It’s National Adoption Weekend!

If you’re in the market for a new dog or cat, this is your weekend. PetSmart will be holding its winter National Adoption Weekend from Friday through Sunday at all Northeast Ohio PetSmart stores.

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You can catch these local rescue organizations, among others, at PetSmart events this weekend:

PetSmart Mayfield Hts
Friday, 11/15, from 3-7 and Saturday, 11/16 from 12-4.
Dogs will be available Saturday and Sunday from 12-4. PAWS will also be at the Parma PetSmart with cats and kittens on Saturday from 11-4. There will be special pricing at both locations for cats and kittens.

Paws & Prayers
PetSmart Chapel Hill
355 Howe Ave, (330) 922-4114
Dogs will be available Friday from 4-7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Cats will be there from open on Friday til close on Sunday.

Erie Shores Humane Society
PetSmart Elyria, 263 Midway Blvd, (440) 324-4665
Valley-Save-a-Pet (cats)
PetSmart Macedonia
8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd, Unit 10, (330) 908-0531

These other PetSmart stores will also be holding adoption events:

North Olmsted
26063 Great Northern Plaza, (440) 777-8900

6870 Ridge Rd, Parma, (440) 845-9592

Also, through this Sunday, Lake Humane Society is running a special offer on senior pets in honor of “Adopt a Senior Dog Month.” When you adopt a dog or cat 6 years or older, you can name your adoption fee. Check out these adorable guys up for adoption:


Find out more information here:

Spooky Pooch Parade

It may have been cold and rainy, but that didn’t stop some very creative dog owners from hitting up the streets of Lakewood to show off their dog’s Halloween costumes. Over 200 dogs attended the Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday displaying the very best in dog Halloween costumes.

There were dogs dressed up as presents, superheroes, paintings, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Chewbacca, even Heisenberg (from “Barking” Bad). I love that the owners get into it too, dressing up in theme along with their dogs. It’s also amazing that some dogs let their owners dress them in these elaborate get ups. It takes a very patient and mellow dog to sit in a oversized pot dressed as a lobster. Don’t think I’d have much luck getting my dog to do that.

Here are some of the best shots from the event:


Did you go to the parade? What was your favorite costume?

Monster Mutt Dash

The annual Halloween-themed “Monster Mutt Dash,” a dog friendly 5K and 1 mile walk, brought in a packed crowd of runners and dog lovers all out to support the Berea Animal Rescue Fund this past weekend.

According to Juleen Russell, Marketing/Public Relations for the Berea ARF, the event broke attendance records this year, with 974 walkers/runners – 224 more than last year. Since I haven’t been able to train my dog to be a runner, I was excited to take part in the event as part of the one-mile walk. The runners and walkers all lined up together, which seemed a little chaotic to me, but most of the walkers from what I could tell were smart enough to head toward the back of the pack to let the runners go first. My sister, who does not own a dog, did the 5K and said that it wasn’t that crowded really. Most of the runners around her didn’t have dogs, so there was a lot of space to run.

There was also a lot of good Halloween costumes, which made the walk especially fun. Hunter and I enjoyed walking next to this cute costumed dog. I think Hunter thought his costume meant he should race him.

The event also featured a Howl-O-Ween after party featuring vendors, dog activities and a pet costume contest. The after party had some fun games I haven’t seen at other events, including bobbing for treats and musical hoops. Hunter especially enjoyed the bobbing for treats.

Organizers are still running the numbers, but they are currently at 53% of their goal of $15,000, according to Russell. The fund raising page will be up until Nov. 12, which means there’s still time in case you would like to donate. Visit the fund raising page for more details:

All in all it was a fun day at the Monster Mutt Dash. My sister and I decided this will be an annual event for us. I’m already starting my training for Hunter to do his first 5K at next year’s event!

What to do with your dog in October: Halloween Edition

The month of October is all about Halloween for dog lovers. Pretty much every event this month is centered around costume contests and Halloween activities. So get your dog’s costume ready and plan to hit up one of these fun events this month:

Sunday, Oct. 13
Halloween kicks off in Berea at the Animal Rescue Fund’s Monster Mutt Dash. A 5K run and 1 mile dog walk is just the start of this dog friendly event. The HOWL-O-WEEN after party goes until 1 pm and includes games for dogs and people, a pet costume contest, food and pet vendors. Photographers will also be on hand for pictures with your pet. Visit the web site for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 19
A favorite of Lakewood residents, the Spooky Pooch Parade starts at 12:30 (for owners that want to enter their dogs in the costume contest), with the parade kicking off at 2 p.m. on St. Charles Ave. around Deagan’s. Along with the dog costume contest, this year kids can also dress up and Trick or Treat with participating vendors.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Halloween festivities really hit full stride on Oct. 20. On Sunday, Style Mutt and Hollywood Hounds are each hosting costume contests and parties and Canine Companions for Independence will host a dog walk and party. Canine Companions’ DogFest “Walk ‘n Roll” is a family oriented, pet-friendly walk that raises funds for Canine Companions. For a minimum pledge of $25 participants take part in a walk with trick-or-treat stops along the way, a raffle and a costume contest for both humans and dogs after the walk. For more info visit the web site.

Sunday, Oct. 27
To kick off the actual week of Halloween, Cold Nose Companions in Chardon will host “Howl-O-Ween” a Halloween party for your family and dog. Games, costume contests and activities such as a “grocery game and spoon race” will be held for the dogs. For more information, visit the web site.

So, now the big question is – what is your dog going to be for Halloween?

Here’s what I’m planning for my dog:

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Woofstock Recap

More than a thousand dog lovers gathered at Holden Arboretum on a beautiful September day to show their support for homeless animals at Rescue Village’s annual fundraiser Woofstock.

Although numbers for the event were down slightly this year, with around 1600 people and 800 dogs participating in the one mile walk, event organizers were pleased with the results. According to Katie Campbell, Marketing & Events Coordinator for Rescue Village, Woofstock’s tentative fundraising numbers are at $66,000, but they may see a bit more money trickle in over the next week or so.

This was my first year participating in the event and I was excited to raise money for such a great organization. I hadn’t been to Holden Arboretum before, so it was nice to get a chance to walk around it as part of such a fun event. My dog Hunter was also excited to see all the dogs and vendors on Vendor “Rrrow.”

After the walk the dog contests began. Contests included longest/shortest tail, most creative name, tallest/shortest dog, dog/owner look alike, guess the breed and an ice cream eating contest among others. In addition to the contests, Vendor “Rrrow” featured some fun doggie activities including an agility course run by North Coast Dogs and a kissing booth.

It was definitely a fun event that I will be back for next year. If you missed out on the event but still want to help out, Rescue Village accepts donations all year round (and of course, also has dogs to adopt if you’re in the market for a new one). Visit for more information.

What to do with your dog in September

If anyone doubts what a dog-friendly city Cleveland is, they only need to check out the events calendar for September to see they’re wrong. Summer may be over, but there are still a ton of fun dog-friendly events going on this month to get you out enjoying the city with your dog.

Sept. 3
Lakewood Dog Swim
The month kicks off with the 9th Annual Friends of Lakewood Park Dog Swim at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park. Admission to the pool for non-members is $7.

Sept. 9
The following week on Sept. 9 is the final Puppypalooza of the season. Bring your dog to the game and cheer on the Indians as they take on the Kansas City Royals. The first 300 owners and dogs can participate in a special on-field Puppypalooza Parade before the game. The event will feature activities, pet vendors and a portion of the proceeds from each Dog Package will benefit Cleveland APL. To buy tickets, visit:

Sept. 21
Nature Center Hike & Run
Visit the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes for their 1-mile pet friendly hike for families along the Nature Center trails through the forest, marsh and prairie. Pets must be leashed at all times. The hike starts at 9 a.m.

Sept. 22
This annual event raises money for the Geauga Humane Society. Individuals raise money before the event and then participate in the 1 mile walk around the Holden Arboretum. The event will also feature vendors, dog contests and an agility course. For more information, visit:

Sept. 28
Poker Run and Cook Out
Meet at the Grateful Dog Bakery at 3 p.m. in North Ridgeville to collect your first card, and move on to the next two locations to gather your hand. At 5 p.m. all will gather at Bradley Woods in the Pavilion and the winners of the best and worst hand will receive a prize. The party will also feature dog-friendly events and adoptable dogs. Admission is $20 per person/dog couple and proceeds will go to Fido’s Companion, Love A Stray, Rescue K911 and Ziggy’s Friends.

For a full listing of events, visit:!what-to-do/cwvn
(Am I missing anything? Email me at!)

What event(s) are you going to this month?

What to do with your dog this weekend

I was sad to miss out on one of the top dog events of the summer last weekend – Canine Fun Days (check out some photos here), so I hope to be able to make it out with my dog this weekend to check out what’s going on the CLE. Although the summer is winding down, the weekend still has a couple of good summer events.

Before getting into this weekend’s activities, I wanted to mention that tonight (Thursday) Pet-Tique in Lakewood will be hosting a Yappy Hour to benefit My Best Friends Bowl, a pet food bank helping pets stay in homes undergoing economic hardships. A $5 donation is suggested and a raffle will be held with all proceeds going to the pet food bank. The Yappy Hour starts at 5 p.m. and will go until 8. Food will be provided by Nature’s Bin.

Have you had a chance to check out the Zone Rec Dog Park in Gordon Square? The dog park, which opened last August, will be hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights of the event include frozen treats for your dog, a chance to visit with adoptable dogs and free engraved ID tags. For more info:

Dog Paddle & Pet-a-Palooza will be held Sunday at Ledge Pool at the Hinckley Reservation. For a $5 donation, dogs can swim in the pool from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. The event will also feature a mini dog fair with vendors, animal safety demos and adoptable pets on hand. Pet-a-Palooza benefits the Medina County SPCA. More info:

I think I have some Akron readers, so this one may interest you. On Sunday at the Akron Dog Park on Memorial Parkway, Paws and Prayers will be hosting their 2nd Annual Alumni Picnic. Although it’s a tagged as an alumni (meaning people who’ve gotten their dogs from Paws and Prayers) event, it is open to all supporters/dog owners in the area. For more info visit:

What are you and your dog up to this weekend?

Weekend round-up + site updates

First up – a quick update on the site. I’ve added two new categories to the “Where to Go” page of the web site:

Local Pet Stores/Bakeries


If you have anything to add to either of these – please email me at For the local pet stores, I’m only including local merchants, not big box pet stores.

Are there any other categories you’d like to see on the site?

What to do this weekend:

Mutt Strut
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mentor City Hall
Mutt Strut is an annual pledge walk held every summer. Activities include a one-mile walk, canine games, contests, prize raffles, an agility course and rally training course provided by  PetWorks, a Chinese Auction, food available for purchase from MotorMouth Food Truck and shopping at the Mutt Mall.

Summer Scoop
12-3 p.m. at the Brecksville Reservation
Prizes, contests, raffles, treats, food, and games, including the Old Dog Olympics, sponsored by Gold Star Dog Training in Medina. Contests include best summer attire, best in shades, coolest canine couple, coolest dude, coolest gal, human/canine look-alikes, oldest dog, farthest travel, and goofiest dog. Organized by The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

Shop for Secondhand Mutts at Revive
2248 Lee Road, 216-371-2778
Stop by Revive in Cleveland Heights, the entire store is buy-one, get-one-half-off until Saturday with 10% of all proceeds going to Secondhand Mutts.

Cleveland Flea’s Dog Days of Summer
9 a.m. – 4 p.m at 6419 St. Clair Ave.
Stop by the Cleveland Flea on Saturday for the “Dog Days of Summer.” Visit new stand Kutya Rév Ohio City Dog Haven, along with Sunny’s Tasty Treats Home-made natural dog treats. Merchants will be on hand selling locally-made pet products. Experts will also be talking pet nutrition, and Cakewalk Bakery will be creating cupcakes that look like your pet.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend with your favorite furry friends!

Who is Cleveland’s Cutest Dog?

The crowd was packed in tight yesterday for the crowning of Cleveland’s Cutest Dog at the Warehouse District Festival. Over 40 dogs entered the contest, which judged the cutest dogs based on the creativity of their costumes.
The top three:

The creative dog costumes at the festival included a devil, a wizard, a sheriff, and my favorite, a piñata dog. The top three cutest dogs received gift baskets from Pet-Tique, the sponsor of the contest, and all participating dogs walked away with a consolation prize.

Here are some of the best pictures from the contest:

Who’s your favorite cutest dog?

What to do with your dog in August

Even though it’s been a *couple*of years since August meant back to school for me, the dread of August rolling around and the end of summer still hits me every year. The summer is almost over, people! Lucky for us there are some fun dog events this month to get us outside and enjoying the summer a little longer.


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

Aug. 4 – Cleveland’s Cutest Dog Competition

The month kicks off with Cleveland’s Cutest Dog competition at the Warehouse District Festival on August 4. Dogs will be judged not on their looks, but on their costumes – specifically cuteness, creativity, unique, and use of color.  To enter your dog, fill out the registration form during the Warehouse District Street Festival from 1-3 p.m. All entries must be made before the event, which starts at 4 p.m. The cost to enter your dog is $10.


Aug. 10 – Mutt Strut

Lake Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strut will be held on Sat. Aug. 10 at the Mentor Municipal Center starting at 9 a.m. After raising pledges for the Lake Humane’s homeless animals, supporters take part in a variety of activities – a one-mile walk, canine games and contests, prize raffles, an agility course and a “Project Ruffway” a runway show of adoptable dogs at LHS. You can create a fundraising page to support this event here.All fundraisers who raise $25 or more in pledges may attend the event free of charge and will receive a complimentary Mutt Strut t-shirt.


Aug. 11 – Summer Scoop

Known as the “Old Dog Party of the Year,” the Summer Scoop held at the Oak Grove Pavilion on Valley Parkway in the Brecksville Reservation, will feature prizes, contests, raffles, treats, food, and the “Old Dog Olympics.” Dog contests include best summer attire, best in shades, coolest canine couple, coolest dude, coolest gal, human/canine look-alikes, oldest dog, farthest travel, and goofiest dog. The party goes from 12-3 p.m.For dogs 7 and up.


Aug. 17 and 18 – Canine Fun Days and Greyhound Reunion

Organized by Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, the 20th Annual Canine Fun Days & Greyhound Reunion will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, with games, a dog show, an agility course and a special appearance by the Olate Dogs, winner of America’s Got Talent. Dogs of all breeds are welcome.


Aug. 25 – Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza

Take your dog for a swim and enjoy a dog fair, hike and K-9 demonstrations at the Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza at the Ledge Pool in the Hinckley Reservation. The event, held from 1-5 p.m., costs $5 per dog and the proceeds will go to the Medina SPCA. A liability waiver, which can be found here, must be completed for every person entering the event. Make sure to bring the waiver with you the day of the event.





See the complete list of dog events at!what-to-do/cwvn. Anything to add? Email me at