2018 Dog-friendly 5Ks, races and walks!

It doesn’t seem like spring is coming anytime soon, but eventually it will be here (or more likely we will go straight to 90 degrees). Once the warmer temperatures hit, many of us turn our attention to getting more active with our dogs, maybe even running with them. Luckily, the Cleveland-area has several dog-friendly 5ks starting this month and going through the summer for you to get out and get fit with your dog!

And, for those dog-and-running enthusiasts that want to keep up with dog-friendly running options all year round and in other cities/states, check out this new site: https://runrepeat.com/the-dog-race-database-fido-fitness-and-fun

Created by a health researcher, Bethany Lavins-Merillat, the site allows you to search by your city to find dog-friendly races near you.

Here are a sampling of some upcoming dog-friendly races, or walks, to check out. Just a note, many of the races sponsored by Hermes Cleveland are dog-friendly, the ones listed below are either fundraisers for rescue groups or shared here because the organizers reached out to me to let me know it’s dog-friendly. It’s always a good idea to check with race organizers for other races if you are unsure if dogs will be welcome.

April 7
Siberian Husky I Did-A-Run 

Sponsored by the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland, this 5K run and 1 mile walk will be held at Edgewater Park in the Upper Pavilion. Registration starts at 8am. You can pre-register here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/siberianhusky.asp

April 29
Love a Stray

This annual 5K raises money for Love-a-Stray animal rescue in Avon and will be held at Avon Lake High School. Registration/package pick up begins at 7:30 am. You can pre-register here:  http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/loveastray.asp 


May 5
Run Puritas 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run

The 6th annual Run Puritas race will be held at Christ Lutheran Church. Dogs are allowed, even though it’s not a dog fundraiser. You can pre-register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cleveland/RunPuritas5K

2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis 

Also on May 5th, this one is actually a walk, and is held at the Great Lakes Science Center, to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Find out more here: https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=535

May 12
New Leash on Life Woof Walk

This one is also a walk and it raises funds for the Northeast Ohio SPCA. It will be held at Edgewater Park and will also feature refreshments, a DJ, photo booth, face painting, contests, and more. Find out more and register here: https://northeastohiospca.org/events

Ohio Guidestone Promise Run

Also on May 12, Ohio Guidestone invites dogs and their owners to take part in a  5K , 10K or 1 mile walk to raise funds for their organization. The race takes place at Wallace Lake in Berea. Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/ohioguidestone.asp

May 26
4 Miles 4 Water

This race/walk will take place at Jacobs Pavilion at the Nautica Entertainment Complex and raises funds for the Cleveland-based Wavemaker Program in schools, to help them host beach cleanup events and build safe water projects. Find out more here: https://www.drinklocaldrinktap.org/act/4-miles-4-water/

July 21
Dirty Dog 5K 

This run will be held at Avon Lake United Church of Christ and features a dog wash at the end. Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/dirtydog.asp.


September’s Craziest Dog Events

September is going to be a busy month for dog lovers! All of the sudden the calendar is filled with dog-friendly events, many of them first-time, and very unique, events. This month you will have an opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal with your dog, take him or her to prom and/or run a dog-friendly race in your underwear! It’s definitely going to be an interesting month on the CLE dog scene!

Here are some of the dog-friendly events to check out this September:

Sept. 3 History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial

Held at the Rocky River Reservation, Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus will lead a dog-friendly hike to the memorial for Smoky, the Yorkshire Terrier that served in WWII. Learn more about his story and the stories of other canine war heroes who are considered the first therapy dogs. The hike starts at 9:30 am and is 1.25 miles in length. Find out more here: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/History-Hike-Dogs-of-All-Wars-Memorial-9757.aspx

Sept. 6 Dinner with Your Dog – Yuzu (UPDATE – SOLD OUT)

Yuzu is getting quite a reputation for its dog friendly atmosphere and events! On Sept. 6 you can stop by to enjoy a four-course dinner with your dog. Courses include:

  • Domestic beer + dog beer
  • Edamame + Dog Biscuit aperitif
  • Yuzu Cusabi Fries + puppy sweet potato appetizer
  • Chicken Yakitori + Canine Yakitori
  • Thai Beef Bowl + Rice & Tenderloin
  • Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream + Pupsicles

Reservations are required and space is limited. The cost is $20 per person, $10 per puppy. You can call 440-799-8343 to reserve your spot. Check out: http://www.yuzulakewood.com/events for more info on upcoming events.

Photo courtesy of Yuzu
Photo courtesy of Yuzu

Sept. 13 Downtown Days: Warehouse District Yappy Hour

As part of the week-long downtown days celebration, the Warehouse District will be hosting a dog-friendly happy hour. Current participating bars include:  Velvet Dog, Johnny’s Downtown,  Cleveland Chop, Barley House ( meet on their side patio dubbed Barkley House), Brasa Grill and Camino Taco & Tequila Bar.

The party will start on the “Wooftop” at the Velvet Dog where CLEpets will be onsite, and there will be voting for the Dog Days of Downtown Photo Contest (Find out more on that here: https://tackk.com/dog-days-of-downtown-photo-contest) All of these locations will be dog friendly and there will special pooch menu items to purchase.

Sept. 18 Woofstock Wet Nose 5K Run and Walk

Run, or walk, with your dog through the beautiful Holden Arboretum to raise funds for the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village. This is the first year they’ve held a combined 5K and 1 mile dog walk fundraiser. You can register for the event here: https://www.classy.org/willoughby/events/woofstock-2016/e75406 There will also be dog games, agility, food, demonstrations, raffles, shopping and adoptable dogs.

Sept. 24 Cleveland Undie Walk

For this fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Alliance, you are encouraged to throw on your most outrageous undies and dress up your dog as well! There is a 5K run and 1 mile run/walk option. Use discount code FIDO and save $5 off registration! Find out more info or register here: http://support.ccalliance.org/site/TR?fr_id=2385&pg=entry


Oct 5th Dog Prom (rescheduled)

Yuzu is back with another event for dog lovers! Dress your dog up in his or her best formal gear and hit up their patio for a night you won’t likely forget. There will be prom photos taken, dog punch and they even promise some dog dancing! Find out more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149010215177581/

And don’t forget to check out all of the dog swim events going on the first week of September: http://dogsinthecle.com/mark-your-calendars-dog-swim-events/

Cleveland Dog-Friendly 5Ks

In my early days of dog ownership, I dreamed of having a dog that would run with me. I figured it would be great motivation to keep me running (my relationship with fitness is precarious at best) and would be great exercise for my dog.

Flash to four years later and I can barely get my dog to walk around the block with me most days. Not that he is lazy, quite the opposite, he is just hard to get to focus and doesn’t understand that he is on a leash most of time on our walks. I’ve given up on my dreams of having a dog as a running partner, but that’s ok. Although I didn’t end up with the dog I envisioned, what I have is so much better it really doesn’t matter.

If you are one of those people who does have a dog that likes to run, you may want to check out these upcoming dog-friendly races. April is the unofficial start of the running season, so mark your calendars for these dog-friendly 5Ks. And, even if your dog doesn’t like to run, these races also include the option to walk as well.

April 3 – Siberian Husky 5k/1 Mile “Idid-a-Run”

Sponsored by the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland, this 5K and 1 mile race will take place at Edgewater Park April 3. Registration and packet pickup starts at 8 a.m. and the race kicks off at 9. There will be awards for the top runners, vendors, sled programs and post-race fun! Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/siberianhusky.asp

April 24 – Love-A-Stray Fur Fun 5k

This 5K plus dog walk is organized by Love-A-Stray animal rescue in Avon. Held on Sunday, April 24 at Avon Lake High School, the 5K also includes a group dog walk beginning at 11 a.m. as well as raffles and a pet fair. Find out more and sign up here: http://www.loveastraydog.com/events/fur-fun-5k-dog-walk/10830


May 21 – Freedom Run 5K and 1.75 Mutt Strut

This race benefitting Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora goes through Sunny Lake Park in Aurora and includes a 5K and a dog walk. There will be awards for the runners as well as the top 3 dogs in the Mutt Strut! Find out more information here: http://www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org/run.html

The fun continues on Sunday at the Freedom Dog Fest and Adoption Fair. This event is held at the Tails & Trails Dog Park in Aurora from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the admission is free. There will be raffles, vendors, games and a greyhound fun run and a pet fashion show! The fashion show starts at 12:30 and will feature swimwear, evening/formal wear, sports attire as well as contests for prettiest eyes, best trick, best tail wager.

July 16 – Muddy Paws 5 and 10 miler

This scenic trail run and walk held on July 16 goes through the Cuyahoga National Valley Park. The trail race is 5 or 10 miles, and there is a 2 mile course for you and your dog!  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Greater Akron. The 2 mile dog run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the other races start at 8 a.m. Find out more info here: https://www.westernreserveracing.com/events/muddy-paws-5-and-10-miler/

July 16 – Dirty Dog Run and Dog Wash, Avon

No details up yet, but it’s marked for July 16 on the Hermes Race calendar. Stay tuned!

I’ve only listed the upcoming 5Ks that are specifically dog-focused. Most of the 5K races organized by Hermes Cleveland are dog friendly though, so take a look at that calendar if you’re looking for more runs: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/default.asp

Dog Friendly Races and Walks

Now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s time to get your dog ready for all of the upcoming dog friendly races and walks! I have accepted that Hunter will never be a runner (which works out since it gives me an excuse to not run), but we do enjoy a dog walk from time to time. Lucky for us, there are a lot of great dog walks and 5Ks that include dog walks, in the next few months.

Here is a round up of some upcoming dog walks and 5ks to check out this spring and summer:

April 25: Paws for a Cause

The first annual Paws for a Cause on April 25 will raise funds for the American Liver Foundation and will feature a walk, vendor exhibits, demonstrations, raffles, food trucks and more. Find out more info here: http://go.liverfoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=4450&pg=entry

April 26: Love A Stray Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake

This annual 5K race and dog walk benefits Love-A-Stray, an all volunteer rescue group in Avon. The race will take place at Avon Lake High School and pre-registration is recommended at http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/loveastray.asp


May 2: New Leash on Life Dog Walk, Edgewater

This is a dog walk only (no 5k) to benefit The Northeast Ohio SPCA Pet Shelter. There will also be prizes, contests, 50/50 and raffles for local gift certificates and gift bags. For more info, visit: http://www.northeastohiospca.org/events.html

May 30: Freedom 5K Run and 1 Mile Mutt Strut

The race/walk will be held at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora to benefit the Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Ohio. The race will be almost two laps on the paved, 1.75 mile loop around the lake. The fun continues the next day, on the 31st, at the Freedom Dog Fest and Adoption Fair held at Trails & Tails Dog Park. For more info, visit: http://www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org/run.html

dog friendly 5ks
Photo courtesy of Freedom Greyhound Rescue

May 31: The 5th Annual Greyt Race

This 5K race and 1 mile dog walk takes place at Coe Lake in Berea. Funds from the race go to Greyhound Adoption of Ohio. Top male and female winners will receive a prize. Register for the race or walk at http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/greytrace.asp

July 5: Muddy Paws, Peninsula

Bring your dog to run or walk in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The trail race is 5 or 10 miles, with a 2 mile course for you and your dog.  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Greater Akron. For more info, visit: https://www.westernreserveracing.com/events/muddy-paws/

muddy paws
Photo courtesy of Western Reserve Racing

July 18: Dirty Dog Run and Dog Wash, Avon Lake

No details are up yet – but it’s marked on Hermes calendar for July 18. Stay tuned!

Aug. 22: Mutt Strut

This annual dog walk benefits the Lake Humane Society. Held at the Penitentiary Glen, the event will also include dog games and contests, raffles, an agility course and rally training course and “Project Ruffway” a runway show of adoptable dogs. Find out more info here: http://www.bringfido.com/event/16166/

Aug. 23: Fourth Annual Tails for Trails Dog Walk

West Creek Conservancy’s Fourth Annual “Tails for Trails” Dog Walk at West Creek Reservation in Parma will help raise funds for new parks and trails. Exact location has yet to be determined. Keep an eye on http://westcreek.org/event/fourth-annual-tails-for-trails-dog-walk/ for more details.

Side note: Most of the races hosted by Hermes are dog friendly, these are just all of the events that benefit dogs specifically.


Mark Your Calendars: April Dog Friendly Events

Spring is here! April is the month when we finally start seeing a pick up in dog friendly activities and events. Of particular interest this month are two dog friendly walks — including one that is a new dog friendly event to raise money for the American Liver Foundation. Read on for more details:

Paws for a Cause

After receiving inquiries year after year about whether dogs were allowed at the annual Liver Life Walk (they are not), the American Liver Foundation decided to organize a dog friendly event this year. Yay! I love new dog friendly events. The first annual Paws for a Cause on April 25 will raise funds for the American Liver Foundation and will feature a walk, vendor exhibits, demonstrations, raffles, food trucks and more. Vendors/Demonstrators include The Barkley Pet Hotel, Camp Bow Wow, Portraits by Martha, Sit Means Sit Cleveland and more.

Attendees can register for a $20 donation at http://go.liverfoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=4450&pg=entry


Love-a-Stray Fur Fun 5K and Dog Walk

Whether you’ve been running with your dog or not, you can still take part in Love-a-Stray’s Fur Fun 5K and Walk. Attendees have the option of either running or walking with their dog to raise funds for the Avon-based animal rescue group. The event will be held on April 26 at Avon High School and will include raffles and prizes.

Pre-registration for the walk or 5K is recommended. Visit http://www.loveastraydog.com/events/love-a-stray-fur-fun-5k-dog-walk/9841 to register.


Also this month – although not dog friendly is the Cleveland Animals Bar Crawl on April 18.Read more about that here: http://dogsinthecle.com/save-the-date-2nd-annual-cleveland-animals-bar-crawl/

Keep an eye on the calendar for more dog friendly events (and let me know if I’m missing any!)

What to do in June

June is when Cleveland turns really dog friendly. From 5Ks to baseball games and wine tastings, this month is packed with activities for you and your dog.

Greyt Race
June 1 , Market in Rocky River

This dog friendly 5K run or 1 mile walk includes a post-race brunch at Market in Rocky River. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Greyhound Adoption of Ohio. Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/greytrace.asp

Freedom Dog Fest including 5K & 1.75 Mutt Strut
June 1, Aurora

You can bring your dog for the 5K or the 1.75 mile walk at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora. Following the run, the Freedom Dog Fest continues at Trails & Tails Dog Park, 841 Page Rd. Rescue groups and vendors will also be on hand. Visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org for more information.

Photo courtesy of Freedom Greyhound Rescue

Akron Pet Expo
June 7, Hardesty Park, Akron

The pet expo will include an appearance by Dick Goddard, a cute pet contest and over 50 shelters and 60 vendors. Bring your non-dog owning friends! The goal for this year’s event is 200 adoptions.

Woof, Wag and Wine,
June 14, Grand River Cellars, Madison

Bring your dog and enjoy a wine tasting at Grand Rivers Cellars. All proceeds from the event will go to the Lake Humane Society. There will also be a silent auction and live music. Find out more at: http://www.lakehumane.org/woofwagandwine.html

June 17, Progressive Field

It’s time for some baseball – with your dog! Bring your dog to watch the Indians take on the Los Angeles Angels. Game time is 7:05, but you’ll want to get there early to take part in the pre-game puppy parade (starts at 6:15). Find out more and buy tickets at: http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/ticketing/puppypalooza.jsp

dog friendly events cleveland
dog friendly events cleveland

Woof in the City
June 29, Shaker Heights

This dog festival will include lunch and a cash bar as well as treats and activities for the dogs including a “Best in Show” Mock Competition. Area pet rescues, retailers, and pet health professionals will also be on hand at the “Doggie Bazaar.” Find out more and get tickets here: http://squadfiftyone.com/woof-in-the-city/ nd your dog up to this month?

What to do in May

Did you know May is National Pet Month (at least according to whomever makes these things up)? A whole month dedicated to our furry friends! I think that means your dog is going to expect some serious quality time. Lucky for you there’s a lot of fun dog-friendly events this month, from a 5K race and pooch parade to a brunch and pack walk.

Ranger K-9 5K Race & Pooch ParadeRanger5k_poster
Saturday, May 3

This 5K run/walk will be held at Edgewater Park in Cleveland to raise funds for the Cleveland Metropark Rangers K9 Unit.  There will also be vendors and prizes. All are invited to participate or just head down to Edgewater to cheer on the runners.  You can find more information and register for the event at http://www.hermescleveland.com.

Yappy Hour for GreyHound Adoption
May 15, 2014

Pet-Tique in Lakewood will open Yappy Hour Season with a fundraiser for Greyhound Adoption. The  yappy hour will be held outside under the tents at Pet-Tique from 5 to 8 p.m. A $5 suggested donation will go to the rescue group.  Raffle tickets and prizes will be available as well.

Pack Walk and Brunchgrate
Sunday, May 18

This one or three mile walk through Bradley Woods is sponsored by Grateful Dog Bakery to benefit Cosmo’s Buddies Rescue. After the walk, participants are invited to go to the Bakery to enjoy a dog- and human-friendly brunch. Cost is $15 per dog, $10 for brunch only. Visit www.gratefuldogbakery.com for more information.

Paws-4-a-Cause Family Fun Day and Adopt-a-Thon
Saturday, May 31

Mark your calendars for the 10 Annual Paws for a Cause Family Fun Day & Adoptathon on Saturday, May 31st from 9:30 – 3:00 PM at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in the South Chagrin Reservation in Moreland Hills. Event will benefit PAWS Ohio. There will be kids activities, canine demonstrations, dog contests, pet-related vendors and a one or two mile dog walk. For more information, visit: http://www.pawsohio.org

Check out the calendar for a full listing of events: http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-events/

Did you recognize the dogs in photo on the main page? Those are former CLE Canines of the Week, Riley, Oscar and Buddy.

Cleveland Dog Friendly 5Ks

Despite my dreams of having a 5K running dog, I haven’t been able to get Hunter to go running with me. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been having some issues on our walks, so there really hasn’t been a chance to try to focus on 5K training . I would very much like to live vicariously through you all though, so I wanted to make sure you were all up to date on the 5Ks going on this spring/summer for you and your dog.

The good thing for me is that all of these 5Ks include dog walks, so I still plan to check out a couple of these races.

April 27: Love A Stray Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake

This 5K will benefit Love A Stray, an all volunteer rescue group in Avon. The 5k run starts at 9:00am and there will be dog walks every hour from 10 am-1:00pm. Register for the run/walk at www.loveastraydog.com.


May 3: K-9 5k, Edgewater Park

For this race you can pick from either the 5K run or the one mile Pooch Parade. All proceeds from the Ranger K-9 5K and Pooch Parade will benefit the K-9 Unit Fund, which provides specialized training and equipment for dogs. To register visit http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/k9rangerrun.asp

May 10: 10th Annual New Leash on Life Dog Walk, Edgewater

This is a dog walk only (no 5k) to benefit The Northeast Ohio SPCA Pet Shelter. There will also be prizes, contests, 50/50 and raffles for local gift certificates and gift bags. For more info, visit: http://northeastohiospca.org/DogWalk_May_10__2014.php

June 1: Freedom Dog Fest 5K Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut, Aurora

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Freedom Greyhound Rescue’s foster care program. There will also be vendors and an adoption fair. Visit http://www.zapevent.com/ListActivities.aspx?eventid=5219 for more info.

June 1: Greyt Race, Rocky RiverGreytRace2

Organized by Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, this 5K includes a one mile walk and a post race buffet at Market in Rocky River. To register visit: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/greytrace.asp

July 5: Muddy Paws, Peninsula

Bring your dog out for a run/walk in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The trail race is 5 or 10 miles, but there is a 2 mile course for runners with dogs.  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Greater Akron. http://www.westernreserveracing.com/events/muddy-paws/

July 19: Dirty Dog Run and Dog Wash, Avon Lake

This 5k run and one mile dog walk also includes a dog wash at the end. All proceeds will benefit Avon Lake U.C.C. Youth Mission Trips. For more information, visit: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/dirtydog

Also, just to note, most of the 5K races on Hermes’ site are dog-friendly, the ones listed above are the just the ones that benefit local animal rescue groups or have dog-specific activities.

If you’re looking for tips on preparing your dog for a 5K, check out my post: http://dogsinthecle.com/how-to-prepare-your-dog-for-a-dog-friendly-5k/

How to prepare your dog for a dog-friendly 5K

I am very jealous of people that can go running with their dog. Before I got my dog, I was a semi-regular runner. Nothing crazy, just a couple miles here and there to stay in shape enough to run the occasional 5K. Since getting my dog, though, running has been a struggle. Most of my exercise centers around him, so we take a lot of hikes and during the summer we did a bootcamp that we will go back to when it warms up. I would love, though, to be able to go on a run with my dog. I’ve tried it, but it just hasn’t really worked out more than once.

I recently came across some good tips for running with your dog, so when it warms up I think I may try again. There are several Cleveland dog-friendly races I’d like to try this year (see my list at the end), so we are going to work on it with the help of these tips* from from Runner’s World:

Ease into it
Just like you can’t expect someone who never runs to go out a run a 5K straight through, you shouldn’t expect that your dog will be up a three mile run with no training. Runner’s World recommends starting with three times per week for 15 or 20 minutes and building from there, adding five minutes each week.

Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time to train your dog for Monster Mutt Dash in October

Be the pack leader
One thing that you’ll need to have down before going on a successful run with your dog is loose leash walking. You will need to have established your alpha status on regular walks before you can expect that he or she will run with you. Your dog should understand this isn’t playtime and should be following your lead. The article recommends training sessions where you do laps of a short route in order to reinforce behavior in a familiar environment.

Keep an eye on your dog
Instead of just jumping straight into a long run, you should do a five minute warm up before beginning your serious run. Start with a quick jog or a short game of fetch to get him moving. Also, keep an eye out for signs of fatigue—flattened ears, tail down, heavy panting, and hind legs dragging.

Once you’ve successfully gotten your dog to run with you, here are some of the races to check out:

April 27: Love A Stray Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake

May 3: K-9 5k, Edgewater Park

June/July (no specific date yet): Greyt Race, Rocky River

July 19: Dirty Dog Run and Dog Wash, Avon Lake

September 28: Tom Madzy Shot Run/Dog Walk, Berea

October (no specific date): Monster Mutt Dash, Berea

Visit Hermes Cleveland for specific dates. Also, just to note, most of the 5K races on Hermes’ site are dog-friendly, the ones listed above are the just the ones that cater to dogs in particular.



How to Spend Thanksgiving with your Dog

If dogs had a favorite holiday, my guess is that it would be Thanksgiving. A day centered around eating and being with family would probably be one of their favorite days. Although your dog may not be joining you at the table, there are still ways you can include him or her in the holiday fun.

Active Ideas


Turkey Trot

If you are going to be away for the day, you may want to get out early with your dog to give him some activity before you leave. Elite K911 will be holding a Thanksgiving morning pack walk at Bradley Woods. The hour long walk will start at 9 a.m. and the $10 donation per dog will go to the Rescue K911.

Looking to burn a few calories before stuffing your stomach? Take your dog to the annual Turkey Trot downtown. Dogs on leashes are welcome at the 1 mile or 5 mile run. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Race organizers ask that you bring canned goods and non-perishable items with you on race day.

Stay at Home Ideas

If you’re more of the lounge-at-home Thanksgiving type and you’ll be hanging out with your dog, why not let him join in the fun? There are a number of traditional Thanksgiving foods that dogs can eat*. So load up a plate with any of the following to share the day with your dog:

Sweet potatoes without the skin Steamed carrots, broccoli or string beans without any seasoning or salt
Salt-free chicken broth
Yams – no brown sugar or marshmallows
Corn – in small amounts, provides carbs for energy
Cranberries – high in Vitamin C and antioxidants
Mashed potatoes without the gravy
Pumpkin, before you turn it into pie

If your dog will be staying home by his lonesome, here’s a good article on a festive way to stuff a Kong (with pumpkin and peanut butter) to keep him busy: http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/how-to-stuff-a-kong-121130/

But, be careful, not all Thanksgiving foods or seasonings are meant for dogs. DO NOTlet your dog eat these foods**:


Turkey Skin
Cooked Bones
Onions and Garlic

I hope you and your dog have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 Source: http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/11/15-thanksgiving-foods-you-can-feed-your-dog/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite#.UpNjqbB3vIU

** Source: http://dogingtonpost.com/thanksgiving-day-foods-that-can-kill-your-dog/#.UpNjrrB3vIW