Why We Love L.A. Summers: Dog Days All Around Town

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This L.A. dog is definitely ready for summer. Photo by calvinfleming via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.

Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks — we love L.A. summers.

Dog Day Afternoon at Our Lady of the 101
Hosted by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (known to many locals as Our Lady of the 101) and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Dog Day Afternoon is like a pet-centric block party for Downtown pups and their human parents. The annual free event, which attracts hundreds of people and dogs, features music, pet-friendly vendors, food, and pet adoptions. Dog Day Afternoon takes place on the grounds of the landmark cathedral among the gorgeous animal sculptures in the plaza. Downtown doggies of all breeds and religious persuasions are welcome. Dog Day Afternoon takes place on July 11 from 6pm to 9pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The event is free with $5 parking available at the cathedral. Detailed event information is available online.

Dog Days of Summer in La Habra Heights
Jam-packed with pawesomeness, Dog Days of Summer is a huge, free annual event sponsored by La Habra Heights Department of Parks and Recreation. Dogs and their people can enjoy a plethora of fun and educational canine attractions in a summery fair-like atmosphere at Hacienda Park. Attendees can enjoy demonstrations by L.A. County Police Dogs, expert frisbee and ball catchers, agility and herding tests with real sheep, tons of doggie gear and wellness vendors, a 10K fundraising walk, low-cost vaccinations, food and drink vendors, tons of four-legged socializing, and several rescue groups just in case you are looking for a new furry friend. Dog Days of Summer even has a dog bathing station and dog portrait photographers. Dog Days of Summer takes place on July 28 from 9am to 4pm at Hacienda Park. The event is free. Additional information is available from the City of La Habra by calling (562)694-6302.

Take Your Dog to the Beach!
Why not take your domesticated beast to one of the local dog beaches while the water is actually warm and swimmable this summer? Rosie's Dog Beach is the only off-leash dog beach located in Los Angeles County. This sandy, easily accessible, high density dog spot does not have big waves — perfect for water-loving, super social pups. The three acre beach zone is open to the public from 6am to 8pm daily. Read our profile of Rosie's Dog Beach for details and boundary information.

The Huntington Dog Beach is a swath of gorgeous, spacious, low-key dog beach flanked by big dunes and cliffs in Orange County. The spot has tons of natural beauty and big waves to relax you, while its sheer size makes it far less dense and good for pooches that like lots of space to roam. Older dogs may struggle with the trek from the parking lot to the designated dog area, but it is a beautiful walk for those that are up to it. The Huntington Dog Beach is open from 5am to 10pm daily. Boundary details are available online.

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A downtown resident and her Great Pyrenees at Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Photo by LA Wad via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.

Fullerton Farmers' Market Dog Days of Fullerton
The Fullerton Museum Center sponsors an annual Dog Days of Fullerton event each summer where dogs can come to the Fullerton Farmers' Market to participate in quirky doggie talent contests. Prizes will be awarded to dogs in sloppiest kisser, loudest barker, fastest eater, best trick, and owner look-alike categories. The event will also have dog-oriented vendors and rescue/adoption groups on hand. Dog Days of Fullerton takes place on August 11 from 5pm to 8pm at the Fullerton Market. The event is free.

Southern California Animal Response Team Pet Fair
The mission of the Southern California Animal Response Team (SCART) is to provide emergency animal rescue services and disaster preparedness education for pet guardians. Each year, SCART hosts a unique pet fair with a focus on disaster preparedness. Fair activities include low-cost microchipping and vaccinations, pet-oriented vendors, agility courses, various contests and drawings, food trucks, and of course, pet disaster preparedness training. For $20, dogs and their owners can participate in a fundraising walk that begins at 9am where all participants get a goody bag. The Pet Fair takes place on August 19 from 8:30am to 2pm on the gorgeous, waterfront grounds of Marine Park in Long Beach. Entrance to the event is free. More information about the SCART Pet Fair is available online.

Wiener Dog Races
Dachshunds with a competitive streak can participate in one of the local wiener dog races. As wiener dogs are known for their propensity for long-standing John Hughs-style athletic grudges, we are sure that the wiener dog races are epic or at least epically cute. Owners wielding an eclectic variety of lures, basically plead and beg their Dachshunds to run toward the finish line over a 20 to 50-yard course. Trophies and prizes are awarded accordingly. Races in Old World in Huntington Beach take place on July 8, August 19, and several other dates throughout the fall. Information on these races are available online. On July 14 at 6pm, there is a wiener dog race at the Los Alamitos Race Course to benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Race admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 17 years. Additional information is available via phone at (562)430-4993.