If you’re the type who would never dream of vacationing without your precious pooch or fluffy feline, then pack up your pet carrier and start exploring pet-friendly Wisconsin.
Every dog should have their day in the sun, at least that’s the philosophy among a number of event organizers around Wisconsin.
Bastille Days (July 14 to 17) is Milwaukee’s salute to all things French and that includes poodles. The festival features La Parade des Caniches – Pooch Parade for you non-French speakers – with fashionably costumed canines strutting their stuff.
Door County holds a Scottie Days gathering every May. Ripon’s big fall event, Septemberfest (September 17), includes a dog walk and pet parade. There’s also Cambridge’s Barktoberfest (October 9), which features demonstrations and a prize for the best owner/pet theme costume.
One event that is a must-experience for dog lovers is Dog Days of Stockholm, billed as a celebration of dogs and the arts. The 2011 event is slated for the weekend of August 5 and 6 and will feature a Smarty Paws Parade; dog contests with prizes for best smile, person who looks most like their pet and best trick; and dog-related art, music and literature.
A getaway with your dog should include a stop at one of the state’s many pet-friendly state parks. Pattison State Park in Superior offers a 1-mile-long dog trail that links into the dogs welcome Logging Camp Trail. Lake Kegonsa State Park near Madison features a pier to teach your dog to jump into the lake. And don’t miss a chance to visit the Jefferson County Dog Park near Johnson Creek, rated among the top 40 in the country.
For more information about top events in Wisconsin take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Wisconsin.
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