Tues., Jan. 1, 2013, 8 a.m. PST -- The124th Annual Rose Parade, with the Natural Balance Pet Foods' Float, "Canines with Courage," showcasing an exact replica of the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument to be dedicated later this year at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The float (#65 of 92 entries) salutes our nation's four-footed hero soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coast guards for saving countless thousands of American lives since World War II. If you can't be in Pasadena for the parade, check your TV listing for Jan. 1.
Sat., Jan. 12, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m. -- Dog Beach Cleanup, with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach. Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs
Sun., Jan. 13, 2013, 8 a.m.-12 Noon --
Petco 5K9 Walk Run 1-mile and 5k
event with pet & fitness expo, for people with and without a dog to get a healthy and active start to the New Year. At the Wyland Center in the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The expo is free, and entries with a dog are $34-49.
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 26 & 27, 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. --
Food and Water Bowl XXI Cat Show, sponsored by San Diego Cat Fanciers, featuring 450 exotic cats, 41 pedigrees, educational seminars, cat agility, and kitty adoptions. Tickets starting at $7, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Mon. & Tues., Feb. 11 & 12, 2013 -- 137th Westminster Kennel Club's All Breed Dog Show, with 3,200 dog entries among 187 breeds. Daytime judging at New York City's Piers 92/94, with evening judging at Madison Square Garden. Televised in San Diego on Monday eve. 8-11 p.m. on CNBC (TimeWarner 49, Cox SD 66, Cox North County 46, AT&T U-verse 216) and Tues. eve. 8-11 p.m. on USA (TimeWarner 34, Cox SD 235, Cox North County 46, AT&T U-verse 125). This year's top judge for Best in Show on Tues. eve. is Escondido's Michael Dougherty, after 50 years in the world of dogs. Dougherty and his wife currently run the 3-acre Windsong Resort for Pets in Escondido.
Sun., Feb. 17, 2013, 2 p.m. --
Bark in Balboa Park 7, free animal themed concert & pet parade at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, with civic organist Dr. Carol Williams and her rescue Airedale Dietrich Buxtehude Bell. Families and dogs on leash welcome, to benefit the San Diego Humane Society.
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 23 & 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. -- 2013 Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show, one of the nation's largest dog shows, including conformation, obedience, rally & agility competitions. Free admission, parking $10. Only dogs participating may attend, so please don't bring your pets. In the O'Brien, Bing Crosby and Exhibit Halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- 1st Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, sponsored by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens), with pet products, food & treats, and information, at 230 Quail Gardens Dr. in Encinitas. Registration is $6 to $24.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. -- San Diego
K9 Cancer Walk to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos. The goal of the walk is to raise $65,000 to fight canine cancer, the no. 1 cause of death in dogs over 2 years old.
Sat., March 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-12 Noon --
Paws in the Park, sponsored by the Escondido Humane Society to benefit animals in need, at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.
Sat., April 27, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 Noon --
11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup,
sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego, at more than 80 coastal and inland sites throughout San Diego County. Site Captains are still being sought for Julian, Alpine, Mira Mesa, and Allied Gardens, as well as needed sites in Spring Valley, Chollas Creek in Lemon Grove, and Del Rey Canyon in Chula Vista. Last year, 6,000 volunteers collected more than 150,000 lbs. of trash from entering our creeks and ocean. Join us at Ocean Beach-Dog Beach!
Sat., May 4, 2013, 7 a.m. to 12 Noon --
19th Annual 2013 Walk for Animals, sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, featuring a pancake breakfast, a scenic 2-mile (or 1/2-mile) walk, and doggie activities, to celebrate our love for animals while raising the vital funds needed to ensure that every homeless animal can find a loving home. At a NEW location at NTC Park at Liberty Station (with ample parking).