With warm weather approaching, it’s the perfect time to host an event or two in your store to build community, entice people to shop in your store, and to just have a good time!
This is a list we compiled of different events around the country specifically designed for hounds and humans.
Mutt Mingle – Once a month event where people and their dogs are invited to come socialize at the store, snacks & drinks available.
Paws on the Patio – Pet Adoptions
Vet Days – The first Sat. of every month vets are available at the store to perform routine stuff such as shots, clip nails and more
The Anti Super bowl Party – Champagne & cupcakes served, 25% off all non sports related merchandise (which is basically the whole store).
Compliments of Pussy & Pooch in Los Angeles, CA
“Canines and Cocktails for a Cause ”
Loews Annapolis Hotel and Paws Pet Boutique host “Canines and Cocktails for a Cause,” a summer-long series of fund-raisers in Annapolis to benefit area animal shelters and other causes.
Each dog-friendly Friday night event will have its own theme (not to mention “cocktails, appetizers, mocktails and Snoopy snacks.”) and will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hotel.
Some of the Themes include:
- “ Bark and rejoice.” Prizes will be given for unique barks. With nearly 60 beagles seeking homes, representatives will be on hand to answer questions about Westminster’s top dog. Proceeds go to Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland .
- “Black is beautiful .” Black dogs are the focal point, but dogs of all colors are invited to attend. Pam Townsend, a board member of SPCA and Humane Society of Prince George’s County, has published Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs , a book that touts the beauties and desirable traits of black dogs, which statistically tend to be the least likely to be adopted. Proceeds go to SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County.
- “Wagging contest.” Dogs will partake in a tail-wagging contest. Prizes will be given and guests enter raffle drawings. Proceeds go to Fidos for Freedom , which provides companionship to residents of the Baltimore-Washington area through specially trained service, hearing or therapy dogs.
- “Ice cream social.” A doggie ice cream-eating contest will be part of this event, proceeds from which go to Mid-Atlantic Westie Rescue .
- “Fashion show.” Dogs will take to the catwalk to model the latest fall styles from Paws Pet Boutique. Donations will be made to Modest Needs
Compliments of Paws Pet Boutique which raised over $13,000 in 2007 for pet-related causes .
Health, Wellness & Spaw Day With Doga Yoga!
The event will feature valuable health and wellness advice from pet nutrition experts, pet massage therapy demonstrations, dog behavior and obedience advice, calming aromatherapy treatments for dogs and cats, free refreshments, tray-passed wholesome dog treats and giveaways. A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated in-kind to local animal welfare organizations. Free pet massage therapy from 11-3PM. Massage is a powerful tool to improve the physical, emotional, and mental health of your dog. Dogs naturally seek, and readily accept, the power of touch for healing and comfort.
For the best spa products to use during your Spaw day try Happytails Canine Spa Line
Beagle Mingle & Howling Contest
Join us for a howling good time. Bring your beagles and join us for a howling contest. Prizes will be given for the longest howl, loudest howl and most entertaining!
Would you like some fleas with your whine? Enjoy cheese and wine tastings for you while you pup enjoys Fido Friendly vino and treats. Oh what a night!
Herding Dog Day
Enjoy a fun appreciation day for border collies, aussies, heelers, Old English Sheepdogs, Shelties & Corgis. Learn more about your breed, current sports they excel at and where your dog came from and what they grew up herding. Plus, meet other herder parents like you, receive 10% off your purchase and mutts more.
Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Day
Grab your hound and come on down for a fun hound day. Enjoy free goodie bags for canines and light refreshments & snacks for humans as well as “Pup-paw-razzi” will be present. Plus, enter your hound in the howling contest at 2 pm.
These were compliments of Muttropolis in Solana Beach (San Diego) CA
WOOFSTOCK is an fundraising event we host every summer, on the coast of Maine. We team up with the Rotary Club for a day of pet-related seminars and demos, which in the past have included a pet communicator, agility demo, vet seminars, flyball demos and family fun pet show.
There are usually between 6-8 shelters/rescues in attendance, all of who host services/activities at their tables. We also have between 30-35 pet-related service and product vendors, as well as a Silent Auction with items donated from our vendors.
In the past 3 summers, we have donated over $15,000 to the shelters/rescues in attendance. Every cent from this event is donated to them. Our best table last year was “taste testing”. Evangers, one of our food companies, donated a case of food to the shelter of choice if an attendee was willing to eat half a can of dog food. We donated over 40 cases of food!
We have great turnout- last year we had over 500 people and their dogs in attendance, and it is a great way to give back to the community and get the word out about pet adoption. And…its FUN!!!
Compliments of Aubrey Martin of The Animal House
Battle of the Rescue Groups!
We’re hosting a big event in our parking lot - the 1st Annual South Austin Rescue Rescue! We’re having 7 rescues out for a “friendly competition” to see which rescue can pull in the most attendees and thus the most donations!
We have 3 live bands playing and our posters are more like concert posters than “rescue event” posters - they ROCK!
The rescues can sell merchandise, have kissing booths, whatever they want that they think will bring in the most donations. The “winning” rescue will receive 180 pounds of dog food from Nature’s Variety, vet service certificates, dog washes, training and daycare days for foster dogs, and more!
The remaining rescues will receive 10% of sales from us, the coffee shop next door, and 5% of sales from the bike shop next to us - it is going to be a great time! Our parking lot will be closed off and everyone is of course allowed to bring their dogs on leash to enjoy the music and the day! =)
Compliments of The Furr Factor
SHOP FOR A CAUSE
We are planning Shop-for-a-Cause Events. We will do this once a month and a portion of all proceeds will go to a non-profit, dog related organization. We will have reps from the organizations and dogs available for adoption on hand. We were also thinking about doing 2 Wild Card nights each year where the customer can pick the organization of their choice instead of a predetermined organization.
Compliments of Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa
BEST IN SHOW
We are an in-home pet accessories party biz. We always donate a portion of our profits to animal welfare, but we are planning a special event “movie night” party when we will screen the all time favorite “Best in Show”. Our products will be set up thematically, (spa, toys, treats, etc.) to go along with the film. Popcorn, ice-cream, movie snacks served, and a follow up contest for a “Best in Show” photo of a dog using one of the purchases from the evening!
Compliments of Pawsh Parties
Maltese Meet Up
Pug Pick ups
Powder Puff Days
FUN DRINK IDEAS
- Key West-Highland Terrier,
- Bichon Bellini
- Wide Awake Whippet (with a kick of espresso).
- the Spaniel, a mixed drink with Grey Goose vodka, Lillet Blanc fortified wine and Plymouth gin
- Chocolate Labrador martini
- Poodle colada