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Pregaming for Petco Park’s Dog Days of Summer & Barkyard Doggie Box Suites

  • June 11, 2017
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit
  • 3 Comments
Pregaming for Petco Park’s Dog Days of Summer & Barkyard Doggie Box Suites

Dog Friendly Baseball Game – Yes Please!

Article Summary:

  • Walk and socialize your dogs before the ball game
  • Safety and comfort first
  • Bring food and hydration for your dogs
  • Be mindful of other dogs
  • Have fun

All resources to Petco’s event and Barkyard are at the bottom as well as links to sites to see downtown.[/title][fusion_text]We are beyond excited to be invited to Petco’s annual Dog Days of Summer which this year will be held June 29, 2017.  We’ll be staying at their Barkyard which features a semi private suite in left center field to accommodate four people and two dogs.  The Barkyard is available for all Padres home games and it features:

  • The designated Pet Relief Area in the Park at the Park is conveniently located nearby
  • Each viewing area offers umbrellas to protect dogs from the sun and specially selected easy-to-clean artificial turf that does not retain heat, to ensure every pup’s paws stay cool.
  • The Barkyard will offer in-seat menu service from Carnitas’ Snack Shack
  • Each pup will receive a gift bag compliments of Petco
  • Designated entrance from K Street in the Park at the Park
  • Check-in area staffed by a Petco brand ambassador
  • Watering station near check-in
  • Padres pet concierge also will be on-hand to escort fans and their dogs to and from The Barkyard

For the Dog Days of Summer event we can expect:

  • Tail-gating to start at 3:30pm
  • Dog Days of Summer tail-gate party – free samples!
  • Dog Days of Summer Dog Show – with prizes for best costume, best trick, dog/owner lookalike and most Padres spirit
  • On-field pet parade

Pregaming for Petco Park's Dog Days of Summer & Barkyard Doggie Box Suites

Make a day of it and walk around downtown – try arrive a few hours earlier to get good parking.

YES I’m excited to bring my dogs to the baseball game.  Just last year I was saying to my significant other … wouldn’t it be neat to bring them to a Padre’s game with us?  We happened to be AT the game at the time … and we looked around and realized – it wouldn’t be fair to squeeze them into those seats.  But wait – Petco has dog friendly suites now!

And as excited as I was to receive the invite … I was a bit nervous as well.  Hear me out – my opinion is contextually.  I have young very energetic puppies.  And the last thing I want to do is bring them to a crowded and rowdy place with other dogs, stimulated, and excited.   I could picture them already – trying to smell everything and be hoover mouth to the ground.  Not to mention all the other doggies that would be there.  So after some thought … I said – well I better get as prepared ahead of time.

The game will be exciting enough so my game plan is to bring them as relaxed as possible.  So the weekend after I got the invite I decided to take my girls downtown to strategize on our pre-game activities.

Pregame strategy part 1.  PARKING:  Downtown starts to close off streets as early as 8am on game day.  I  figured, I should find an easy place to park with grass.  So plan #1. Park at the Hilton Bayfront, enjoy the views and grab a latte to go.  Hold off on the puppuccino for the doggies – no need to give them anything that might give them belly aches before the game

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Take photos at the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge which happens to be 550 feet and the longest anchored pedestrian suspension bridges in the world.

By the way – if you translated that to bacon – it would be 1100 pieces of bacon lined up end to end =)

Pregaming for Petco Park's Dog Days of Summer & Barkyard Doggie Box Suites

Pregame strategy Part 2: WALK OFF ENERGY + SIT NICELY.   After walking the girls around.  Practice sitting nicely.  So find a dog friendly restaurant that’s quiet.  We liked the Provisional a the Pendry Hotel.  The staff were super friendly and we found a quiet section so that we could enjoy a snack and mimosa.

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Pregame Strategy Part 3: MORE WALKING.  On this particular (practice pregame) weekend we decided to walk to the Convention Center & we stopped at the marina side a well to take photos.

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In summary: I’m planning on arriving 2 hours ahead of the 3:30 invite time. This way I can walk them around so that they are relaxed.  Also I’ll be bringing dinner for the girls.  They typically eat at 6:30 and I don’t want to have hangry dogs with me.  Other tips include using my 4 foot leash.  A lot of dogs in one place means varying energy levels and varying degrees of politeness.  I need to make sure my girls are sweet when they greet and stay away from any dogs that might set them off.  Maggie sometimes comes in to hot in her greeting which isn’t always received well.  Orbit’s submissive so never have to worry about her. Also having a shorter leash means they aren’t too far ahead of me and of course.  And last but not least – plan on making sure I shop ahead of time and they are wearing their Padres’s Gear.

Stay tuned for an update to this article AFTER we attend to provide you our feedback on the event and of course photos!

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By MaggieLovesOrbit, June 11, 2017
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  • Meesha and Bruce Wayne
    June 15, 2017

    This is so exciting! You are so lucky to have a dog-friendly ballpark. We live in Baltimore and the Orioles refuse to have a dog day at the Yard. 🙁 We look forward to hearing and seeing your update.

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