July 8, 2008

Dog-friendly Movies in the Park

Hey dogs! Here's some summer fun you can take your people to: Outdoor movies in Petaluma parks! The film fun begins this week on July 12 with Bee Movie, at McNear Park, 11th & G Streets. The movie starts at 8:45 P.M. You can get there as early as 4:30 to put out your blanket. Or maybe at 6:30 when the food goes on sale.

Another movie series begins at Prince Park, 2301 E. Washington St., on July 26 with a showing of Nacho Libre.

I was howling happy when Robin Harrigan, producer of Movies in the Park, explained the dog pawlicy to me: "If you're a friendly-type dog and promise not to bite, pee on blankets, or cause a ruckus, then you're welcome at Movies in the Park." Woof!

Ms. Harrigan's Shitzu, Beau, offered some helpful tips: If you get tired of a movie at McNear Park, you can "take time for relaxation and reflection in the car, under the shade trees. . . . [Dogs might not want to] attend the movies at Prince Park since there isn't much shade available there."

I believe Beau's more interested in the aesthetics of trees than in being the Jan Wahl of dogs. What impresses me is Beau's smarts about knowing his limits in the heat and sun. Which reminds me, we should take our water bottles, and maybe cooling vests and mats — though Petaluma evenings are known to be cool.

If you're a real film buff, you might want to spend the whole movie dogging your person's blanket, riveted to the big screen. Better take your dog snacks, or else you'll be tempted to snag people's popcorn, pizza, or ice cream — just some of the goodies sold before the movies start.

Pant alert: BBQ or hot dogs will be sold at some showings.

All this fun for a small suggested $4 adult human/$2 kid donation at the door. (Parks have doors? Would they be "out"doors?) You're entered to win prizes when donation is paid at the "out"door. People interested in being a sponsor or an on-screen advertiser can email info@petalumamovies.com, or call 707-694-9888.

The Movies in the Park website www.petalumamovies.com has complete schedules and info for both series, which run until almost the end of September. You can also call for info at 707-694-9888.

Shouldn't a town named PETaluma be the furfect host for dog-friendly events?

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