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Kibbles & Bits
Compiled by Cindy Beckman

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SharkSOMA Pet Day: The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology presents this benefit for The SF/ SPCA. The free event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sherman Street, between Folsom and Cleveland. Sherman Street will be closed to traffic for the occasion. The SF/SPCA will highlight several of its programs, there will be a “do it yourself” pet fashion show at 1 p.m. ($10 entry fee for the fashion show), and other activities including “Ask the Vet,” face painting, dog training demonstrations, and tricks. Vendors include, Dress My Pooch (green clothing for your pet), Fido Factor, and Paw Pets. For more information, contact Laura Gretch at or 415-522-3564.

Dog Days of Summer: The Westin-St. Francis Hotel (335 Powell Street) is hosting Dog Days of Summer, a benefit for The SF/SPCA, on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 6:30–8 p.m. Crowd-friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Tickets are $25 per person and include two specialty drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. For tickets or more information, contact Laura Gretch at or 415-522-3564.

Building Drive & Motivation in Performance Dogs: This two-day seminar is for competitors in any dog sport (obedience, agility, flyball, schutzhund, ring, SAR, freestyle, etc.) requiring intensity, endurance and focus. The seminar will be held Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 29–30 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Denise Fenzi, a 25-year veteran of training and competing in a number of dog sports, is the instructor. For more information, visit or

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Shark Week: From Aug. 2–9, celebrate Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” with shark-related scavenger hunts, free shark hats to the first 500 visitors, shark talks, and shark movies daily. Watch the shark feedings at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, or for a special night out spend Friday night at the “Sleep with the Sharks Family Sleepover.” The sleepover begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a guided tour of the aquarium, lots of shark-related activities and trivia, hands-on meetings with select animals, evening snacks, and bedding down within fins reach of the sharks. Continental breakfast Saturday morning rounds out the event. (The sleepover is for families with children ages 5 to 17.)


12th Annual Bay to Barkers Dog Walk/Run and Festival: Come to the East Bay’s largest dog walk and festival on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the north parking lot of Golden Gate Fields (1100 Eastshore Highway, Albany). The one-mile dog walk and festival benefits the homeless dogs and cats sheltered at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. There will be fun activities for dogs and humans including doggy Olympiad games, canine contests, spa time, and craft activities. Register at or contact Cindy Shelby at 510-845-7735 ext. 13 for more information.

Canines & Wines: Hall Wines and The Woof Report host a celebration of everything canine at Hall Napa Valley (401 St. Helena Hwy South, St. Helena) on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The $20 admission price includes a tasting of select artisan wines and delectable treats for dogs and their humans. Pet facials, gourmet food, doggie massages, and more will be offered under the winery’s arbor, and 20 percent of wine sales will go to the Napa Humane Society. For tickets visit or call 800-688-4255.

Cat Show:
The Golden Gate Cat Club hosts its annual show on Sunday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Hayward Centennial Hall (22292 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward). Purebreds and household pets will be judged, and vendors will have items for cats and the people that love them. Adults $7, children and seniors $5, and parking is free. Call 925-934-3471 or visit for more information.

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