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'Dog Days of Summer' Event Lets Pups Explore Botanical Garden, Benefits Animal Welfare


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The “dog days” of summer technically refer to the position of Sirius (the “dog star”) in the night sky and, as National Geographic pointed out in 2015, they “don’t correspond neatly with the heat” since they can occur at different times based on latitude. Yet the phrase has been firmly redefined over the years to simply signify the hottest days of July or August — when dogs (and their owners) can appear deflated, incapacitated, even crazy from the heat.

An annual favorite benefiting local animal welfare organizations, the Dog Days of Summer invites four-legged friends to blow off some of that seasonal steam while sniffing and exploring nearly all 38 acres of the serene San Antonio Botanical Garden, enhanced for the occasion with an abundance of water bowls. While the Culinary Garden, the Family Adventure Garden and the Children’s Vegetable Garden are off limits to pups, the Texas Native Trail, the Rose Garden, the East Texas Pinewoods and Lake are all free to roam. In addition to “dog activities,” the weekend outing includes information tables provided by Animal Care Services and pet adoptions facilitated by SNIPSA and the San Antonio Humane Society.

$9-$12 + $5 per leashed dog, 9am-5pm Sat Aug 4-Sun Aug 5, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., (210) 536-1400,

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