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19 Things to Do with Your Pet This Summer and Fall

Have fun with your buddy at these pet-friendly affairs—including a peanut-butter-licking contest (yes, really).

A dog and his owner play at the beach.   Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Night


Make like Picasso with instruction from Art Institute of Chicago grad Ian Sherwin at Sit Social. Dogs can hang out in the lounge during class. sitinchicago.com

Guided Meditation

Twice monthly

Lower your Larry David–esque dog’s blood pressure with a little therapeutic focus at Shear Paradise Pet Salon & Spa in Mundelein. shearparadisepetsalon.com

Scott Smith’s All Animal Expo

Twice monthly

Wondering where to find gourmet roach food? This Noah’s ark of events at the DuPage County Fairgrounds has you covered. allanimalexpo.com

Pet Fest at West Fest

July 8 to 10

Send your pup through an obstacle course, then for some primping from a mobile groomer at this event-within-an-event at West Town’s annual street fair. westfestchicago.com

PAWS Chicago Beach Party

July 14

Spa services for your pet, beachfront cocktails for you at Castaways—all to raise money for the no-kill shelter. pawschicago.org

Spa Di Da Day

July 16

Why should pooches get all the pampering? Rabbits, cats, and guinea pigs can get massages and nail trims at this Red Door Animal Shelter event. reddoorshelter.org

Clear the Shelters

July 23

Pounds throughout the city and suburbs will waive adoption fees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help ease overcrowding. cleartheshelters.com

Windy City Pet Expo

July 23 to 24

At this megaevent in Schaumburg, get preventive heartworm treatments for your dog and enter him in a costume contest, all under one roof. windycitypetexpo.com

PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run for Their Lives

July 24

The only personal records being set at this pet-friendly Montrose Harbor trot are for number of pee breaks. pawschicago.org

Canine Carnival

August 4

At this festival in Palatine, artistic pooches can express themselves through paw-print painting, while intellectual ones can play games of skill. palatineparks.org

Pet Psychic Fair

August 7

For $20 and a little bit of your dignity, a clairvoyant will read your animal’s mind, based on a photo of it, at this Harmony House for Cats fundraiser. hhforcats.org

Chosen Man’s Best Friend and Factor Felines

August 11

The audience will drool over the models at this Anti-Cruelty Society fundraiser; the adoptable pets will just plain drool. anticruelty.org

Tails on the Trails

September 10

The Morton Arboretum opens its 16 miles of trails to dogs during this event, which also includes an agility course and—four magic words—peanut-butter-licking contest. mortonarb.org

Bark at the Park

September 13

Watch baseball with Rover at U.S. Cellular Field’s annual event, which celebrates pups with a pregame parade—and then relegates them to the outfield bleachers. whitesox.com

Dogtec Dog Walking Academy

September 16 to 18

Learn what it takes to be a professional pooch wrangler at this three-day seminar. (Note: You better be serious—it costs $850.) dogtec.org

Puppy Mill Awareness Day Walk

September 18

Put on your activist hat and march down Michigan Avenue in support of abusively bred dogs. thepuppymillproject.org

Puppy Party

October 1

Ever wanted to let a strange dog lick your face? Hinsdale Humane Society will have a kissing booth, among other, uh, treats, at its adoption event. hinsdalehumanesociety.org

Spooky Pooch Parade

October 29

Dress your mutt in his Halloween finest for this spectacle (with prizes!) at the Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball

November 18

Talk about dogs having their day: This fundraiser at the Drake Hotel includes a buffet for pups as well as a spa with canine massages. pawschicago.org


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