What to do in August

August is the month for some of the biggest dog events in Cleveland. Here’s hoping the weather is a little better for all of the dog parties this month! I’m getting tired of all the rain and dreariness.

Here’s what to check out this month:

Summer Scoop Aug. 10

Known as the “old dog party,” Summer Scoop will feature contest, raffles, food and games suited to the older canine crowd.  Dogs can participate in “The Old Dog Olympics” a special agility course for older dogs. The event is held at the Valley Parkway in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. For more info, visit: http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/id40.htm

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Photo courtesy of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

Canine Fun Days Aug. 16 and 17

Ohio’s largest dog-friendly festival, Canine Fun Days is held every August at the Polo Fields in the South Chagrin Reservation. The event includes agility demonstrations, dog contests, dock diving and more. For more information visit http://www.greyhoundadoptionofoh.org/caninefundays.htm

Parma Animal Shelter Dog Swim Aug. 17

Bring your dog to Walter’s Grove Swimming Pool at Walter Grove Park for a day of swimming! There will also be cookout with raffles and prizes. For more info, visit: http://parmashelter.org/news-and-events/pas-annual-doggie-swim/

Mutt Strut Aug. 23

Mutt Strut, the annual pledge walk hosted each summer by the Lake Humane Society, will be held at Penitentiary Glen this year. In addition to the one mile walk, there will be contests and raffles. Visit http://lakehumane.org/muttstrut.html for more information.

Dog Paddle and Pet-A-Palooza Aug. 24

Visitors can bring their dogs to swim at Ledge Pool at Hinckley Reservation. A mini dog fair will also be held on the grounds with exhibitors and vendors. For more info, visit: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Dog-Paddle-and-PetaPalooza-507.aspx

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What events will you be checking out in August?