So the Indians have ditched Puppypalooza, maybe for good. Last year it was taken off the schedule (I think after they added in the Corner Bar) and it’s not on the schedule again this year. It’s too bad too, since I think Cleveland dogs were some of their most loyal fans…
Lucky for us dog-and-baseball loving Clevelanders, we have some other options. Several area minor league teams will be hosting dog-friendly nights this summer. And, you can always take a trip a little further away to see a major league game.
Check out the schedule of dog-friendly games:
Bark in the Park
Lake Erie Captains – June 26, Aug. 8 and Aug. 28
Classic Park in Willowick will host three dog-friendly nights this summer! Seats for these dog friendly games are $8 for the bleachers and lawn area, plus the $5 Pooch Pass. Visit http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t437 for more details. Proceeds from the games will benefit the Lake Humane Society or the Geauga Animal Shelter.
So, I’ve got some bad news – there’s no Puppypalooza at Progressive Field this year. I didn’t get an answer from the Indians (through Twitter) when I asked why, but I am assuming it’s because of the new Corner Bar that’s now in the same space they previously held Puppypalooza.
Lucky for us though, it’s not the only game in town. Thanks to minor league teams and area MLB teams, there are other opportunities to get your baseball loving dog out to a game.
Here are some other options for dog-friendly baseball watching this summer:
July 28 & Aug. 11 – Lake Erie Captains Bark in the Park
Bring your dog to Classic Park to watch the Lake Erie Captains take on the Lansing Lugnuts on July 28 or the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 11. Dog owners can purchase $5 dog passes for the game and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local animal charities. Visit http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t437 for more info.
June 10 & Aug. 19 – Akron Rubber Ducks Bark in the Park
It’s a good thing the Pirates are in the National League, because I think I have a new favorite baseball team. The Pittsburgh Pirates host Pup Nights at PNC every Tuesday home game. That gives you 10 chances to take your dog out to a game this summer. Tickets are $30 for dog and human. For more information visit: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ticketing/pup_night_form.jsp
Ugh and the Reds. I don’t want to be a Cincinnati Reds fan, but they are hosting dog night four times this summer! All area baseball teams are really showing up the Indians’ in their love for dogs. Boo. Check out http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cin for more info on their Bark in the Park games.
It may have been a hot one last night, but that didn’t stop dogs from all over the city from coming out to see the Indians take on the Angels at the annual Puppypalooza game. The puppypalooza tickets were sold out, so there were a lot of dogs – large and small – in attendance.
As it turned out, Hunter is not as big of a baseball fan as I hoped he would be. There was a little too much activity, and noise, for Hunter’s tastes. We still had fun though seeing all of the dogs at the game, and cooling off in the doggie pools. The pools were probably Hunter’s favorite part.
Here are some photos from the event:
Hunter relaxed a little as it cooled off, but I’m not sure it’s something I’d do with him again. If you have a dog that is ok with loud noises, this is a really fun event and a great way to get out and spend some time with your dog.
Luckily we got out right before it started raining. And since they ended up losing, we didn’t miss much.
Did you go to the game? I’d love to see your photos! Share them on the Facebook page – Facebook.com/dogsinthecle or on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #dogsinthecle (We’re on Instagram as HunterintheCLE)
Thanks to my friend Annie (the official-unofficial Dogs in the CLE photographer) for taking most of these pics, since my camera died, and more importantly, because she has a better camera.
It’s that time of year again – baseball season! I love when the season starts because I know that means summer is not far away. Since the season kicked off Friday at Progressive, I’ve been getting excited about going to some games and one game in particular – Puppypalooza! Last year I didn’t do well planning ahead and wasn’t able to make either Puppypalooza game at Progressive, so this year I decided to check the schedule early to get the dates on my calendar.
So you can mark your calendars too, here are the details for Puppypalooza 2014 at Progressive Field:
Last year there were two dates, but so far I only see one Puppypalooza date on the schedule. If you can’t make this game, don’t worry – Puppyapalooza isn’t your only chance to catch a baseball game with your dog. Both the Lake Erie Captains and the Akron RubberDucks have special nights where you can bring your dog to a game.
Wednesday, June 11 Bark in the Park
Lake Erie Captains Monday, July 28 Bark in the Park
The Lake Erie Captains Bark in the Park will be held July 28 at Classic Park. Dog owners can purchase $5 pooch passes for the game and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local animal charities. Purchase tickets here: http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t437