Last Sunday’s dreary weather didn’t stop the cutest four-legged partiers from joining the fun at Dog Day. The SPCA, an organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering, has held this “day for the dogs” for the last 33 years. This year, the event was held at City Park from 11am – 3pm.
The event kicked off with the pups taking a 1 mile strut around the Big Lake! Of course, there were also dog contests as part of the festivities crowing winners for best trick, best dressed and best look alike. Aside from the scheduled events, the grassy grounds were filled with vendors from local “dog friendly” businesses, day cares, vets and training organizations. Among the businesses was Muddy Mutts, a puppy palace located in Lakeview that facilitates owners coming in to bath their dogs providing tubs for the pups, shampoo, hair dryers – everything you would need to pamper your pet while scrubbing them clean!
Aside from the vendors for the pups, local restaurants were on hand with yummy food and some adult beverages such as the margaritas from the Velvet Cactus! To top it all off, there was a photo booth by Boogie Booth, face painting and an amazing band, Partly Cloudy, played making the day perfect for the pups and their people!
If you haven’t yet experienced this Dog Day, pay attention at this time next year. It’s a super fun day for all ages and all breeds. Adoptable dogs are also in attendance and rescue groups and shelters from all over New Orleans are present as well. So if you are in the market for a new best friend, this might just be the event that will save your life by saving the life of a fur baby. Come out and support a great organization and get some puppy kisses from the kissing booth!
Organizations, businesses, and people involved in making Dog Day a success are the following:
Camp Bow Wow New Orleans, Canal Street Veterinary Hospital, Canine Connection, Carrollton Veterinary Hospital, Craft Dat, Crescent City Classic 10K Race, Dog Day Retail Store, Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie, Jefferson Feed, Pet & Garden Center, Magazine Street Animal Clinic, Metairie Small Animal Hospital, Metairie Veterinary Ophthalmology Specialists, Muddy Mutts DIY Dog Wash & Pet Supplies, Natural Balance Pet Food, OxyNu Minerals, NO Fleas Market, Painted Paws Studio, pawTree, Pet Care Center, Pet Paradise Resort, Petcetera, Prytania Veterinary Hospital, Pupular, Inc., Silver Collar Boutique, VCA Causeway Animal Hospital
Big Wil & the Warden, Bratz Y’all, The Bulldog, Crêpes à la Cart, Dat’z Italian Authentic Wood-Fired Pizza, Dis & Dat
Gnarly Barley’s Catahoula Common , Southern Tier’s Special Ale, SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale, The Velvet Cactus Margaritas
Featured Non-Profits and Rescue Groups
Great Dane Club of Louisiana Rescue, Gulf Coast Italian Greyhound Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America Louisiana & Mississippi Chapter, Louisiana Boxer Rescue, Louisiana SPCA Off-Site Adoptions, New Orleans Bulldog Rescue, NOLA Lab Rescue,The Sula Foundation
The Day’s Entertainment
Band: Partly Cloudy, Zephyrs’ mascot Boudreaux, Face Painting by Meagababy Makeup, NOLA Barn Hunt Demos, Photo Booth by The Boogie Booth
Celebrity Emcees for the event
WDSU’s Randi Rousseau, WGNO’s Hank Allen
Celebrity Contest Judges!
Jeff Charleston, Saints Super Bowl Champion, Aaron Williamson, Celebrity Trainer, Margarita Bergen, Local Personality
J. Coller Ochsner, MD, The Joe W. & Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Bryan Subaru, Canine Connection, NO Fleas Market, The New Orleans Advocate, The Bulldog, The Velvet Cactus, Gnarly Barley, Southern Tier, Sweet Water Beer, Where Y’at Magazine, Demo Diva, Event Restroom, Event Rental, Pelican Events, Biz New Orleans, New Orleans Magazine, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, In the NOLA
Raffle Items donated by:
New Belgium Brewery, Canine Connection, Puppy Picasso by Ginny Fisher, Pinkberry, DamnDog, Maple Street Animal Clinic