by Kevin Callan
The Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District will be hosting its inaugural Dog Days of Summer festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with fun for families and pets who will find plenty of games and activities and a variety of booths for animal rescues and nonprofit pet organizations, as well as businesses like Opportunity Barks and Queenie’s Pets.
“Chestnut Hill has always been a very pet-friendly neighborhood, and we are excited to launch a new event designed to delight our animals, residents and guests of all ages,” said Martha B. Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District.
Sharkey got the idea for the event after realizing that Chestnut Hill has become a very pet-friendly neighborhood. She explained that she has had a lot of help from a committee of volunteers to make this event possible.
“We thought this would be a great opportunity to get all of the pet rescues together for one day,” said Sharkey.
The event will be set up along E. Highland and Germantown avenues, and there will be a map available for residents to use to find each pet rescue/organization. Some of the animal rescues involved will be PAWS, Philadoptables, Finding Shelter, Blind Dog Rescue, New Leash on Life, and Brenda’s Cat Rescue. The pet rescue booths will have animals available for adoption as well.
The Dog Days festival will also feature plenty of fun activities for pets, owners and children. Kids activities will include face-painting, arts and crafts, bandanna making, cartoon drawing, and even “pin the tail on the dog.” There will be pet trainers, paw readers, music, caricaturists, and a photo booth for pets and owners. Bone Appetite on Germantown Avenue will offer a $10 self-service pet washing station as well.
Opportunity Barks Behavior and Training will host a table where there will be agility equipment and obstacles available for dogs. There will also be trainers to demonstrate dog tricks as well as provide advice on behavioral problem solving for dogs. Owner and trainer Leigh Siegfried also invites residents to “pick a trainer’s brain” about any behavioral or training questions they may have.
Queenie’s Pets will have a booth during the festival as well. It is a professional sitting and dog-walking company that has been involved in the Chestnut Hill area for eight years. Its booth will feature professionals providing information to residents on ways to train their pets, improve pet health, and raise awareness for signs of medical distress in pets in the home.
Hill restaurants will also feature a “Yappy Hour,” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., during which owners can sit at restaurants with outdoor seating with their pets and choose from a variety of food specials. Some of the restaurants involved will be the Chestnut Grill, Roller’s at Flying Fish, Evergreen Cheese, Campbell’s Place and Paris Bistro.
The Dog Days of Summer festival is sponsored by TD Bank, Bowman Properties and Chestnut Hill Hospital.