Dog Events This Weekend

Celebrate the Year of the Dog, or go to a Pug Parade this weekend.

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Picassos Fair
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

What: A new series of weekly festivals full of art, music, and food begins with a show in honor of the Chinese calendars Year of the Dog. You'll find all things canine at the festival, including customized art, doggie jewelry, and clothing. Picassos Fair will donate a portion of the proceeds from each event to Picassos Kids, a non-profit childrens organization.

Topanga Creek General Store
Topanga Canyon, CA

Info: Ernest Sosa, (310) 455-9977;; Picasso's Fair website

The Pug Parade
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

What: During the 9th Annual Pug Parade, Pug dogs will prance through Adventure Park to compete for one of 10 honors, including Best Costume, Most Original, Celebrity Look-Alike, and Miss Congeniality. The parade is open to the public and free to spectators, but donations of bagged dog or cat food for local shelters are encouraged.

Greenbrook Adventure Park
13400 Adventure Place
Lakewood Ranch, FL

Info: Digital Village Lakewood Ranch website

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) 2006 Annual Conference and Small Business Forum
When: Friday, Feb. 24 Sunday, Feb. 26

What: Entrepreneurs and pet industry professionals are invited to this one-of-a-kind conference, with four-legged friends encouraged to attend! Educational sessions include disaster preparedness, educating the responsible pet parent, pet industry trends, and catering to the needs of small dogs. The leading resource for pet sitters, NAPPS provides support and guidance for starting and succeeding in the pet sitting business.

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA

Info: (856) 439-0324;; NAPPS website

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