There will be three parties taking place that night in San Diego, Miami and New York City. At each party, all net proceeds will benefit three hard-working charities: Spay Neuter Action Project in San Diego (SNAP), Bideawee in New York City and Paws 4 You Rescue in Miami.
I extend a personal invitation for all you San Diego pet lovers to participate in the party taking place at Camp-Run-A-Mutt/Point Loma, 4030 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego on June 22 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 apiece and you can register now by visiting www.dogpartyday.com/sandiego for details and party rules. Space is limited, but register today.
In the pet world, I happily “wear” many collars – author, animal behavior consultant, radio show host and pet first aid instructor. But I absolutely love being known as America’s Party Animal.
I’ve staged parties for 500 in Kauai at the annual Love a Dog Day and for 800-plus mutt-loving members of the military at a Navy base in San Diego. I’ve even demonstrated a dog party with my Husky-Golden retriever mix Chipper before cameras in a CNN-Headline studio in New York City.
Three Reasons To Party
No matter if the party is big or small, I focus on these three goals:
To sneak in good doggy manners in a fun setting. Just like us, dogs learn best when the atmosphere is fun and full of positive, can-do energy. At my parties, all dogs are on leashes and bring their “dates” – their favorite person. Dogs get the chance to participate in a variety of games and gobble up healthy treats.
To benefit worthy pet charities. This year, all net proceeds from the San Diego party will benefit SNAP. This small-but-dedicated group of volunteers led by Dorell Sackett provides free or low-cost spays and neuters to keep a lid on pet overpopulation. We are hoping to park the huge SNAP mobile van in the parking lot at the party so attendees can step inside and take a mini-tour.
At most parties, it is common to fret about what you’re wearing or what small talk you will engage in. At my parties, dogs take center stage, allowing you to live in the now and enjoy creating wonderful memories with your dog.
I believe in the power of purposeful play for both dogs and people. Both deserve the chance to laugh, love and learn. That’s why I boldly created National Dog Party Day™. My goal is to sponsor big and small parties all over America on the third Friday of every June.
June 22: Double Dog Day Celebration
Why that date? As founder of Four Legged Life.com, I wanted to partner with another group committed to bolstering the people-dog bond. I found the perfect match: Pet Sitters International. Each third Friday in June, PSI sponsors Take Your Dog To Work Day™. I reached out to PSI founder Patti Moran with the idea of staging a Double Dog Day Celebration. We even came up with a motto for our dual event: “We work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night.”
If you have a business, I encourage you to visit www.takeyourdog.com and see how your company can participate this year – June 22 – in Take Your Dog To Work Day™. I promise the attendance in your office will be high because of having canines in cubicles and other work places.
Then go home, get into your party clothes, grab the leash and bring your dog to the party taking place at Camp-Run-A-Mutt. A big paws up goes to the camp’s owner, Heather Rolinski, for donating her center for the party. The camp features plenty of indoor and outdoor space to give attendees lots of opportunities to participate in games, do some doggy dancing and enjoy lip-smacking appetizers. We also appreciate San Diego Pets Magazine for being our local media sponsor.
As party host, I promise you three-hours of jammed pack fun and the opportunity to win mega prizes generously donated by many sponsors. You will get to do the Super Smiley Flash Mob with award-winning and animal adoption advocate Megan Blake.
Participate in K9 Karaoke
We will play plenty of games, including Snoopy Says, Canine Musical Chairs and Walk This Way Doggy, and we’ve added a new event this year: K9 Karaoke. No, this isn’t a competition of dogs howling and baying. K9 Karaoke features people serenading their dogs.
We are looking five or six people to register in advance for this contest. Contact me at Arden@fourleggedlife.com. We want you to grab the mike, bring your dog on stage and belt out a favorite song that best captures your connection with your dog. A panel of American Idol-like judges will crown the top K9 crooner who will be awarded a major prize. So, start rehearsing now!
Bottom line: Dogs are born party animals and they learn best in a fun setting. I hope you will join us on June 22. After all, when it comes to party trends, dog parties win, paws down! For more information, please visit www.dogpartyday.com.
Founder of Four Legged Life.com and creator of National Dog Party Day, Arden Moore is an animal behavior consultant, best-selling author, professional speaker and certified pet first aid instructor. Tune into her Oh Behave! Show on Pet Life Radio and enroll in her pet first aid classes. For more information, please visit www.fourleggedlife.com, www.petfirstaid4u.com and www.petliferadio.com /behave.html .