Calgary is, for serious, Dog City. Our last census says we are 10 humans to every 1 doggo. If we have 1.266 million humans in Calgary, that’s… like… A LOT OF DOGGOS! No more was Calgary’s love for dogs more evident than this past weekend at Pet-A-Palooza 2018 in Eau Claire Market! Over 2 days, thousands of dogs and their human pals walked, sniffed, snacked, played, and (probably) peed in the sun over a lovely weekend.
Saturday and Sunday both started at 10 am with over 100 of Calgary’s best businesses mingling with dogs and their families. There was ice cream for dogs from Bon A-Pet-Treat and little pools everywhere for hot feet to cool down. The humans could get their snack on at some of our best food trucks Dumpling Hero, Family Dogs, Cookie Dough Stand, Family Freezed, and Family Squeezed.
Pet-A-Palooza is a huge fundraiser that goes down each year in different cities to raise money for the JLA (Just Love Animals) Society. Their mission being:
- To create a community of like-minded individuals to celebrate everything animal
- To host community events and bring local, ethical business together
- Bring awareness on animal welfare
- To educate and bring awareness to holistic care
- Rescue and rehabilitate dogs in need from across North America
Calgary’s Pet-A-Palooza 2018 was presented again this year by Calgary’s own Sleep Rover, with sponsorship from Poooh Busters, Nick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Sexy Beast Dating, and Cultured Canines Dog Training.
We want to stretch this out a little further because we cannot underscore enough how cherished these folks are. That they have ponied up their own dough to help make this happen is so awesome. We talk a lot about the economy and how hard things are for a lot of people, let alone charities and non-profits, it’s really a blessing to know that there are some out there who have the means and the generosity to help make great things happen.
Thanks so much to all of you for helping the JLA Society make this happen.
Going To The Races
Easily the most fun many dogs had this weekend was the dog races. No, we aren’t talking about THOSE dog races… no, no, no. Dog races at Pet-A-Palooza are a whole other breed!
You Did What With Your Wiener? – We had the wiener races pitting YYC’s speediest dachshunds in a mad dash for supremacy. One doggo even had his Flash costume on!
The Puppy Stampede – Probably the one race no one really cared who won. All racers were under six months old and, well, when they get going… there’s really only about four of them that really knew what to do. The rest chased each other while the humans cooed and awed at them.
The Running of the Bulls – would involve far less trampling and goring than the conventional running with the bulls. Two separate races were held, first for English Bulldogs and then for Frenchies. Much like the Puppy Stampede, we aren’t sure how many were that interested in who won… okay, well, other than the winner.
Because gift certificates, people! $500 in gift certificates to the winner!
Note: We are a small team and, due to technical difficulties, we couldn’t make it to Sunday’s Running of the Bulls. We would love to post some of your picks from the event if you wanted to help us out! Hit up our contact page!
Okay, maybe not.
The dogs competing in the West Central Water Dogs dock jumping competition are always a treat. Competitions were held all weekend if finals on Sunday. The competitive jumps were also split up so that some other doggos could try and see how far they could jump. We’re pretty sure some dogs probably ended up on that dog because their human wanted them to jump. Not every dog likes to get wet.
Those dogs that do, though, look out!
Lend a Helping Paw
The non-profit dog rescue and community service packs were out in full force this weekend as well. Many of Calgary’s adoption charities were working hard to provide fur-ever homes for some very deserving doggos. Justice For Bullies was on hand to inform all who don’t know about the folly of breed-specific legislation and how there is a better way. The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (Pads) and Pet Access League Society (PALS) were there to tell you all about the importance of service dogs and therapy dogs in our community.
Here’s a list of the non-profits that came to hang out this weekend. Maybe you want to give one of them a holler to see if you can help.
- Alberta Bulldog Rescue
- Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
- Albertans Against Puppy Mills
- Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society (ACTSS – see our write up)
- Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
- ARTS Senior Animal Rescue
- BC & Alberta Guide Dogs
- Boston Terrier Rescue Canada
- Calgary Humane Society
- Calgary Lowriders Dachshund Club
- Justice For Bullies
- Northwest Canadian Greyhound League NCGL.ca
- Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS)
- Pet Access League Society (PALS)
- Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation
- Pause 4 Change Rescue Foundation
- Underdogs Rescue
- Tails of the Misunderstood
- Weimaraner Association of Canada Rescue
- Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
That’s It for Another Year
We were so pumped to finally get down and cover Pet-A-Palooza. Even if we only got the one day. It’s too bad this happens only once a year! I, personally, refuse to believe there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. If by “good thing” you mean “puppies”.
If you happen to be in one of the other cities where Pet-A-Palooza West is rolling in – those being Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia and Scottsdale, Arizona – and you have never gone, think of this as your incentive.
Here are the dates to save you time for those shows.
August 26, 2018
August 18/19, 2018
November 17/18, 2018
For those of you that didn’t get out to Pet-A-Palooza Calgary this year, we are really hoping we convinced you to come check it out next year.
It really is where all the cool dogs go.
A Little Gallery!
Can’t Get Enough Doggos & Puppers?
We were going to leave a whole gallery up on this page but then we thought, hey, why not just let people go pick some pics at their leisure. If you see your pup, cool! Maybe give us a shout out if you post it on Instagram or Facebook? Did we miss you and your dog this year? Oh noes?! Much sad, very sorrow. Let’s meet up next year or at another doggy event in Calgary!