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If you’ve been looking for a good reason to dress in a matching costume with your dog before Halloween — we’ve found just the thing for you: Barktoberfest Dog Walk & Festival, featuring a Pets & People costume contest! (Details below).

Barktoberfest

This dog friendly event is happening October 20, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mill Point Park (100 Eaton St.) in Hampton, VA. (Just a short trip across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel!)

Admission is $5, Dog Walk Registration – $20, Barktoberfest Package – $35.

Tickets Linkhttps://www.facebook.com/pspcabarktoberfest/

Bring Fido to this fur-tastic event hosted by the Peninsula SPCA. Help raise money for the adoption-guarantee shelter by showing your support and bringing out your special furry four-legged family friends.

Highlights include:
* Live music by Lost Soul Society, vendors, local animal rescue groups, and more! 
* Bow-Wow Beer Garden featuring breweries from Hampton, including Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Bull Island Brewing Company, The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery, The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, and The St. George Brewing Co. There will also be samplings of Dog Star Vodka from Blue Sky Distillery.
* Pets and people costume contest! Guests are encouraged to participate in a costume contest (two categories: pets only and pets & people) for great prizes.

Don’t miss the Dog Walk, the showcase event of the day; a fun walk that winds along the beautiful downtown Hampton waterfront! The money raised will benefit the animals of the Peninsula SPCA! The Peninsula SPCA is an Adoption Guarantee, or no-kill, shelter that relies completely on support from the local community to help us care for the homeless animals.

Other highlights of the day include the Dog Cake Walk, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, Demonstrations, Dog Yoga, and more.

Register in advance for beer tasting tickets and dog walk to receive your t-shirt and/or souvenir glass.

Prost!

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Looking for a listing of dog-friendly events in Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach?

Check out BringFido.com.

You can go straight to the Norfolk directory here:  https://www.bringfido.com/event/city/norfolk_va_us/, which lists events within a 20-mile radius of Norfolk, VA — or type your preferred region in the Search box.

From festivals to fun runs and fundraisers, and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Bonus: Bring Fido also lists pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, parks, and beaches. You’ll even find airline pet policies.

As always, be sure to check information found on the internet with the actual event planner or service provider, for accuracy, changes, and cancellations.

 

 

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Pet Blessings taking place at area churches in October 2018

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 get the details!

October 4

*St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church(VB) http://discovermass.com/church/st-gregory-the-great-virginia-beach-va/
Blessing of the Animals will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 5pm in the Pavilion at St. Gregory’s.

October 6

*Christ the King Catholic Church (N) http://christthekingnorfolk.org/calendar
Pet Blessing at 9 AM

*Church of the Holy Family (VB) https://www.holyfamilyvb.org/bulletins/20180930.pdf
On Saturday, October 6, there will be the Blessing of the Animals Service at 11:00 a.m. and a tour of our Church gardens.

*Hidenwood Presbyterian (NN) https://hidenwood.org/
Pet Blessing at 10 AM, outside

*St. Mary Catholic Church (Ch) http://www.clusterparishes.com/
Pet Blessing Service at 9:30 AM

October 7

*St. Andrews Episcopal Church  (NN) http://www.standrews-episcopal.org/upcoming_events
Pet Blessing at 1 p.m. at the River Road entrance to the church
Invite your friends and neighbors and bring any of God’s creatures, large or small.

*Wycliffe Presbyterian (VB) http://wycliffepresbyterian.org/e-news.php
Bring your pets to this special afternoon service at 4 pm on October 7. Please invite your friends and neighbors – spread the news! Donations of animal toys, food or other pet-friendly items are welcome and will be taken to an animal shelter.
(It is recommended that all animals be on a leash or in a secure carrier.)
Contact Bess Mann (496-2833) for more information. (Rain date: October 14)

*Emmanuel Episcopal Church (VB) http://beta.emmanuelvb.com/news-and-events/?month=2018-10
Pet Blessing 3 PM, Side Yard

*Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (N) http://goodshepherdnorfolk.org/CurrentAnnouncements
Pet Blessing 10:15 AM in the church


October 14

*Episcopal Church of the Ascension (N) https://ascension-norfolk.org/
Blessing of animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018 @11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Outside

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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Did you know — Hampton Roads art galleries are a wonderful source for finding artworks featuring pets and wildlife. [Check out this former exhibit selection of animals in art from the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach.]

The Suffolk Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit that features artworks of many different subjects — and as always, I’ve scouted some works featuring animals in art. There are more to see, though, so head out to the Suffolk Art Gallery before the show closes on October 19, 2018.

This slide show features just some of the works currently on view. Frames and artists’ names are not shown; colors may appear different in these photos than in actuality.

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Here’s your chance to attend an official Dog Show — for FREE!

I’ve been to Cat Shows and Bird Shows, but I’ve never been to a Dog Show. Have you? — Jen M.

AKC ALL BREED DOG SHOW – HAMPTON HARVEST CIRCUIT

September 15th -18th, 8 AM – 4 PM
Hampton Roads Convention Center

Langley Kennel Club and Virginia Beach Kennel Club will once again co-host their Annual 4-day AKC Sanctioned Dog Show. This year’s show will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center located adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum.

Come out and get up-close and personal with the dogs. Go behind the scenes and talk with the groomers, handlers and breeders. In addition to the Conformation Show, the North American Diving Dogs (NADD) will join us to add a splash of excitement.

You’ll enjoy shopping at the huge variety of dog-related vendors and take something home for your own Champion.

The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and admission and parking are FREE. Come experience the exciting world of an AKC Sanctioned All Breed Dog Show and help cheer your favorite breed to the coveted title of “Best in Show”!

Additional link:
Facebook:  Langley Kennel Club

Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

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End your summer vacation with a bang — or a growl, hoot, or roar — with these fun things to do at the Virginia Zoo:

Thursday, August 23rd: Cocktails & Conservation
Take your networking to the next level. Specifically, with cheetahs!Join the Virginia Zoo at Cocktails & Conservation for a night of education, drinks and socializing with the area’s top professionals. The special attraction of the night will be three 3-month old cheetah ambassadors making an appearance after a fascinating presentation from Mary Wykstra, Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, about the species in the wild and measures taken to protect their future.
GET TICKETS HERE

Saturday, August 25th: Bowling For Rhinos (at Pinboys in VB)
Come help us strike out extinction at Tidewater AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos! It will be a fun evening including bowling, a silent auction, door prizes and more! Bring your family and friends to this all ages event and contribute to international rhino conservation!
GET TICKETS HERE

Friday, August 31st: Zoovies Feat. “Zootopia”
Join the Zoo for a night the whole family will roar about! Bring the kiddos or your friends to Zoovies, an outdoor movie night at the Virginia Zoo. This month we feature Zootopia, a comedic animal tale that is fun for all ages.
GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018

Winners selected from a pool of 700,000 dog and cat monikers

BREA, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – – Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:

Dogs Cats
1. Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo 1. Pablo Purrcasso
2. Franklin Woofsevelt 2. Sir Pounce A Lot
3. Ruffy the Vampire Slayer 3. Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer
4. Vladimir Poochin 4. Edward Scissorpaws
5. Sir Lix A Lot 5. Sir Reginald Fluffybutt
6. Chauncey Von Poops a Lot 6. Princess Consuela Bananahammock
7. Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface 7. Bobcat the Builder
8. Lord Stanley the Pup 8. Colonel Puff Puff
9. Little Bunny Foo Foo 9. Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight
10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop 10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

 

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2018 Nationwide.

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