Florida: A Dog State of Mind.

There are so many events to cover, we decided to make a blog out of our favorite events. This weekend is one of the busiest of the whole year for #FloridaDogLovers. What better way to get it started than with the Key West Pet Masquerade, an event that’s been around since 1987? The Lower Keys Friends of Animals, Inc., a low cost spay/neuter non-profit, is the evening’s beneficiary.

Tomorrow/Thursday (October 24, 2019) in St. Pete, the SPCA Tampa Bay partners with Great Explorations Children’s Museum to unveil a new exhibit, #ForAllAnimals. The exhibit officially opens at 9:30 with the ribbon cutting at 10a.

Dog Bar St. Pete is gonna a be a doggone busy place, this weekend. On Friday, October 25, 2019, the 4th Annual Spooky Pooch Costume Paw-ty will benefit Maxx & Me Pet Rescue. The fun starts at 7p. Then, Saturday, Party for the Paws (which had to be cancelled last week due to weather) is back on at Dog Bar St. Pete, an annual benefit for Pet Pal Animal Shelter.

SATURDAY events: Madeira Beach Recreation along with Bark Life Doggie Day Care & Resort and THE NEW BARKER are co-hosting Wag-O-Ween from 10a-4p. There will be a dog costume contest, food trucks, live music, raffle prizes, and rescue groups. Proceeds will benefit the pet kennel at CASA St. Petersburg, a domestic violence shelter in Pinellas County.

Also on Saturday from noon-4p, community partners, including Pet Food Warehouse and THE NEW BARKER, will be hosting the 4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Fest & Parade at Green Bench Brewing Co. in St. Pete. There will be vendors, games, food, rescue groups, demonstrations and the famous Paw-rade Float & Costume Contest. Proceeds will benefit Humane Education Connection, a 501c3 non-profit that strives to reduce the abuse of children and animals through educational programs.

#OrlandoDogLovers will be up early on Saturday for the Franklin’s Friends Howl-O-Ween Walk-A-Thon & Canine Costume Contest at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry.

#CocoaBeachDogLovers, your fun is happening at Myrt Tharpe Square between 10:30a-1:30p. During the Howl-O-Ween Petacular, there will be prizes for the Best decorated wagon or stroller; Best dressed owner/pet combo. Best dressed large and small pet. Hosted by Tails at The Barkery, proceeds will benefit Mid Florida Sheltie Rescue and SPCA of Brevard Adoption Center.

#MiamiDogLovers, head on over to the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden between noon and 3p for the Pup Up Halloween Pawty. There will be a Costume Chic Puppy Parade and Best Dressed Contest. Bring your yoga mat and dogs for a 30 minute DOGA class. Take a tram ride and stroll the Garden with your dogs. Grab a swag bag on the way out which will include a complimentary copy of #TheNewBarkerDogMagazine

#JacksonvilleDogLovers – it’s time for Strut Your Mutt Jacksonville with Best Friends Animal Society, local area rescue groups and shelters including Clay Humane, Inc.

#GainesvilleDogLovers, the 38th Annual Dog Days Run, hosted by the University of Florida chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. The event includes a 5K race, one-mile fun run, raffle, contests – including a doggie costume contest. All proceeds go to Created Gainesville.

SUNDAY: What would October be for #TampaBayDogLovers without Woofstock 2019? The annual event pulls together the rescue community to present a day of fun including dog demos, live music, dog games, #CorgiRaces, raffle prizes, a very big Doggie Costume Contest and The Ohana Dog Show. Produced by TampaPets!org—No More Homeless Pets Hillsborough County. From 11a-3p at Original Carrollwood Park, 11430 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa. Don’t miss this one.

Also on Sunday, between 3p and 5p on the beautiful grounds at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, we’re co-hosting the 3rd Annual Howl O’ Woof. Humans and their dogs are encouraged to dress in costume for the occasion and trick-or-treat along the lakeside Sculpture Garden. Pet-centric vendors, including Pawsitively Pure Dog Food, will be on-paw for the fun.

Upcoming events looking for businesses and rescue groups to participate include: Barks, Bags N’ Brews – a benefit for Golden Ears Sanctuary and Dog Hospice, Tampa on November 2, 2019.

Doxapalooza in Lakeland, November 2. November 9 – the 10th Annual Tampa VegFest. The 16th Annual FurBall Gala for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is November 9 in Spring Hill. Le Marche Bohemien in Sarasota has booth space available for this artisans’ event on Saturday, November 9. Call Christine at 727.542.3000.

7th Annual Trinity Dog Days will be on November 16. Booth space is free for rescue groups and shelters wishing to participate. Call Annette at 727.809.2769.

Thanksgiving Day, join us for the 5th Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble. The New Barker is co-sponsoring the Dog Walk/Run. Register here as the capacity for dogs will be 150.

Author: THE NEW BARKER

Briefly, about The New Barker... In our 13th year of publishing original stories with award-winning photography. Reaching 30,000+ dog lovers in print each quarter. Each cover features an original work of art by a different Florida artist. Over the last 11 years, we have donated $200,000 in cash, product, media space and money to animal welfare organizations across Florida. 30 days after the magazine is distributed and mailed, the digital version is uploaded. The New Barker: Where to stay, play, dine, and just have fun in Florida with your dogs.