Dog About Town: Float with your pooch at water parks this weekend

Courtesy of Dallas Morning News

by Tatia Woldt

The doggy swim season, when area pools invite four-leggers in before they close, is continuing this weekend at two water parks. Both have sloped areas for easy access to the water. Dogs should be vaccinated and friendly, and we recommend that they wear a life jacket.

Paco’s Poochie Plunge at Bahama Beach: You and your pooch can float through the Calypso Cooler lazy river or splash on the beach at the water park’s annual party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Per city ordinance, all dogs must be spayed or neutered, and proof of rabies vaccination is required. 1895 Campfire Circle. $5 per dog, free for people. 214-671-0820.

Pooch Plunge in Rowlett: This annual fundraiser for Friends of Rowlett Animals at Wet Zone water park, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, includes swimming in the lagoons and lazy river, vendors, a raffle and food for sale. Must have proof of rabies vaccination (a tag will work).5304 Main St. $10 per dog, free for people.

Upcoming swim days:

Sept. 7: Wags and Waves at the Hawaiian Falls in Garland, Doggie Dive-Ins at Lewisville’s Sun Valley Aquatic Center and Grapevine’s Pleasant Glade PoolPaws in the Pool at Frisco Water Park, Dog Splash in Bedford, Doggie Dunk at the Keller Pointe Outdoor Pool and the Splish Splash Doggie Bash at Denton’s Civic Center Pool

Sept. 8: the Bow-Wow Luau at the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in The Colony, K-9 Kerplunk at Plano’s Oak Point Recreation Center and Doggie Splash Day at University Park’s Holmes Aquatic Center (University Park or HPISD residents only)

Sept. 28: Doggie Beach Bash at NRH2O in North Richland Hills

Also on the schedule

•Hollywood Feed will celebrate the opening of its 101st store, in Tulsa, Okla., at all its locations Saturday. The first 101 people will get 20 percent off their purchase, and the next 101 will receive a tennis ball. Find locations at

•The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Pups at the Meyerson will feature Dallas Animal Services’ available dogs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Betty Marcus Park adjacent to the Meyerson Symphony Center. Join them for pup-sicles and other refreshments and a chance to win tickets to an upcoming concert.

•Rainbow Vomit, an immersive art exhibit/photo op, invites doggos to join in on the fun during Pics & Paws this weekend. They must be leashed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, friendly and flea- and tick-free. Staff will help you take photos if you need it. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 3609 Parry Ave., across the street from Fair Park. $25 per human, $15 per child, $15 per dog, with 20% of proceeds going to the SPCA of Texas. Get tickets at

•Taste beers on several patios in downtown Plano from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday during the fifth annual Barks & Brews pup crawl. Check-in is at Fillmore Pub, 1004 E. 15th St., where you’ll get a map showing the stops, drink tickets and a souvenir. A party with food, drinks and a silent auction will follow at Hub Streat (also dog-friendly), 1212 14th St. Tickets — $35, with all proceeds going to Second Chance SPCA — are available at the shelter and through

•The Love Pit’s Summer Brew Tour will continue at Trinity Cider from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The lineup includes three beers for $20 (ask your bartender for the special), with $10 donated to TLP, and a raffle. Four-leggers are welcome in the outside areas, and some of the group’s dogs will be there. 2656 Main St., Suite 120.

•Brave Combo will headline Polka for Paws Sunday at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. in Denton. From 4 to 7 p.m. $15; proceeds will benefit seniors and their pets through Meals on Wheels of Denton County.

•More meet and greets (dogs welcome at all): The SPCA of Texas at Sunnyland Outdoor Living’s grand opening in Frisco from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … The Trinity Gap Club at the PetSmart in Euless from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. … Cowtown Boxer Rescue at the Hollywood Feed in Plano from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … Tails From the Heart Rescue at the Hollywood Feed in Allen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … Chihuahua Rescue & Transport at the Pet Supplies Plus in Plano from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … at the PetSmart in Garland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. … No Borders Bulldog Rescue at the Hollywood Feed in Little Elm from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday. … The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas at the Petcos in Grapevine from noon to 2 p.m. and Carrollton from 1 to 3 p.m., both on Saturday. … Good Shepherd Rescue at the Pet Supplies Plus store in Carrollton from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. … Rockwall Pets at the Rockwall Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and the Petco in Rockwall from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. … The Humane Society of North Texas at the PetSmart at Ridgmar in Fort Worth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

•Also dog-friendly this weekend: Laughs by the Lake in Irving on Friday; the Boho Market at the Hill, the Farmers Branch MarketHavana NRG’s Salsa Festival concert at Vitruvian Park in Addison and a screening of Space Jamat Klyde Warren Park, all on Saturday; and Panther Island Pavilion’s Sunday Funday.

•Mutts Canine Cantina will celebrate National Dog Day on Monday with adoptions, drink specials and $1 day passes and Doggie Dogs. From 3 to 10 p.m. at both locations: 2889 Cityplace W. Blvd. in Dallas, 214-377-8723, and 5317 Clearfork Main St. in Fort Worth, 817-377-0151.

Doggie Dogs and day passes will be $1 at Mutts on Monday.(Mutts Cainine Cantina)
Doggie Dogs and day passes will be $1 at Mutts on Monday.  (Mutts Cainine Cantina) 

•, the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, has created Dog’s Day Out guided walks in cities including Dallas to celebrate National Dog Day. They include a downloadable audio guide, video and Google Maps directions. See Dallas’, from Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum to the off-leash area in Klyde Warren Park, at

•You can meet Dallas Street Dog Advocates’ available dogs during Paws & Pints from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at aloft Plano. Dogs that are leashed, friendly and vaccinated are welcome. 6853 N. Dallas Parkway.

•Stanley Korshak’s annual Dog Days of Summer shopping party is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The pooch-friendly benefit for FIDO (Fashion Industry Dog Organization) will feature raffles, and you can meet dogs available through East Lake Pet Orphanage. 500 Crescent Court. Free admission. R.S.V.P.s to are requested. 214-871-3600.

•Speaking of Mutts: They have ice-filled pools for the pooches and $4 draft beer all day Wednesdays at both locations.

•Also dog-friendly Thursday: a screening of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedion Texas Lottery Plaza in Las Colinas.

Ears up

•Congrats to Tri-City Animal Shelter, which has received a grant of $200,000 from the Petco Foundation to renovate its old building on the current campus into a surgery suite and medical center. The new facility, which they hope will open in 2020, will provide veterinary care to over 7,000 animals each year. Donations to the project can be made at

•Pooches are also welcome at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery’s “Hot Dog” exhibit, a group show featuring photos of dogs that runs through Saturday. 154 Glass St., Suite 104. Free. 214-969-1852.

•Village Burger Bar is donating $1 to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for every Charlsie burger they sell. The dream burger of Charlsie Doan, a longtime patient at the hospital, features the chain’s signature beef chuck, brisket and tenderloin-blended patty topped with American cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, tomato and lettuce on a locally sourced brioche bun. It is available for $6.99 through August. The patios at their Uptown, West Village, North Dallas and Plano locations welcome four-leggers.

•Coming up (except pool parties, which are listed above): the Vintage R.U.N. on Aug. 31Strut Your Mutt at Cedar Creek Brewery in Seven Points on Sept. 7K-9 Chief on the Beat in Reverchon Park, Hot Cars and Hot Dogs in the Fort Worth Design District on Sept. 14; Carrollton’s Paws on the Squareand the Dig’N For Dogs volleyball tournament in Coppell on Sept. 21;Lewisville’s Western Days Sept. 27-28; Frisco Oktoberfest, the Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race & Oktoberfest and Fido Fest in Flower Mound on Sept. 28; Dog Dayz of Dallas in Deep Ellum, DogFest DFW in Irving and DFW Lab Rescue’s Run for Retrievers in Canyon Falls on Oct. 5Pit Bull Pride Day at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Bull-O-Ween at Premier Event Center in Lewisville and the McKinney Wine & Music Festival on Oct. 19.