Dogs on the Runway!

Who doesn’t love to see dogs dressed up parading down a runway? I know I do! This past Sunday I had the chance to see some very fashionable dogs hit the runway in the latest fashions and most stylish apparel.

Organized by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, “Pawject Runway” raises funds for the shelter and awareness for the dogs in their care looking for a home. In addition to dogs strutting their stuff on the runway, Pawject Runway featured demonstrations from local trainers, vendors, food, games and a beautiful day on the lake! New this year, there was also a bikini contest! This was probably my favorite part since I think dogs dressed up in bathing suits is totally hilarious.

All dogs of the dogs that walked the runway will have their best picture voted on (photos will be shared for voting via the shelter’s Facebook page) and the dog with the most votes will be crowned the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter’s cover dog. The winners are unveiled in November once the calendar is released.

Here are some of the best photos from the event:

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If you missed out on this event, mark your calendars for Sept. 5! Platform Brew Co. will be holding a dog show in partnership with City Dogs Cleveland. More details can be found here:

August Dog Friendly Events

So I’m a little behind on my August events roundup, but there are still some fun events left this month to share! Before we know it summer will be over, so now is your chance to get out and enjoy some summer activities with your dog.

Here are some events to mark on your calendar this month:

Mutt Strut – Aug. 22mutt strut

This one mile walk benefits the Lake Humane Society and features games, prize raffles, an agility course, a Chinese Auction as well as shopping at the “Mutt Mall.” Mutt Strut will also feature an adoptable dog runway show, “Project Ruffway” to showcase dogs in LHS’ care that need a home. There are still a couple of weeks left to sign up and raise pledges for the walk. All the proceeds will go to help care for the homeless dogs that Lake Humane takes in. You can sign up and create a fundraising page here:

DogFest Walk ‘n Roll – Aug. 22

The nationwide event, hosted by Canine Companions of Independence, DOGFEST_primarytwocoloran organization which places service dogs with individuals with disabilities, will hit Cleveland on Aug. 22 at Hudson Springs Park. You can put together a team for the one mile walk and then fundraise to earn a prize. In addition to the walk, there will be free coffee and donuts, face painting, dog tattoos, an agility course and photos. Find out more at:

Tails for Trails – Aug. 23

Cohosted by the West Creek Conservancy and the Parma Animal Shelter, this thtailsree-mile walk raises money for West Creek Conservancy’s efforts to build trails in the community as well as Parma Animal Shelter’s efforts to help needy animals in the community. For every $20 raised in pledges, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a grand prize.  The event also includes refreshments, a photo booth, face painting, shopping with local vendors, music, raffles and more. Find out more info at

Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza – Aug. 23

You can bring your dog to swim at the Ledge Pool at Hinckley Reservation on Aug, 23. A $5/per dog admission fee will benefit the Cleveland APL and the Medina County SPCA.  A mini dog fair will also be held on the grounds with exhibitors and vendors to purchase items to pamper the pooches. Find out more here:

See more dog friendly events this month here:

Old Dog Party – this Sunday!

Puppies have their charm, of course, but it’s the older dogs that really tug at the heart strings.

Every summer the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs hosts an event honoring our grey muzzled-friends. Held at the Oak Grove Pavilion in the Brecksville Reservation, the Summer Scoop, also known as the “Old Dog Party” features games, raffles, food and the main attraction – the Old Dog Olympics, a special agility course paced for old dogs. Dogs can wander through a tunnel, jump some low hurdles and weave through poles. Every dog will get a gold medal no matter how well they perform!




There will also be fun contests awarding the dog with the best summer attire, best in shades, coolest canine couple, coolest dude, coolest gal, human/canine look-alikes, oldest dog, farthest travel, goofiest dog, and most inspirational story. And, of course, since it is the “Summer Scoop” there will be ice cream!


So bring your old (or young, they don’t discriminate) dog and celebrate senior dogs! I am planning on attending with my “old” dog, Roscoe, and maybe my young guy, Hunter too. Admission and parking are free. Find out more here:

Check out other dog friendly events this month here:

Photos courtesy of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

5 Dog Friendly Summer Activities

It’s summer time, the best time of year in Cleveland! There are so many things to do when it’s nice outside, but you don’t want to leave your dog behind! Luckily many summer activities, from swimming to boating to getting ice cream, are perfect for all types of dogs.

Here are 5 dog friendly summer activities to get you out enjoying some quality summer time with your best furry friend(s)!


It’s not summer without some pool and lake time! Several area beaches allow dogs including Edgewater Beach (there’s a designated area for dogs, just follow the signs), Fairport Harbor on the east side, Columbia Rd. Beach in Bay Village and Bow Wow Beach in Stow. Bow Wow Beach is the only one that is entirely fenced in so dogs can be off leash. However, if you have a very well-behaved (has his “come” command down) water-savvy dog, I’ve noticed that most people do allow their dogs to be off leash on the beach.

Later this summer there should be some other opportunities for your dog to swim at local pools. Lakewood Dog Park’s annual dog swim and Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza are two fun annual events to take your dog swimming. Lakewood holds its dog swim at the end of pool season (early September) and Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza will be Aug. 23.


Go Paddleboarding/Kayaking/Boating

If you have a dog that loves the water, your summer plans should include some on the water activities like boating or paddleboarding. At Hinckley you can rent certain boats and bring your dog along. Find out more information here on prices and what boats dogs are allowed on. Hunter and I will be trying paddleboarding this weekend at Hinckley (weather permitting), so stay tuned for pictures!

Portage Lakes is another good option for water activities with your dog. There is also a dog park located near the lake if your dog gets bored being on the water. Also a little further away, at Kayak the Bay in Put-in-Bay, you can rent kayaks and bring your dog along for the ride. Find out more info here. Don’t forget your dog’s life jacket!


Go to a Wineryimage

There is nothing I love to do more in the summer than sit outside and drink wine. Luckily, I don’t have to leave my dogs behind when visiting area wineries. Sarah’s Vineyards in Akron is dog friendly and several other wineries, including Wolf Creek Winery, Debonne and Thorncreek hold yappy hour events throughout the summer where you can enjoy an evening out with your dog at a winery.

Read more about those (and other summer yappy hours) here:


Go to a Drive in Movie

I don’t think drive in movies are great for every dog (Hunter would probably do too much barking), but if you have a calm, quiet dog, a few local drive in theatres, including the Elm Road Drive In Theatre in Warren and the Mayfield Rd. Drive In in Chardon are both dog friendly.

Also, next Tuesday at the Aut-O-Rama Drive In Theatre in North Ridgeville, they will be hosting “Take Your Pet to the Movies” night. For a $5 admission fee for your dog, he or she can tag along while you enjoy the double feature of ET and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Proceeds benefit Multiple Breed Rescue. Find out more info here:



Get Ice Cream

Since most ice cream places have outdoor areas, you should be able to bring your dog along wherever you go to enjoy some ice cream. I pretty much always see dogs outside of Mitchell’s locations and at Mason’s Creamery in Ohio City, you can bring your dog inside (but please check with the staff as it may depend on the customers inside at the time). So order your dog a tiny portion of vanilla ice cream and enjoy a special treat together. (Some dogs may not handle dairy very well, so check with your vet first before giving him or her ice cream).

At Dairy Queen  you can get your dog a “Pup Cup,” a small cup with vanilla soft serve and a treat on top, or just a small cup of vanilla soft serve.



What is your dog’s favorite summertime activity?



A Dog Day Out in Downtown Cleveland

UPDATE: this has been rescheduled to July 19 (original date was cancelled due to the rain). See revised date and time below:

Have you checked out the Downtown Dog Park yet? This Sunday is your chance to stop by to see one of Cleveland’s newest dog parks, and have a fun day out with your dog!

Starting at 11am, you can bring your dog to the park for fun activities, including a 50/50 raffle,  giveaways and dog treats from Frazier’s Cakes. Chomps from the Cleveland Browns will also be making an appearance!


Eventgoers can also get a free professional photo taken with their dog courtesy of Regina Strauss Photography. The event is a great chance to check out the dog park and meet other local dog owners!

After you’ve checked out the dog park, you can hit up Merwin’s Wharf, the Cleveland Metroparks’ new restaurant that has a large dog friendly patio.

The dog park, about 3,500 square-feet in size, opened last October and is located at Settlers Park, an open area near the RTA station on the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River. Check out our recent “Dog Park Tour” for more details about the park here:

Check out the Downtown Dog Park on Facebook and Twitter!


Mark Your Calendars: Yappy Hours!

It’s one of the best times of year – Yappy Hour Season! Every summer, pet stores and area bars and wineries host a number of dog friendly nights to give you a chance to get out with your dog and raise money for local rescue groups.

Most of the yappy hours listed below donate a portion of the proceeds to local animal groups, so you really have no excuse not to get out and do something fun with your dog!

Here are some Yappy Hour events to mark on your calendars:

Pet-Tique Yappy Hour

Held on the first Thursday of the month, the pet store just west of downtown will host Yappy Hours at their store to benefit the Cleveland Kennel. The first Yappy Hour will be held on June 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wine, beer and raffle baskets will be on hand. For more info, visit:

Tremont Taphouse Yappy Hour

Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tremont Taphouse opens up its patio to you and your dog to benefit a local rescue group. June 2, July 7 and Sept. 1, the Yappy Hour will benefit Secondhand Mutts.

Woof Wednesdays

Bring your dog to the winery after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays to enjoy the vineyards and some time with your dog! $1 from every bottle of wine purchased in house and 10% of all food sales from the outdoor grill will be donated to various shelters. Check out the website for more info on which rescue group benefits each week:

Hunter loves wineries.


Voices in the Dark Yappy Hour

Each month Voices in the Dark hosts a Yappy Hour at Griller’s Pub in Parma. The next one will be held this Friday, June 19 and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. There will also be a 50/50, raffle baskets and adoptable animals.  Griller’s will also have a free happy hour food buffet from 5PM-7PM. More info here:

The Winery at Wolf Creek Yappy Hour

One the second Tuesday of the month from 5-8 p.m. you can visit the Winery at Wolf Creek to enjoy some wine and time with your dog. Admission is $10 and the proceeds benefit GivePetsAChance. Your admission price also includes a glass of wine and a raffle entry. Visit for more info.

Thorncreek Winery Yappy Hour

Bring your dog to this Aurora winery for Yappy Hour on the first Thursday of the month from 4-6 pm, June through September. The next one is July 2. For more info, visit:

Puppies on the Patio

Every Saturday at Jukebox, the bar’s always dog friendly patio is converted to a dog park for dogs to run around off-leash. The yappy hour is in partnership with Ohio City Dog Haven, so patrons can also receive 20% off their purchase at the pet store (located next door to Jukebox) when they stop by with their dog. A portion of the proceeds every week will go to local rescue groups.

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



What to Do This June

There is so much going on in June, I had to stop and write it all down. This month is packed with yappy hours, fundraisers and other chances to get out and enjoy the weather with your dog.

Here is the rundown of what to do this month (for a more complete list, view the calendar:

June 6

Greenwood Farm Pet Day

Hosted by Greenwood Farm and K9 Kingdom, this dog-friendly event will feature an animal blessing, a dog walk, a pet contest and a mini obstacle course for dogs. A $5 donation is suggested. Visit www.greenwoodfa​ for more info.

Puppies on the Patio

Jukebox will turn their patio into a mini dog park from 11 am to 2 pm for the second Puppies on the Patio this weekend. Enjoy some brews while your dog meets some new friends. Food will be available from the Nelly Belly food truck and you can get 20% off at Ohio City Dog Haven next door if you bring your dog.

Jukebox patio


June 13 – Woof, Wag and Wine

Wine and dogs are pretty much my two favorite things, so I am very excited for this event. Bring your dog along to enjoy a tour of the vineyards, a wine sampling, live music, auctions, games and more. The $20 admission fee benefits Lake Humane Society. Find out more here:

June 14Bark in the Park

Bring your dog to watch the Lake Erie Crushers take on the Washington Wild Things at their park in Avon. Tickets can be purchased here:


June 28

A Dog Day Out in Downtown Cleveland

Stop by the downtown Cleveland dog park for a day with your dog. Professional photos will be taken and there will be dog friendly giveaways. Find out more here:

Non Dog-Friendly Events

Tails on the Town June 13

This benefit for the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is $25 per person and includes two drinks and food, along with celebrity bartenders, raffles and a silent auction. Find out more here:

Fundraiser for Catherine Kryzwicki – June 14

Many of you have probably heard about the house fire in Euclid, where 17 pets were saved. This was the home of a woman I foster with through Central Ohio Pom Rescue, who is the most dedicated animal lover I know. Catherine lost a dog, two cats and a bunny in the fire and many of the dogs are still receiving veterinary care. Friends have organized a fundraiser to help her pay for her mounting bills. It will be at West Park Station and $20 gets you beer, wine, pizza and wings from 4-6 p.m.

You can also donate here to support Catherine: or buy Tupperware here (40% of the proceeds will go to Catherine)

Save-A-Pet – June 20
Stop by Rivals Sport Grille for a buffet of pizza, salad and wings. There will be raffles and side boards too. This fundraiser is for animals in in the care of Forget Me Not Rescue who need  urgent medical assistance, including surgeries and standard vetting. Find out more here:–fundraising1.html

To mark your calendar for some other big events this summer, check out my Guest Post for Cleveland Plus:

What are you and your pup up to this month?

Pittie Party Photos

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Bandanas for Banned Breeds and Pittie Party in Lakewood. Organized by Darwin Dogs, the 2 mile walk and after party was a peaceful protest against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in Lakewood.

In Northern Ohio, the cities of Parma, Lakewood and Garfield Heights ban Pit Bulls, even though the state of Ohio repealed a BSL ban in 2012 (leaving it up to cities and municipalities to decide).

Despite the sweltering heat (is it May, or July?), the turnout for the walk and after party at Quaker Steak and Lube was impressive. Around 125 people came to the walk, along with 50 dogs of all sizes and breeds. There was some concern before the parade about bringing Pit Bulls into Lakewood, so only a few showed up. Although Pit Bulls attended last year with no issues, the event got so much bigger this year that Darwin Dogs decided to encourage people not bring their bully breed dogs.

I was so impressed with how people from all parts of Ohio came out, some even driving several hours to attend. We also got a lot of support along the way from passing cars and people on the street, including an older lady who happily signed the petition telling us that her good friend has a Pit Bull and she was just down in Columbus at a rally to support ending BSL. As the saying goes, I really believe those of us against BSL are the majority. It’s only a matter of time until our voices are heard. Events like this are just what we need to push the envelope further.

The event gathered around 100 signatures for the petition and they plan to gather more petitions to get this issue on the November ballot. Kerry Stack, owner of Darwin Dogs who organized the event along with her Darwin Dogs’ partner, Danika Migliore, wrote a great letter to the Lakewood City Council you can read here: I love the idea of providing free seminars for dog owners, since the key to preventing dog bites is truly in training and education, not banning breeds.

If you’re still interested in helping out the cause, keep an eye on Darwin Dogs Facebook and website. They are planning more meetups and would like to have dogs march in the 4th of July parade in Lakewood. Also, be sure to join in on social media, posting photos of your dog with the hashtag #bandanasforbannedbreeds and #onelakewood. I posted a few of Hunter and Roscoe this past weekend, including this one of a confused Hunter after I explained that Pit Bulls were banned in our city.


Also, follow this group to stay up to date on other efforts to end BSL statewide: There will be a Ohio Pibble March and Post-Rally Party on May 30 in Columbus as well.

Ok, now for the fun stuff – pictures from the parade and after party. Although it was a fun event, it would be great if next year it’s a real Pittie Party and Pit Bulls would be feel free to attend because they are no longer banned. Stay tuned!

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Mark Your Calendars: Charity Date Raffle to Benefit Wags 4 Kids

Attention Single Dog Lovers – this event is for you:

On June 25, Harry Buffalo will be hosting a Charity Date Raffle to benefit Wags 4 Kids, an organization the places service dogs with children in need throughout NE Ohio.

This is the third year for the event, but the first time it will feature a bachelorette date raffle as well. A total of 30 bachelors and bachelorettes will be raffled off, with all proceeds going to Wags 4 Kids. Tickets are on sale now for only $35 and will get you access to an open bar, appetizers, entertainment by DJ G and more. Interested singles can purchase raffle tickets for their chance to win a date with the bachelor/bachelorette of their choice.

Confirmed bachelors include:

  • Aldo Narcisi (FOX Sportstime Ohio & Cleveland Indians)
  • Brandon Smith (Co-Founder, NOOMA)
  • Mike Polk Jr. (Comedian)
  • Scott Simon (THRIVE Cleveland)

Registration is still open if you want to participate as a bachelor/bachelorette (until May 1), check it out here: (scroll down to about mid-page.) You can sign up yourself, or nominate someone you know. There’s also a listing of the bachelors/bachelorettes currently signed up at the bottom of the page.

Here are more details on the event:

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More about Wags 4 Kids
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids provides service dogs to meet the needs of children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. All of the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids service dogs are currently trained at Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI) in Grafton, Ohio where 24 inmates work with each of 12 dogs always in the program. Each dog provides therapeutic, task, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families. To learn more, visit

Who Needs Puppypalooza??

So, I’ve got some bad news – there’s no Puppypalooza at Progressive Field this year. I didn’t get an answer from the Indians (through Twitter) when I asked why, but I am assuming it’s because of the new Corner Bar that’s now in the same space they previously held Puppypalooza.

Lucky for us though, it’s not the only game in town. Thanks to minor league teams and area MLB teams, there are other opportunities to get your baseball loving dog out to a game.

Here are some other options for dog-friendly baseball watching this summer:

July 28 & Aug. 11 – Lake Erie Captains Bark in the Park

Bring your dog to Classic Park to watch the Lake Erie Captains take on the Lansing Lugnuts on July 28 or the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 11. Dog owners can purchase $5 dog passes for the game and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local animal charities. Visit for more info.

June 10 & Aug. 19 – Akron Rubber Ducks Bark in the Park

Bring your furkids to Canal Park to watch the Akron Rubber Ducks take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 10 or the Harrisburg Senators on Aug. 19. Visit for more info.

June 14 – Lake Erie Crushers

Bring your dog to watch the Lake Erie Crushers take on the Washington Wild Things at their park in Avon. Tickets can be purchased here:

Nearby MLB games:

It’s a good thing the Pirates are in the National League, because I think I have a new favorite baseball team. The Pittsburgh Pirates host Pup Nights at PNC every Tuesday home game. That gives you 10 chances to take your dog out to a game this summer. Tickets are $30 for dog and human. For more information visit:

Ugh and the Reds. I don’t want to be a Cincinnati Reds fan, but they are hosting dog night four times this summer! All area baseball teams are really showing up the Indians’ in their love for dogs. Boo. Check out for more info on their Bark in the Park games.

If you want to find more dog friendly baseball game options, check out Go Pet Friendly’s list of all the games throughout the U.S.

Hunter is actually glad there is no Puppypalooza this year. He didn't enjoy last year's game.
Hunter is actually glad there is no Puppypalooza this year. He didn’t enjoy last year’s game.


And, if you go to any games don’t forget to share your photos with me by using the hashtag #dogsinthecle on Instagram or Twitter.