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Dog Days Datebook

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Big Heart Month at SPCA
Thru August
    August is Big Heart Month at SPCA, where a heart on the cage indicates a special furry friend — with some medical or behavioral problem — who is waiting to be adopted at no cost to you. The adoption of these special needs pets is made possible by an anonymous donor in loving memory of Michael and Anne March.
    The shelter has also recently added 10 dogs — rescued from a hoarder in Arkansas — in need of happy homes.
     410-268-4388; www.aacspca.org


Dog Days at CalvART
Thru August
    Dog Days have come to CalvART Gallery, a permanent exhibit space for artists from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. All month long, see artists’ portrayals of cats and dogs. Purchases benefit Calvert Animal Welfare League.
     W-Su 11am-5pm, CalvArt Gallery, Prince Frederick: 410-535-9252; www.calvartgallery.org


Ben’s Auction and Parties
Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 30
    Paws Bet Boutique isn’t satisfied with the $35,000 it’s already raised for animal charities. So Ben’s Auction returns to bring in more, specifically to benefit the Animal Legal Defense League. Ben’s Fabulous Auction kicks off August 22 with a party at Niland & Company jewelers on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis. Well-behaved pups get treats; refreshments are served to humans. You’ll get a preview of auction items, including jewelry contributed by Niland, with a portion of all purchases benefitting the League (6-8pm).    
    Ben, the project’s mascot, is a rescued Jack Russell terrier who works at Paws.
    Friday August 30, Paws sponsors Canines and Cocktails (5:30-7:30pm), where you and you animal companion enjoy drinks, snacks and treats at Loew’s Annapolis Hotel’s West Kitchen & Tavern, Annapolis.
     410-263-8683; www.pawspetboutique.com


Bark for Art
Saturday, August 24
    You and your dog make arts and crafts for fun and for the art show Labor Day weekend. Your $5 donation benefits Calvert Animal Welfare League.
     All day, Dunkirk Petvalu: 410-286-2689


Yard Sale for Pets in Need
Saturday, August 24
    Browse wares and buy baked goodies and raffle tickets to benefit the Louise Hirsch Memorial Fund to help pets in need.
     8am-1pm at Chesapeake Animal Clinic, Owings: 301-855-5166; clientcare@chesapeakeanimalclinic.com


PAWS Kitten Mania
Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25
    Cats of all ages do their best to win your heart and share your home.
    PAWS cats are regularly adoptable at Petco in both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties.
     Sa 3-7pm; Su 10am-4pm, Prince Frederick Petco.
      Mary Baldwin: 410-474-0095


SPCA Puppy Plunge
Sunday, August 25
    Returning after last year’s big inaugural splash is SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s Puppy Plunge, when two- and four-legged plungers alike rush into the South River at Camp Letts. On the human side, the family-friendly festival includes canoeing, a moon bounce, Lego craft tables, volleyball, a bazaar of animal-related wares and live music from Them Eastport Oyster Boys — plus, of course, good things to eat.
    Dogs have opportunities, too. Pups have their pick of two beaches for the plunge: Muscle Beach for bigger breeds and Petite Beach for smaller dogs. Pups strut in the spotlight for Plunge’s two contests: Best in Bikini and Ugliest Dog.
    All ages welcome, with dogs or without, on this day of unleashed fun in support of Anne Arundel’s independent SPCA, who help us keep our animal relationships good and fair.
     Noon-4pm, Camp Letts, Edgewater. $5: 410-268-4388 x142; www.aacspca.org


Pets On Wheels
Wednesday, August 28
    Eat at Ruby Tuesday to support Southern Maryland Pets on Wheels. As a not-for-profit volunteer organization, Pets On Wheels survives on fundraisers such as this.
    Organized by Lisa Norwood out of Dunkirk, Southern Maryland Pets On Wheels sends pet-people teams to nursing homes and other assisted-living centers to shower with affection people unresponsive to other enrichments.
    Go to the Pets On Wheels Facebook page and print the flyer to ensure that 20 percent of your check goes to Pets On Wheels.
     443-975-9204; www.petsonwheels.org; www.facebook.com/petsonwheelsinc


Truxtun’s Annual Dog Swim
Tuesday, September 3
    All summer long the City of Annapolis’ public pool invites people to get cool in the pool, whether they are swimming freestyle or doggy-paddle. The last day of the season, the pool is open for dogs. Owners join the swim or take in the amusing sight.
4-7pm at Truxton Pool, Annapolis. $10 per dog:
     410-263-7928; http://bit.ly/1a9kfSO


Canines and Cocktails
Thru Saturday, September 7
    Ben’s Auction is rich with treasures — jewels, travel, luxuries, pet products and services — you’ll covet once you see them online at ALDF.dojiggy.com. Bid through
September 7.
    Ben’s Auction concludes with a Tail-End Party September 7 at Paws Pet Boutique in Annapolis, with last minute bidding and a portion of all purchases benefitting the Animal Legal Defense League (6-8pm).    
     410-263-8683; www.pawspetboutique.com


Adopt-a-Thon
Saturday, September 14
    Do one-stop shopping for your next pet at Anne Arundel County Animal Control Shelter in Millersville. The Adopt-a-Thon combines the joy of adopting a furry friend with all the fun of a carnival. Food, live music and exotic display of birds, snakes and other not-so-furry friends make the Adopt-a-Thon fun for kids and adults. Adoptions, of course, make new homes possible for rescued animals.
    Anne Arundel County Animal Control Shelter collects and accepts stray and relinquished animals. Animals not redeemed are placed for adoption after five days. Creatures of many species — from birds to rabbits as well as cats and dogs — need homes. Rabies vaccinations ($5) and microchipping ($20) are done Thursdays 1-3pm.
    Donations and volunteers always needed.
    Adopt-a-Thon 10am-6pm. Anne Arundel County Animal Control Shelter, Millersville: 410-222-8900; www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol


Pet Day 5K
Saturday, September 14
    You, your family and leased dogs enjoy morning exercise while benefiting Calvert Human Society at Pet Day 5K Run/Walk. The Pet Day 5K is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Running Club. Course winds along the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay.    Adoptable pets will be on hand.
Registration 7:30-8:30am, Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Solomons. Run/walk starts 8:30. Age 13+ $25, 6-12 $20, under 6 free. www.active.com.
    Calvert Human Society, an all-volunteer organization, rescues homeless animals and boards them on their way to homes. Fishing Creek Kennel helps support the mission. Volunteers and donations always welcome.
     Adoptions Saturdays 11am-2pm and Sundays noon-3pm at the Kennel, and 1:30-3:30pm at PetSmart, Dunkirk.
     Fishing Creek Kennel, 2210 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland: 410-257-4908; www.humanesocietyofcalvertcounty.org


Live on the Farm Benefit Concert
Friday, September 27
    The 13th annual Live on the Farm Benefit Concert helps fund Maryland Therapeutic Riding’s mission as a safe place where people with disabilities can gain self confidence and have fun while riding and spending time with horses.
    Headlining is Grammy-award winner Ricky Skaggs, with local favorites and long-time benefactors The Hard Travelers opening. As well as music, enjoy food and spirits, demonstrations by a therapeutic rider and silent and live auctions. Barn doors open at 5:30pm; music starts at 7:30pm: $65 general admission; $125 VIP w/reserved seating and artists’ reception.
     410-923-6800; www.mtrinc.org


Tiki Bar Family Pet Days
Sunday, October 20
    As many as 2,000 dogs and “probably twice as many people” gather at Solomons Tiki Bar October 20 (1-5pm) to get silly in honor of interspecies connections, according to Jean Radeackar of Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, which benefits from the fun. In honor of Halloween, many creatures come in costume for one of a series of friendly competitions, also including owner-pet look alike, best-trick and pie-eating contests. In the latter, both dogs and humans set into pies, pudding and whipped cream for humans, chicken and rice for dogs, who often finish first, then help out their humans. All ages and species welcome.
     PAWS: 410-326-1616; mdpawspet.org