Time to put away your Halloween decorations, rake the leaves into a pile and make the most of the tail end of fall. Have you ever wanted to go glamping in New York? How about attending a casino night with your furry good luck charm? Whatever you decide to do this November, give thanks for the quality time you can spend with your best friend at any of these incredible pet-friendly events across the United States.
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Poochamania, “the dog-friendliest celebration in San Antonio,” turns four this year and is destined to be bigger and better than ever before. Compete for costume contest prizes, take on the challenge of a doggy agility course, and check out the celebrity dog wash. Tasty eats will be served up for sampling, and Fido can get microchipped or vaccinated against rabies for free. You can hear what experts have to say about diets and vaccinations, too.
Poochamania will be held on November 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit needy dogs and cats at the San Antonio Humane Society.
Fur Ball Casino Night
Fur Ball Casino Night is the real deal. Have you ever walked around a casino wishing your best friend was soaking up the atmosphere with you? Now’s your chance. This pet-friendly event involves real gaming tables and dealers. The only difference is that your dog is welcome to join in the fun. Dress Fido up in his classiest casino casual outfit and get set to win great prizes, bid on the silent auction and raise money for a noble cause.
Fur Ball Casino Night will be held on November 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Heritage House. Admission is $50 for early-bird reservations and $60 at the door. Proceeds benefit Catering to Cats & Dogs.
War Dog Memorial March
From Sergeant Stubby, who served in the trenches of France during World War I, to Nemo, a German Shepherd in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, the dogs of war should always be honored. Canines are used in modern warfare to sniff out mines and hunt for survivors of explosions. Countless soldiers throughout history have been saved by their furry brothers in arms. The War Dog Memorial March remembers these valiant heroes in the run-up to Veteran’s Day. Show respect to your pup’s fur-fathers on a paved walking loop around a beautiful lake. While you walk, expert guides will give you a history lesson on heroes like Stubby and Nemo.
War Dog Memorial March will be held on November 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Pellissippi State Community College. Admission is $15-20, and the fee includes a dog bandana.
Glamping with the PupScouts
Bring the campsite inside at Glamping with the PupScouts. The 17th floor of the Wyndham Garden Chinatown transforms into an indoor/outdoor campsite equipped with a fire, astroturf and tents for this one-of-a-kind annual event. Dress Fido in his best outdoor gear for a chance to win the Mr. and Ms. Campfire Contest, where the judges decide who has the “campiest” outfit. Humans can snack on hamburgers and vegetarian grub, while canines dip into the doggie buffet. The lip-smacking spread includes a Pupper Cup doggy ice cream and the traditional camping treat, s’mores.
Glamping with the PupScouts will be held on November 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown. The entry fee for pup and parent is $50.
Calling all boho-hounds to attend the soon-to-be legendary canine festival known as WoofStock Florida. Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs in North America, began 16 years ago in Toronto. It debuts in 2019 on Florida’s Treasure Coast with plenty of music, fun and activities for you and your mutt. Kick off the weekend with the K9 Pooch Pursuit 5k. Complete the course and reward your speedy pooch with treats and eats from the many vendors in attendance. You can also check out unique crafts, buy raffle tickets to win dog-centric prizes and get your photo taken by professional canine photographers. Don’t forget to enroll in a mini clinic with one of the expert trainers and get Fido a new do at the groomers. Hey, that’s fur out man!
WoofStock Florida will be held November 9-10.
'Who Let the Dogs Out?' Harbor Town Dog Show & Festival
Mud Island transforms into Pup Island for ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ Harbor Town Dog Show & Festival. Located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi River, Nursery Park becomes a catwalk, an arena and a canine concert rolled into one. Enter your pooch into the Fur’real Dog Show to show off his tricks and obedience skills. Win or lose, Fido deserves a treat from one of the many vendors’ tents. If he’s feeling particularly bougie, you can buy him a ticket into the VIP tent. The theme this year is “The Big Bark Theory: Dogs Go To Comic-Con,” so get creative for a chance to win some awesome prizes.
'Who Let the Dogs Out?' Harbor Town Dog Show & Festival will be held on November 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. The only fees are for entry into the Dog Show or VIP Tent. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.
“The Dog Went Over the Mountain” Book Tour
Fans of the New York Times Bestseller, “Rescue Road,” will be pleased to see author Peter Zheutlin hitting the road again for his latest book, “The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels With Albie: An American Journey.” Taking a leaf out of Steinbeck’s cross-country journey in “Travels with Charley,'' Peter went on an American road trip with his own pooch, Albie. In honor of his book’s release, Peter is visiting destinations across the country, performing readings, answering questions and signing copies of his book. Check out our interview with Peter Zheutlin to learn more about his adventure.
Dogs are welcome to attend tour stops at the Walpole Public Library on November 14 from from 7 to 8:30 p.m, and at Save One Soul Animal Rescue League in South Kingstown, RI on November 16 from from 3 to 6 p.m. Signings also will be held for humans only at Wayland Free Public Library in Wayland, MA on November 6 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., and at Duxbury Free Library in Duxbury, MA on November 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dogtoberfest & Running of the Wieners
German Shepherds who missed out on Barktoberfests in October can still get a taste of home at Dogtoberfest & Running of the Wieners in Dunedin, FL. Contestants in the Running of the Wieners are already training hard to make it to the very top (about six inches off the ground). Dogs who exceed the height limit can park their tails on a throne instead of a podium if they are crowned as king or queen of the festival. Visitors are welcome to bring camping chairs and stay all day at this jam-packed event that also features a pet costume contest, lure coursing, low-cost vaccine clinic, photos with Santa, and beer and food vendors for humans. There’s even an opportunity to get your pet blessed at a Blessing of the Animals.
Dogtoberfest & Running of the Wieners will be held on November 16 from 11:30 a.m to 5 p.m. in Dunedin, FL. The event is free to enter, but parking is $5.
Annual Doggie Street Festival
There are few events as important in the rescue canine calendar as adopt-a-thons. The Annual Doggie Street Festival, the largest one in the West Coast, is an all-paws-on-deck effort to find every pup in America a loving home. Boogie down to live music, sample yummy treats, hear from the experts and let yourself be charmed by the incredible pups looking for a furever home.
The Annual Doggie Street Festival will be held on November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park in San Diego. The event is free to attend.
Pet-a-Palooza Day of the Dog Scottsdale
Pet-a-Palooza Day of the Dog Scottsdale, the West Coast’s largest outdoor pet festival, brings together dog lovers from across the state to enjoy samples from more than 80 pet exhibitors and take part in awesome activities with their pups. The Running of the Bulls at this event is much safer than the Spanish version, pitting the speediest Bulldogs against each other to see who is the fastest. Chihuahuas and wiener dogs are also invited to take part in the canine equivalent of the Olympic 100m sprint. Larger pooches can dabble in a day of dock diving or chill out at a group Doga session.
Pet-a-Palooza Day of the Dog Scottsdale will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 23-24. Admission is free.