The calendar of events for dog-related activities continues to grow.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend — perfect for watching the bassets waddle down Woodward!
SUNDAY, MAY 16
Birmingham — Hundreds of short but stout dogs will take part in the Basset Waddle, part of the Celebrate Birmingham Parade, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, on N. Old Woodward by Booth Park. Proceeds from the Waddle will benefit the Michigan Basset Rescue from Waterford Township. Owners of basset hounds can also take part in a basset picnic on Saturday. Go to the Michigan Basset Rescue website for more information.
Farmington Hills — A low cost vaccination clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, 31130 Orchard Lake Road. Rabies vaccines will cost $10 and other low cost vaccines will be available, as will heart worm tests and microchips. For more information, call Vet Ex Mobile Veterinary Services at 248-683-5005.
TUESDAY, MAY 18
Waterford Twp. — For a suggested donation of $40, vaccinate your dog against the canine influenza virus H3N8 while also raising money for a worthy organization. The event will be held at the Pet Authority Animal Hospital, 4588 W. Walton Blvd. in Waterford Township. Proceeds will benefit NEADS, a nonprofit organization which trains service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans as well as for combat veterans. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. Call 248-673-1288 or go online to www.petsloved.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 22
Clawson — The fifth annual “Claws & Paws Dog Jog” will begin will registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in the Clawson City Park. The event features a fun run/walk at 10 a.m., a pet care fair and adoptions. Advance registration for the walk is $20 and includes a commemorative t-shirt and pet bandana, or $25 the day of the event. There is no fee to attend the pet care fair, which follows the walk. For more information, go to www.clawsonclawspaws.com or call 248-435-6500. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Troy-based Guardians for Animals, a group that assists no-kill shelters.
SUNDAY, MAY 23
Rochester — Donations and sponsors are still being sought for the “Rescue Walk” benefiting Greyheart Greyhound Rescue. The walk is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Paint Creek Trail. Meet in parking lot of 4480 Orion Road near Gallagher Road in Rochester. For information, call 248-363-1343 or visit www.greyheart.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Auburn Hills — The “Hunting Dog Rescue Day” will feature a variety of adoptable hunting breeds from local rescue groups. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop, 4500 Baldwin Road. The store is attached to Great Lakes Crossing mall. Organizations that will have dogs available for adoption include the Oakland County Animal Pet Adoption, Michigan English Setter Rescue Center, Michigan Hunting Dog Association and Greyhound Expressions. Adoption fees vary by rescue group. For more information, call Bass Pro Shop at (248) 209-4200 and ask for Shannon Meek.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
Grosse Pointe Shores — The 22nd annual “Mutt March” will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road. Several course lengths up to five miles are available and include break areas and refreshments along the way. Walkers who raise $150 or more will receive an event t-shirt and those raising $300 or more will receive a custom set of Michigan Humane Society water bottles, including one for you and one for your pet. All canine walkers will also get a Mutt March bandana. Proceeds benefit the Michigan Humane Society. Get more information and set up a personalized fundraising page online at www.michiganhumane.org/march.
TUESDAY, JUNE 15
Metro Detroit — Photos are due for any pet owners looking to get their dog or cat in the Michigan Humane Society’s 2011 pet calendar. Cost is $20 per entry, dogs and cats wearing collars and ID tags and cats photographed indoors will receive the best consideration. Photos must be in color, contain only animals and be no larger than four inches by six inches. Other guidelines and restrictions can be found at www.michiganhumane.org. Mail entries by June 15 to Michigan Humane Society, 2011 Pet Calendar, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
SATURDAY, JULY 24
Auburn Hills — The 9th annual “Pet-A-Palooza” will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. The largest adoption event in the state and one of the largest in the whole country, Pet-A-Palooza will feature entertainment, contests and on-site vendors. Businesses can contact Marie Skladd at (586) 914-1623 and rescue groups can contact Joe Sowerby at (586) 469-8888. Go online to www.michpetapalooza.com.