June 24, 2018
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Several Maine summer events celebrate pets


By Debra Bell

Critters columnist


Summer’s here… finally! And that means active pups and curious kitties will be spending more time outside.

So, when spending the summer outside with your furry family members, be sure to consider them while planning your outings.

Events to celebrate pets

“Ready for my Close-Up:” 6-9 p.m., July 12, Sea Dog Brewing Company, 26 Front St., Bangor.

First, plan on prepping Sparky for his summer photos. From 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 12, my pet photography business, Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, will host a “Ready for My Close-Up” pet fair and art show at Sea Dog Brewing Company.

The event, open to people only, brings together two non-profits – Bangor Humane Society and the Furry Friends Food Bank – and five other pet-oriented businesses for a night of fun and information. Admission is a cash donation or pet-related item that will be split between the two non-profits.

Boatyard Dogs Trials: 10 a.m., Aug. 11, Rockland Harbor Park.

One event being held during the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Expo, which runs from Aug. 9-11, will be the 11th Annual Boatyard Dogs Trials. Six pups will strut their stuff, overcome (or go over) obstacles, jump in and out of boats, and treat the public to their feats of skill.

This is another people-only event, and there is no admission fee. Pups won’t be allowed on the site of the event due to liability issues. And if you do decide to come, make sure you keep pup safe and sound by leaving her in an air-conditioned room or at home. It’s too hot for human or animal alike in cars.

Bark in the Park: 5:45 p.m., July 19, Hadlock Field, Portland.

The Planet Dog Foundation invites you to take your dog out to the ball game. Prepare to woof it up in the bleachers when the Portland Sea Dogs invite you to bring pup to the Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin’ Phillies. Gates open at 5:45 and there will be a pre-game parade with Slugger at 6:15 p.m. with the game following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for people and pups, but make sure the pup’s escort is age 21 or older. Proceeds benefit the Therapy Dog Program at Maine Medical Center. Buy your tickets by calling 800-381-1516 or stopping into the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way in Portland.

Festival fun. Many Maine festivals allow well-behaved dogs to join in the fun. Check with the festival before bringing pups with you, but if they’re allowed, adhere to the rules that often include keeping pups on leashes.

Bring extra water with you to make sure everyone is hydrated.

Dog-friendly festivals include the Potato Blossom Festival (July 13-21), the Yarmouth Clam Festival (July 19-21) and the Maine Lobster Festival (July 31-Aug. 4).

These are just some of the events coming up this summer. Do you have a pet related event? Email me at debbell78@gmail.com and tell me about it! I’ll post it on my blog if you do!

Debra Bell is a professional pet photographer and owner of Bell’s Furry Friends Photography and Bell Imaging & Design. She is owned by her greyhound Laura and coon cat Olivia in Hermon. She is the author of the Critters blog, critters.bangordailynews.com.

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