Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dug Up at Dogster: May 2018 Dog Events

 Looking for a way to fête man’s best friend in May? Whether it’s a month-long celebration or day out that dog lovers are sure to enjoy, we’ve compiled a list of May 2018 dog events to check out.

All month: Barke Sale

Barke Sale.

Canines-N-Kids Foundation Barke Sale.

The nonprofit Canines-N-Kids Foundation is launching its new fundraiser — the Barke Sale, based on the traditional bake sale model — in the month of May. What could be better than raising money for research to help both canines and kids with cancer? For more information or to get your Barke Sale kit, go to caninesnkids.org.

All month: Homecoming: Shafer’s Tale of Lost & Found

Looking for a pup book to share with the family? Homecoming: Shafer’s Tale of Lost and Found by Theresa Tillinger tells the true tale of a Bernese Mountain Dog named Shafer who gets lost but is found with the help of a pet detective and her team of tracking dogs. Not only is it a heartwarming story and beautifully illustrated book, but proceeds of Shafer’s misadventure go to Riedel & Cody Fund (an organization that provides funding and resources for people whose pets have been diagnosed with cancer) and Adopt a Golden Nashville. Available on Amazon or check it out on Instagram and Facebook @shaferishome.

All month: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs Exhibit

Head to Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to catch an exhibit bringing together rarely-seen objects and images from the museum’s collection — allowing you to get a glimpse of what life was like at the Puget Sound through the stories of cats and dogs. Exhibit runs through May 31. Find more info at mohair.org.

Wednesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 6: Fridge Art Fair

You’ll want to visit this unique event, taking place in New York. The Fridge Art Fair — a soft-sell friendly satellite fair — was created in 2013 by artist Eric Ginsburg, who is known for his whimsical dog and cat portraits. The art show will feature a David Bowie tribute and, on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Celebrity TV Dog Hallway of Fame Museum presents The Pet Induction Ceremony. There will be plenty of unique things to buy and see. Find out more on fridgeartfair.com.

Thursday, May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day

A specially abled dog going on a run.

A specially abled dog going playing. Photography © AmandaFoundation.org | Getty Images.

Deaf, blind or three-legged, dogs love life and don’t let anything hold them back. Think about adopting or working with specially-abled pets on this day created especially for them. Discover more at speciallyabledpets.com.

Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Puppo

Pups and people are invited to the first Cinco de Puppo event held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Social Pet Hotel and Daycare in Pineville, North Carolina. Admission is free with lots of food, beverages, booths and entertainment. Head over to socialpethotel.com for more details.

Sunday, May 6 through Saturday, May 12: National Pet Week and National Be Kind to Animals Week holiday observances

Friday, May 18: Premiere of Show Dogs

Show Dogs movie.

Show Dogs movie.

Show Dogs is a family-friendly comedy about two detectives — one human and one canine — who go undercover at the world’s most exclusive dog show. The movie stars Will Arnett and Natasha Lyonne, plus dogs’ voices by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci. Check out the trailer at the official movie site, showdogs-movie.com.

Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20: Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition

Photography by Jason Hicks, Courtesy Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition.

The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition. Photography by Jason Hicks, Courtesy Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition.

Check out everything from furry novice jumpers to experienced high flyers in this canine-designed dock jumping competition held at Dominion Energy Riverrock in Richmond, Virginia.

The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs competition presented by Zuke’s welcomes all mixes and breeds to the competition and features long-distance jumping, showcased by different rounds. It’s simple to do: Dogs run down a dock and fly into the pool. Distance is judged from the edge of the dock to the base of the dog’s tail. Go to riverrockrva.com to find out how to register your dog or get more info.

Thumbnail: Photography by RB-Photo / Shutterstock.

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