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October 6, 2012 at 4:09 AM

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October pet events: Howl-o-ween fun, treats and more

The warm days and cool nights of October seem to bring out all sorts of creatures looking for fun. Halloween is still weeks away but we've already spotted a four-legged pirate and a bat dog. If you prefer pets that are a little creepy without a costume, see the reptile event later this month.

Here's a roundup of pet events for October.

The princess bulldog was a contest winner at the 2011 Apple Day and Mutt Strut on Whidbey Island. This year's event is on Oct. 20. Photo by Marian Myszkowski

Blue Dog Bakery's Pet Treat Pantry Palooza: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6, Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle. This free event celebrates Blue Dog Bakery's Pet Treat Pantry partnership with Rainier Valley Food Bank. There will be live music, complimentary nail clipping and brushing for dogs. Pet food donations encouraged.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6, Paws Abilities Total Dog Center, 7338 26th St. E., Fife. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound and All Terrier Club of Western Washington host an event with information about breeds, pet care and training. Fun activities for dogs include swimming ($15) and AKC Canine Good Citizen testing ($25). There's also a you-wash-dog area ($10). Admission is free.

Bunny and Guinea Pig Spa Day: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6, Humane Society Tacoma & Pierce County, 2608 Center Street, Tacoma. Hop to it to claim a reservation for a 25 minute appointment that includes nail trim, grooming, scent gland cleaning and a massage. A class on rabbit issues will be at 2 p.m. RSVP at

Rabbit film: 1 p.m. Oct. 6-7, SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle. The documentary "Rabbit Fever" follows competitors in the National American Rabbit Convention. and

DockDogs at Salmon Days: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Issaquah. Watch dogs dive into the fun as they compete in big air (long jump), extreme vertical (high jump) and speed retrieve (fastest pooch) in a long pool. Practice is at 9 a.m. Contests start at 10 a.m.

Furry Friends Fiesta: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 7, PetSmart, 17845 Garden Way N.E., Woodinville. On Saturday, meet adoptable cats and kittens from several shelters and rescues. On Sunday, adoptable dogs and puppies will be featured. Shelter staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and help find a good match at this Animal Alliance WA event. See the website for details about adoption fees.

Puppy Up! Walk: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road S.E., Auburn. This 2 Million Dogs benefit for cancer awareness includes a walk and a festival with vendors, food, entertainment and contests. The walk is from 1-3 p.m. $20 general registration. Free for youths under 14. and

Weiner Dog Races at Oktoberfest Northwest: Noon Oct. 7, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. See the little dogs run while taking in the German entertainment, foods and games. The event benefits Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society. General admission is $5 on Sunday. Kids under 13 are free. For details about other Oktoberfest activities, see the website. Only dogs registered in advance for the competition will be allowed on the fairgrounds. and

Free ID Microchips: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road, Woodinville. Free identification microchips for dogs and cats while supplies last. (Pets must be spayed or neutered to get the free chip.)

Nine Lives Gala: 6 p.m. Oct. 13, North Seattle Community College auditorium, 9600 College Way N., Seattle. TV and radio personality Pat Cashman is the auctioneer and MC for this auction and dinner event benefiting Animal Talk Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in the Roosevelt neighborhood. Tickets are $55.

Fabulous Felines: Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 13, Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W. Stevens St., Seattle. Cats and kittens from Seattle Animal Shelter foster homes are ready for adoption. Fees are $45-$135. For information on what the adoption fees cover, see the website.

CAToberfest: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13, Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. This free event celebrates cats with food, crafts, a silent auction, information and free plush cats for kids while supplies last. Canned cat food donations welcome.

Shelter Open House: Oct. 13. Shelters throughout the state host community activities. For details, see the website.

Seattle Reptile Expo: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. Get an up close look at captive-bred reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. The event includes vendors, supplies and information. Admission $7. Kids under 11 free.

Pumpkins and Ponies: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13, 20 and 21. All Breed Equine Rez-Q, 2415 116th St. N.E., Marysville. Pony rides, bake sale and pumpkin sales to help support rescue of abused and neglected horses.

Open House for WADEC: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14. Learn about the Washington Assistance Dog Education Center and meet the founder Carol Gannaway. To RSVP and get directions to the event, email

Doggie Palooza: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14, World Forestry Center, Washington Park, Portland. Canines and their owners can visit vendors with treats and toys, get training advice, take in a fashion show and more. This is the one day in the year that dogs are allowed in the Discovery Museum and adjoining buildings. $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $6 children 3-18. Children under 3, members, and dogs are free.

Wags and Whiskers Pet Adoption and Block Party: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14, Fred Meyer parking lot, corner of Alderwood Mall Parkway and 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood. North Pointe Animal Hospital is celebrating its anniversary with a pet adoption event and block party. Eight animal shelters and rescue groups will be there with dogs and cats available for adoption. There will be a Halloween costume contest for pets, activities for kids and vendors.

Apple Day and Mutt Strut: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20, Bayview Corner, Whidbey Island. Annual event with food, fun and dogs in costume. See the website for details.

Woof Woof Walk: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 20, Spanaway Park, 14905 Gus G. Bresemann Road S. (Military Road and Pacific Avenue), Spanaway. Come in costume or just as you are to enjoy a walk at this lakeside park. After your walk, visit the vendors. Registration is $15 before Oct. 12. After that, it's $20 for the first dog. $5 for second dog. T-shirts are $10 while supplies last. Donate food or a blanket for local shelters and get a "ruffle ticket" to enter a drawing.

Dawg Dash: 7:30 a.m. Oct. 21, University of Washington. This dog-friendly event offers a 10K run and 5K run/walk. There also is a Husky Pups run for kids. This year's event is moving to the UW's upper campus. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. The 10K and 5K will start at 9 a.m. For a complete schedule and parking details, see the website.

Black Cat Ball: Oct. 27, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. Gala dinner and auction event benefits Purrfect Pals, a no-kill sanctuary that provides foster and hospice care for homeless cats. Tickets are $100. See the website for details.

Raining Cats and Dogs: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 27, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle. The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation auction and dinner benefits the shelter's programs and outreach. Tickets are $100-$150.

Pug-o-Ween: 1-3 p.m. Oct, 27, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle. Pugs in costume and the people who love them gather for holiday fun.

Name Your Own Cat Adoption Fee: Humane Society Tacoma & Pierce County, 2608 Center Street, Tacoma. To avoid overcrowding, the shelter is offering -- for a limited time -- a deal that is the cat's meow. Any cat 6 months or older can be adopted for any amount.

Candy Corn Cat Adoption Special: Through Oct. 31. Purrfect Pals is reducing the adoption fee for all cats that are colored like candy corn. See the adoption centers listed on the website for details.

Steve was spotted at FidoFest at University Village in Seattle last month. His owner, Amy Erickson, is involved with the Washington Assistance Dog Eduction Center. The organization is having an open house on Oct. 14. Photo by Judy Averill / The Seattle Times.

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