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Summer Days

June 24, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

Grab your canine best friend—pet-friendly summer party season is well underway!

Head to Pier Village in Long Branch for Paws for a Cause on Saturday, June 25. The afternoon will include Get Fit with Fido activities; music; arts and crafts; the premiere of “Tails of Love,” an animated movie short by Small Factory Productions; and a pet/owner lookalike contest. Contest winners will receive getaway packages to Ocean Place Resort & Spa. Paws for a Cause is hosted by Purr’n Pooch Foundations for animals, a non-profit organization committed to stopping animal cruelty. For more information, visit piervillage.com.

Cool down and raise funds for the animals at St. Hubert’s at the shelter’s annual Ice Cream Socials, which will be held June 29, July 20, and August 10. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center will be transformed into an old-fashioned ice cream parlor serving up Edy’s Grand Ice Cream with toppings for humans and Frosty Paws for pets. Cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child, and $2 per dog. All proceeds benefit the animals at St. Hubert’s shelters in Madison and North Branch. Visit sthuberts.org for more information.

On June 30, Eleventh Hour Rescue will host its Muttini Mixer from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join fellow animal lovers at a beach-themed, dog-friendly cocktail party featuring food and drinks, activities and games, a tricky tray, and 50/50 raffle. Participants must be 21 and over to register. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Dine al fresco with your pet during the Dog Days of Summer at The Bernards Inn. Every Monday through September the Inn invites guests to bring their pooches to dine on the terrace. While owners feast on chef Corey Heyer’s exquisite dishes, pets get special treats of their own, prepared by pastry chef Duane Hendershot. Leashed pets are welcome for lunch from 11:30 to 2:30 or dinner from 5:30 to 10:00. For reservations, call 908.766.0002.

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