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Dog-friendly cinema screenings and 5 other things to do with your pooch

by Grace McGettigan
30th Jan 2020

Fancy taking your pooch for a dog-friendly day out in Dublin? Here are five ideas worth considering 

Dare we say it? There’s a grand ol’ stretch in the evening and we can’t wait to get out and about with our four-legged friends.

If you too are looking for dog-friendly things to do over the coming weeks, here are six suggestions (from brunch to a doggy table quiz).

Dog-friendly cinema date

Pálás cinema in Galway is hosting a dog-friendly screening of Parasite on Sunday, February 9. Organisers said, “In honour of Zoonie, Berry, and Foofoo from Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, we’re excited to host a doggie screening of the Oscars’ Best Picture nominee.”

A ticket for one doggy + one human is €10, or you can buy a ticket for one doggy + two humans for €20.

Puppy Love

Dogs Trust’s Valentines-themed education event will be held in their rehoming centre on Saturday, February 15. Attendees will be offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the centre, where they will learn about how Dogs Trust match-makes owners with dogs. There will also be an arts and crafts session, where the children can make their own fabric puppy, complete with an adoption certificate. Not only that, but attendees will be treated to a live performance of ‘Shakespaw in Love’ – a play about an abandoned puppy on a quest to find a forever home. Volunteers from the group of attendees will be invited to play each character.

Tickets cost €5 each, or a family ticket is available for €18.

Photo by Dogs Trust

Canicross or Cani-hike

Canicross is the sport of running cross-country with dogs. Not only is it a great form of exercise for you and your dog, but it’s also a fun opportunity to socialise with like-minded people and their pets. There are some pieces of equipment you’ll need – such as a well-fitting harness for your dog and a waist belt to attach his bungee line to your body. More information about this can be found at k9fitness.ie.

If running cross-country sounds too difficult, why not consider cani-hike? K9 Fitness is running a class on Sunday, February 2 for anyone considering getting involved. Equipment is available to borrow on the day – so there’s no long-term commitment. Organisers say there is no running involved whatsoever; the class is a power-walking class that will incorporate a few hills to keep the heart rate up.

Tickets are €15.

Brunch at Two Pups Coffee

Located at 74 Francis St, Two Pups Coffee is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Whether you fancy poached eggs and avocado, or smoked haddock and wild garlic croquettes, you can enjoy a meal and a coffee with your dog by your side.

Two Pups CoffeePhoto by @two_pups_coffee of Instagram

Doggy Valentine’s Ball

Doyle’s Corner in Phibsborough, Dublin 7 is hosting a special Valentine’s Ball for dog owners and their ‘partners’. While you indulge in a three-course meal, your four-legged friend will be treated to a complimentary bottle of Snuffle Doggy Beer (along with a little gift from the pub). From 8:30 pm, a doggy-themed table quiz will take place, followed by live music and a doggy mingling session.

Dinner bookings are accepted for any time between 6 pm and 8 pm with a non-refundable booking deposit of €10 per person required.

The Space Between

Located at 28 Fenian Street in Dublin, the Space Between is a warm, welcoming space where everyone’s invited (including your dogs). With a variety of yoga and meditation classes on offer, as well as cups of tea and miscellaneous events, it’s a wonderful place to socialise with your pup.

For a full outline of class costs, visit thespacebetween.ie/pricing.

Feature photo: Helena Lopes from Pexels

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