Cleveland-Area Dog Meetup Groups

As you may have guessed from my numerous Facebook posts, corgis are one of my favorites breeds. Every time I see a corgi I am just instantly happy. Those short stubby legs and big pointy ears never fail to bring a smile to my face.

So when I saw there was a new Northeast Ohio Corgi Meetup Group, I weirdly joined like the corgi stalker I am and attended their first meetup this past weekend. I was planning to tell people that Hunter is a Pomercorgian (I think he kinda looks like a corgi), but I didn’t need to since everyone was very nice and welcoming (and the park was open to all dogs too).

I was so excited to pet a bunch of corgis and have Hunter run around and play with them that I made the trek all the way down to the Wadsworth Dog Park. There were corgis everywhere!



Hunter fit right in with the corgis and had a blast. There were contests, races and photos. It seemed like all the corgis had a blast. And despite one of them running up to me and biting me on the nose, my love for corgis is stronger than ever.

Side note – if you live anywhere near the Wadsworth Dog Park you have to go check it out! I was so impressed with how big the park was. The small dog area is huge! I had trouble keeping track of Hunter, especially when he jumped up on a bench with a family sitting with their dog and hung out like he’d just found his new family.

If you are looking for a dog meetup group for your dog, here are some other area groups:

Husky/Malamute group
Northeast Ohio Dachshund Picnic
Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup

And, I started a Pomeranian meetup group this year! Although I had a blast at the corgi meetup, I can’t wait to plan my Pomeranian meetup for later this month! Stay tuned pom lovers!

Let me know in the comments if I am missing your meetup group!

2016 Edition: 50 Things To Do With Your Dog in Northeast Ohio

A new year means it’s time to make your 2016 list of things to do with your dog! I originally started the list two years ago to find things to do with Hunter and I am so pleased to see how many of things I’ve checked off the list two years later. We still have a few events and activities we haven’t done though, so we are not done yet!

This year I decided to switch it up a little and organize it by season to make it easier to know what you should be doing with your dog all year long. The list includes many things from previous years, but the information has been updated as times/details change from year to year.

Let me know anything I am missing, Hunter, Roscoe and I are always up for more adventures!



Go on an Easter egg hunt with your dog The Cleveland APL hosts its annual “Doggone Easter Egg Hunt” in March. Date is TBA. In previous years, the dog walk has been held at Southpark Mall and included Easter Bunny photos as well. Keep an eye on the APL’s Facebook page more details as they are announced.

Go to a hockey game with your dog – The Cleveland APL’s Annual Pucks & Paws event will be Sunday, April 10. The Monsters will be playing the Rochester Americans at 5 p.m. Find out more info here:


Visit a botanical garden – If you are looking to take a fun walk with your dog, the Holden Arboretum is a great choice. And there’s no better time to visit than in the spring!

Schedule a Spa Day for your dog – Get your spring cleaning started — with your dog! If you’re looking for a new way to spoil your dog, Fetch in Rocky River and the Barkley Pet Hotel in Orange offer luxury dog grooming services like paw-dicures and facials. Hunter had a fun spa day at Fetch’s spa:



Sign your dog up for a flyball class – Flyball is a competitive sport for dogs that involves jumping hurdles and retrieving balls. The Cleveland All Breed Training Club offers flyball classes, contact them for more details:

Visit a dog park in a State Park The Northern Ohio area has three state parks that also have dog parks with lake access – Mosquito Lake, Portage Lake and Wingfoot Lake. For more info, visit:

Go see waterfalls with your dog – Chagrin Falls is one of the most dog friendly places in the Northern Ohio area. If you haven’t taken your dog there for some shopping and waterfalls viewing, you (and your dog) are missing out! Hunter and I love to go there!

Go to the ultimate dog park – Bow Wow Beach is basically a dog’s dream. With a lake right in the middle and tons of ground to explore, your dog could spend hours here (if you let him).

Go to bootcamp with your dog – Hunter, Roscoe and I love Thank Dog NEO Bootcamp and we really wish more people would do it so we could convince Heidi to start a bootcamp on the west side! For now we have to make the trek over to the east side, but it’s worth it! It’s a fun way to get your dog out and get some exercise in our beautiful parks. And, it goes all year round (moving indoors during the winter). Read about Hunter and I’s first experience with it here: /




Take your dog swimming – Lakewood Dog Park’s annual dog swim and Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza are two fun annual events to take your dog swimming. Stay tuned for dates this summer! Also, Paws by the Lake, a doggie daycare facility in Avon, also offers pool passes for guests to come and take advantage of their lazy river. Contact them at (440) 933-5297 for more details.

Take your dog to a baseball game – Last year there was no Puppypalooza at Progressive Field, so I am not holding my breath there will be one this year. Considering they added the Corner Bar in the seats they used to sell for Puppypalooza, it seems unlikely it’ll be back this year. I’ll keep an eye on it though. You should still have the opportunity to take your dog to a baseball game at one of the minor league fields. Last year, the Lake Erie Captains, Akron Rubber Ducks and Lake Erie Crushers all hosted dog-friendly game nights. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced!

Enter your dog in a contest A variety of Cleveland dog events hold dog fashion shows and cutest dog contests throughout the year. The last two years the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter held an event called Pawject Runway and the Warehouse District Festival has held a Cutest Dog Contest for several years as well. Stay tuned for more details as these are announced! Here are some photos from last year’s Pawject Runway:

Take your dog to work dayThis year’s “Take Your Dog to Work Day” will be held on Friday, June 24. Start petitioning at your work for this now!

Visit a vineyard with your dog Some area wineries that hold yappy hours during the summer include Debonne Cellars, The Winery at Wolf Creek and Thorncreek Winery. Stay tuned for more details on these events! Woof, Wag and Wine, Lake Humane’s annual dog-friendly winery event, will be held on June 18th this year.

Go to an old dog party – The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs holds “Summer Scoop” also known as the “Old Dog Party” every summer offering activities for senior dogs, including the Old Dog Olympics, an agility course for older dogs. Date for 2016 TBA!

Go to Yappy Hour with your dog – For those of us who can never make it to a happy hour because we have to be home for our dogs, yappy hour season, where you can bring your dog along to a bar, can’t come soon enough. Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue hosts one on every third Friday at Rivals Sports Grille in Middleburg Heights (dogs are welcome on the patio when it’s open!) and Tremont Tap House has hosted dog friendly nights the past several years. Stay tuned to the site for more info on these events.

Visit a new dog park! – Several new dog parks opened last year or in recent years, including the Downtown Dog Park, Canine Meadows Dog Park and Carolyn Ludgate in Medina. Read more about them here:


Take your dog to brunch – Luxe in the Detroit Shoreway area is a popular place for dog lovers who also love brunch. The restaurant hosts a Bow Wow Brunch on Sundays in the summer, choosing a Dog of the Week each week to feature on their Facebook page. Other good brunch choices are Rocky River Wine Bar, Nighttown in Cleveland Heights and Lucky’s in Tremont. Hunter and I love brunch!

Have a beer with your dog – There are so many great patios to get a beer in the Cleveland area. Check out my list of the Top 10 Dog Friendly Patios, or the Where to Go page, to find one near you.

Hunter sampling the brews at Jukebox (just smell sampling, of course).
Hunter sampling the brews at Jukebox (just smell sampling, of course).

Take your dog to the beach Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? You can bring your dog along for a swim at Columbia Rd. Beach, Edgewater and Fairport Harbor. All of these beach areas have designated spots for dogs to enjoy the lake.

Take your dog shopping – Crocker Park and Legacy Village and many shops on Main St. in Chagrin Falls are all dog friendly. Crocker and Legacy are mainly just for window shopping, but several stores at Crocker and on Main St. do allow dogs inside.

Put those jumping skills to use – Buckeye Dock Dogs offers dock diving classes for active dogs who love the water. Check them out at:

Take your dog to a farmer’s market – Tremont and Gordon Square Farmer’s Markets are dog friendly, so you can get your shopping done and take your dog on a walk!

Go Paddleboading and/or Boating with your dog – At Hinckley Reservation, dogs are allowed on row boats. You could also borrow a paddleboard from a friend like I did and take your dog paddleboarding! Portage Lakes near Akron is another good spot for water activities with your dog. Read about our paddleboarding adventure here:


Go to a summer festival with your dog – Clifton Arts Festival, The Taste of Tremont and The Warehouse District Festival are common dog-friendly festivals. If you have a calm dog that is good with crowds, this is a fun summer activity.

Get a cup of coffee with your dog – Lucky’s and Civilization, both in Tremont, and Gypsy Bean are all good dog friendly spots for coffee lovers. So bring your dog along next time you want to sit outside with a cup of coffee.

Go camping with your dog Many area campgrounds are pet friendly including Country Acres Campground in Ravenna, so you can bring your dog along for some hiking and star gazing.

Go to a drive in movie – Aut-o-Rama Drive In in North Ridgeville is dog friendly and last year they hosted a pet night to raise money for Multiple Breed Rescue.



Fundraise for a local rescue group – Rescue groups hold numerous events every year where you can help them raise money for their group and participate in a fun activity! Woofstock, Rescue Village’s annual fundraiser held in September and the Lake Humane Society’s Mutt Strut (Aug. 6 this year!) are two good ones to keep your eye out for this year.

Join a pack with your dog – Cleveland Metroparks as well as many training groups hold regular pack walks. There are also many local hiking groups to get your dog out and enjoying the company of other dogs. Keep an eye on the calendar for dates.

Dress your dog up and go to a Halloween party – Berea Animal Rescue Fund’s Monster Mutt Dash is your chance to dress up your dog up in a Halloween costume and run a 5K or participate in a 1 mile walk. Monster Mutt Dash also includes a fun Halloween after party. Here are some photos from the Monster Mutt Dash Hunter and I went to:

Get up to date on the latest in dog trends – The Cleveland Pet Expo will be Oct. 8 and 9th this year at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The event is dog friendly, so bring along your pup to see training demonstrations, try out new products and learn about local pet businesses.

Run a 5K with your dog – Many races organized by Hermes Cleveland are dog friendly, including the Love-A-Stray race which is usually held in April and the Monster Mutt Dash in October. Stay tuned for updates on more 5K races.

Dress up your dog and join a parade – If you like to dress your dog up for Halloween, mark your calendar for the Spooky Pooch Parade in Lakewood in early October. People get very creative with the dog costumes, so it’s always an entertaining activity for you and your dog. Photos from this year’s Spooky Pooch Parade: Oberlin Doggie Doo and Pooch Parade is another fun Halloween event to check out this October.




Take a scenic dog hike – I love Cleveland Metroparks. There are so many great trails and the best thing is that the majority are dog friendly! Here are some of my favorites:

Go pumpkin picking with your dog – Szalay’s Farm and Pick n’ Save Orchard are a few dog friendly pumpkin patches in NE Ohio, so you can bring your dog along to pick out this year’s pumpkin. Hunter and I love to pick out pumpkins!


Take a walk in one the best National Parks in the nation – ranks the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as one of the best dog friendly parks in the nation and I agree!  Make sure you and your dog take advantage of this NE Ohio treasure, especially during the fall when it’s at its most beautiful.

Find or plan a dog meetupMore and more dog meetup groups are popping up around Cleveland. I know of a Husky/Malamute group, a Corgi meetup group, a Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup and I started a Pomeranian meetup group this year. We had our first event and are planning a dog park meetup soon!

Visit a castle with your dog – Not only is the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills a really beautiful park, but you can take a trail that leads to a castle! Hunter loves pretending he is the king of the castle when we visit (oh wait, he always thinks he’s the king).

Start a dog scout troop – Dog Scouts of America is an organization that provides educational resources for dog owners, as well as hosts camps and seminars to promote responsible pet ownership. Any dog can be a dog scout, the only requirement is that the dog and owner must be able to pass a test to prove the dog is well mannered and the owner is responsible. For more info on starting a troop, visit:



Go see Santa Paws! Don’t miss your chance at the end of November and early December to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa (I will remind you, don’t worry). Hunter, Roscoe and I went to see him this past year:



Go to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue host an Ugly Christmas Sweater fundraiser party every year where you can dress your dog up for an ugliest Christmas sweater contest. Stay tuned for date and time!

Indoor Activities:

Certify your dog as a good canine citizen – If you are looking to teach your dog some manners, or maybe even want to find out if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog, sign him up for a Canine Good Citizen course. Most area training places offer classes to earn the certification. Hunter and I did it with North Coast Dogs.

Put your dog through an obstacle course – If you have an active, energetic dog, you may want to check out Agility. Canine University of Ohio and Cleveland All Breed Training Club are two area training facilities that offer classes.

Join an indoor playgroup –PetPeople hosts playgroups for small and large dogs at different area stores. Check out their calendar for dates: Also, Grateful Dog Bakery hosts a small dog play group at their North Ridgeville store. Hunter and I checked out some playgroups last winter:

Teach your dog a new trick – Teaching your dog new tricks is a great winter time activity, and it’s even better when you can do it in a group setting with a trainer. Fortunate Fido and North Coast Dogs offer a variety of classes to work on everything from puppy socialization and behavior issues to new tricks. Here are some fun trick ideas to try at home:

Go swimming at an indoor pool – At the Barkley Pet Hotel you can reserve time in their pool to take your dog swimming! Another option for those who are further south is the UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort you can call ahead to book swimming time for your dog at their indoor pool.

Go to an indoor dog park – There is only one indoor dog park that I know of in the Cleveland area where you can just go for an hour or so and play with your dog indoors – Double Dog Day Care in Stow.

Teach your dog to use his nose – Roscoe and I did a nosework class last year and it was so much fun!  This is a great activity for fearful or aggressive dogs, since although it’s often done as a group class, dogs do the work on their own so they don’t have to interact with other people or dogs. I did the class through Pit Bull Zen, but I don’t see any classes currently scheduled with them right now. All Dogs Go to Kevin in the Kent area does have some upcoming nose work classes, check it out here: You can read about Roscoe and I’s experience with nose work here:

Schedule a photo session for your pet – The Cleveland area has some great pet photographers. One of our favorites is Brittany Graham of Boots & Bee Photography who we did two photo sessions with last year. Other favorites are Greg Murray and Chewbone Studio. You can’t consider yourself a true dog lover until you have professional photos taken of your dog.


What would you add? Let me know your favorite activity to do with your dog in the comments!


Santa Paws Time!

It’s that time again – Santa Paws is coming to town! Here’s your rundown of where and when to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa!

Dec. 4

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Muttley Crue with Fleshman Photography will be held on Dec. 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the PetPeople in Strongsville.

Dec. 5

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter will be hosting Santa Paws on various dates from Dec. 5-18. Photos will be taken at the Shelter. For more information, visit:

Santa Paws will posing for photos to support the Berea Animal Rescue Fund at various locations on different days from Dec. 5 and 20. Find out dates and locations here:

Photo Credit: Berea Animal Rescue Fund.
Photo Credit: Berea Animal Rescue Fund.


Pet photos with Santa will benefit the Lake Humane Society on Dec. 5 and 6th from 12-4:30 p.m. (photos will be taken at the LHS)

Paws with Claus Benefitting All Dogs Haven with Fleshman Photography will be held at the PetPeople in Rocky River from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more here:

Pet Photos with Santa will be held at the Grateful Dog Bakery on Dec. 5th and 6th. Proceeds will benefit Rescue K911 and Fido’s Companion.                 

*Holiday Photo Sessions benefitting Wags 4 Kids will be held at Twinsburg Veterinary Hospital on Dec. 5 and 6th. Appointments are required. Contact (330) 425-4226 to reserve your spot.

Dec. 6

Santa Paws will stop by Pet’s General Store in Lakewood for Lakewood Dog Park’s Photos with Santa Paws event. The fundraiser will take place on Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lakewood Dog Park

Love-A-Stray will host Pet Photos with Santa Christmas Extravaganza at Paws by the Lake from noon to 4 p.m. Visit

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Love-A-Stray with Fleshman Photography will be held at the PetPeople in Avon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pet Photos with Santa Claus will be at Crocker Park Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Find out more here:

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Dec. 12

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Dogs Unlimited with Fleshman Photography at the PetPeople in Woodmere will be held from11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rescue Inn will be hosting Santa Paws at Style Mutt Dog Boutique (3525 Warren Road, Cleveland) for pictures with Santa on Saturday December 12th! Santa will be there from 2-5 pm.

Dec. 13

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Rose’s Rescue with Fleshman Photography at the PetPeople in Hudson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 16

You can get your pet’s photo taken with Santa at Legacy Village from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Caring Canine Program. Find out more here:

* Just holiday photos, not Santa

5 Fun Holiday Events to Support Local Dogs

Even if you don’t have the time to foster or volunteer with a shelter, there are so many other ways to help local dogs in need. This holiday season there will be several fun events, from a comedy show to a tailgate, you can attend to give your support to local rescue groups.

So if you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday (and pre-holiday) season, check out these fun events organized by Cleveland rescue groups:

Laughter Unleashed Comedy Show with Mike Polk

This Friday, Nov. 20, Vosh Nightclub in Lakewood will be the location for an evening of stand-up comedy featuring Mike Polk Jr. to benefit Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Doors open at 9:00, show starts at 9:30 p.m. If you go for dinner at Vosh or Georgetown next door before the show, 15% of your food bill will be donated to CCLAS. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $12 At the door price is $15.

Rovemberfest Beer-n-Brats Party

The third annual Rovemberfest Beer-n-Brats Party to benefit Badges for Bullies will be held at CPPA Memorial Hall on Nov. 21. There will be grilled brats (vegan and pork free options will be available) as well as beer and soda. Admission is $20/person all you can eat and drink! Purchase your Tickets via PayPal here:


Holiday Hops for Hearts

Stop by the Flying Monkey in Tremont on Dec. 1 for a fun event to benefit heartworm positive City Dogs at Cleveland Animal Care & Control. $25 admission includes all you can drink beer courtesy of the Flying Monkey Pub as well as food. Ticket sales at the door, cash only please. There will also be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle.

If you can’t attend, you can still help support the Plankton Fund, a fund that supports adopters and rescues who take in heartworm positive dogs, by donating here:



Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Have a fun night celebrating the holiday season all while supporting the homeless pups of Muttley Crue on Dec. 12. The event will be held at Grindstone TapHouse and will include casino games, wine pull, a decitant menu prepared by Chef Chad, Bad Santa and his elves, live music as well as a raffle and auction. $25 tickets for all you can eat, 100 casino chips, 2 drink tickets. Find out more at:

Tailgate Party at the Barley House

92.3 The Fan will be hosting a Tailgate Party at the Barley House before the Browns game on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be a raffle for a chance to win an autographed Joe Haden jersey. The event is free, but all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Cleveland APL. Find out more here:

And stay tuned for my Santa Paws, another fun way to give back to local rescues, round up later this month!

Photos from the Spooky Pooch Parade

Nothing gets me in the mood for Halloween more than seeing dogs dressed up in costumes! Every year the Spooky Pooch Parade in Lakewood is the start of the Halloween season for me and other dog lovers that love to see dogs dressed up in costume.

This year’s Spooky Pooch Parade did not disappoint. All of the dogs brought their A game, coming dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes from Pac Mans to Tree People and Gardeners, Minions, Motorcycle Doggies, a lot of Stars Wars characters, lobsters, spiders, foxes and so many more I probably missed.

Usually I just spectate from the sidelines, but this year I walked in the parade for the first time, but sadly without Hunter and Roscoe. I knew Roscoe would be terrified and Hunter can be a little too much to handle at events where there are a lot of dogs, so I offered to help a friend of mine who was bringing a few of her dogs. Her dogs were all dressed up as Star Wars characters – R2D2, a few Ewoks and Chewbacca. I had the pleasure of walking Chewbacca, also known as Ollie, a cute little Pom that looks a little bit like Hunter, so it was almost like he was there.

Here are some photos from the Parade. Did you go? What were your favorite costumes? Besides the Stars Wars crew, I loved the Pac Man dogs and the Ghostbusters duo.

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Cleveland Dog-Friendly Halloween Parties and Costume Contests

This post is from 2015, check out the updated list for 2017:

So you’ve got the perfect costume for your dog, but no where to go…Well don’t just sit at home and take pictures, there are tons of Halloween events over the next few weekends to get your dog out strutting his or her stuff in costume!

Some of my favorite costumes every year – my friend Catherine Krzywicki’s furkids


Here’s a roundup of some Halloween parties and costume contests to hit up this year:

Oct. 17

Lakewood’ Spooky Pooch Parade

Join in the parade, or just observe from the sidelines, as dogs dressed in some of the best Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen walk down Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.  There will be awards given out in a variety of categories for the costumes. Find out more here:

Oct. 18

Moochie & Co. Halloween Portraits and Party

Stop by the Strongsville location for pet photos and a Halloween party!


Oct. 24

BARC Akron Dog Park Halloween Party

Akron Dog Park’s Annual “Howl-O-Ween” Fall Festival and Fundraiser will feature a costume contest for both dogs and humans, plus food, vendors, photos and raffles. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The event is free, but there is a $10 entry fee for the costume contest. More info here:

Crocker Park Halloween Costume Contest

Crocker Park’s annual Pet Costume Contest will take place on Main Street, between Gymboree and Francesca’s Collection. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the pets with the scariest, cutest and most original costumes. All proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland APL.

Petco Halloween Costume Contest

All pets welcome in costume, treats and prizes for all, gifts for the winners. Check with your local Petco for more details.

StyleMutt Halloween Costume Contest

The pet store’s Halloween party includes costume contests, refreshments and games for dogs. Portraits by Martha will be there for Halloween photos of your dog. Find out more here:

Oct. 25

PetPeople Halloween Party at PetPeople in Woodmere

Trick or treating ($5 donation per treat bag benefits Dogs Unlimited Rescue), pumpkin pie contest and costume contest.

Oct. 31

Downtown Dog Park Birthday and Halloween Party

Dress your dog up and stop by the Downtown Dog Park for food, raffles and a costume contest and to celebrate the one year birthday of the park (event rescheduled from earlier this month). Find out more here:

Don’t forget to share your pics with me! I love dogs in costume.


October Dog-Friendly Events

Now that summer is over, the dog friendly events start to die down, but luckily October has Halloween to keep the fun going! For those of you that love to dress up your dog and hit the town, there are a ton of fun events to check out this month. Hunter and I (maybe Roscoe, although he doesn’t love the crowds) hope to get to two of our favorite events – the Monster Mutt Dash and the Spooky Pooch Parade.

Here are some of October’s dog friendly events:

October 3

Downtown Dog Park Birthday Party

In celebration of the dog park’s 1st birthday, the Downtown Cleveland Dog will be hosting a party with dog friendly vendors, games, prizes, adoptable dogs and more. Party begins at 11 a.m. at the Downtown Dog Park. Find out more here:


October 3 & 4

The Lake Humane Society will be hosting a Fall Photos & Pup Dress Up Fundraiser Saturday and Sunday. Stop by West Orchards Farm Market in Perry and get photos taken with your dog. Cost is $25 and $10 from each session will benefit the Lake Humane Society.

October 10

Monster Mutt Dash & Howl-O-Ween After Party

Berea Animal Rescue’s annual Halloween celebration is a one mile dog friendly walk or 3 mile run, followed by a Howl-O-Ween AfterParty. Activities at the after party include vendors, a Beer Garden, Haunted Mutt House and Post-Race/Walk Massages for dogs. There will also be other dog friendly games, costumes, raffles and pet photographs. I went to this two years ago and it was a blast, I hope to get there again this year! Start your fundraising and find out more info here:



Cleveland Pet Expo

The pet expo is dog friendly, so bring along you furry best friend to browse vendors, meet with trainers and see demonstrations as well as get free nail trims, discounted vaccinations, enjoy a pet costume contest, agility, shows and much more. Find out more info here:

Annual Husky Hike

Adopt A Husky Ohio, Inc. will host a dog-friendly hike at Brecksville Reservation. Register today to help abandoned, abused, injured and lost Siberian Huskies. In addition to the one mile hike, the event will include games, food, sled demonstrations, silent auction, nail trimmings and more. Find out more here:

October 11

Dash for Dobes Spooktacular Sprint 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk

The 2nd Annual Spooktacular Sprint 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk benefits Hand Me Down Dobes, a Doberman rescue group. Every walker or runner will receive a dri-fit race shirt (even Virtual Runners). The 5k Run begins at 9:00am. Sign up here:

Regal Vineyards Corn Maze

All dogs are invited to join and the day will include activities such as a rock labyrinth, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, face painting, paint ball target shooting, and so much more! A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the homeless pets of Lake Humane Society.

October 17

Spooky Pooch Parade spooky

The annual Lakewood tradition features some of the most creative in dog costumes you’re likely to see this Halloween. Anyone is welcome to dress up their dog and join the parade which travels down Detroit Ave. from Kaufman Park. Registration begins at 12:30 and the parade also includes vendors, entertainment and an awards ceremony for the best costumes. More info can be found here:


Check out the calendar for a full listing of events: And, as always, make sure to email me if I am missing anything! (

The Winner – Cleveland’s Top Dog (and other photos from the weekend)

Congratulations to Frankie – the winner of the Cuyahoga County Library’s photo contest and the new “Top Dog” of the library! Frankie will be featured on special-edition library cards coming out later this fall.


In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the CCPL ran a “Top Dog” photo contest, asking Clevelanders to submit their dogs for voting. This past Friday the top five dogs gathered at the Parma-Snow Branch of the library for the “Top Dog” event, which featured games, vendors and the final judging for the “Top Dog.” I was asked to be a judge in the contest, along with Chomps from the Cleveland Browns and Ann Schaefer, a volunteer from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter.

Lining up to get their photos taken to be featured on a library card

Although it was a tough to choose between all of the great dogs that entered the photo contest, Frankie had the best library-related inspirational story. When Frankie began to lose control of his legs, his parents turned to the library to research what they could do for him. Their research led them to find a treatment that has helped him to walk again.

If you missed out on the event last Friday, you still have a chance to get your dog’s photo on your library card. Stop by the Parma-Snow Branch this Saturday, Sept. 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they’ll photograph your dog and print you a custom library card.

It was a lot of fun being a judge at the event. I was so impressed with the turnout considering the crappy weather we had that day. So many cute dogs, I wished they all could win!

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The weekend’s other big event – Love-A-Stray’s Big Splash

I was so impressed with how Clevelanders made the best of the awful weather we had this past weekend. After Friday’s fun event (which had a good turnout despite the impending rain and then the downpour that started right at the end), I decided to take Hunter to Love-A-Stray’s Dog swim at the Avon Lake Municipal Pool on Saturday afternoon, thinking there wouldn’t be many people there. I figured we would just walk around and check out the contests and vendors. Much to my surprise, there were tons of dogs and people enjoying the pool! Since Hunter loves the water, and cold weather, he had no issue with taking a swim in 60 degree weather. All the dogs were having such a blast that it really reinforced a great lesson that dogs can teach you: to make the best out of every situation. A little rain and cool temps didn’t spoil those dogs from having a good time!

Besides the swimming, there were also a number of contests including a dog bathing suit show!

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Photo of Frankie courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Who is Cleveland’s Top Dog?

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is doing something really smart for National Library Card Sign Up month this month – they’re using dogs to promote library cards!

One lucky Cleveland dog will become the new face of the Cuyahoga County Public Library after voting ends for the library’s Top Dog photo contest. The library ran the contest at the end of August, asking Clevelanders to submit their dogs for voting. The winner of this photo contest will be featured on a special edition library card for the Cuyahoga County Public Library this fall.


You can vote now for the winner of the contest (they’re no longer accepting entries) on their website: (I, unfortunately, forgot to enter Hunter and Roscoe, but I guess that’s better for all the other dogs who have a chance at winning now.)

In addition to the Top Dog photo contest, the library will also be hosting an event on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Parma branch of the library from 3- 5:30 p.m. This is a dog friendly event, which will feature activities, photos, adoptable dogs, treats and raffles.

Activities include:

  • The chance to have your dog’s photo on your very own library card. Visit the photo kiosk in the Parma-Snow Branch’s (2121 Snow Road) west parking to get your dog’s photo taken (photos stop at 5:30).
  • Meet the service dogs of Wags 4 Warriors
  • Stop by activity stations run by Process Canine with games for your dog
  • Your dog can enjoy treats from PetPeople and Grateful Dog Bakery
  • See the top 5 dogs from the contest strut their stuff for a panel of judges (including Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps) to decide the winner and new ambassador for Cuyahoga County Public Library.
  • Raffles with prizes including a 20-minute animal communication session with Diane Weinmann, PetPeople prize pack, goodie basket from The Grateful Dog Bakery and more.

Visit for more details on the event.

September Dog Friendly Events

One more month to go until it’s fall. Boo. The good thing is this month is full of dog friendly events to get you out and enjoying the last month of the summer. From dog shows to swimming, your dog has no reason to be bored this month.

Here are some events to mark on your calendar:

Sept. 5 – Dogs on the Catwalk

One of the most dog friendly bars in Cleveland, Platform Brewing Co., has teamed up with City Dogs Cleveland for a dog show at the brewery. The event lets you showcase your dog’s talents, or cuteness, as they will be judging dogs based on a wide range of criteria. For more info or to register your dog, visit:

Sept. 8 – Lakewood Dog Park Dog Swim

Bring your water-loving dog to say goodbye to pool season at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park. Organized by the Lakewood Dog Park, this annual dog swim takes place every year after the pool closes for the season. For more info, visit: swim

Sept. 12 – Love-A-Stray Big Splash

The other end-of-summer dog swim will be held at Avon Lake Municipal Pool. Bring your dog to enjoy some swimming time as well as games, contest and vendors. For more info, visit

Sept. 13 – The Barkley Pet Hotel Tailgate Party

The Barkley Pet Hotel will hold its first tailgate party for people and their pets in the parking lot of the hotel before the Browns game Sept. 13. The event will feature food trucks and entertainment, and you can watch the Browns game from a special viewing area. Chompers, the Browns mascot, will also make an appearance at halftime. For more info, visit:


Sept. 20 – Woofstock

This annual dog walk benefits the Geauga Animal Shelter. This year the event will be held at The Holden Arboretum. In addition to the one mile walk, there will also be games and contests as well as vendors and food. You can start a fundraising page to raise money for the shelter here:

Sept. 26 – Dogtoberfest

Held at Stautzenberger College in Brecksville, Dogtoberfest will feature a costume contest, an ice cream social as well as contests, including a dog and owner lookalike contest. All proceeds from the event, which will also have adoptable dogs on hand, will go to local rescue groups.

For a full listing of September events visit: (and don’t forget to email me at if I’m missing any)