Dug Up at Dogster — June 2020 Dog Events

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The heat is on and so are the hot dog events. Check Dogster’s list of June dog events for the latest in dog happenings. Don’t see your event? Email us at dogstermag@email.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Some dog events may be changed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check the event organizer for the latest information on the event.


All Month: National Microchipping Month and National Foster a Pet Month

June 5, 2020 — June 7, 2020: ASPCA’s National Adoption Weekend Campaign

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched a nationwide adoption event to help more cats, dogs and equines find loving homes during the COVID-19 crisis. To participate in the campaign, potential adopters should visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome to find a local animal shelter or rescue group and search for available animals near them. VCA Animal Hospitals is providing all adopters through the ASPCA National Adoption Weekend a free Healthy Start exam and up to $250 to treat any minor illness at any of their hospitals for the first 14 days of the adoption. In addition, PetSmart and Petco are offering complimentary adoption kits, which include a free bag of pet food and hundreds of dollars in coupon savings for toys, supplies and preventative medications—as well as services including professional grooming, training and boarding. Available shelter pets will get extra support from the Shelter Pet Project, which is supporting the campaign by promoting them all weekend across their social media channels. For more info, visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome. The ASPCA is asking all animal lovers to share adoptable dogs, cats and horses on their social media channels using the hashtag #AdoptFromHome.

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June 6: Queen Mary’s Doggie Paradise

Come all aboard as the majestic Queen Mary celebrates four-legged family members at this one-of-a-kind festival. Returning for its second year, Doggie Paradise features fun runs, splash pools, photo ops, treats and merchandise, workshops and adoption opportunities. Got a crush ona celebrity Insta pup? Check out the meet n’ greets! Bring your pup out for the cutest dog contest and a variety of activities for dogs and humans alike. Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets include general admission (for one human and one dog), extra doggie admission and VIP tickets (one human and one dog plus treat bag with official Doggie Paradise swag). Find out more at queenmary.com.

June 7: Coureurs de Bois Trail Run

Join other dog lovers in Kenosha, WI, for this trail event taking place in Petrifying Springs Park. For those that enjoy running or walking with their dog, this is a dog-friendly event, but there will not be a separate CaniCross division. The 4-mile loop course starts in a wide grassy area that leads to the single-track trails meandering through the woods within the Petrifying Springs and UW Parkside. Run to xcthrillogy.com for more details.

June 7: Forked River Rotary Doggie Derby Dog Fair

The 9th Annual family fun day event takes place from 11 am to 3 pm at Jones Road Park in Forked River, NJ. You’ll find plenty of food, vendors, informal canine competitions and fun activities for family members of all ages. Proceeds go to the Forked River Rotary charitable fund. Details at forkedriverrotary.com.

June 11: Grey Matters Webinar: Can You Trust Your Pet? Of Course, with a Pet Trust!

This presentation focuses on including your pets as part of your estate plan using a Pet Trust. Pet Trusts ensure no loved pet ever ends up alone and afraid in a shelter or euthanized. If a pet parent becomes disabled or dies, a Pet Trust can provide the resources to a named Pet Caregiver under the supervision of a Pet Trustee to ensure loving, lifetime care. Pet Trusts come in different shapes and sizes. Which one is best for you will depend on what you want for your loved pet. This is a FREE webinar, but space is limited. Registration is highly recommended.

June 20: Petcon Chicago

Head to the windy city for meets and greets with your favorite celebrity pets. There will also be plenty of panels, fun activations, shopping for innovative pet products and, of course, adoptable pets in the dog adoption garden. Event held at the Revel Fulton Market and powered by The Dog Agency. For more details, go to petcon.co

June 20: Mutt Strut 5k

Put on your running shoes for this human-only race to benefit Dogs 2nd Chance rescue. Experienced and novice runners alike are invited to participate. Takes place at the Overton Park at the Rainbow Lake Pavilion in Memphis, TN. Register now at muttstrut5K.com

June 21, 2020: Father’s Day

Celebrate the Dog Dad in your pooch’s life with a card and maybe a big biscuit (the human kind) from the furry one. After all, who doesn’t love a good Dog Dad?

June 21, 2020: Dog Party Day

Like we need an excuse to pawty! But yes, this is an actual holiday observance. Grab your dogs’ favorite furry pals and get together for some fun. It can be as simple as a play date at your local dog park or as fancy as a party at the house with a dog-friendly cake, hats and lots of games. Oh, and send your pics to dogstermag@belvoir.com

June 21, 2020 — June 27, 2020: DOGTV’s Canine Enrichment Week

DOGTV spotlighta six different types of canine enrichment to improve a pet’s quality of life when his or her human goes back to work and beyond.

  • Social enrichment, including providing experiences for dogs to interact with one another
  • Mental enrichment, including activities that engage their brain power
  • Physical enrichment, including exercise and well being
  • Nutritional enrichment and ensuring your dog has a proper diet
  • Sensory enrichment to reduce fear and anxiety
  • Home enrichment, providing a safe and welcoming environment for your pe

DOGTV will be provided free of charge during Canine Enrichment Week on most cable or satellite platforms and streaming online. Each day of the week will be dedicated to one of the topics above with specific content to help educate dog owners on steps they can take to enrich their pet’s lives. In addition, free content for pet parents called MyDOGTV will launch during Canine Enrichment Week on the DOGTV app as a source of information and education. DOGTV partnered with pet industry businesses Dogtopia, Fear Free, iFetch, Kong and Nativo Pet for the week. For more, click here.

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June 26, 2020: Take Your Dog to Work Day

My dog comes to work with me every single day (he spends it napping while I actually work). You should enjoy this pup time too. Talk to your HR department about making this an annual event at your company. For FAQs and tips for success, go to petsit.com/take-your-dog-to-work-day-success


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