Dog About Town: Shopping, Playing and More Things to Do

Check out the latest in toys, fashions and other gear at this year's Dallas Pet Expo, which is this weekend at Dallas Market Hall. Along with vendors, there will be a lure course and contests including talent and costume (see the event's website for times and the other categories). Sunday's lineup will kick off with a 5K at 9 a.m.The weekend also includes demonstrations, speakers and training tips. You can meet pets available from area rescue groups, and there will be free nail trims and giveaways.A fixed leash or a carrier and proof of rabies vaccination are required (a tag will work). Discounted vaccinations will be available. Attendees must sign a waiver; you can avoid waiting in line by filling it out in advance (available at the website). From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 2200 Stemmons Freeway. $6, $4 for ages 5-17, free for children 4 and younger and pets. $15 for the 5K. Free parking. on the schedule•PetSmart Charities' National Adoption Weekend is featuring thousands of rescue groups while inviting social media users to inspire others by sharing their stories using #iadopted. Through Sunday.•The Levitt Pavilion's summer concert series is kicking off with Deryl Dodd on Friday, Rare Earth on Saturday and the Soul Rebels on Sunday at Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. in Arlington. All start at 8 p.m. The usual rules apply: Dogs must be leashed, well-behaved and cleaned up after. Free.•Also dog-friendly Friday: concerts by Bon Jovi tribute band Blaze of Glory outside North Richland Hills' City Hall, Brave Combo at Whistlestop Plaza in Irving, American Dreamer in Bedford's Boys Ranch Park and Chinatown in Flower Mound's Heritage Park and a screening of Aquaman in Weatherford's Heritage Park.•The Paws on the Plaza series of free monthly events, which was rained out last weekend, will address jumping and proper greeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at McCall Plaza in downtown Plano. An after paw-ty at Hub Streat will follow, with 10% off for everyone who brings their dog. Dogs must be leashed and current on their rabies vaccination and license. 998 E. 15th St.•Grand Prairie Animal Services and Adoption Center will celebrate its expansion/renovation with a Grand Reopening: Y2K Style party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The festivities will include vendors, games and free adoptions. 2222 W. Warrior Trail. For more information, call 972-237-8575 or go to•All breeds and newcomers are invited to help DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue celebrate its 19th birthday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion in Gussie Field Watterworth Park in Farmers Branch. The party will include a picnic (sandwiches and drinks will be available for a donation, or bring your own), a raffle and a pet communicator. 2610 Valley View Lane near City Hall.•Canine Cowboy, a dog boarding facility in Aubrey, will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The lineup includes a barbecue and wine pairing, a dog scavenger hunt, raffle prizes, tours of the facility, a cute dog contest and pictures on the red carpet. All dogs must be over 6 months of age, spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and flea/tick prevention and not aggressive toward dogs or people. 2336 Oak Grove Lane.•Pups, Pints & Prosecco, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Ranch at Las Colinas, will feature DFW Rescue Me's adoptable dogs along with live music, a silent auction and a raffle. 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway. Free admission, with $1 from every cocktail or glass of beer or wine donated to the group's rescue efforts. 972-506-7262.•This week's Farmers Branch Market, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, will have a yappy hour theme. Along with their regular sellers, there will be adoptions, microchipping and pet-related vendors. In the Grove at Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive.  Continue reading...

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