Take your barking socialite to Yappy Hour at the Ritz or check out the fearless surFUR dogs at the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition. Mark your calendar and start making plans with your best FURiend!
July 7: Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups provide therapeutic and compassionate support to assist you when saying goodbye to the pet you love. Facilitated by Andrea Keith, LMFT, support groups meet at 12:30 p.m., typically on the first and third Saturdays each month. 4199 Campus Drive, #550, Irvine, 92612. No reservations required. (949) 650-2442. www.time4therapy.com
July 8: Its German Heritage Day! Dozens of dachshunds scramble in pursuit of fame and imaginative lures as hundreds of spectators cheer them on along a 20-yard cobblestone track. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free admission. Old World in Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave. (714) 898-5111. www.wienerdogstore.com, www.oldworld.ws
July 12: It’s the Ulti-Mutt Dog Party with pooches, hounds and pups of all sizes romping and playing on The Dana Lawn. Canines enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines, with proceeds going to support the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. Fun times! Thursday, 5-8 p.m. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point. (949) 240-5038. www.thediamondball.org/yappy-hour
July 12: Celebrate pets and support the Friends of Long Beach Animals. The evening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with wine, appetizers, and music. Bid on items in the silent auction, and purchase tickets for the raffle. At 7:30 p.m., a performance of My Fair Lady. Thursday, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. (562) 988-7647. $30. Purchase tickets online. www.friendsoflongbeachanimals.org
July 21: During this 23rd annual event, dachshunds will dash 50 yards to qualify to compete for the title of Fastest Wiener Dog in the nation. Proceeds benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The first race begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with the championship race at approximately 9:15 p.m. Adults, $3; kids (17 and under), free. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos. (714) 820-2690. www.losalamitos.com/wienernationals
July 28: Get stoked for the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition, where fearless surFUR dogs will jump on their boards and hang 20! Check out the action adjacent to the Imperial Beach Pier, where more than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society. Saturday, 8 a.m. Imperial Beach, 10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach. www.surfdogevents.com/imperial-beach