Forget the rain and snow — grab your pup and have fun at one of these March 2020 dog events or premieres. If you don’t see your dog event or premiere in our March 2020 dog event list, just email us your dog show information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Check the dog event website before going to the event in case it was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
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March 1, 2020: 26th Annual Mardi Paws Parade
This annual event has moved to Covington, Louisiana, this year and comes at the tail end of Mardi Gras season, the Sunday after Fat Tuesday. This year’s theme is “Beyond All Boundaries,” which celebrates the limitless exploration of sea, air and space. Dress you and your dog in everything from mermaids to astronauts. The parade will be led by actor Ian Somerhalder of the television shows “Lost” and “The Vampire Diaries, with proceeds from the parade to benefit both canines and kids through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF). Last year, more than 500 dogs participated, and there was an estimated crowd of 25,000 spectators. Get parade information at mardipaws.com.
March 13 and March 27, 2020: Premiere of The Dog Doc Documentary
The Dog Doc film poses a serious question about whether we are over medicating our pets and ourselves, combining touching stories of families with the hard science of integrative care. By casting an intimate lens over this unique world, The Dog Doc shows the healing powers of wellness, compassion and hope. The Dog Doc, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein, is a pioneer of integrative medicine, which combines conventional medicine with cutting-edge alternative treatments. Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein’s practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center in South Salem, NY provides holistic care for animals after other vets have given up hope. Directed by Cindy Meehl (Buck) the documentary hits New York theaters on March 13 and Los Angeles, CA theaters on March 27. Find out more details at the official website dogdocthefilm.com.
March 15, 2020: St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade with Doga
This fun event kicks off with Doga (yoga and dogs) and then prances right into the red carpet where a canine community panel will award trophies for best-dressed dogs. 100% of proceeds goes to SF-based Rocket Dog Rescue. Raffle prizes, an agility course and an animal communicator will be part of the party. Event held at Patrick’s Park in San Francisco. Get tickets at Eventbrite.com.
March 15, 2020: Hills Are Alive Trail Canicross
This event welcomes all levels of CaniCross athletes and special equipment is not required. Perfect for all fitness levels, this event is dog-friendly for those not interested in participating in the CaniCross Event. Lake Geneva Canopy Tours/Arbor Trails is the home of this Hills are Alive Trail Run and Walk, with every turn of this 4-mile trail loop revealing emerging wildflowers to deer or other critters. This event is part of the 2019-20 CaniCross Event Series and offers 4- or 8-mile events. For the safety and comfort of all athletes, the CaniCross event starts 10 minutes prior to the start of the Run/Walk event. CaniCross athletes will start at 10:20 and Run/Walk athletes will start at 10:30 a.m. Go to xcthrillogy.com for more information.
March 23, 2020: National Puppy Day
The motto of National Puppy Day is “No love like puppy love.” Ain’t that the truth! You can’t beat puppy kisses. If you have a puppy, you can celebrate this day by spending extra time with your little one. Or, better yet, consider adding another puppy to your life. You may also want to look into volunteering with a local dog rescue, serving as a puppy socializer or even a foster home for puppies too young for adoption. For more ideas, visit nationalpuppyday.com.
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