It most definitely feels like the dog days of summer, but this post is really about the actual dogs -- specifically, all the fun that can be had with them in Hendricks County. I wanted to share a few places and events that will help you have a little fun with your furry, four-legged friends.

Brownsburg's Bow Wow Bash - VirtualBow Wow Bash Ball Drop

Known as Hendricks County’s largest adoption event, this summer festival scheduled Sept. 25-27 is going virtual this year due to concerns about the safety of the volunteers and visitors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But this event remains all about the dogs despite it not occurring at Williams Park like usual and still benefits Misty Eyes Animal Center.

The event will include a virtual dog blessing, virtual dog contests and online silent auction. Additionally, if you're looking to adopt a dog, that will not change either as they still will host an online adoption event. 

In addition to the fun already listed above, you can still watch the popular Bow Wow Splash online, and the event will still conclude with the Misty Eyes ball drop

You can find more information, provide donations since they aren't hosting the live event and sign-up for contests here.

Puppy Pool Party at Splash Island

You read that right. It's a pool party for the pups. This annual Puppy Pool Party will be Sept. 12 at Splash Island Family Waterpark, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield. The party is so great that families look forward to it all year! Of course, Splash Island is always a guarantee when it comes to summer fun, but the opportunity to bring your sweet Fido? It can't get better.

Designated swim times are assigned based on weight. Small dogs are those 30 pounds and under. Large dogs, well, that's any dog over 30 pounds. This year small dogs can swim from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Large dogs get their turn to do the doggie paddle from 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Admission is $10 per pup. All proceeds benefit the Hendricks County Humane Society. 

Pre-registration is preferred by visiting the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center and proof of vaccination records are due at time of registration. Call (317) 839-7665 for more information. 

This pool party has become a tradition for many. Mark your calendars for this event, and make it your new end of-summer tradition.

COVID-19 Update: Masks will be required for all humans.

Paw Street BakeryPaw Street Bakery

Special events are always great, but there's good news. We have some year-around, pup-friendly attractions in Hendricks County, too. Head to Paw Street Bakery, 120 E. Main St., Plainfield, with your furry friend for some yummy treats.

As the name suggests, this bakery and shop celebrates and serves those with paws. Here, you'll find a vast selection of flavors, colors and sizes, something for every pup. They even stock a freezer of puppy frozen yogurt.

You'll also find a selection of pup gear and supplies.

Celebrating a special event and looking to include your pup? Want to give the kiddos a chance to get a special treat for your furry family member? You can special order a variety of treats.

Dog Parks

Did you know that Hendricks County now has three dog parks? These parks offer a great opportunity for those looking to help their pup find some other four-legged friends, and those that need a little space to let their dogs run and play. Here are your options:

  • Cardinal Bark Park - 3432 Hornaday Road, Brownsburg. The newest to Hendricks County, this two-acre dog park is a short walk from the B&O Trail and is maintained by Brownsburg Parks. The monthly membership fee is $8 per dog for Brownsburg residents and $10 per dog for non-residents. You may register up to three dogs. 
  • Paw Park - County Road 575 East, Avon. This was the first pup park in the county and is maintained by Washington Township Parks.  Annual membership costs $50 for one pup with a discount offered for additional dogs.
  • Bark Park - 1007 Longfellow Drive, Plainfield. This pup park is maintained by Plainfield Parks and Recreation. Members of the Recreation Center can get an annual Bark Park pass for $20 per pup. Residents who are not members of the recreation center can get an annual membership for $30 and non-members pay $40.

All three parks are well maintained and offer tons of year-around freedom and fun. All require registration and proof of vaccinations for membership. Click on the links above for all the details.

Dog Daze at the MazeDog Daze at the Maze at Beasley's Orchard

I definitely couldn't leave out this fall favorite at Beasley's Orchard in Danville. Every Fall, on the last weekend of the farm's annual 8-acre corn maze, Beasley's invites families to bring their dogs to enjoy the maze.

The mission of this two-day event is to raise money and awareness for local animal rescue groups. Beasley's Orchard donates a portion of the maze proceeds from the event to the local rescue groups in attendance. Even better, there will also be dogs there for families to adopt!  

You can also participate in the pet costume contest, talent contest or many other activities. This annual tradition has become a family favorite.