The Whole Enchihuahua!, Dolores Park, San Francisco. Elaborately dressed-up Chihuahuas are the stars of this hilarious awareness event featuring a runway costume contest that attracts more than 100 entrants along with thousands of spectators wanting to adopt the next star. Dress up your dog (all breeds welcome), enjoy the mariachis and meet adoptable pets from the SF SPCA, Animal Care & Control and area rescue organizations.
June 7-10—Woofstock Cluster, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. Whether you’re thinking about getting a collie, have a love affair with schnauzers or just enjoy looking at dogs, this giant “cluster” of dog shows, biggest outdoor event of its kind in the West, is a great place to see them. Agility and obedience events will inspire you to take your dog beyond “sit.” It’s all set to a 1960s theme, so expect to see lots of tie-dye. Check out our tips onwhat to expect.
June 9—Doggy Dash, William Land Park, Sacramento. An estimated 5,000 dog enthusiasts and almost as many canine sidekicks are expected for this 19th annual fundraiser for the Sacramento SPCA. Events include 5K and 2K walks, pug races, pup show (prizes for best wag, smile, kiss, tricks and more) and demos by police, flyball, disc and agility dogs. Vendors by the dozens will be on hand as well.
June 15-17—Reno River Festival, Wingfield Park, Reno. This popular whitewater kayak competition and celebration of the Truckee River has gone to the dogs with new components including multi-day Splash Dogs contests expected to attract the best dock-diving dogs in the West. Also new is the Biggest Little Dog Jog for all models of canines and uprights on a 2-mile course through downtown.
June 22—Take Your Dog to Work Day, everywhere. Established in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption, this annual event asks employers to open their workplaces to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day. Many Northern California companies participate.
June 24—Spring Dog Festival, Soquel High School, Soquel. The premier annual dog event in Santa Cruz County is a “fun” raiser for dogs and their people. It features a vendor fair and three rings of eclectic, interactive activities ranging from a bulldog beauty contest to a heelwork to music demo to lure coursing and a doxie dash. Proceeds go to support off-leash exercise options, educate kids and help dogs in need.
June 27—River Cats Bark in the Ballpark, Raley Field, West Sacramento. Treats will be provided to canines woofing for the Sacramento River Cats in their 7 p.m. game against the Salt Lake City Bees. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for fans with dogs, who will be seated on grassy Home Run Hill. A pre-game, on-field dog parade and costume contest are featured. Dress up your dog or dress yourself as a dog; your choice!