Lots of dog-friendly happenings coming up, plus a TV special that may be worth the watch.
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.
Lake Orion — The “Dog Days of August” event will start at 10 a.m. in the village’s downtown. Vendor booths and registration tables will open at 10 a.m., a blessing of the dogs is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and the doggie parade will be at 11 a.m. Wiener Dog Races will begin at 11:30 a.m., a doggie fashion show will be at noon, more dog-related contests will take place at 12:30 p.m. and the doggie mayor drawing will be at 1:30 p.m. Call 248-425-2003.
Auburn Hills — Get a low cost, professional photo of your pet while also helping the Michigan Humane Society at the ‘Dog Daze’ event happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nicole Rollin Photography, 63 S. Squirrel Road. Participants will receive a 15-minute photo session and a 5x7 print for $30, with half the price being donated to MHS. Appointments are required. Call 248-275-1517.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10 through THURSDAY, AUGUST 12
Waterford Twp. — A spay and neuter clinic for low-income pet owners will be hosted by All About Animals. The procedures, completed by Michigan State University instructors and students, will cost $20 and are available by appointment only. Pet owners must show proof that he or she is on some sort of state assistance. Call 248-212-0781.
MONDAY, AUGUST 16
Television program — I usually stick to events only for this calendar, but I’m interested in watching this show so I thought I’d let all of you know about it too. At 10 p.m., Animal Planet will host “Animal Planet Investigates: Gang Dogs.” The show is an investigative look at how gangs continually corrupt their canine comrades to fit into their abusive culture and promote their way of life. I imagine it will be an eye-opening show. Animal Planet might be sending me some video clips from the show and if they do, I’ll be sure to post them.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31
Northville — The “Pints & Pups” fundraiser to benefit The Detroit Bulldog Rescue will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at Poole’s Tavern. Tickets cost $10 at the door and the event is dog-friendly and open to all breeds, as well as people who do not have dogs. Dogs must be leashed and socialized. A silent auction and Bully Bakesale featuring chef-prepared wheat-free dog treats will be available, as will a variety of fun games. Call 248-739-9199.