Dog Friendly Summer Events in Vancouver

Growing up, I remember my mom giving me extra chores if I was to utter the phrase, “I’m bored…” and learned quickly to occupy myself with social events in order to avoid the responsibilities around the house! I wasn’t much of a bookworm, so finding out what was going on in the neighbourhood or with my circle of friends was crucial to avoid the dusting and the vacuuming, the tub scrubbing and the kitchen prep duties. Now as an adult, I can’t wait to finish the household chores so I can do the same! As my Uncle Darrell joked as he landed in Vancouver from his hometown of Charlotte, NC, “If you’re bored in this city, there’s somethin’ wrong with you!” And he’s right, we have endless opportunities to keep us entertained.

So which of these awesome things to do are pet-friendly? It’s not like we’re going to leave our favorite four legged friend at home in the overheated house or condo while we explore what Vancouver has to offer! Here’s a list of some dog friendly events coming up right in our backyard.

Tuesday July 23rd
Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park – Throughout the summer FreshAirCinema (The Outdoor Movie Company) will be partnering with various organizations across BC to offer FREE outdoor movie nights on massive 3 story inflatable movie screens! Today’s movie is The Breakfast Club.

Friday July 26th
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series – Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden every Friday night of July and August, 2013. Celebrate the Enchanted Evening’s 20th anniversary season with a range of musical performances including traditional Peking Opera, upcoming Jazz sensations, soulful Blues, and Afro Cuban rhythms! Tonight’s musical performance: Diane Lines Trio – American classics through the ages. Click here for ticket information.

Saturday July 27th
Celebration of Light Fireworks Celebration: (United Kingdom) – The most talked about event of the summer, the Celebration of Light is back for another year! The Vancouver summer favourite is back for its 22nd anniversary. For three nights the skies over English Bay light up in a musical pyrotechnic extravaganza.

Caribbean Days Festival – This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, Drawing tens of thousands of attendees, it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada.
Sunday July 28th
Food Cart Fest – Each week over 20 food carts will be complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, and kids’ activities. Food Cart Fest takes place every Sunday from 12pm-6pm at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, West 2nd Avenue.
Have fun in the sun and don’t forget to check out our other blogs regarding sun safety and how to spot when your dog is showing signs of sun stroke.

How to Keep Your dog Cool During a Vancouver Heat Wave

It’s not often that we hit 20 or 30 degree weather in Vancouver but when we do, most of us set out to the beach, the dog parks, the playground, the trails, the slurpee stores, you name it! If that means more time spent outdoors for your dog, more car rides, or more outings in general, then it’s wise to know the smarts on sunshine. All tips begin and end with water, water, water!

TIP #1 Never ever leave your dog in the hot car, the risk is harm or death. If you see a dog in a car on a hot day who you believe may be in trouble, call your local SPCA. Dogs don’t sweat! The car provides no way for a dog to release heat. It takes under 10 minutes for a car (even in the shade with cracked windows) to reach dangerous temperatures for dogs. Leave pets at home where they will be more comfortable, rather than in your car.

TIP #2 Learn how to spot an overheated dog. Keep an eye on his or her behaviour and watch for the following symptoms of heat stroke: excessive panting, salivation, anxious expression, lack of coordination, red lips and red tongue (may turn bluish), vomiting, collapse, even coma or death.

TIP #3 Prevent or treat heatstroke! Keep your pup hydrated (no ice, just cool water or ice cream), then bring him or her into the shade, pour cold water on your dog (start from the bottom up, feet, pads, stomach), and fan your dog to keep the coat from evaporating.

TIP #4 Avoid exercising your dog during the day, rather, exercise him or her in the morning or at night. It’s ok to decrease the intensity of exercise in higher temperatures. Carry a bottle of water on walks or strap it to your dog’s vest or bag so he or she feels a sense of purpose. An even better form of exercise in the heat is swimming! Let your dog paddle around in the ocean, the lake, the river or the pool.

TIP #5 Groom your dog to remove excess hair and undercoat. Be careful! Direct sun exposure can lead to burns if hair is too short or skin is exposed. Consult your grooming professional for expert advise.

TIP #6 Create a cool environment in the house or backyard even without A/C. Lay down a cool towel for your dog to lay on, offer a safe place for digging, or set up a kiddie pool. Try filling up an old milk jug with water and freeze overnight. Then leave it in the yard or house where your dog can cozy up to it for relief.

Again, the most important thing is to keep your dog hydrated, so make sure he or she can access the water bowl, which should be kept topped up with fresh cool water often. Enjoy the sunshine safely when you know your dog is happy and healthy!

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