Dog About Town: Partying in the Park and More Things to Do

Lewisville Animal Services' annual Paws in the Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature area rescue groups, low-cost vaccinations and demos. The lineup also includes weenie and wannabe races at 10, kissing and photo booths, live music and vendors including a caricature artist and food trucks. And there will be free In-N-Out burgers from 11 to 1 for the first 500 individuals. Next to the animal shelter, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd. Free admission. 972-219-3478. on the schedule•DAWG and the Sachse Park Pals will set up an agility course and take photos at the Spring Fling Thing community festival and garage sale, which is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Villas at Wylie. The public is welcome (enter at the walk-through gates at the high school and Founders Park parking lot). 600 Woodbridge Parkway.•The Pet Fur'tographer will take photos with Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo and bluebonnet backdrops and props from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Crowley's craft fair. The whole family is welcome, and so are walk-ins. Prices range from $30 to $40. Or schedule an appointment at She will also be at the Yappy Hour Dog Social in Arlington's Vandergriff Park on Friday (details below).•DogFit Dallas is offering a "Balance and Harmony" training class from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Klyde Warren Park, near the dog park. Over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, between Pearl and St. Paul streets. Free.•The Trinity High School GAP Club is having a pooch-friendly walkathon on the school's track from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will also be adoptions, $20 microchipping, raffles and a bake sale. 500 N. Industrial Blvd., Euless. A $5 donation is requested, and those who don't have a four-legger can walk a shelter dog.•Camp Bow Wow in McKinneyis offering Doga in the Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the dog park in McKinney's Bonnie Wenk Park, on Virginia Parkway, northeast of Hardin Boulevard. The 30-minute sessions will be repeated, so you can drop in any time, and no yoga experience is needed. Organizers recommend bringing a mat and towel. Free.•The Shacks at Austin Ranch dining and dog park will celebrate the opening of its first restaurant, Ten Ramen, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The lineup includes a sneak peek at the off-leash area, which all the patios overlook, and future tenants Dirty Burger, OMG Tacos and Tackle Box will hand out food samples. There will also be free pooch pedis, a training clinic and a photo booth. 8500 Windhaven Parkway in The Colony. R.S.V.P at•Oak Highlands Brewery will throw a birthday party for brewery dog Olive, who is turning 5, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. The festivities will include cake for the two-leggers, treats for the four-leggers, doggy goody bags and food by the Guava Tree truck. 10484 Brockwood Road. Free admission. 469-802-9455.•This year's Pug-a-palooza, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Parks at Texas Star Pavilion in Euless, has a "Peace, Love & Pugs" theme. The lineup includes food, races, a prize wheel and a photo booth. 1501 S. Pipeline Road. Free admission.•Cane Rosso Rescue will host a Pints for Pointers yappy hour from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at 3 Nations Brewing, 2405 Squire Place, #200, in Farmers Branch. $20 for a custom pint glass and two pours, with $10 going to the group.•PAWS for Irving Animals will host a yappy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sushi Zushi in Southlake. Pooches are welcome on the patio. 1420 E Southlake Blvd. To help them raise funds, bring a printout of the Sushi Zushi Benefit Night Ticket available at•Available dogs from the city of Fort Worth shelter and Saving Hope will be at Fort Worth's ZBonz dog park, where you can meet them while they play from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. 6950 W. Camp Bowie Blvd. The adoption fee will be reduced to $10.•Members of Girl Scout Troop 713 from St. John's Episcopal School will sell handmade dog toys and treats at the White Rock Lake Dog Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. They will also be there May 7. Money raised will go to the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Zoo.•The J is offering Dog Yoga Hikes at 1:30 p.m. Sundays from April 23 to May 21. A walk on the Northaven Trail will be followed by a series of yoga poses designed for both humans and dogs. At the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road. Dogs must be leashed and well-socialized, and owners must show proof of current rabies and bordetella vaccinations. Admission is free and nonmembers are welcome, but reservations are required. Call 214-239-7137 or go to•The Frisco RoughRiders' first Bark in the Park night of the season is at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. The doggy section during the game, which is against the Corpus Christi Hooks, is the grassy outfield berm. There will be a pregame parade on the field for you and your dog and water stations around the ballpark, and the first 500 dogs through the gates will receive a free commemorative squeaky toy. Dogs must be friendly, leashed and vaccinated (bring a copy of your shot records), and there's a limit of one per person. Future Bark in the Park nights are June 19 and Aug. 30. 7300 RoughRiders Trail. Get tickets, $7.57 (free for dogs), at Or click here for $20 tickets, which include all-you-can-eat hot dogs, brats, chips, peanuts and Dr Pepper products before 5:30. Tickets will also be available at the gate.•More events this weekend that welcome leashed dogs: Ennis' Bluebonnet Trails, which are open through the end of the month; Earth Day Texas (outdoor areas) in Fair Park and Grand Prairie's Main Street Festival, both Friday through Sunday; ReMarket in Cedar Hill, Canal Fest in Irving, FAMFest at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth and rock cover band the Rumble Kings' Concert on the Square in Carrollton, all on Saturday; and the Gypsy Wagon's Swap & Flea on Sunday.•Speaking of Cane Rosso: Their next Pups on the Patio night is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at their pooch-friendly White Rock location, 7328 Gaston Ave. $10, includes discounted dog-themed pizzas and an adult beverage. All ticket sales will be matched and donated to Bulldog Rescue Squad. 214-660-3644.•The Greater Collin Kennel Club is offering free classes at 7 p.m. Wednesdays this month at Bob Woodruff Park, 2601 San Gabriel Drive in Plano. The public can attend one or all of the hourlong classes, which teach obedience, conformation, junior handling and Canine Good Citizenship. Proof of vaccinations is required.•Dog-friendly Thursday: Luke's Pint Striders Social Run on the Katy Trail.•The Yappy Hour Dog Social, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Vandergriff Park in Arlington, will feature treats from a variety of specialty vendors, along with doggy beer, cheese and other goodies. The evening, for adults and dogs only, also includes live music, food trucks and beverages available for purchase. Seating is limited, so organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets. 2800 S. Center St. $10 per person in advance, $15 at the event (cash only). The first 500 people to sign up will receive a special-edition pint glass and one free Legal Draft Beer Co. beer. 817-277-8091.•Lost Oak Winery will host a yappy hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with Acoustic Hash performing in the vineyard and refreshments including Pooch Punch (a white sangria) and cheese boards for sale. Don't have a pooch to bring? Burleson's animal shelter will be doing adoptions. Organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs. 8101 County Road 802 in Burleson. Free admission. 817-426-6625. up•Speaking of baseball: The Texas Rangers' annual Bark at the Park game is Saturday, May 13. Get tickets -- $30 per person, $10 per dog -- at (Note: It sold out last year, so don't dillydally.)•The McKinney City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to start offering a variance allowing dogs on restaurant patios. The approval process requires that businesses follow rules such as making sure dogs stay off furniture and don't come into contact with dishes. The move is needed because of a state rule against dogs on the premises of food establishments (including outdoor areas). We'll keep you posted as spots are approved.•More great news: The SPCA of Texas has received more than $120,000 from PetSmart Charities for spay and neuter surgeries in 11 southern Dallas ZIP codes. Find out more at•303 Animal Clinic in Grand Prairie has begun collecting donations for the national nonprofit Pets of the Homeless. Pet food and supplies can be taken to 505 W. Pioneer Parkway, and they will be delivered to a local food bank, homeless shelter or homeless encampment. 972-263-3600. Find more information, including additional donation sites in the area, at  Continue reading...

Copyright The Dallas Morning News
Contact Us