Pups at the Park Day

Is your furry pal a Dodger fan? His special day out in Elysian Park is just ahead.

Your Lassie might cuddle at night with a blue blanket, or join you on the couch as you catch a game on TV, or linger by the backdoor to greet you when you walk in after attending a home game (she knows you were there because you've still got a few peanuts in your pocket).

But it isn't often that your pooch gets to go to a Dodger game. There is one day a year, however, that's all about the dogs at the stadium, and, nope, we don't mean Dodger Dogs (which rule all season long). It's Pups at the Park day, the one time on the calendar where canines, along with the athletes on the field, are the cheered-over stars of the show.

Have you got a hat to fit your Fido, and a kerchief or shirt in just the right hue of blue? For dogs go all out to show their fanship to the team, from leashes to full-on get-ups that took a lot of love in the planning.

Saturday, July 9 is the date, the Dodgers are playing the Padres, and the famous on-the-field parade happens well before the first pitch. So get there early, before the parade start time of 3 o'clock, to sign in and do all that you need to do (there'll be some paperwork required on your pooch's behalf, such as current vaccinations and such).

Also? Your hound needs his own ticket.

Good to know: If you want to stay for the film after the game, you'll have to stay with your sweetie in the pavilion. No pups'll be allowed down on the grass after the final out. 

The movie, by the by? It's "Top Gun," which turned 30 in 2016.

The sponsors of the event, which will help raise funds for Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, include AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods, Nylabone, and PetSmart.

If your BFF has sat at your side, listening to dozens of Dodger games on the radio, isn't it time he get to know the place where your favorite team plays? A stroll on the field with other blue-dressy dogs is the capper on the canine-cute summer tradition.

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