By Joanna Mitzel
Summertime in the great Pacific Northwest is almost here. My Discover pass is renewed, paddleboard taxis are securely fastened to my roof rack, and best of all, I can just about put away the “floor towels” (to wipe muddy paws) strewn by every entryway. Longer days and warm summer evenings mean more time out and about with my three senior pups. Outside of the obligatory trips to the beach, the park, and the home & garden stores, my dogs and I wanted to share some of our favorite summer must-dos.
Petpalooza – May 19th- Game Farm Park, Auburn. 9:30 am-5pm. Start the day with a 5k or 3k fun run then stick around for agility demos, lots of vendor booths, and enter Mud Bay’s Northwest Pet Contest.
Bark in the Park Nights at Safeco Field, Seattle – May 29th, July 5th & September 5th at 7:10 pm. Enjoy an evening baseball game with your favorite 4 legged friend. Very senior dog friendly for smaller dogs. Lots of ramps and minimal stairs until taking your seat. Seating with a larger senior dog may be a bit tricky. Bring a blanket to keep older joints comfortable. Lots of snacks and giveaways for dogs, potty break areas, and a post game walk around the bases.
The Furry 5k – June 10th Seward Park, Seattle – 11:30amAnnual 5k run and walk benefitting the Seattle Animal Shelter. Based on my experience, arrive early. Parking around the park and in the surrounding neighborhood. Strollers are allowed and there are lots of fun vendor booths to visit with at the finish line.
The Old Dog Haven Walk for Old Dogs – July 22, 2018 Cromwell Park, Shoreline at 11 amThe ultimate Summer event exclusively for Seattle’s senior dogs, although dogs and people of all ages are welcome.
The Walk website is now active: http://odhwalkforolddogs.org and you can register Here! Watch or participate in the Dachshund Race for Rescue. Enter the Old Dog Haven Pageant. Visit with lots of vendors and enjoy a nice walk through the park, perfectly designed for dogs of a certain age.
Fremont Sunday Ice Cream Cruise – Sunday afternoons, on the hour, year round, 11-4, South Lake UnionPark, Seattle. 45 minute cruise around Lake Union touring the Lake Union floating homes, a peek at Dale Chihuly’s studio, Gas Works Park and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Super friendly for senior dogs. Ice cream and beverage available for purchase.
Dogwood Play Park – Everyday, Rain or Shine, North Seattle- Kick back and enjoy a tasty beverage and snacks in this 21+ indoor/outdoor dog playpark and bar. They have a 2000+ sqft. gentle dog area for small dogs and large dogs that are super gentle – perfect for senior pups.
Pooch Plunge – Henry Moses Aquatic Center, Renton, September 22nd & 23rd.Dogs say farewell to summer frolicking in the pool or floating the lazy river. 1 hour sessions available, registration required.