Bark in the Park San Jose

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    A Party for Pet-Lovers: Photos from Bark in the Park San Jose

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    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.

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    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.

    Tips:

    • 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

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for the annual Bark in the Park San Jose. 

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    Canine Costumes at Bark in the Park

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Lots's of pet-owners dress up their dogs for the event. This Golden Retriever was posing a lion. 

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    Decked Out Doggies

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for Bark in the Park San Jose. 

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    Decked Out Doggies

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for Bark in the Park San Jose. 

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    Handmade Dog Treats

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    A beautiful assortment of handmade dog treats that look good enough to eat!

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    Dog-Friendly... Ice Cream?

    Doggy ice cream, Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Local pet-boutique, Gussied Up, set up a stand selling a "doggy ice cream" in two dog-friendly flavors: "Maple Bacon" and "Peanut Butter".

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    Giving In

    Doggy ice cream, Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

     I couldn't resist--I had to get some doggy ice cream for my dog.

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    A Show of Skills

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

     Dogs compete for prizes at Bark in the Park San Jose.

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    Pet Vaccine Clinic

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    A local veterinarian hosted a low-cost vaccine clinic to administer rabies and other necessary vaccines to pets that were behind on their shots.

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    Canine Acrobatics

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2009
    Cassie Kifer

    Dog acrobatics and agility demonstrations at Bark in the Park San Jose. 

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    Sheep Herding Demonstration

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    This sheep herder demonstrates how herding dogs are taught to wrangle sheep and cattle. 

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    Pet Photography

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2009
    Cassie Kifer

    Local pet photographers set up booths to do pet and family photo shoots, right there on the spot.

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    Dog-Friendly Shopping

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Over 75 dog-friendly vendors set up shop selling everything from leashes and collars, to these "doggy pajamas." 

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    Local Nonprofits and Animal Rescues

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

    Several local nonprofits and animal rescues set up booths to educate pet-owners about adoption and local animal welfare issues.

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    Fun for the Whole Family

    Bark In The Park San Jose, 2015
    Cassie Kifer

     Bark in the Park San Jose is fun for the whole family.