Dog days of summer: purrfect pet-friendly events

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Sundays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Puppies, Pasta and Bocce
The Milano Inn, 231 S. College Ave., Indianapolis
(317) 264-3585
Sundays are fundays at the Milano Inn in downtown Indianapolis. Bring Fido to dine and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to animal rescue. The event takes place on a large outdoor patio.

Saturday, July 14 from noon to 4 p.m.
Car Wash for Allen County SPCA
Boudoir Noir, 512 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne
Get summer's dust and grim off your car while helping area pets who need homes! All proceeds benefit the Allen County SPCA.

Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 11 p.m.
PAWS Chicago Beach Party
Castaways at North Ave Beach Boathouse 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Pre-registration $150 person; $50 pet
You and your pup can boogie on the beach with PAWS Chicago. The 10th Annual Beach Party fundraising event will be at Castaways and emceed by Lisa Dent from US99.5. Lounge by the beach drinking cool summer cocktails from an open bar while enjoying a beachy dinner buffet, silent and live auctions and live music by Spoken Four.

Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Windy City Pet Expo
Odeum Expo Center 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park
Free; pets welcome on a fixed lead with proof of vaccinations Description: Shop, learn, play and adopt. Learn about pet care; volunteerism; grooming; pet behavior and training; traveling with your pet; how you can make a difference; various types of pets/breeds; veterinarian FAQs and fun activities for you and your pet.

Sunday, July 29 & Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joliet Bird Fair & Sale
Knights of Columbus at 100 S 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet
$3 ages 9 and older
More than 30 unique vendors selling a variety of Avian products including: Handcrafted quality toys, bird seed and food play stands, cages, embroidered items, as well as bird related jewelry and leather items. The show will also offer a variety of experienced Breeders including sellers of African greys, quakers, conures, finches, parakeets, canaries, eclectus, love birds, cockatiels, English budgies, bourkes, parrotlets and others.

Clinical Aromatherapy for Pets and their People
My Best Friend's Therapy, 1445 N. Eagle St., Naperville
(630) 205-9355
Ongoing monthly introductions (two hours/various times) in the use of therapeutic grade essential oils and oil-enhanced supplements to balance, improve and maintain a healthier pet. Information is useful for humans too. Call (630) 205-9355 for times and dates.

Saturday, Aug. 4 & Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Scott Smith's All Animal Expo
DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton
$5 ages 11 and older
Animal educational programs, pets, pet supplies and more. Reptiles, birds, hedgehogs, ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and small livestock just to name a few.

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
"Bark in the Park" Kane County Cougars vs. Clinton Lumberkings
Kane County Cougars Baseball One Cougar Trail in Geneva
Tickets range from $8 to $12
Man's best friend is our best friend on Aug. 15 when dogs receive free admission on the lawn area. Take the field before the game for a dog parade. During the game, lucky pooches will win prizes in contests. Following the game, stick around and run the bases with your four-legged friend. A doggie restroom and water stations will be available inside the ballpark throughout the game as well.

Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Homewood's Dog Days of Summer
Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood
This event is hosted by the Community Relations Commission, who will welcome fest goers to the Village of Homewood's very own Block Party. There will be the same fun activities that are played at block parties, such as carnival games, face painting, balloon twist and summer fare from Homewood restaurants.

Sunday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rockin' For Rescue
The Silverado Grill 447 Spring Road, Elmhurst
$12 adults; $7 children. Proceeds benefit Great Lakes Lab Rescue
Grab your two-legged friends and come out for a great cause. This family friendly event features live music, food, prizes and a silent auction. Admission includes a meal from a special menu. Tickets are available for advance purchase at the website. All proceeds benefit Great Lakes Lab Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned labrador retrievers.

Sunday, Sept. 9
Allen County SPCA Cat Walk
Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne
Join this high-energy competition between very talented stylists from salons throughout the community. These salons have all donated their time to perform in this event to raise funds so desperately needed for homeless and defenseless cats and dogs in the care of the Allen County SPCA. Imagine makeup and hair reminiscent of a Broadway performance of the Lion King and music that brings the entire performance to life. Don't miss what will be the most talked about experience of the year!

Sunday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3rd Annual Walk for the Goose
The Windings Club House, Great Western Trail, 42W346 Retreat Court, St. Charles
(312) 280-0457
$25, includes t-shirt & lunch; children $15; scouts $10
Take your feet to the trail for 3 miles at the most meaningful ovarian cancer event! 3rd Annual Walk for the Goose. Friendly dogs welcome to walk.

Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. until race is complete
PAWS Chicago Run for Their Lives!
Montrose Harbor, along Lake Michigan, east of Montrose Harbor & Simonds intersection
(773) 843-4884
Adults $40; children under 12 $15
PAWS Chicago's 12th Annual Run for Their Lives 8k Run/4K Walk. If your pet cannot join you, bring a photo and a PAWS Chicago volunteer will make a button for you to wear. First through third place male and female 8K runners will each win $250, $100 and $50 respectively. Top three winners in each age group will also receive awards. Participants will receive a T-shirt and enjoy complimentary food, beverages and freebies at booths hosted by the sponsors. Prizes will be awarded to three winners of the Howl-o-ween costume contest, a dog and owner dress-up competition! The Canine Carnival will include an agility course hosted by K-9 University, pet massages, an animal communicator and more.