5 Dog-Friendly Activities this Summer

Cleveland is a great place for dog lovers in the summer. Not only do we have a number of dog-friendly restaurants where we can grab a drink with our pup, but we have a lake to enjoy and numerous dog-friendly events!

Whether your dog likes water activities, or just chilling outside, there is something for every dog to enjoy this summer.

Dog Canoeing/Paddling

If your dog loves the water, you have to take him or her boating or paddleboarding this summer! A few local parks are offering specials this summer to take your dog boating. On July 23rd or 24th, you can get 25% off canoe rentals if you bring your dog canoeing or camping at Canal Fulton Canoe Livery. Check out http://www.cfcanoe.com/#!events/c1yzj for more information.

Also, Fairport Harbor is hosting a Doggie Paddle event on Aug. 9, where you can bring your dog along while you kayak or boat. Find out more here: http://reservations.lakemetroparks.com/programs/38706

Hunter paddleboarding at Hinckley Reservation last summer.


See a Movie

On July 17, the Aut-O-Rama drive in in North Ridgeville is hosting a take your pet to the movies night for a viewing of, appropriately, “The Secret Life of Pets.” A $5 pet admission fee will benefit Multiple Breed Rescue. https://www.facebook.com/events/518369668369041/

Run a 5K

If you have a dog that loves to run, you have to check out the annual Dog Wash and Dirty Dog 5K, which raises funds for the Waypoint Youth Ministries in Avon. Find out more info here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/dirtydog.asp All race participants get a free dog wash at the end!

Go to Yappy Hour

During the summer, several Cleveland-area bars and restaurants open up their patios to dogs for Yappy Hour events that raise funds for local rescues. I posted about the wineries that host Yappy Hours, but other good ones to check out are at Jukebox and Tremont Taphouse. On designated Saturdays, Jukebox hosts “Puppies on the Patio,” converting their dog-friendly patio to a dog park for dogs to run around off-leash. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to local rescue groups. The next one is this Saturday, July 9: https://www.facebook.com/events/1732831780332238/

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



Also every second Tuesday of the month, Tremont Taphouse opens up its patio to dogs to support a local rescue group. The next one will be held July 12.

Dog-Friendly Festivals

Paws 4 A Cause, Pawject Runway and Summer Scoop are three dog-friendly events you don’t want to miss this summer! Paws 4 A Cause will be held on July 30th at the Polo Fields in the South Chagrin Reservation. The event includes dog contests, games and demonstrations, as well as adoptable dogs.

Pawject Runway is the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter’s annual fundraiser and features a dog runway show. This year it will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Aug. 6.

Summer Scoop is the Sanctuary for Senior Dog’s annual event and will be held at the Oak Grove Pavilion at Brecksville Reservation on Aug. 14.

And, don’t forget to check out the cool Cleveland sign – there’s one at Edgewater Park and at Voinvich Park downtown – for a great photo opp with your dog!








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: https://www.facebook.com/events/447484902088219/

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: https://www.debonne.com/events/upcoming-events/137-woof-wednesdays-nights-of-caring

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/719966708128797/

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 http://www.wineryatwolfcreek.com/events.php 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: http://www.thorncreekwinery.com/events/yappy-hour-2015-07-02

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).



Yappy Hour Season, Part 1

Yappy hour season is here! Time to get out and drink with your dog while supporting a good cause. All summer long various bars, wineries and pet stores will be hosting yappy hours where you can bring your dog and enjoy drinks and fun. Here are some of the events announced so far:

Style Mutt Yappy Hour
Sunday, June 8

Stop by the pet store with your dog for drinks and fun! Visit http://www.stylemutt.com/events for more information.

Winery at Wolf Creek
Tuesday, June 10 

Throughout the summer The Winery at Wolf Creek will host Yappy Hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m. on the lawn. Proceeds benefit GivePetsAChance (www. GivePetsAChanceUS.org). Tickets are $10 per person at the door and include a raffle entry, a glass of wine and treats for your dog. Other Dates: July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, & October 14th. Check out http://www.wineryatwolfcreek.com/events.php for more information.

Quaker Steak & Lube
Saturdays LakewoodDogPark

Yappy Hour is every Saturday at Quaker Steak & Lube in Lakewood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 14th your visit can benefit the Lakewood Dog Park. Print out the flyer from the site: http://lakewooddogpark.com/quaker-steak-lube-yappy-hour/ to donate 20% of your check to the Dog Park.

Woof, Wag & Wine
Grand River Cellars

Lake Humane Society’s 5th Annual Woof, Wag & Wine will be held June 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring your dog along while you enjoy a tour of the vineyards, a wine tasting, live music and the chance to win prizes.  Admission is $20 per person. Visit: http://www.lakehumane.org/woofwagandwine.html for more info.

Stay tuned for more yappy hour announcements throughout the summer. Pet-Tique in Lakewood, Sunset Grille on Whiskey Island and Tremont Taphouse host events each summer, so I soon as I know of dates I will share them!