It’s time to get off the couch and out from under the blanket! We rounded up 11 pet events in August – take your dog to the market, head over to a convention all about cats, and even a small pet carnival!
August 2: Tonight is a night just for the dogs! Bring your furry friend to the Fullerton Market for a night of dog contests, demonstrations, dog-related vendor booths and more. A DJ will be performing throughout the night. Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Fullerton, off Wilshire Ave. between Pomona Ave. and Harbor Blvd. (714) 738-6545. www.cityoffullerton.com
August 4: Join the Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California for a beach day full of fun. Includes the Hound Swimsuit Competition (prize awarded). Have fun splashing around in the very gentle surf with your favorite hound(s). Activities planned. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rosie’s Dog Beach, 4800 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach (between Granada and Rycroft Ave). (949) 484-9065, www.bassethoundrescue.org
August 4-5: CatConLa is a two-day weekend event celebrating groundbreaking products and ideas in art and design, pop culture, and attitude…for cat people. Part expo, part symposium, CatConLA showcases the world’s top cat-centric merchandise including furniture, art, toys and clothing for those who possess a great love of the feline, as well as conversations with some of the top cat experts in the world. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Feline family members will not be allowed into this event. www.catconworldwide.com
Yappy Hour at Ritz Carlton in Dana Point
August 9: 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
August 11: 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
August 14: The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center will conduct a public low cost animal vaccination and microchip clinic for pet owners in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills. For more information and price list visit www.cityofmissionviejo.org. Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (949) 470-3045. Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, 28095 Hillcrest.
August 18: Cruise Newport harbor in electric boats to raise money for WROC. Each boat will have a captain who guarantees a safe, fun 1 1/2 hour tour. Seating is limited to 8-9 people per boat and limited to 4-5 Westies per boat. Dogs must be on a leash and well behaved. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. $60 per person, includes the tour, box lunch, and water. BYOB of your favorite beverage and a small cooler are welcome. Pre-registration is required so join us for this one of a kind adventure! 3101 West Coast Hwy, #160, Newport Beach. www.westierescueoc.com
August 18: Meet small pets, feed fish, and don’t forget to complete the scavenger hunt for extra fun facts about the the small pets. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. See website for participating locations. www.tinyurl.com/findpetsmart
August 18: Bring your four-legged friends and your family to Stanton Central Park for a fun-filled day with activities for pets and humans alike. Pet related vendor booths, an obstacle course, races, pet fashion show, and more. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stanton Central Park, 10550 Western Ave., Stanton. www.ci.stanton.ca.us
August 19: Dozens of dachshunds scramble in pursuit of fame and imaginative lures as hundreds of spectators cheer them on along a 20-yard cobblestone track. Handlers encourage, cajole and plead with the willful little dogs to focus on racing to the finish line, instead of the interesting sights, sounds and smells along the route. The scrappy little dogs manage to chase their “lure” to the finish line until the winners are determined. The top three winners of each race day receive trophies and gift certificates for the Wiener Dog Store. Sunday, 3 p.m. Also offered throughout Octoberfest. Free admission. Old World in Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave. (714) 898-5111. www.wienerdogstore.com
August 25: Celebrate National Dog Day at the Pet Project Foundation’s Barks and Brews event featuring food trucks, free treats, craft beer, a costume contest, and photo booth. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Outlets at San Clemente, Oak Tree Court, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa. www.petprojectfoundation.org