Fenway Park Went to the Dogs

Shelter Dogs Had Great Time At Fenway Park

We just had to share some of our photos from this past Saturday’s Futures at Fenway Dog Days event. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. There were hundreds of dogs (including two of our own adoptable shelter dogs) in the stands, doggie pools, treats and we had a veterinarian and technician on hand in case there were any emergencies.

Thank you to Futures at Fenway and Fenway Park for allowing us to participate in this exciting event and also thank you to our volunteers who represented the League. A pawsome time was had by all!

Did you and your pup attend Saturday’s event? Tweet your photos to us @arlboston. We’d love to see them, especially if you have an ARL alum!

07-31 Fenway Park Challenge Photo

Photo Credit: Aoife Austin

Our number one goal was to spread the word about our summer campaign of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31. We think people got the message!


Photo credit: Maria L. Uribe

Photo credit: Maria L. Uribe

The first dog parade at Fenway Park captured on the big screen!

Photo Credit: Aoife Austin

Photo Credit: Aoife Austin

Looks like seven-month-old Rodeo is a Red Sox fan!


Canines and Cocktails June 19 at the Seaport Hotel

Laura Spinello of North Andover with Otis at a Canines & Cocktails event in Boston, Seaport Hotel photograph by Erik Jacobs courtesy of the Boston Globe.

Laura of North Andover with Otis at a Canines & Cocktails event in Boston, Seaport Hotel. Photograph by Erik Jacobs courtesy of the Boston Globe.

In the words of our friends at the Seaport Hotel “What’s better than a cold one and a cold nose?”

Join us for Canines and Cocktails on Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. on the Terrace at the Seaport Hotel! Bring your dog, mingle and have a puptail! Specialty treats for your canine friend will also be provided. If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry, there will be plenty of pups for you to get your fill. The best part is that while you’re winding down with your pup and your friends, you’ll be supporting animals in need. The Animal Rescue League of Boston will receive $5 for every person who attends, so invite your friends!

The Seaport Hotel is located at 1 Seaport Ln. in Boston, right on the water. We can’t think of a better way to relax after a long day, and we hope you’ll join us!

Want to attend more events like this? Become a member of the League’s Young Professional Group today! Once your membership is processed we will send you a link to the official Facebook Group where all upcoming events and news are featured.

From your dog's p.o.v.

The event from your dog’s p.o.v.

Sniffing For Fun

Nose Model: Bridget (currently available for adoption) Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Nose Model: Bridget (available for adoption)
Photo: Maria L. Uribe

We continue National Train Your Dog Month with some fun training tips from one of our expert dog trainers, Cheryl Oelschlagel, CPDT-KA, who teaches a dog training class called “Sniffing For Fun.”

There are so many fun things you can train your dog to do and using her nose is one of them. A nose game session once or twice a week where a dog is using her brain and senses to their utmost limit, tires your dog far more than a hour of strenuous exercise.

Not only are they fun, they’ll help exercise your dogs brain and encourage her to pay attention to you. One caution: Food-based scent games may be inappropriate for dogs that guard food or toys. Get help to resolve such issues before you play.

Game #1: Find It – First, show your dog how the game works. Show her a treat and toss it on the ground a few feet away. Give her the okay to find the treat, saying “Find It.” Not only can she smell it, she saw where you tossed it. But after you do a few reps so she’s clear on how this game works, you can make the puzzle harder. Put her in a stay, and hide the treat under something (towel) or behind something (chair). Go to several spots and pretend to hide a treat in each one, but actually hide only one treat. Keep her in sight at all times, of course. Return to her and release her from the stay, tell her “Find It.” Watch her search for the treat.

Model: Stella (currently available for adoption)Photo:Maria L. Uribe

Model: Stella (currently available for adoption)
Photo:Maria L. Uribe

Game #2: Lay a Scent Trail at Home; Play this game in your yard or indoors. If you’re indoors, you may want to choose a room with a tile or linoleum floor. Have your dog out of the room, or inside if you’re playing outdoors, and in her absence lay a scent trail to a hiding place where you leave the treat. To lay the trail outside, drop tiny pieces of the treat every few inches along your route, with a big treat bonus at the end. Indoors, you can rub the treat along the floor to leave a trail. The first few times you play, make the trail short to help your dog learn how the game works. Now bring your dog and show her the starting point of the trail. I think the next step is an obvious one, and so will your dog. As your dog gets better at the game, make the trail longer. Indoors, stop leaving a continuous rubbed line of scent instead, rub the floor for an inch or two and then leave a patch of clean floor before the next scent rub along your trail. This way you form a dotted line of scent, and she has to work harder to follow it.

Model: Lizzy (available for adoption)Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Model: Lizzy (available for adoption)
Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Game #3: Hide Food-Dispensing Toys around the house. Even a well-exercised home-alone dog can get bored. I often recommend that any food not being used as training rewards be delivered to your dog in food-dispensing puzzle toys. But you can go one better by dividing some food among three or four such toys and hiding them around the house. The first few times you play, let your dog see you hiding the toys. She might happen to sniff them out anyway, but it helps to clue her in that you’re giving her a new game. Use the same number of toys every time; dogs have a rudimentary sense of number, so that way she’ll know how many she has to find. As your dog gets better at the game, make the toys harder to find by placing them on different levels of your house and behind and under furniture. Use dry food / treats rather than canned food. A word of advice: Don’t hide toys under the sofa cushions, okay?!

If you’re interested in exploring nose games with your dog, check out “Sniffing for Fun” on our dog training page.

Don’t Miss This Pet Friendly Holiday Event!


Credit: Maria Uribe

Always wished that your canine companion could join you in some holiday fun? Well this is a tree lighting that celebrates the amazing pets in your life while helping animals in need, and your four-legged-friend is more than welcome to join the fun! Additionally, it’s only about two blocks away from our Boston Adoption Center, so stop by and see who’s looking for a new home this holiday season!

tree_lightingJoin us today for our tree lighting on the BCA Plaza in the heart of Boston’s South End! An afternoon of family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the SouthEnd holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino! Also featuring the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Holiday Tree for Pets. The festivities begin at 3pm and the League’s tree lighting will take place at approximately 4pm. Our lead sponsor, Polkadog Bakery will have goodies for your pup and there will be plenty of fun photo opportunities for you and your pet! We hope to see you this afternoon and remember we will be hanging ornaments on the tree throughout the month of December.

“Thank you” to our generous sponsors:

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