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Barkitecture — a cornucopia of delightful designer doghouses — is coming to an end at Norfolk Botanical Garden this month. That means you have one week left to view, vote, and bid on these awesome abodes.

Check out a small sampling of the doghouses I saw recently (and see if you can guess my favorite!)  — Jen

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From our inbox to yours:

White dog in garden

Photo by Yuliya Strizhkina (Cartier) from Pexels

WE LISTENED! 
By overwhelming demand, Norfolk Botanical Garden is extending SUNDAY DOG DAYS – all year!

EVERY SUNDAY!

EXPLORE THE GARDEN WITH YOUR CANINE BEST FRIEND.

MEMBERS AND MEMBERS’ DOGS ARE FREE
NOT-YET-MEMBERS’ DOGS: $5 (HUMAN ADMISSION APPLIES)
– BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.

YOUR DOG MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES.

Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.
Dogs are not permitted on Trams or Boats.

Fresh water is available throughout the Garden. Look for indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and bottle fill stations.

Forgot your bowl? Try our gift shop, and from March – October visit the Marigold & Honey Cafe terrace where your dog can enjoy a drink.

THOUGH DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING MILLION BULB WALK, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOG TO BARKS & BULBS – COMING UP JAN. 3 & 4.

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October is chock-full of dog-friendly events in Hampton Roads. We’ve listed Pet Blessings already — now get ready for fun runs, costume contests, adoption events, and more!

French bulldog smiling

Hey! Let’s hit the road and have some fun this month! [Photo by Pixabay via Pexels]

Barktoberfest 2019 at Mill Point Park in Hampton 
Saturday, October 12, 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Details here

Pets and Pumpkins Fall Festival at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery in Hampton
Saturday, October 12, 1 PM – 5 PM
Details here

Barks and Brews at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk
Sunday, October 13, noon – 6 PM
Details here

Canine Carnival at Quarterpath Park in Williamsburg
Sunday, October 13, 1 PM – 4 PM
Details here

Pawchella at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach –
Pet costume contest during MALLoween on the BOOlvd
Saturday, October 19, 11 AM – 2 PM
Details here

Pet Day at the Buckroe Market in Hampton
Saturday, October 19, 9 AM – 3 PM
Details here

Mutt Masquerade 5K at 24th St. Park in Virginia Beach
Sunday, October 27, 9 AM – noon
Details here

Is your pet ready to socialize? Contact Us to find out if he or she is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Every effort has been made to accurately list dates, times, and locations for events, but be sure to check for any changes for your preferred event, especially in case of inclement weather.

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Pet Blessings taking place at area churches in October 2019

Each year in October, Christian churches in Norfolk and beyond celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by blessing your pets. Don’t miss out: choose a church, click the link, and go!

Friday, October 4

*St. Benedict’s Parish (Ch) http://www.stbenedictsparish.org
Blessing of the Animals at 6 PM

Saturday, October 5

*Christ the King Catholic Church (N) http://christthekingnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing at 9 – 9:30 AM in CTK School parking lot. Donations of pet food for the Norfolk SPCA are greatly appreciated.

*Hidenwood Presbyterian (NN) https://hidenwood.org/
Pet Blessing at 10 AM, outdoors. Please have pets on a leash or in a crate. Exotic and unique pets welcome! Donations of food and money will go to the Peninsula SPCA.

*St. Mary Catholic Church (Ch) http://www.clusterparishes.com/
Pet Blessing Service at 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 6

*St. Andrews Episcopal Church  (NN) http://www.standrews-episcopal.org/upcoming_events
October 6, 1:00 p.m. at the River Road entrance to the church
Join us for this wonderful annual tradition honoring St. Francis’ Day. Bring your animal companion for a special blessing. For everyone’s safety and comfort, please have dogs on leash and cats (and other small critters) in carriers.

*Wycliffe Presbyterian (VB) http://wycliffepresbyterian.org
Bring your pets to this special afternoon service at 4 pm on October 6th. Donations of animal toys, food or other pet-friendly items are welcome and will be taken to an animal shelter. VB Dog Obedience School will demonstrate training for dogs in a variety of situations including protecting, bomb sniffing & military training. Seeing is believing! Rain date: Oct 13

(All animals must be on a leash or in a secure carrier.)

*Emmanuel Episcopal Church (VB) http://beta.emmanuelvb.com
Pet Blessing 3 PM, Side Yard

*Episcopal Church of the Ascension (N) https://ascension-norfolk.org/
Blessing of animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:00 AM
Event will be held outside

*Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (N) http://goodshepherdnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:15 AM in the church

Bonus: Click here for a classic post with prayers for pets!

We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for the event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

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Service dogs are life-savers for the people who depend on them.

Woman and dog seated at table

Can you train a dog to change someone’s life?
[Photo by Cottonbro via Pexels]

Have you ever wondered where guide dogs and service dogs come from? The answer is: homes like yours!

Before heading off to their new job of assisting people with disabilities ranging from impaired vision to autism to physical limitations, puppies must be extensively trained and socialized. People just like you raise these pups with professional guidance from organizations such as Leader Dogs for the Blind and Service Dogs of Virginia.

Trainers take on this task expecting a bittersweet ending: saying “good-bye” to the graduate pup, but knowing that it will make a difference in someone’s life.

If you are interested in raising and training a pup for an assistance organization – even if you already have a pet of your own – click the links above. You can learn more about where to acquire a pup, who pays the vet bills, and even fill out an application online.

Canine Companions for Independence has been providing assistance dogs, free of charge, to people in need since 1975. CCI assistance dogs help disabled people live more independently — in a sense, acting as the person’s extra set of hands.

The assistance dogs are trained to retrieve items, turn lights on and off, open doors, shut drawers, help with clothing, and more. CCI dogs can also be trained to help the non-hearing, assist disabled veterans, and work in healthcare or education facilities.

[CCI dogs are not trained for health/medical alerting, guiding the blind, etc. More information can be found on the FAQ page.]

You may not ever need a CCI assistance dog, but if you’d like to be involved with their program, check out www.cci.org/GiveADogAJob. You’ll find options for donating funds, raising a puppy, and participating in Dog Fest Walk’N Roll.

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There are so many things going on in September that we can’t fit them all on our Facebook header.

Here’s the list, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association:

September is…

*Catalyst Council’s Happy Cat Month
*Animal Pain Awareness Month ​

*National Disaster Preparedness Month
*Pet Sitter Education Month
*National Food Safety Education Month
*National Service Dog Month
*Responsible Dog Ownership Month

National Iguana Awareness Day
September 8

National Pet Memorial Day
September 8
Second Sunday in September

National Teach Ag Day
September 19

National Elephant Appreciation Day
September 22

National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
September 22-28
Last full week of September starting with a Sunday

Sea Otter Awareness Week
September 22-28
Last full week of September starting with a Sunday

National Farm Safety & Health Week
TBA

World Rabies Day
September 28​

Which event is most important to you?

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Join Canine Training Unlimited for a special painting event to benefit Saver of Souls Pet Rescue’s medical fund.

WHEN: September 8th, 12 – 4 PM
WHERE: 873 Clearfield Ave., Chesapeake
COST: $15-25 per craft

Link: Saver of Souls Pet Rescue  (S.O.S.)

Details below:

Charity event flyer

Come paint for a good cause!

Dr. Miele’s reminder:  When socializing your dog or cat with other pets, please be sure your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations and heartworm preventative.

Not sure if your pet is up-to-date? Contact Us to find out.

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Note: Dr. Miele and Little Creek Veterinary Clinic are not associated with this event. Please direct all questions to S.O.S. at the link above.

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