Fall is finally here, and now that the weather is so nice outside, why not take Fido out for a day of fun in Houston? In our first round-up, we suggested competition and agility training, amazing watering holes for dogs (like Millie Bush Dog Park), spa day at Rover Oaks Pet Resort (with blueberry facial), a new outfit from Funny Fur, and hanging out on the patio at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino.
A day of play at Camp Run-A-Mutt, named Best Doggie Daycare in this year's Best Of Houston®, will have your pup plumb tuckered out. It's cage-free, which means they can run, chase and leap to their heart's content, with water features, ramps and playground equipment for added stimulation. Don't feel bad if Buster doesn't want to come home at the end of the day; that's just his way of telling you he had a good time.
Camp Run-A-Mutt Houston Galleria, 5802 Southwest Freeway, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, with boarding pickup available noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 832-623-7133, camprunamutt.com/houston.
If you missed DOGA (yoga for dogs) at last weekend's DogPop Festival, don't worry, because you'll have another chance very soon. Carolina, founder of Yogaleena Studio & Boutique, says that she's planning another event for later this fall: perhaps a walk through one of our lush parks followed by another DOGA session. Carolina says Yogaleena publishes events at the beginning of each month on its website, and suggests signing up for her newsletter for updates on the next DOGA event.
Yogaleena, 2621 South Shepherd, Suite 230, open noon to 8:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 832-767-3843, yogaleenastudio.com.
Weekends are for relaxing, and where better than the tree-lined, dog-friendly back patio at Boheme? Every Saturday and Sunday, the bar does brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Sundays are extra-special, with a drag show from noon to 4 p.m. While sultry divas rock the runway, nosh on artisanal pizza, spicy breakfast fries, Creole shrimp and brioche custard French toast. Your dog will enjoy the lively action and cool shade, and it's a great time to sip on standards like mimosas and frozen mojitos, or experiment with one of Boheme's new fun drinks like the Double Dare, made with Lambrusco, Rosemary and lemon.
Boheme, 307 Fairview, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 713-529-1099, barboheme.com.
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If you've ever seen a dog tilt its head to better listen to music, you understand the importance of "pup culture." Take your dog out to enjoy some of the free music opportunities at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Discovery Green. Upcoming concerts at Miller include Houston Chamber Choir's Pops at the Park, featuring songs that harken back to the Route 66-era glory days of the American open road (October 29, 8 p.m.), and the technological sound and light spectacular, iLuminate (November 12, 7:30 p.m.). Over at Discovery Green, the Sundays in the Park offering includes a changing lineup of music, games and a craft beer cart from 2 to 4 p.m.
If you and your dog resemble each other, you might have a shot at winning the pet owner lookalike contest at the SPCA's iWalk for Animals event, in December. Other contests include best costume and best kisser (we're not sure about that one), and proceeds from the 5K Canine Caper and 1K Pup Strut help support SPCA's lifesaving programs and services.
iWalk for Animals runs from 8 to 11:30 a.m. December 3, with the 5K Canine Caper beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the 1K Pup Strut starting at 9:30 a.m. Houston SPCA's iWalk for Animals, Memorial Park, 7575 North Picnic Lane, 713-869-7722, HoustonSPCA.org. Free (donations accepted). Click here to register for the event.