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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:
For the Dog Days of Summer event we can expect:
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
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 =)
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.
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.
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!