Dog About Town: Take Your Pooch to a Birthday Party This Weekend

The Shacks Dining and Dog Park will celebrate its second birthday with a party Saturday. Along with specials at the complex's restaurants -- Ten Ramen, OMG Tacos, Dirty Burger Bar, the Tackle Box, Turbo Coffee and Grrrowler's Tap Room and Beer Garden -- there will be playtime in the off-leash area, which all the patios overlook, and a Boho Market from noon to 6 p.m. The festivities also include live music, face painting, raffles and treats from Simba's Barkery's #dogbar, all from 4 to 6, and you can meet dogs available from Cane Rosso Rescue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Habitat 4 Paws from 4 to 7 p.m. 5800 Windhaven Parkway in The Colony. facebook.com/theshacksaustinranch.Also on the schedule•Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day. For details, including tips on how to participate, go to takeyourdog.com.•Homegrown Hounds Dog Deli and Bakery in Las Colinas invites four-leggers to make a Pride Month paw painting for during store hours Fridays through Sundays until the end of June. They are 8.5 by 5.5 inches, with three phrases to choose from. 5620 N. O'Connor Blvd. A $10 donation is requested. 888-929-2697. facebook.com/snackinwaggin.•The Levitt Pavilion's summer concert series is continuing with the Black Lillies on Friday, Kirk Franklin's Camp Lotus on Saturday and Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution 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. levittpavilionarlington.org.•After being rained out twice, the Pitchin' for Pets Softball Tournament has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. A raffle will raise money for the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter, and adoptable dogs will be there until 3 p.m. At the Holland Lake Softball Fields, 1204 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford. Team registration has ended, but it's free to watch. facebook.com/parkercountypetsalive.•The Spay Neuter Network will celebrate the grand opening of its Fort Worth clinic Saturday with free vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to noon. Must be a Fort Worth resident. The vaccines are for rabies, parvo/distemper (dogs) and FVRCP (cats). 3117 E. Seminary Drive. 817-423-5500. spayneuternet.org.•Royse City Paws is hosting a free microchip clinic (limit of 100) at the city's animal shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome. 1101 N. Josephine St. 214-796-1445. facebook.com/roysecityanimaladoptions.•The EarthWise Pet Supply in Frisco will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a ribbon cutting at noon. There will be free Kona ice (from noon to 2) and hot dogs, contests, giveaways and discounts. 252 W. Stonebrook Parkway. 972-301-8277. facebook.com/earthwisepetfrisco.•You can meet little ones available through Angie's Friends and the League of Animal Protectors during Half Price Barks from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday outside Half Price Books' flagship store. The afternoon will also feature low-cost vaccinations until 2, pet crafts, healthy treats and photo ops. And feel free to shop after -- all their stores are dog-friendly. 5803 E. Northwest Highway. Free admission. 214-379-8000. hpb.com/001.•Brittany Rescue in Texas' eighth birthday bash, also rained out and rescheduled, is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Trawick Pavilion at Lake Grapevine. The lineup includes doggy contests (costume, longest tail feather, bone toss), games for the two-leggers (volleyball, corn hole) and a photo booth. There will also be dog cake and food trucks. All breeds are welcome. 2700 Darren Medlin Trail. Free admission. Registration is requested at brittanyrescueintexas.org.•DogFit Dallas' next pack walk, at 9 a.m. Sunday along the Trinity River, will raise money for Dallas Pets Alive. DPA alumni will receive a bandanna, and there will be T-shirts for sale as well. They'll meet on the west end of the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, 300 Canada Drive, and walk for about an hour, or 3 miles. Newcomers are welcome, retractable leashes are not. A $10 donation is suggested. Find more details at facebook.com/dogfitdallas.•Pooch-friendly Artists' Showplace Gallery's last day in business is Sunday. Everything is 80% off through then. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.15615 Coit Road, Suite 230. 972-233-1223. theartistsshowplace.com.•Modern Dog House will throw a Kickstarter launch party at 3 Nations Brewery in Farmers Branch from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. They will showcase their latest dog house prototypes and offer special prices. Dogs are welcome, and there will be food and giveaways. You can also meet Cane Rosso Rescue's adoptables. 2405 Squire Place. facebook.com/moderndoghousetx.•Park & Bark, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Wine Therapist, promises an evening of opera and libations. 1909 Skillman Ave. A $10 donation is suggested. operaontap.org/northtexas.•More meet and greets (dogs welcome at all): Paws in the City at the Starbucks at 5960 W. Parker Road in Plano from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ... Chihuahua Rescue & Transport at the Pet Supplies Plus in Plano from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. ... Cody's Friends Rescue at the Hollywood Feed on Park in Plano from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. ... White Rock Dog Rescue and Angels 2 the Rescue at Unleashed by Petco at the Shops at Park Lane from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. ... Tails From the Heart Rescue at the Hollywood Feed in Frisco from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. ... Legacy Humane Society at the Petco in McKinney from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. ... DFW Lab Rescue at MidiCi the Neapolitan Pizza Company in Preston Hollow Village from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. ... Rockwall Pets at the Petco in Rockwall from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. ... The Humane Society of North Texas at the PetSmart at Ridgmar in Fort Worth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. ... DFW's FurGotten Friends at the Pet Supplies Plus on Mockingbird from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. ... Golden Retriever Rescue Alliance at the Petco in Grapevine from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. ... The Trinity Gap Club at the Pet Supermarket in Colleyville from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.•Also dog-friendly this weekend: a concert by the Northern National at Cedar Hill's Valley Ridge Park Amphitheater on Friday and the Boho Market at the Hill and the Dino-Mite Summer Flea Market at Lee Harvey's, both on Saturday.•Addison Sushi 469 will host a yappy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, with 15 percent of the evening's food purchases going to Operation Kindness. Pooches are welcome on the patio. 4995 Addison Circle. 972-803-1192. facebook.com/operationkindness.•Dog-friendly Tuesday: a concert by Michael Jackson tribute Man in the Mirror at Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Lewisville.•Mutts Canine Cantina is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with ice-filled pools for the pooches and $4 draft beer all day Wednesdays at both locations. 2889 Cityplace W. Blvd. (at Oak Grove Avenue), Dallas, 214-377-8723; and 5317 Clearfork Main St., Fort Worth, 817-377-0151. facebook.com/muttscaninecantina.•Texican Court hotel in Las Colinas will host its first yappy hour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be a western-themed costume contest for the pets, games and drink specials, and Homegrown Hounds' Snackin' Waggin' will be there with treats. 501 W. Las Colinas Blvd. facebook.com/texicancourt.•Also dog-friendly Thursday: a concert by Heart tribute band Even It Up at the Harbor in Rockwall.  Continue reading...

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