Dinner and a movie aren't just for you and your S/O anymore! Grab your cosiest blankets and get ready to cuddle up with your real BFF for a night of movies and fun at Ottawa Dog Movie Night. With doggy vendors, games, and a feature-length film playing on the big screen, there is so much for you and your dog to enjoy on the evening of Friday, Aug. 23!
Finally, with so many cafes and restaurants opening their doors to your canine companions, there is no shortage of doggy date nights to enjoy. If you're looking to pamper your pooch this month, Dog Movie Night in Ottawa is the place to be, and it's completely free!
You might even get to extend your furry family, as a number of dogs will be available for adoption at the park as well.
This year marks the eighth annual Dog Movie Night in Parkdale Park. The film this year will be "Best In Show," which stars Canadian icons Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy and, aptly enough, revolves around a dog show!
The event has grown significantly since year one, Halle Pang, Manager at Global Pet Foods Hintonburg, tells Narcity.
"The biggest change in the event over [the] years has been the scale. Our first year, we had under 50 attendees, but seven years later the park is packed full with dog lovers and their families."
What makes this movie night even more special, explains Pang, is that on any other day of the year, Parkdale Park has a no-dogs policy.
"The fact that the event is dog-friendly is important because the city of Ottawa only allows dogs in Parkdale Park for this one event," says Pang.
"This event also has helped give dog-friendly events a good reputation with the city by allowing us to continuously host it year after year at Parkdale Park. Despite the volume of dogs, we have never had any issues regarding dog disagreements nor cleanup issues."
There will be a number of dog-centric vendors on-site, talking about nutrition and selling dog treats, clothing, toys, and other accessories. Rocky Road Dog Rescue is among these vendors, and Pang says they will even have some fur babies who need to find their forever homes.
"Rocky Road Dog Rescue will be on-site selling their merchandise. They will also have a bake sale and dog nail trimming, all as donations to help the dogs that they rescue," Pang says.
"They will have adoptable dogs on site. Which dogs are still to be determined but we will announce on our Facebook page when we know."
There will also be games for your pup to participate in, though the details are still being worked out.
"The dog games on site are still in the works but will include events like "Best Trick" with treat bag prizes provided by United Raw," says Pang.
Events are set to start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will air at dusk on Aug. 23. While admission to the event is completely free, attendees are encouraged to bring some extra cash if they'd like to purchase anything from the vendors.
You should also bring chairs, cosy blankets, your favourite movie snacks, and of course, plenty of poop bags!
It's important to note dogs will need to remain on their leash while in the park.
Dog Movie Night
Location: Parkdale Park, Ottawa
Why you need to go: You can spoil your pup with an exciting night of treats, games, and movie-cuddling fun! No dog? No problem, come visit the number of adoptable dogs on-site!