Our illustrious President does not have a dog. They say he’s the first in about 130 years not to own one. Why is that something he catches flak over? Because the family dog is a part of the American Dream, as quintessential as the family home or the family car. Americans have an affinity for canines because we understand that these loyal animals give an incredible amount of emotional currency to us, in return for a mere occasional cleanup or rainstorm walk. Reduce America to graphic designer-drawn icons, and the dog is right there next to the apple pie.
Next in the row? Baseball. Yes, that boring-yet-fascinating pastime is never going to leave us alone, so you might as well get your dog (You have one, right? Are your papers in order?) and bring him or her to the Portland Sea Dogs’ annual Bark in the Park at Hadlock Field (271 Park Ave.) on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. This is the one day a year where pooches are welcome in the stadium, albeit in a special section, and invited to participate in a pre-game dog parade around the bases, all to benefit the Planet Dog Foundation, which does wonders for dogs that aren’t lucky enough to have a family like yours yet. Tickets are $10 (you have to pay for your dog too), and you can see the info online at http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t546 .
Or, if you really can’t stand the sport, how about a summertime road trip instead? Especially if you already live south of Portland, it’s a scenic jaunt to Barks for Brews at Henniker Brewing Company (129 Centervale Rd, Henniker, NH), a few days sooner, Saturday, June 17, from noon to 4 p.m. It’s the inaugural event. You could say, “I was at the very first one.” Henniker will offer tours, flights of local craft beers at a discount, and the piece de resistance, the Pope Memorial SPCA will be on site from 1 to 3 p.m. with adoptable pets. Dogs already in the family are welcome to attend. If you’re about to make the decision to welcome an animal into your life, we recommend taking care of that before enjoying too many flights. Natch. See more at http://www.popememorialspca.org/.