We spent this past weekend at a vintage trailer rally at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. Forty-two vintage trailers and their owners gathered for a wonderful weekend of fun. There was a salsa contest, open houses (trailers), a potluck, and camp fires, as well as lots and lots of visiting. We took our 1961 Aljo, The Atomic Lounge, to her first Rollin’ Oldies Vintage Trailer gathering.
Now that spring has finally arrived, the number of dog events is increasing. Here are just a few of the dog events coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Northwest Pet & Companion Fair
Saturday, May 5th, and Sunday, May 6th, 10 am – 6 pm
This is held at the Portland Expo Center. For more information click here. There will be vendors, demos, and more. It costs $8 per adult to get in. The site says you can bring your dog, but it gets a little chaotic. We took Kendall a couple of years ago. We plan to be there as a volunteer for Pet Partners/Delta Society. Maybe we’ll see you there.
Cavalier day at Urban fauna
Sunday, May 6th, 11 am – 1 pm
This event is held the first Sunday of every month at Urban Fauna. If you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or have been thinking about getting one, come on down for some Cavalier fun. It’s great to watch the dogs interact, and the people are fun, too. It’s a free event. A paper towel donation is always welcome.
Urban Fauna is located at 939 Southwest 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205. They moved a couple of months ago from the north park blocks. Their web site still lists the old address, but Google maps gives you the right location. It’s now closer to the south park blocks. We’ll be here, too.
Oregon Humane society’s Doggie Dash 2012
Saturday, May 12th, 7:30 am – 1 pm
This is always a fun event where they close down the streets of Portland and open it up to people and their canine friends. T-shirt pick up and registration runs 7:30 am to 9 am, then participants take off in waves with their furry friends. The festivities run until 1 pm. You do need to register ahead of time. There will be music, a pancake breakfast for the humans, lots of stuff for the kids and dogs to do, and the proceeds go to a great cause.
After a lengthy absence, Cavalier Day is back on Sunday, February 5th at the new Urban Fauna location. Urban Fauna has moved to 939 SW 10th Ave in downtown Portland. Their web site isn’t up and running yet to show you the new location, but the powers to be that organize Cavalier Day sent out the address. Parking is free on Sundays until 1 pm.
If you own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and don’t have any plans for 11 am to 1 pm, come out and play. The dogs have a great time mingling while their owners get a chance to chat. It’s FREE but a donation to the charity jar is always welcome.
We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it this Sunday, mark your calendars for future events. This is held on the first Sunday of every month.
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful fall day in the Pacific Northwest. After running some errands, we decided to stop at the Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, OR. There’s a little man-made lake there in which they often hold events like kayak and canoe days and remote control boat races.
There were lots of families there and lots to do. It seemed like everyone was out with the kids and their dogs.
Around the other side of the lake from the festivities, there’s a bronze statue. Kendall paused to appreciate the art.
The Tualatin Riverkeepers had canoes you could rent to paddle around the little lake. This was early in the day and only a few of the giant pumpkins were in the water.
This little Cocker Spaniel was not happy to be out among other dogs. Maybe it was the costume he was wearing. He was quite barky.
They were bringing in the giant pumpkins on pallets and then picking them up with a fork lift and moving them to the lake. They stopped just before putting them in the water to weigh them. The one we heard being announced was just over 1000 lbs.
Once the pumpkins were in there, they were using little remote controlled tug boats to move the pumpkins around in the water. We didn’t stay around for the afternoon, but my understanding is that they were going to put people on top of these pumpkins and then use them as boats to maneuver around the lake. Hence, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta.
Kendall didn’t really care about the giant pumpkins. All she wanted to do was to meet all of the little kids that were running around.
I’m glad I took along the good camera, because I’m happy with the way the fall colors turned out.
Flat Kendall and I are off to the great state of Nebraska on Tuesday. I hope I’m more successful at getting some pictures there than I was when she went to Anaheim with me. Notice there were no Anaheim pictures? I flew there straight from New York a week or so ago, but I never made it out of the hotel to get any Mickey pictures.
THE POWER OF PETS™ is bringing a “Woof Walk” Fun Run to the Portland area on Oct. 15!
THE POWER OF PETS™ is partnering with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette to host a community walking event for dogs and their owners in the Portland area complete with FREE activities including:
• 2k community dog walk
• Free pet health screenings by veterinarians from Banfield® Pet Hospital
• Pet Caricaturist sessions
• Fun for the whole family, with free arts and crafts and face painting
• Music and dance party
• Healthy snacks for pets and people!
Here are the details:
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15 9am – 11am
WHERE: Greenway Park
SW Greenway & SW Parkview Loop
ADMISSION: Dogs – Free
Owners – Free
REGISTER AT: http://portlandwoofwalkfunrun.eventbrite.com
MORE INFO: Visit www.facebook.com/PowerofPets
What’s even better is the great folks at THE POWER OF PETS™ has provided a goodie bag for me to give away to one of my readers! The bag includes
- Bag Dispenser
- Water Bowl
- Dog Food Sample
- Mars Petcare Booklet
- And of course…the bag!
If you’d like to win this great goodie bag, leave a comment telling me about your favorite fall activity with your dog. I’ll choose the winner randomly and announce the winner next Friday, October 14th.
Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? Here are some events in the Portland area that you may be able to enjoy with your dog.
This running event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 4th. It starts at Stoller Vineyards and ends in downtown Carlton with a wine and music festival. Not a runner and still want to enjoy the festivities? The Carlton Crawl takes place on Sunday and Monday. Participating merchants will be offering discounts and tastings for those participating in the run or the crawl. Be sure to stop by the Noble Pig tasting room in Carlton and say Hi.
Each afternoon this Labor Day weekend, enjoy wine tasting on the lawn accompanied by live jazz from the Greg Ernst Duo. $10/person, $5/Cellar Door Club Members and their guests. Open 11-5, including Monday. Their grounds are dog friendly. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash.
More than 30 wineries and tasting rooms will be open for this Labor Day weekend open house. Follow the link to see the festivities happening at each location. Be sure to stop by MaryHill Winery for some great wine and music. I posted about our trip there in July. Their grounds and patio are dog friendly. You may see Potter, the resident wine dog, strolling around.
Check out the acres of dahlias in bloom at Swan Island Dahlias. Note that Swan Island Dahlias is in Canby not on Swan Island. I know, it’s confusing, but it’s worth the drive. Dogs are allowed on the grounds on leash, but they’re not allowed in the indoor display rooms.
Also happening this weekend is the Portland Pirate Festival and Art in the Pearl. No matter what you decide to do this weekend, I hope you have fun.
Summer is winding down, but there’s no lack of dog-related events happening this weekend. Check out these fun things to do.
5th Annual Great Danes of Summer – Saturday, August 27th
Held from 10 am to 4 pm at the North Clackamas Dog Park in Milwaukie, OR, this event includes speakers, food, and fun play for the dogs.
Dogust Day – Saturday, August 27th
This event takes place 11 am – 4 pm at Gabriel Park in SW Portland. Check out their Facebook page to see all of the events and vendors.
5th Annual Ride for the Paws – Sunday, August 28th
This is a half-day motorcycle ride though spectacular Northwest scenery. All proceeds from the ride benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society. First bike out is 9 am. The ride finishes at the Oregon Humane Society with ice cream in the rose garden.
Dogs for Dogs – A Benefit for the Hillsboro Dog Association – Sunday, August 28th
Held at Whole Foods in Tanasbourne from 11 am to 2 pm, this fun event benefits the Hillsboro Dog Association, featuring: BBQ plates with hot dogs, chips, and a drink for $5.00, and all proceeds will benefit the HDA; A dog wash put on by HDA volunteers- small dogs $5.00 and big dogs $10.00 (includes shampoo, rinse, towel-dry, and brush-out). Walk-ins welcome, but we recommend making a reservation (Whole Foods Market, customer service, 503-645-9200, ext. 602); Pet friendly vendor samples from Zukes, Halo, and Castor & Pollux for your pet to enjoy! A gift basket raffle of doggie-themed goodies to benefit the HDA; And booths representing Dove Lewis, Good Neighbor Vet, Bonnie Hayes, Many Paws Kennel, and Frontier Veterinary Hospital.
Golden Bond Annual Summer Picnic – Sunday, August 28th
This annual picnic will be held at Willamette Mission State Park, 11 am to 4 pm, in the Mission Lake A picnic area. If you have a Golden Retriever or just love Goldens, this is the place to be on Sunday.
I’m sure we’ll be out and about at one or more of these fun activities this weekend. I’m headed to a Food and Wine Bloggers Meetup at Kramer Vineyards on Saturday evening. I know, I’m neither a food blogger nor a wine blogger, but I met the ladies at Kramer Vineyards during the Canines Uncorked event, and they asked me to come. I can’t wait to blog about it next week.
What are you doing this weekend?
Better late than never.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Saturday, August 20th
Today is the Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Beaverton Petco. I completely forgot this was happening until we went in today to pick up some dog and cat food and there were food reps throughout the store. I picked up our usual Natural Balance cat and dog food as well as lots of samples of other flavors of Natural Balance and even some dog treats. When I checked out I was given a gift back of dog treats, pamphlets, and a tennis ball.
Also happening today
Dove Lewis Multnomah Days Dog Wash – Saturday, August 20th
Held at the Lucky Lab Public House on Capitol Hwy in Multnomah Village, this dog wash (10 am – 2 pm) benefits Dove Lewis.
Dog Days of Summer Happy Hour – Sunday, August 21st
This event is held at Farmington Gardens on Farmington Rd. west of Beaverton. It’s a fundraiser the Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. (2 pm – 5 pm)
Jake’s Dog Days of Summer Dining Out Event – Sunday, August 21st
Have you always wanted to take your dog to a nice restaurant. Here’s your chance. At Jake’s Dog Days of Summer event you can dine with your dog at Jake’s Famous Crawfish on SW 12th in Portland. You need to make reservations. This is also a fundraiser for Dove Lewis. Check out the link for details.
Anyone know of anything I’ve missed?
Here’s the rundown on dog-related events happening this weekend in the Portland area.
K-9 Trials set for this weekend
(reposted from the Oregonian) The seventh annual K-9 Trials will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Century High School in Hillsboro, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Police dogs from different agencies across the Northwest will be competing in events that test their agility, speed and ability to search for and apprehend suspects.