11 Events in Denver and Boulder That Will Leave Your Dog Drooling

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 25, 2016

Colorado cities frequently make the list of best places to live, and that’s not just for humans – it’s a pretty great place for dogs, too! Despite Denver’s Breed-specific Legislation outlawing certain breeds, there are still many dog friendly events around town. If you prefer to avoid cities with BSL, Boulder has some fun things to do with your four-legged best friend, too!


1. Rocky Mountain Pet Expo

The Rocky Mountain Pet Expo is held annually in May, and has pet friendly vendors, a contest for cutest dog, a scavenger hunt, a fun fashion show, and various demonstrations.


2. Western Stock Show Fly Ball

The Denver Western Stock Show is a huge event held every January focusing on all things cow and cowboy related. It’s been going on for 110 years, and has animal auctions, rodeo performances, booths, and all kinds of shows, including SuperDogs and Fly Ball competitions. SuperDogs are 20 dogs that perform a variety of athletic feats, while the Fly Ball games are open to entry from the public.


3. Puppy Up! Denver Walk

This 2-mile walk in north Denver promotes awareness of canine cancer and fundraises for canine research.


4. Bark at the Park

Most MLB stadiums around the United States have a bring your dog to the ballpark day, and the Colorado Rockies do, too! Last year the event was in August, but details aren’t out yet for this year, so keep an eye on the website for updated information.

coors field dog day

5. Denver Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry

Every year, hundreds of dog lovers get together to fundraise and walk for one of Denver’s biggest shelters, the Dumb Friends League. The 2-mile walk around the popular Wash Park includes vendors and fun events throughout the morning. You can also earn prizes for fundraising different amounts of money.

furry scurry denver

6. Doggie Plunge

Don’t worry – it’s nothing like the Polar Bear Plunge! The Doggie Plunge is held in the summer at a local pool. It’s really an opportunity for your dog to get some swim time (and an ice cream!), with the proceeds benefiting Freedom Service Dogs.

Denver doggie plunge

7. Lucky Mutt Strutt

This 5K fun run/walk benefits another local shelter, MaxFund. Besides the walk, there are vendors, prizes, food trucks, and more! It’s usually held in June, but the information isn’t posted yet for this year. Check out the MaxFund website for more information as it becomes available.

lucky mutt strutt

8. Denver Pet Expo

The Denver Pet Expo is held in August, and has pet-related exhibits, as well as vaccinations, free nail trims, lure chasing demos, book signings, a costume contest, and prizes!

denver pet expo

9. Walk, Run, & Wag 5K

International Hearing Dog, Inc. hosts this annual July event at Sloan’s Lake. Not just a fundraiser, it is also to raise awareness of the deaf community, and will even provide ear plugs so you can experience the event as a hearing-impaired individual would.

walk run wag


10. Scott Carpenter Pool Dog Days

For two weeks at the end of September, the Scott Carpenter Pool closes to humans and goes to the dogs! Keep an eye on the Scott Carpenter Pool website for more information as September gets closer.

dog in pool

11. Humane Society of Boulder Valley Doggie Dash

The Doggie Dash is a 2-mile fun run/walk around the Boulder Reservoir, held in September and benefitting the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. There is also a pet expo, demos, and pancakes for participants!

doggie dash


In addition to the specific events, many rescues and shelters offer professional photos in exchange for a donation during just about any holiday you can think of (Halloween, Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.).

dog halloween

One of the reasons so many people love Colorado is because of the focus on the outdoors and on health, which means there is a road race almost every weekend (and multiple options to choose from in the summer!). Most companies allow you to bring your furry friend along for the run, but be sure to check out the race website ahead of time, and consider leaving her at home if it’s too hot or cold.

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 25, 2016

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