Well-behaved dogs are welcome at most outdoors festivals, on many patios with water bowls and inside many parks.
But what's in it for them? Leftover Taste of Buffalo scraps (hopefully) and being marveled at and baby-talked to by strangers.
At the following dog-related events in June, dogs aren't an afterthought. The vendors cater to them (and you, with beer and wine). They can have their portrait taken or jump in the photo booth alongside their best friend. At one event, they can even participate in an obstacle course, or show off their tricks.
5:30 to 8 p.m. June 5 at the SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca
As one of the SPCA's annual fundraisers, the animal rescue charity gathers restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and pet supply vendors together for an evening of drinking, shopping and inevitable barking. (This might be your chance to take a photo booth picture with your dog.) Tickets cost $40 in advance, $50 at the door and $75 for VIP, which includes beer, wine and food samples, early admission and complimentary gifts.
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11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 at Daisy's Doghouse, 1448 Hertel Ave.
Hertel Avenue seems to be the new spot to crawl. Crawl between ice cream shops. Hop between cocktail bars or dive bars. Jump from one antique shop to another. And now, bring your dog.
Presented by Daisy's Doghouse and the Hertel Business Association, the North Buffalo walk will feature the presence of several rescue groups, so mingle with new four-legged friends and shop for a few treats, then walk Hertel to bask in the sun on dog-friendly patios, such as at Lloyd Taco Factory.
Noon to 6 p.m. June 8 at Lockhouse Distillery & Bar, 41 Columbia St.
When it comes to dog-owner dates, options beyond the park and sidewalks are scarce. Trendy liquor distilleries don't often make the itinerary. But for a $5 cover (for the dog, not you) bring your furry companion to Lockhouse. Get their portrait done. Shop dog-related vendors, such as Buffalo Barkery.
Casa Azul will have a truck on-site, so balance a taco in one hand, a fancy vodka cocktail in the other, and the leash between. Proceeds benefit the City of Buffalo animal shelter's Train-A-Bull program. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Noon to 4 p.m. June 9 at Mang Park, 425 Mang Ave., Kenmore
Expect food and vendors, but what makes this event stick out from the litter is its competitive dog sports. Last year, guests competed for funniest dog joke, ("Did you hear about the movie with the dachshund in it? It was an Oscar wiener," won last year's competition, Thomas J. Prohaska reported.), the most lookalike pair of dog and owner and in an obstacle course, though that is for dogs only.