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Pet Parties: Where to live it up with your beloved critters

Written by  Abi Safago
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Cats and Canvas at Happy Cat Cafe Cats and Canvas at Happy Cat Cafe Courtesy Photo

Paint, drink, eat, play games, do yoga and more, all with four-legged friends around you. 

Happy Cat Cafe
447 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids

Game Nights With Cats
July 5, 6:15 p.m., $40 per group of four

Everyone has those nights where you don’t know what to do or where to go, and you don’t want to spend a fortune — here’s your solution: game time. You don’t have to drink or buy food or anything like that, just enjoy classic card and board games or bring your own while hanging out with some sweet cats. It’s the best of all worlds.

Happy Cat Yoga
July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18, Sept. 1, 10 a.m, $20

If you’re looking for a reason to get active, here’s the purr-fect start. Happy Cat Cafe is back with Happy Cat Yoga, where you can begin your yoga adventures while surrounded by some lovely cats. These gentle felines will roam all around and maybe sit on you while you do yoga and stretch out. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, furry friends will make it better. This class also includes coffee and snacks, so you can treat yourself too. 

Cats and Canvas
July 19, 20, 6:15 p.m., $30

Trying to channel your inner artiste? Look no further. Happy Cat Cafe brings it out while letting you enjoy some cats on the sidelines. Whether you’ve been painting for years or you can barely paint a straight line, all levels are welcome to join in and create. Along with this, all materials are provided, so you just need to bring yourself and some clothes you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. While aprons are provided, you never know what these silly cats will do!

Yappy Hour at the Downtown Market
Downtown Market
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
July 10-31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Every Wednesday in July, stop by the Downtown Market to play with pets during lunch. At Yappy Hour, you can relax and pet some wonderful dogs while escaping the midday blues. Take a long lunch and eat from one of the market’s many restaurants while you’re at it — your boss doesn’t need to know. 

Puppies and Pints at Horrocks
Horrocks Market Tavern
4455 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
July 13, 2-6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a new dog or simply thirsting after some delicious drinks, Puppies and Pints is the place for you. At the second annual event, adoptable dogs is present for pets alongside all kinds of drinks. For every pint bought, $1 will be donated directly to Harbor Humane Society. You’ll find beers and ciders from Vander Mill Cider, Rockford Brewing Company, Short’s Brewing Company and more.

Community Dog Walk
Paddock Place
1033 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Treat your pet to some social time in a dog walk with neighbors from all around. You and your pup can get great photos to remind you of all the fun you have, as Buddies Pet Photography will be there to capture the moments. After the walk, play yard games with others (or even just your dog) in the park, and treat yourself with something sweet from Furniture City Creamery’s ice cream truck.

Corgis and Cocktails in Kazoo
O’Duffy’s Pub
804 W. Vine St., Kalamazoo
Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m, $5

The corgis are coming! Corgis and Cocktails, hosted by a West Michigan group called Corgis in the Park, is making summer a little more fun. Join many of these short but sweet dogs (and other breeds) and enjoy food from what’s known as the premier Irish pub in Kalamazoo. A portion of O’Duffy’s sales that night will be donated to Paws With a Cause, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to become service animals. Keep your eyes peeled for more events from this group, like another classic Corgis in the Park during the fall.


Dogs N’ Beers N’ Dogs
Shaggy Pines Dog Park
3895 Cherry Lane Ave. SE, Ada
Aug. 25, 12-3 p.m., $15

Enjoy the summer heat with some of the best four-legged friends around, free beer and hot dogs — the edible kind. If you don’t have a dog and you’re looking to get out, no worries, you can come to this event for free. If you are bringing your pet, call ahead to make sure you pack everything your pup will need to make it a great day.

Bark in the Dark
Riverside Park
2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids
Oct. 5, 5 p.m., $10+

If youre going to get active, why not make the most of it and do it with man’s best friend? The seventh annual Bark in the Dark finds its way back for a fun-filled night the entire family can enjoy. Join in on a glow-in-the-dark 5K or a one-mile fun run, along with other great activities, like a dog costume contest. If you’re hungry or forgot to eat before the run, no worries: a few local restaurants will be present, along with a beer tent. To make it even better, all proceeds from this event go to the Humane Society of West Michigan to help animals in need.

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