What to with your dog in July

Now that the summer is in full swing, it’s time to focus our attention on all of the dog friendly events coming up this month. It won’t be long until we’re all back to being trapped indoors, trying to find ways to keep our dogs active when it’s too cold to go outside. Now is the time to enjoy some time with your dog outside!

Here’s a rundown of some of best dog events this month:

July 2
Kick off the month with “Bark in the Park” at the Lake County Captains game vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. Purchase a $5 “pooch pass” for your dog and a portion of the proceeds will go to local animal charities. “Dawg Night” will also feature appearances by former Cleveland Browns’ players and a Webkinz plush dog giveaway for the first 500 kids under 12. Purchase tickets at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=89558#.UdBu-r7D_IU.

July 6
Although this isn’t an outdoor event, it’s still worth a mention. Bring your dog to the Gladiators’ game for “Helmets and Hounds” and enjoy some local arena football action starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Humans (in advance)  $5 for Dogs and can be purchased at  http://www7.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx?t=FC0E64F78D042EB0B34853E. A portion of the proceeds will go the Lake Humane Society.  At the game there will be also be drink specials and a post game field party.

July 11
Looking to make some new dog friends? Make your way to Sunny Lake Park in Aurora for a 2 mile walk around the boathouse pavilion. The Freedom Fairweather Walkers will meet at 6:45 p.m. for the leisurely walk. They will even have dogs on hand to walk for anyone who doesn’t have a dog of their own. Just call ahead so one can be arranged for you – 330-562-0555. The event which is held monthly April-October is organized by the Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora, but all breeds are welcome.

July 21
The 2nd Annual Woodmere Wag Tail is a free dog friendly event organized by Get Pets Wet, the Brook Park-based supplier of dog water safety products. The “Wag Tail” will feature vendors, a DJ, Swifty the Clown and demonstrations. Starting at 10 a.m. and going until 4 p.m., the event will be held at the Village Square Shopping Center in Woodmere.

Don’t forget to check out the events calendar for more July activities http://www.dogsinthecle.com/#!CAKE-GALLERY/cwvn

Yappy hours

After work happy hours have pretty much become a thing of the past since getting my dog. I feel bad enough leaving my dog all day when I’m at work, so leaving him for another two hours is pretty much out of the question.
Thank goodness for yappy hours! I feel much better about going out on a weekday when I can bring my dog. And added bonus – most of these yappy hours donate a portion of the proceeds to local animal rescue organizations.
Here are some of the ones that I’ve found, let me know if you know of any others (dogsinthecle@gmail.com).
Tremont tap house
The Tap House holds its yappy hour on the third Tuesday of every month from 4-9 pm. A dollar from every draft beer sold will be donated to PAWS and although they celebrate rain or shine, if it’s raining you may want to leave your dog at home as they’re not allowed inside.
Sunset Grille on Whiskey Island
Sunset Grille’s Yappy Hour, hosted by Q104’s own Average Joe, will be held on three Tuesdays this summer – June 25, July 23 and Aug. 6. All dogs must be on a leash. In addition to drink specials, Sunset Grille also provides treats for your dog.
The Winery at Wolf Creek
Throughout the summer The Winery at Wolf Creek will host Yappy Hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on the lawn. Proceeds benefit GivePetsAChance. Tickets are $10 per person at the door and include a raffle entry, a glass of wine, and goodies for your dog ($5 per person for non-drinkers includes a soda or bottle of water).

Quaker Steak & Lube
This one is held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., supporting the Lakewood Animal Shelter. So not only do you get to celebrate a rare weekend happy hour with drink and food specials, you get to contribute to a worthy cause!

Pet-Tique Summer Yappy Hour
This year’s summer yappy hour will be held Thursday, June 27 from 5:00-8:00pm at Pet-Tique in Lakewood.  Pets are welcome at the yappy hour which benefits Tails From The City, a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer shelter. A $5 donation is suggested and beer, wine and food will be provided. A raffle will also be held to benefit the shelter.

Where do you take your dog Cleveland?

As a dog owner I’m always looking for new dog-friendly spots. My dog is very social and curious and needs activities to keep him busy. I compiled the list of dog friendly bars and restaurants on the site (under Where to Go) as much for you, as I did for me. I wanted to find some new spots to take my dog!
To compile the list, I did some research to see what places are considered “dog friendly” and then called to make sure that if you show up with your dog you won’t be turned away or shunned. I decided I would only include places that are what I consider to be truly “dog friendly” meaning dogs are welcomed (usually just on the patio understandably), not asked to sit outside of a fence close to your table.
If you are considering taking your dog to a bar or restaurant for the first time, keep in mind his or her personality. Even though you may enjoy having your dog with you, it may not be something he or she will enjoy. If your dog is aggressive, scared of crowds, an excessive barker, not friendly to strangers, those are clear signs that he may not be a good dining out companion. If you’re not sure how your dog will act, take it slow and start with a more casual spot like a coffee shop so you can leave quickly if problems erupt.
Have any places in the CLE that you’d recommend? Hit me up at dogsinthecle@gmail.com, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dogsinthecle