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A Party for Pet-Lovers: Photos from Bark in the Park San Jose
One one Saturday each September, Downtown San Jose's quiet William Street Park turns into a zoo... of sorts.
Bark in the Park San Jose is a celebration of our love for Man's Best Friend. This family-friendly annual event is the largest "dog festival" in the United States, featuring contests, pet performances, local nonprofits, food trucks, and shop more than 75 dog-related vendors. The proceeds from this annual event benefit local neighborhood groups and animal rescues.
Even if you don't have your own dog, it's fun to see the happy pups, watch the performances, and admire the many quirky and creative costumes.
Click the arrows above to see more photos from Bark in the Park.
Next year's event: Bark in the Park 2016 - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10am to 5pm
Where: William Street Park - South 16th Street and East William Street, San Jose
Parking: Street parking in the Naglee Park residential neighborhood. Carpool if possible.
Cost: A $5 donation per registered dog is requested.
- Bring water--September in San Jose can be very hot! The event organizers put out communal buckets of water for the dogs, but they get dirty fast so picky dogs (like mine!) may refuse to use them.
- Clean up after your dog. Doggie waste bags are available at the registration gates.
- Keep your dog on a short leash. The event gets crowded. Only bring your pet if he/she is good in crowds and comfortable around other dogs.
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Big Dogs, Small Dogs
Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for the annual Bark in the Park San Jose.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Canine Costumes at Bark in the Park
Lots's of pet-owners dress up their dogs for the event. This Golden Retriever was posing a lion.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Decked Out Doggies
Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for Bark in the Park San Jose.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Decked Out Doggies
Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for Bark in the Park San Jose.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Handmade Dog Treats
A beautiful assortment of handmade dog treats that look good enough to eat!Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Dog-Friendly... Ice Cream?
Local pet-boutique, Gussied Up, set up a stand selling a "doggy ice cream" in two dog-friendly flavors: "Maple Bacon" and "Peanut Butter".Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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I couldn't resist--I had to get some doggy ice cream for my dog.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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A Show of Skills
Dogs compete for prizes at Bark in the Park San Jose.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Pet Vaccine Clinic
A local veterinarian hosted a low-cost vaccine clinic to administer rabies and other necessary vaccines to pets that were behind on their shots.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Dog acrobatics and agility demonstrations at Bark in the Park San Jose.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Sheep Herding Demonstration
This sheep herder demonstrates how herding dogs are taught to wrangle sheep and cattle.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Local pet photographers set up booths to do pet and family photo shoots, right there on the spot.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Over 75 dog-friendly vendors set up shop selling everything from leashes and collars, to these "doggy pajamas."Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Local Nonprofits and Animal Rescues
Several local nonprofits and animal rescues set up booths to educate pet-owners about adoption and local animal welfare issues.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Fun for the Whole Family
Bark in the Park San Jose is fun for the whole family.