Dog Days — lots of events coming up
SUNDAYS THROUGHOUT JULY
Holly Twp. and Fenton — As part of its 3rd annual pet appreciation month, Dynamic Works Photography of Holly will offer free photo sessions for pets at Fenton Park, 311 S. Leroy Street in Fenton, and at Holly State Park, 8100 Grange Hall Road in Holly, in exchange for donations of kitten food. Kim Wieas, photographer, will be alternating between the two parks and requires participants to call 248-634-2747 to make appointments. Participants will get a free 30-minute photo session valued at $100 as well as a 5x7 wall portrait and online viewing of photos. All pet food donations are appreciated, but kitten food is especially needed. All donations benefit the Michigan Humane Society.
SATURDAY, JULY 3
Orion Twp. — Celebrate the Fourth of July with your dog during “Patriotic Pooches” from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Orion Oaks Dog Park located on Joslyn Road just south of Clarkston Road. Prizes will be awarded for the most patriotic dressed pooch and the best-themed dog and owner team attire. Canine carnival games, giveaways and contests will be available. No pre-registration is required but a daily county parks pass or 2010 vehicle permit is required.
Watch video from my visit to Orion Oaks today, July 1:
TUESDAY, JULY 6
Madison Heights — Oakland County Parks and Recreation opens its third dog park, Red Oaks. The 5.2-acre park is adjacent to Red Oaks Waterpark and located at 31353 Dequindre Road.
FRIDAY, JULY 9
Highland Twp. — A fundraiser to benefit the Michigan Humane Society will be from 5 to 11 p.m. at 59 West’s Billiard Hall, 786 W. Highland Road. While pets are not welcome at the event, 10 percent of the night’s food sales will be donated to MHS. A silent auction will be from 9 to 10 p.m. and DJ Uncle Buck from 94.7 WCSX will be playing music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Donations of pet food, particularly kitten food, will be accepted throughout the day at 59 West. The event is sponsored by Dynamic Works Photography.
SATURDAY, JULY 17
Addison Twp. — Join Oakland County Parks and Recreation for the “Animal Talk Pet Parade” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road.
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.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
Orion Twp. — Celebrate 10 years of Oakland County dog parks at “Yappy Birthday” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orion Oaks Dog Park, located on Joslyn Road just south of Clarkston Road. Oakland County Parks and Recreation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of opening the park, its first dog park, with a variety of vendors and activities for dogs and their owners.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
Farmington Hills — The 5th annual “Bowl-4-Animal Rescue” will begin at 7 p.m. at Country Lanes, 30250 W. 9 Mile Road. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and includes three games, food and a shoe rental. Auctions, raffles, door prizes, music, karaoke and a cash bar will be available. Professional bowling champions Aleta Rzepecki-Sill and Michelle Mullen are hosting the event. The person with the most pledges wins a free bowling ball with a lesson. All proceeds will benefit Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter and the Michigan Animal Adoption Network. Tickets may be purchased by calling 248-615-9060 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.