It's time to get Fido ready for some fun as Alameda pet stores have a lot of activities planned for pets and pet owners alike over the next week or so.
Alameda See Spot Run is celebrating its one-year anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the shop at 2510 Santa Clara Ave. The day will include drawings done by caricature artist Gene Hamm, pet-and-owner photo shoots taken by Amy Tolbert, food and drinks, music and raffle prizes.
Guests also cam visit with a "pet psychic" and catch a performance of doggy-dancers. To get an appointment with the psychic, call the store in advance at 510-523-7768. And show up early for drawings and photos, says store owner Cynthia Schorle.
Schorle is a longtime Island resident who left her job in the dental-supply field to open the store. Alameda See Spot Run, she notes, sells specialty pet products and also offers grooming services and holistic veterinary care.
Around the corner at Dog Bone Alley, kids in town can enter the Draw Your Pet picture contest through July 25. There will be prizes for the 6 and under, 7-9, 10 and up ages.
Winners may receive gift certificates for the store, at 1342 Park St., and Tucker's Ice Cream; they also will have their art displayed during the Park Street Art & Wine Faire, set for July 28-29. Drawings should be 11-by-14 inches or smaller and need the child's name, contact information (email or phone) and age on the back of the drawing.
Nearby, Alameda firefighters want to help the community enjoy the upcoming Park Street festival by hosting the group's annual pancake breakfast. The event starts at 9 a.m. on July 29 at Fire Station No. 1, 2401 Encinal Ave.
This event will include a raffle and viewing of the station's fire engines. The Island's firefighters hope to see you there!
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.