Dog Fun in Indy: Events for July & August 2019

The Good Dog Hotel & Spa team is always on the lookout for fun things to do with dogs, while also benefitting other dogs. Guess what? We found some great events coming up in July and August where you can do both! It doesn’t get any better than that.

Whether you’re looking to get your sweat on, meet new people, adopt a dog or just have some family fun, we’ve got you covered.

And remember, as we head into the hottest months of summer, our Dog Daycare is a great (and cool) escape for your pup, where he or she can make friends, while also getting in some healthy exercise and play time. If you’ve never visited us before, come on in and we’ll give you a tour!

Cooper’s Fun Run

  • July 12, 5:45 – 7:30 am
  • Au Bon Pain, 28 Monument Circle, Indianapolis

For this month’s Cooper’s Fun Run, participants will run from Au Bon Pain on Monument Circle, and will benefit charity partner Joseph Maley Foundation. This is an all-ages and abilities event. Runners, walkers, dogs on leashes, kids and strollers are welcome. Suggested donations of $10 are accepted in lieu of a registration fee. A raffle drawing will be held after the event.

Dog Days of Summer Open House

  • July 17, 4-7 pm
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Airport

This community event supports the Human Society of Indianapolis and is at the brand-new Home2 Suites Indianapolis Airport. A minimum $1 donation will grant you full access to food, local beer and wine, festive games, and a chance to win a grand prize. Attendees will also get the opportunity to interact with several shelter dogs looking for their fur-ever homes. For a minimum $10 donation, you can even bring your own furry friend along.

2019 Day of the Dog

  • August 26
  • Virtual Race, Indianapolis

In honor of National Dog Day on August 26, celebrate with the third annual Day of the Dog: Run, Walk or Jog one mile, 5k, 10k, 13.1mi., or 26.2 mi. You can complete a chosen distance anytime in August for, or with, your favorite four-legged friend. With every registration, 15% will be donated to Freedom Service Dogs of America, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans and active duty military, and other adults. Their disabilities include autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You’ll receive a Day of the Dog Medal, plus an attached dog tag for your favorite four-legged friend.

Donuts & Downdog (Yoga with Rescue Dogs)

  • August 10, 2-4 p.m.
  • Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay, Indianapolis

Love deep breathing with a side of puppy breath, music and donuts? Snuggle an adoptable puppy while practicing yoga at the Irsay Family YMCA. Enjoy 45 minutes of beginners Vinyasa Flow Yoga with the adoptable dogs of Helping Paws Indy, a local foster-based rescue group. Session includes a selfie with a dog and donuts. A portion of this session fee goes to support Helping Paws Indy & the Irsay Family YMCA.

Corn Hole Classic 2019

  • August 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Leonard Park, Speedway

The inaugural Corn Hole Classic will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Wiffle Paws Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament. Proceeds will benefit Furever We Love Dog Rescue, a nonprofit that finds loving homes for dogs whose owners are at the end of their lives. Whether this will be a double-elimination or round-robin tourney will depend on the total number of teams entering. Entry fee is $20 per team. Refreshments will be provided, including drinks, cookies, watermelon, and hot dogs.

Harper’s Best of Mutts Show

  • September 21, Noon-2 p.m.
  • McCordsville

Harper’s Best of Mutts Show is an annual event full of puppies, beer, and good times. Proceeds benefit the PAWS Adoption Center in Hancock County. This year’s categories will be Best of Puppy, Waggiest Tail or Butt, Best Dog Shaming Sign, Most Obedient, and Best Dressed. Winners of these categories will be entered into the 2019 Best of Mutts. It’s $15 to register your dog for a category. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company will be hosting the event and will donate 20% of the day’s sales.

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