is featured on the cover, inside cover, and she represents the month of December in America’s Top Dog Model 2021 calendar. Eleven fabulous finalists featured in America’s Top Dog Model 2021 Calendar include Nevada, Athena, Ryder Cole, Tucker, Bella Boo, Macie Blu, Presley, Daphney, Kekoa, Peanut, and Kronos. The calendar is available at America’s Top Dog Model online store. Email for more info: Americastopdog@aol.com.

October 2020: Support Purple Leash Project for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purina is asking pet lovers to support the Purple Leash Project to help bring an end to domestic abuse in all forms – which often includes both people AND pets. An unfortunate byproduct of the pandemic is that many victims have been forced to quarantine with their violent partners. Initial police reports from major cities suggest an increase in domestic violence incidents between 10% and 20%. Why pets? Currently only about 10 percent of domestic violence shelters are equipped to house pets. As a result, almost half (48%) of domestic violence victims will stay with their abuser rather than leave their pet behind. Through Purple Leash Project, Purina is creating safe havens for domestic violence survivors with pets who have the will to leave but nowhere to go. During October, Purina asks you to Take the Lead for survivors and pets by share a picture with your pet on Instagram and/or Facebook to show the unbreakable bond between pets and people, share information about Purple Leash Project and encourage others to do the same; Participating in Purple Thursday on October 22 by wearing purple (the color for domestic violence awareness) to show support for survivors. Post a photo of yourself using the hashtags #PurpleThursday and #PurpleLeashProject to join others in this movement; Consider donating to RedRover to support Purple Leash Project. Funds will help transform domestic violence shelters into pet-friendly spaces so pets and people can heal together. Visit PurpleLeashProject.com for more information.

October 1, 2020: National Fire Pup Day

October 1, 2020: National Black Dog Day

October 1, 2020 — October 4, 2020: International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) Virtual Conference — Restore Revive Reset

The virtual conference Restore Revive Reset will be held with live and recorded presentations on the originally scheduled weekend of October 1-4, 2020. The recorded presentations will be available for viewing after the weekend’s event. America’s veterinarian and Fear Free LLC Founder and CEO, Dr. Marty Becker, will be the keynote speaker. Other industry specialists and presenters for the event include:

  • Virginia Kiefer Corrigan, DVM — Could It Be the Next Kitty Magic? The Use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Feline Arthritis
  • Dani McVety-Leinen, DVM — Body Language — Your personal curb appeal 
  • Sheila Robertson, DVM — “Say no to needles” — non-injectable sedation techniques 
  • Angela Lennox, DVM — Humane and Stress-Free Euthanasia of Exotic Pet Species
  • With the speaker line-up to also include other industry favorites such as Mary Gardner, DVM, Kathy Cooney, DVM, and Cheryl Braswell, DVM

The weekend conference is $295 for IAAHPC members and $425 for non-members, with RACE continuing education credits pending in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB/RACE approval. Registration at www.IAAHPC.org

October 1, 2020 — October 6, 2020: National Walk Your Dog Week

October 3, 2020: fromm’s PetFest Pop-Up

Free and open to the public! Join the fromm PetFest Pop-Up for some socially-distanced outdoor play with your four-legged family members. Stick around for craft brews, food and festivities! Event from 10AM – 2PM at Foxtown Brewing, 6411 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Also on October 10th and 17th. Keep up with all things Petfest and for the most up-to-date event information @frommpetfest

October 9, 2020 — Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 10, 2020: fromm’s PetFest Pop-Up

Free and open to the public! Join the fromm PetFest Pop-Up for some socially-distanced outdoor play with your four-legged family members. Stick around for craft brews, food and festivities! Event from 10AM – 2PM at Foxtown Brewing, 6411 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Also on October 17th. Keep up with all things Petfest and for the most up-to-date event information @frommpetfest

October 14, 2020 — October 16, 2020: Pet Fair SEA 2020

Pet Fair SEA 2020 represents the pet business community for brands, trade and distribution. For Asian markets, Pet Fair is home to all kinds of added-value distribution via pet retails, e-commerce, hospitals and clinics. You’ll find the latest pet food, snacks, supplements, health, veterinary to-go solutions and pet accessories. Held at BITEC, Bangkok. petfairsea@vnuasiapacific.com; Tel: (+66)2 111 6611 ext. 250-253

Don’t miss a virtual workout with you dog, held by Barry’s Bootcamp and professional dog trainer Erika Gonzalez.

October 15, 2020: Barry’s Bootcamp Virtual Workout

 Join Barry’s Bootcamp instructors and their pupsters-in-crime for a first-of-its-kind virtual workout, followed by some dog-approved training from professional dog trainer Erika Gonzalez courtesy of dog superfood brand, Jinx. The event takes place online at 9AM PT/12PM EST. Barry’s members can sign up via their memberships and non-Barry’s members can opt in to class for $20 via this link, scrolling over to 10/15 and scrolling down to either 9 AM PT or 12 PM ET.  The Class kicks off with an intro and pup show and tell, followed by a 45-minute body-weight class led by Alycia Stevenin, along with wraps up with pup-approved training from Erika Gonzales where she will help pup parents learn to secure and sustain their pup’s focus, amongst other fun tips and tricks

October 16, 2020: Pets of the Pawcific Pet Convention

Pets of the Pawcific is Hawaii’s premiere pet convention for pet owners and the pet they love. Attendees have direct contact with pet industry professionals from Hawaii, Continental US and Canada to learn first-hand about pet products and services available for their animal companions. In addition, attendees will be able to bring their pets to a safe indoor environment, participate in contests and interactive stations, and sit in on educational panels conducted by pet industry professionals covering a variety of animal related topics. Pet Industry Professionals will have the opportunity to expand and reach a new audience, make direct sales to pet owners, educate consumers about their products or services, and network with local retailers interested in carrying their products. Pets of the Pawcific is presented by Hawaii Pet Beat.

October 17, 2020: The Mane Event — A virtual fundraiser for Project V.E.T.S.

The Mane Event virtual fundraiser helps Project V.E.T.S. heal the planet one animal at a time. This year’s event features the comedy of Animal Planet’s Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, an online auction, virtual table sales and sponsorship opportunities with options for virtual animal encounters and appetizer and beverage delivery. Check out FREE tickets, donation and sponsorship options at www.projectvets.org.

October 17, 2020: fromm’s PetFest Pop-Up

Free and open to the public! Join the fromm PetFest Pop-Up for some socially-distanced outdoor play with your four-legged family members. Stick around for craft brews, food and festivities! Event from 10AM – 2PM at Foxtown Brewing, 6411 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Keep up with all things Petfest and for the most up-to-date event information @frommpetfest

October 19, 2020: 10th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark Channel

This must-see annual event for animal lovers will be broadcast nationally at 8 PM EST on Hallmark Channel in conjunction with the network’s pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After, which aims to empty shelters and end this country’s epidemic of pet homelessness. Check local times for listings. All seven national finalists took top honors in their individual categories from an initial field of 408 nominees and will take part in the star-studded, nationally broadcast Hero Dog Awards, where the top American Hero Dog for 2020 will be revealed. The seven finalists are: 2020 Therapy Dog of the Year — Olive; 2020 Service Dog the Year — Dolly Pawton; 2020 Military Dog of the Year — Blue II P491; 2020 Law Enforcement Dog of the Year — K9 Cody; 2020 Guide/Hearing Dog of the Year — Aura; 2020 Shelter Dog of the Year — MacKenzie; 2020 Search and Rescue Dog of the Year — Remington. For more information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and to vote daily, please visit www.herodogawards.org


October 19, 2020 — October 23, 2020: Veterinary Technician Week

October 19, 2020 — October 23, 2020: Moore Humane Society Fundraiser Auction — Power of Positive Thinking

The no-kill Moore Humane Society hosts its first-ever- virtual fundraiser, kicking off September 1st with the chance to win a two-night stay at the historic luxury resort, Greenbrier. Bidding for the auction begins on Monday October 19th through Friday, October 23rd, closing at 9:30 p.m. Check out the items and bid at https://one.bidpal.net/mhsgala/welcome

October 24, 2020 — November 1, 2020: Houston Humane Society Virtual K-9 & Kitty Fun Run

Be a hero and support abused, homeless and neglected animals. Be part of the 39th annual K-9 and Kitty Fun Run — virtual this year. Register online at houstonhumane.org.

October 26, 2020: National Pit Bull Awareness Day

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