Dogs are skilled heralders, without a doubt. They let us know if somebody is down the path, on approach, even if it happens to be the letter carrier the pup sees each and every day.
Call it keen eyesight, call it a sense of the future, or call it being ahead of the game: Fidos tend to be out in front of situations, constantly alerting us. And so it is with dogs and their national holiday, which fell on Aug. 26. The day arrives just ahead of a flurry of dog-oriented happenings around Southern California, and that "quieter" month of September, the month sandwiched between summer and the holidays.
It's a fine month to adopt a dog, in short, now that the kids are back in school and everyone's on top of their routine. The Doggie Street Festival woofs into Westwood at just about this time each and every year, bringing together multiple rescue groups and organizations who want to make a match between a human and a furry new family member.
The date: Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Westwood Recreation Center.
If "Doggie Street Festival" rings a bell -- or perhaps squeaks a squeaky toy, if you wish to be more in theme -- you're right on the money: San Diego and Phoenix have also hosted the huge canine confab.
And while some out-sized adoption events ask you to leave any pups you happen to have at home, you are welcome to leash them up for this one. Maybe your pooch will make the final call on the new pal he or she believes would be a good fit. (Assuming you can translate your dog's barks and snorts, and we'll assume you can.)
Product vendors, various pup-oriented services, a kidly area, and more to-dos are part of the daytime happening.
So, does a stiller September mean you're ready to fold a fresh Fido into your family scene? National Dog Day foretold that we'd have some choices to make in September, about adopting a dog. And the Doggie Street Festival is one of the prime places to do so, if your heart is leaning in that direction.