If the sights and smells of your normal walk route are getting a little boring for you and your dog, an event this weekend will be the perfect way to mix things up and go exploring.
Murray Family Farms is bringing back its adorable Dog Daze event this Saturday and Sunday. It lets dogs get out of the house, take a hayride around the farm, show off their best tricks and sniff some exciting new smells. It's the only time each year that dogs can visit the farm.
The farm is open to humans and dogs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Owners will have to pay $10.99 (or $4.99 for children ages 1 to 3), but dogs get in on their cute looks — and temperament — alone. Dogs in heat and aggressive dogs will need to stay home. Pups also need to be on a leash to be admitted.
In addition to the doggie hayrides happening throughout the day, there will also be a tricks contest, flying disc fun, a costume contest, talent show and "pooch parade." New this year is a show by Eddy Aldridge and his sheep-herding border collies, which might just inspire your dogs to learn a new trick or two.
Vendors will also be on hand at Dog Daze, including Self Serve Pet Spa, Marley's Mutts, Fur & Feathers Luxury Pet Resort, Canine Creek Pet Wash & Boutique and Camp K-9 & Friends.
Activities might be for the dogs but, take it from me, they won't be the only ones having fun. Make sure you have your phone or camera because this event is one giant photo opportunity, and I'm guessing your Instagram followers and Facebook friends will appreciate seeing photos of your furry friend in a new setting instead of those same old (but still very cute!) photos of them sleeping on the couch, enjoying a new toy or taking a walk.
I took my terrier mix, Sabrina, last year, and we both had a blast. The car ride alone would have been a treat enough for her, but once she got out of the car she knew there was even more in store for her.
After paying our admission, we were given a small bag to clean up any mess Sabrina might make and on our way to the hayride passed the "doggie bathrooms" (two patches of grass, each marked for boy or girl dogs, though those gender barriers were more for laughs than enforcement).
We hopped aboard for the hayride and Sabrina was a perfect lady, sitting politely and taking in the new sights and smells while occasionally looking at me with the happiest doggie smile. Yes, I might be anthropomorphizing my dog but I know she had a good time. She has no problem letting me know when baths, grooming or costumes are not to her liking, so I trust that smile.
Afterward we wandered around the front part of the farm (dogs aren't allowed anywhere near where food is grown or produced). Through the fence that separated a place to sit and the animal farm (also off-limits to dogs) Sabrina met a goose, and she was probably pretty glad for the barrier, as she backed away when the goose got too close.
As a person who takes her dog on adventures, I am obviously an animal lover, so seeing all the dogs on the farm was just as much fun for me as it was for Sabrina. We saw a bulldog on the hayride and a spaniel dressed up as a baseball player.
Dog Daze is a super fun and cute experience for dogs and dog lovers, one I would probably go to even if I didn't have a dog to take. Do yourself and your pup a favor and head out for a day on the farm. You both deserve it.