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Date Posted: 08:32:57 09/30/05 Fri
Author: X & G
Author Host/IP: cmu-24-35-40-113.mivlmd.cablespeed.com / 24.35.40.113
Subject: Oct '05 Dog Events-Annapolis/Baltimore/DC Area

October is the month of the most glorious dog holiday of the year, Howl-o-ween, as well as one of the busiest in the canine social calendar. Along with the events listed here, keep in mind that many local pet stores also have costume contests, frequently with very little competition and decent prizes. Gomez once won a $25 gift card merely by sporting a saddle and bandanna while second place went to a dog merely wearing a bandanna. The third place dog just had on a collar and still won $10.

If anyone's up for enjoying the Annapolis Dockside ambiance before the boat shows hit town, Friday 9/30's the night to do it. We'll be there...

Fri-Sun, 9/30- 10/2, LEESBURG, VA: Three days of AKC All Breed, Obedience and Rally dog shows at the Morven Park Equestrian Center by the Warrenton Kennel Club http://www.warrentonkc.org/ and Old Dominion KC http://members.aol.com/olddominionkc/odkc.html .

Fri- Sun 9/30- 10/2, DEWEY BEACH, DE: Party with the high-flying MADDOGS at a long relaxed beach weekend http://discdog.us/ .

Sat 10/1 1030am, COLUMBIA, MD: Fidos For Freedom, a worthy group which provides therapy assistance dogs to those who need them, hosts their 7th Annual Stroll n' Roll at Lake Elkhorn Park (new location) http://www.fidosforfreedom.org/events/current-events/2005stroll/index.php for a most reasonable $10 registration fee.

Sat 10/1 11am- 5pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Barracks Row Street Festival, 500- 700 blocks 8th St, SE (Capitol Hill). Bring your four-legged companion and enjoy the festivities & pet blessing (at 2pm) of this outdoor festival in the heart of historic Barracks Row. This event will offer something for everyone in the community Ė with performances, food, music, art, and entertainment http://www.barracksrow.org/ .

Sat 10/1 1- 4pm, ARLINGTON, VA: Fall Festival hosted by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington http://www.awla.org/fallfest.html and Arlington Dogs http://www.arlingtondogs.org/news.html at Lacey Woods Park, 1200 N. George Mason Dr. Games, contests, music, food and more.

Sat 10/1 4- 7pm, ANNAPOLIS, MD: Paws Pet Boutique, 64 State Circle is celebrating their 42nd (in dog years) birthday http://pawsannapolis.com .

Sat 10/1-Sun 10/2, HANOVER, PA: Colonial Newfoundland Club's Water Rescue Tests at Lake Codorus http://www.cncnewfs.com/Calendar.shtml .Watch Newfoundland dogs demonstrate their ability to rescue swimmers and boaters.

Sun 10/2 NATIONWIDE: The first Sunday in October is when many churches celebrate the Feast of St Francis, patron saint of animals, and some of them hold a Blessing of the Animals on this day. Check out your local churches (usually Catholic & Episcopal) if you're interested.

Sun 10/2 12noon, FAIRFAX, VA: Paws for a Cause 3K walk through the shady streets of Fairfax to benefit Fairfax Pets On Wheels , meet at Webers Pet Supermarket. http://www.wjla.com/community/showevent.hrb?i=24567

Sun 10/2 1- 5pm, INDIAN HEAD, MD: Hot Dog Round-up put on by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue at Red Gate Farm features a BBQ (w/treats for your dog), fun K9 games & activities, square dancing, goodie bags and much more http://www.hotdogroundup.com/ .

Sat 10/8 GRANTVILLE, PA: NewPenDel Newfoundland Club's Fall Fun Fest has a boatload of happenings, check out their website http://www.newpendelnewfclub.com/05FallFunFest.htm .

Sat 10/8 9am- 2pm, ALEXANDRIA, VA: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's Canine Games at Episcopal High School, 1200 North Quaker Lane (new location) is a big event featuring (what else?) lots of games, along with vendors and other goodies. Be advised it's a bit of a hike from parking to the games site if you don't get there early http://alexandriaanimals.org/~awla/special_events.cfm .

Sat 10/8 9am- 5pm, CROWNSVILLE, MD: Anne Arundel Scottish Festival and Highland Games at the A.A. Co. Fairgrounds welcomes leashed, well-behaved dogs to enjoy the fun and the dog group area will be bigger than ever: 2 Sheltie groups, 2 Cairn groups, Westies, Gordon Setters, Golden Retrievers, Irish Wolfhounds, and a Scottish Deerhound in the afternoon. Also, clans, dancers, pipe bands, drummers, musical entertainment, vendors of scottish food & goods. Something for everyone --beer too. Free parking. http://www.annearun.com/aasfi/

Sat 10/8 930am VIENNA, VA: The Mid- Atlantic Leonberger Club http://www.midatlanticleonbergers.com/HTMLfiles/Upcomingevents.htm is having their Fall Specialty at Nottoway Park.

Sat 10/8 10am- 3pm, COLUMBIA, MD: Animal Advocates of Howard Co puts on their Walk for Paws at Lake Elkhorn along with vendors, food, games and other activities. http://www.animal-advocates.org/walkforpaws.html

Sat 10/8 10am- 4pm, BALTIMORE, MD: BARCStoberfest at Patterson Park http://www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org/barcstoberfest.shtml . Join BARCS for a VERY special day filled with pet and family activities!!! The 4 legged festival goers can enjoy The RESCUED Pet Parade, Agility and K-9 Demonstrations, Pet Contests, Pet Acupuncture and Massage, Grooming and Pet Health (YES - we want you to bring your pets!!! )
And thatís not all Ė the 2 legged festival goers can enjoy goods from local artists and vendors, kidís stuff like face painting, hanging out with the Orioles Bird and the Ravens mascot - Poe, food and drink from local restaurants and bars, music from local bands such as The Big Red Tís, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction - just to name a few!!! Benefits the Baltimore Animal Shelter, which, Lord knows, needs the help.


Sat 10/8 1030am MILLERSVILLE, MD: Mid Atlantic Disc Dogs (MADDogs)
http://www.discdog.us/calendar_event.php?eid=20050219162319198 State Challenge at Kinder Farm Park as part of their Fall Harvest Festival http://kinderfarmpark.org/calendar/Cal-Desc-Oct-2005.pdf . See the fur fly as the Mid Atlantic states square off to see who has the most talented air canines. Come and watch acrobatic dogs catch frisbees or you and your dog can try it yourselves to uphold the honor of your state.

Sat 10/8 4- 7pm, FREDERICK, MD: Howl n' Wine Festival http://www.fchs.org/howlnwine.htm hosted by the Frederick Co Humane Society. Have fun with your dog in costume while sampling wonderful local wines and catered delights under early autumn skies at Ceresville Mansion,Pavilion Area.

Fri 10/14- Sat 10/15 8am- 6pm, WEST FRIENDSHIP, MD: Two days of AKC all breed conformation and obedience dog shows by the Catonsville Kennel Club at the Howard Co. Fairgrounds http://www.infodog.com/panels/md.htm .

Sat 10/15 11am- 4pm, MILLERSVILLE, MD: Don't miss the 4th Annual Parade of Paws at Kinder Farm Park put on by the Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League http://www.magdrl.org/parade05.htm . Tons of things going on including CGC testing, games, vendors,food, demos, costume contest & rescue groups. They have pavilions so it's held rain or shine. We've gone every year and always had a wonderful time.

Sat 10/15 12- 3pm, FREDERICK, MD: Strut Your Mutt at Baker Park to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Frederick Co. Not only can you strut but also see frisbee, agility, K9 and other demos, doggie games, vendors, music and food http://awlfc.org/.

Sun 10/16 9am- 2pm, SOUTH RIDING, VA: The Doberman Rescue folks are sponsoring a health clinic with reduced prices for:Hip X-Rays1 for OFA Certification (available between noon-2pm only) 3-year Rabies and other annual vaccines, Thyroid Panels, Diagnostic Chemistry Profiles, Pre-Operative Panels CBCs w/Differentials, Microchipping, Heartworm/Lymes/Ehrlichia testing at the Aldie Vet Hospital. Pre registration is required http://dobe.net/events.htm .

Sun 10/16 11am- 2pm, REISTERSTOWN, MD: Paws on Parade, a 1.6 mile walk hosted by the Humane Society of Baltimore Co. Located on 365 acres of beautiful rolling hillsides and fields, an agility course is available to try out, vendor alley, displays,Blessing of the Animals and (shudder) vegetarian food. http://www.hsbcanimals.org/NewsLetter%20and%20DogPaddle/pawsonparadebrochure2005.pdf. Note: the print is so small it's virtually impossible to read but you can click the little magnifying glass or + sign on the top bar left of center to make it bigger.

Fri 10/21 630pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Halloween Howl- Join People Animals Love (PAL) for a masquerade party for both dogs and dog lovers to benefit PAL. Silent auction, cocktails, dinner, dancing and dog costume contest. $125 for Humans. $10 for Dogs. 6:30pm. L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. http://www.halloweenhowl.org/

Sat & Sun 10/22 & 23 BEL AIR, MD: The Old Line State Dog Club is hosting what looks like United Kennel Club all breed conformation, obedience and weight pulls at the Heavenly Waters Equestrian Center, 608 N Tollgate Rd 410-557-8349. It looks like registration starts at 7am and the show gets going at 9am but don't quote me on it. Have fun deciphering the difficult website http://www.ukcdogs.com/dogevents/upcoming/i-ev.shtml#october (hint: start by scrolling down to date, then Maryland) or you can email the event secretary at plottnova@aol.com .

Sun 10/23 11am- 3pm, SOLOMON'S MD: Pet Walk at Annmarie Garden plus pet related vendors and entertainment http://www.cawl.us/petwalk.html .

Tu 10/25 6pm- 8pm, NATIONWIDE: Petsmart is having a Trick or Treat costume party & contests with prizes. You can also buy a Polaroid picture and glow-in-the-dark frame for $6.95. Call to make sure your local Petsmart is participating before you show up since sometimes a rogue location will decide to be a party pooper. The ones in Annapolis and Glen Burnie are having it for sure, but I'm darned if I'm calling all of them.

Wed 10/26 7pm, VIENNA, VA: Spooky Pooch contest in conjunction with the 59th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade. March a 1/2 mile, starting on Maple Ave with the rest of the participants and dress up your dog to compete as spookiest, most creative, and best dog/owner combo. http://www.gooddogz.org/events/spookypooch_reg.htm

Th 10/27 5- 8pm, ALEXANDRIA, VA: Although nothing's on the website http://doggiehappyhour.com/, I'm going to assume Doggie Happy Hour will close out the season with a costume contest as they've done in the past.

Sat 10/29 11am- 3pm, ANNAPOLIS, MD: Get a howling start to Howl-o-ween at the 3rd Annual Barkin' Bash at Quiet Waters Park. You and your pooch are encouraged to come in costume to enjoy the games, food, vendors, music and more http://barkinbash.org/ . Keep in mind the Dog Beach and fully fenced Dog Park are near the bash site as an added bonus.

Sat 10/29 1- 5pm, BALTIMORE, MD: The 6th Annual Baltimore Fancy Dress Dog Costume Contest & Dog Festival takes place at the Can Company
http://www.thecancompany.com/events/events.html#oct (scroll down) 2400 Boston Street in Canton. Registration starts at 1pm and the contest starts at 2:30. The categories for the costume contest are: Scariest, Most Original, Most Baltimorean & Matching Dog and Human, $12 to enter and all proceeds benefit the Canton Dog Park- Baltimore City's only official dog park.Dine al fresco with your dog, vendors, info, displays, entertainment. This is the cleverest and most competitive fancy dress dog costume contest I've ever seen. Among other astonishing sights in the past was a pack of mutts dressed like a crab feast, complete with a can of Old Bay and a paper towel roll.

Sat 10/29 2-4pm, SPRINGFIELD, VA: Lake Accotink Park is throwing a Howl-o-ween Dog Talent Show, Costume Contest and Boneyard Hunt for your furry family members http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/accotink/bark.htm.

Sat 10/29 230pm, ANNAPOLIS, MD: MAD DOGS hosts a Disc Dogathon which besides the usual 5 disc events, will be holding a few fun events such as Costume Parade (Dog and/or Human), Bobbing for tennis balls and a Hot Dog Fetch and are adding a new event called Firefly Catch held in the dark with Glow-In-The-Dark Discs. Registration starts at 130pm. http://www.discdog.us/calendar_event.php?eid=20050219162441848

Sat 10/29 6- 10pm, FALLSTON, MD: Bring your whole family including your well-mannered canine friend (dogs welcome especially in costumes) to the 3rd Annual Howl-o-ween Festival at the Humane Society of Harford Co . A great evening of events is planned - music, games, moon bounce, costume judging contests includes your family dog and the shelter ones, food, candy, face painting, Doggie IQ Test, Silent Auction Items, and the famous Haunted Barn http://www.harfordshelter.org/calendar.php .

Sat 10/29 & Sun 10/30, LEESBURG, VA: The Middleburg Kennel Club http://www.middleburgkc.com/mkcshows.html hosts its annual fall dog show at Oatlands Plantation. Fri boasts a Colonial Newfoundland Club http://www.cncnewfs.com/Calendar.shtml supported entry; Sat a possible NCA Regional, check the CNC website for confirmation.

Sun 10/30 SPRINGFIELD, VA: Cruise Lake Accotink with your dog on the mighty pontoon boat http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/accotink/bark.htm.

RECURRING EVENTS:

Every Tu and Th 5-8 pm ALEXANDRIA, VA: Doggie Happy Hour http://doggiehappyhour.com . Held on a spacious enclosed outdoor terrace every Tues and Thurs from 5-8pm (often runs later) from April through Oct, this is a remakable combination of Happy Hour and happy dogs. Free and cheap snacks (ie, all-you-can-eat wings $3.95, buy one burger get one free) and a farm wagon piled high with dog yummies combine with booze to make this a memorable social outing for people and canines alike. Dress ranges from cut-offs and a Tshirt to business attire and street parking can be easily found.

Every Wed 6-8pm ALEXANDRIA, VA: Yappy Hour (April- Sept) at St Elmo's Coffee Pub, treats provided by Hydrant Dog Barkery & Boutique http://www.hydrantdog.com/yappyhour/ .

Every Thurs 630pm- ? WASHINGTON, DC: Doggie Style Happy Hour http://www.doggiestylebakery.com/funevents/happyhours.htm on the covered patio of Adams Mill Bar & Grill, 18th & Columbia Rd.

Second Thursday of each month 6- 9pm, ALEXANDRIA, VA: http://barkleysquarebakery.radius3.com/index.php?pr=Event_Calendar#

Every Friday ~7pm-Newf Stroll at the city dock in Annapolis, Md weather permitting.

Every Sat 9am-11am, ARLINGTON, VA: Puppy Party see http://www.arlingtondogs.org/puppies.html for details.

Every Sat 9am- 11am, ARLINGTON, VA: Free Open House indoor playgroups at Fur-Get-Me-Not Pet Care 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr. http://www.furgetmenot.biz/home.html .



Every Sat GLEN BURNIE, MD: The Ordnance Rd Petsmart 410-582-9444 has indoor Play Sessions, 130-230 for small dogs & puppies, 330- 430 for everydog else. Call ahead first because times can change. Some of the other Petsmarts have these too.



LINKS TO SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES NOT COVERED ABOVE:

Weight Pulls: http://iwpa.net/index.html & http://ukcdogs.com/dogevents/
Flyball: http://www.geocities.com/flyball4dn/4dnevents.html
Hiking: http://www.chaoshikers.org/EventSchedule.htm
http://www.k9trailblazers.org/shedule.htm
http://members.aol.com/nvhc/
Agility:http://www.cleanrun.com/agilityinfo/events/eventsearch.cfm
http://ukcdogs.com/dogevents/,
http://www.infodog.com/showinfo/state.htm and put in your search criteria/locale.
Pet First Aid/CPR classes: http://www.redcrossdc.org/Online/class_registration.php?action=list&classname='First%20Aid%20for%20Cats%20and%20Dogs' & http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/accotink/bark.htm (scroll down).

Feel free to copy, forward or post this and if you hear of anything going on, let me know.

Monthly Dog Events are also posted at http://dogevents.net/ and http://voy.com/52810/ so you can just bookmark either one (or both) instead of saving/printing this.

-Xavier & Gomez

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