The Dog Days of Summer

Four pet-friendly activities to enjoy this month

Three of Strong Spirits | @threeofstrongspirits

What's better than happy hour on the patio of your favorite distillery? Yappy Hour! On Sundays throughout the summer, Three of Strong invites pups and their owners for a howling good time from 1-7 p.m. Free puppy mocktails (pup-tails) are available for furry friends, and humans receive $2 off cocktails on tap. Don’t wait: order an unlimited bowl of popcorn, sip a refreshing draft mojito, and spend some time in the sunshine with fellow pet-lovers and their pals.

Bark in the Park at Hadlock Field | @portland_seadogs

Each season, the Portland Sea Dogs open up the doors of Hadlock Field to people and their pets during a series of Bark in the Park events sponsored by Trupanion. On August 8, August 23, or September 13, you and your pup can participate in a doggie parade around the warning track before the Sea Dogs hit the field. There are even Doggie Valets available to care for your pal during the game so you can grab refreshments!

Casco Bay Lines | @cascobaylines

Dogs are welcomed on the Casco Bay Ferry, so why not go island-hopping with your pup this month? Hop on the boat for a day trip to Peaks and grab some lunch before heading home, or ride along to Chebeague, Long Island, or the Diamond Islands for more time on the water. Keep in mind that dogs require their own ticket (currently $4.10) and should be leashed at all times.

Pet Rock in the Park |

Don't miss the 12th annual festival celebrating four-legged friends (and their two-legged owners) at Deering Oaks Park on August 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by radio station Whoopie 100.9 and Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care, this free event features food trucks, live music, pet-friendly vendors, animal welfare organizations, and more! Plus, representatives from local animal shelters and rescue groups will be on location, so you can adopt a pet right on site.

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