The Cure for Your Dog’s Winter Blues – CLE Run

Update- CLE Run will be closed at the end of March (2019.)


Looking to get your dog some exercise during these cold winter days? Well, Cleveland finally has a new indoor play option for your dog – CLE Run.

Located in Valley View, CLE Run is an agility training center, but also offers obedience classes and space you can reserve for indoor playtime, walks and agility practice.

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Hunter and I stopped by recently to check out one of their drop-in agility classes. The cost is $20 for an hour session with an agility trainer who takes you through the basics. (Learn more about agility here: This drop in class is good way to expose your dog to agility, and is a fun activity to do during the cold winter months when it’s challenging to exercise your dog. And if it turns out your dog loves it, you can check out CLE Run’s other classes.

I am glad I took Hunter to try the agility out before signing up for a course, because I found that this type of large, loud facility is not really his thing. He got spooked, I think by the noises from dogs in the main room and from the industrial fans, and pretty much shut down and would not participate in any of the agility activities. The instructor assured me that a lot of dogs get overwhelmed in these large, open spaces, and it would probably just take a few visits to get him comfortable. We are going to go back and try to reserve space for playtime and walks to get him more comfortable.


I have heard from other dogs who have gone and loved it, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you have a high energy dog you want to get out to exercise. If you don’t want to try agility, you can reserve a half hour time ($10) to play in their 117″24 space where you can throw a frisbee or ball for your dog. There’s a three dog limit, but you could bring a doggie friend for playtime too. You can also reserve a time online to walk around the facility, a great  idea for these -2 degree days!

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Check them out at

And, don’t forget to vote in our first ever Dog-Friendly Cleveland Awards. I will be closing the voting in a few days.




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:

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:

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: 


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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:

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: 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: 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: 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:


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:

And don’t forget to check out all of the dog swim events going on the first week of September:

May Dog-Friendly Events in Cleveland

Now that the weather is getting warmer (at least a couple days each week) the dog-friendly event calendar is starting to fill up! This month you can find a couple dog-friendly walks and a yappy hour to get you in the mood for summer.

There are also a number of human-only dog fundraisers you won’t want to miss, including Art Fur Animals, the Cleveland Kennel’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Check out details below for some of May’s biggest dog events:

May 1 – Bark for Babies

Held at Wade Oval, the event raise funds and awareness for March of Dimes and their mission to support programs and research that help prevent birth defects. In addition to the walk, there will be local vendors, food, contests (including a best dressed dog contest) and prizes. Find out more info at:

Skipper, the Ambassador for Bark for Babies.
Skipper, the Doggie Ambassador for Bark for Babies.

May 14 – Paw Parade

The idea for this dog-walk fundraiser came from students in Gilmour’s Management and Entrepreneurship Course and all of the proceeds will go to two charitable organizations.  The event includes a dog-friendly 1.7 mile walk as well as a puppy kissing booth, adoptable dogs, a police canine demonstration and a Vet-administered Microchip Clinic and nail clipping. Find out more info here:

May 15 – Cleveland Metroparks Dog Walkhunter

This 3-mile hike will be held at Mill Stream Reservation from 2-3:30 p.m. Meet in the Pawpaw Picnic Area located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation. Other dates for Metroparks’ dog walks are May 1 at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, May 15 at Garfield Park Reservation and May 28 at North Chagrin Reservation. Check out the Cleveland Metroparks calendar for details and more dog walk dates:

May 27 – Yappee Hour

This first annual dog-friendly yappy hour will be held at Pawsitively Savvy, a grooming and pet sitting business in Northfield. Dogs are welcome for drinks, snacks, music and fun. Find out more at (If it rains, the event will be held the following Friday).

Human only events:

May 19 – 12th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction

Held at Around the Corner in Lakewood, this happy hour raises funds for the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Find out more here:

May 21 – Art Fur Animals

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cleveland Kennel, the event will be held at the Masonic Temple and features a silent art auction featuring gallery quality artwork as well as raffle prizes, a photo booth, appetizers and drinks, celebrity bartenders and more. Buy your tickets here:



You can check out their Facebook page for sneak peeks of some of the cool art being auctioned: Like this cool stained glass window:

stained glass

May 22 – Uncorked for Canines

This wine tasting fundraiser for Love-A-Stray Animal Rescue will be held at Wood and Wine in Avon. Find out more info here:

For more May events, check out the calendar:

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)

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:

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


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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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 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.