It is the Holiday Season and I am looking forward to attending some pet friendly holiday events in Boston where my dog is welcome as well. During Halloween we attended some fantastic parades and benefits for not just the Boston dog world but other causes which deserve attention too.
This post will be continually updated as we become aware of more tree lighting ceremonies, pet photo shoots with Santa, Christmas parties and if I can find a Hanukkah party where dogs are invited or to benefit a dog related cause in Boston. Pass on what you know and we will help get the word out there. Now here is what is happening in Boston that dog owners might be interested in…
December 9-10 & 12-13; 9am-6pm, Homeless For The Holidays @ Angell Memorial
At the MSPCA Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain a Holiday Gift Sale for people and pets will be held to benefit homeless pets in Boston.
There will be gifts: Fabulous gifts for your four-legged friends including toys, collars, leashes, gourmet treats, furniture, accessories and more from Up County, Wagatha’s, Ann Clark Limited, Mountain Cat Trees and Mimi Green.
And Bake Sale: Baked goods including tarts, cakes, pies, cookies and more from some of Boston’s best-known bakeries, as well as homemade treats. Donations have been generously made by Canto 6, South End Buttery, Bread and Chocolate, Kickass Cupcakes, Petsi Pies, Yum Bunnies, Starlight Creatives, Lakota Bakeries, Panera Bread, and Vicki Lees.
Pet Photos with Santa: December 12-13th, 10am-6pm; Come to the MSPCA with your pet to get their picture taken with Santa! For a $20 donation you will receive a framed photo and an email with a digital image of the photo. Reservations are preferred but not required. To schedule an appointment with Santa please call 617-524-5690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 10th, Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll
Charles Street in Beacon Hill will be closed for a Holiday Stroll. At 7 pm on the corner of Charles Street and Mt. Vernon Street there will be a tree lighting ceremony. Just up Mt. Vernon at the Firehouse Santa will be listening for Christmas wishes from the children. Meanwhile on Charles Street strolling Carolers will set the holiday mood with song against the backdrop of horse drawn buggy rides. Refreshments will be served on Charles as well. This is a street event so you can expect retailers to stay open until at least 9 pm. You will find Four Preppy Paws a Beacon Hill staple for area dog lovers at 103 Charles Street.
December 11-18, Menorah Lighting on Boston Common
In celebration of Hanukkah there will be a Menorah Lighting on the Boston Common at Brewer Fountain. There will be entertainment either Friday evening or Saturday evening. I am having a tough time getting the correct details on this one. I am still working on it, f you know more than I please contact me and I will get this right. I am making mention of this as the Boston Common is a fantastic place to bring your dog.
Dec 12th, Holiday Stroll With “The Friends of the Charlestown Dog Parks”
Saturday morning at 9:30 am Charlestown dogs and there beloved owners 😉 will gather at Thompson Square for a Holiday Stroll at 10:00 am. This is a great opportunity to meet-up with others of one of Boston’s friendliest dog communities. This also might be a reason why Charlestown has great dog parks. Take a moment and learn more here.
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Paws & Claus 2009, December 5th & 6th
The Doggie Day Play Center in Boston’s South End is sponsoring a pet photo shoot with Santa Claus this Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. Framed Photos with be shot by La Muse Photography for a donation of $15 and proceeds will benefit “The Second Step”.
Doggie Day Pet Service
Doggie Day is also the sponsor of the Divas Unleashed Halloween Pet Parade we attended earlier this year, where we had a blast with our dog. The Paws and Claus 2009 Pet Photo Shoot will be held at their store across from the Animal Rescue League at 400 Tremont Street. Regardless this a a great dog boutique worth checking out.
La Muse Photography
Dana Berenson of La Muse Photography was at the main photographer at the Divas Pet Parade. She also took some great pictures of dogs and Santa at last year’s Paws & Clause event. This is a great opportunity to get a Christmas picture of your dog for decorating the house this year.
The Second Step
Domestic violence can be brutal cycle seemingly impossible to escape. Victims are usually paralyzed with fear in the belief that if caught trying to escape things can easily get worse. Often for those fortunate never to be in this situation it can be difficult to understand how one could not just walk away. The Second Step succeeds in the very difficult challenge of helping people out of impossible situations. This is an organization which deserves the support of others as they continually make an incredible difference in the lives of others.
Below are links so you can learn more about the groups and people who make up Paws & Claus 2009
SoWa Winter Lights 2009 on Thayer Street
I am a big fan of the very pet-friendly SoWa Sundays in the South End of Boston. The same group that puts together the SoWa Sundays weekends has created Winter Lights on Thayer Street which is another South End event running on the first three weekends of December. The hours are different on Friday than Saturday and Sunday.
- Friday Nights 4 pm -9 pm
- Sat & Sunday 11 am -6 pm
We went to Thayer Street on the first Friday night of the three weekends with our English Pointer. Thayer Street is home to many fantastic shops of art, antiques and artist lofts. In the spirit of the holiday shopping season all the shops were open with throngs of people milling about.
We thought the entire scene was very cool and look forward to going back “without our dog”. What makes Winter Lights on Thayer Street a great event is the string of open artist galleries and gathering of other people. Sadly we felt our dog was just too big to comfotably mix into this scene. Perhaps if Moose were a lapdog or a puppy in the need of socialization this would be a great place to go with your dog. Most of the shops are dog friendly but it was just a bit much for us to be comfortable on this night.
So we will take our dog out for a good run off leash and set him up with a big frozen marrow bone from the butcher while we go enjoy the open galleries and explore the shops on Thayer Street during the SoWa Winter Lights weekends. This is a great Boston event as expected but not for big dogs which is completely understandable.
Here is a link to our Quick list of Boston Dog Events, I will be adding most of these events to this post as well.