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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (2009)

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Put me in coach ... I'm ready to play

Imagine your dog breaking into song:  Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd …. Did you know that several major league baseball teams put on “Bark in the Park” promotional events?  The San Francisco Giants have been doing it the longest – having just held its “13th Annual Dog Days of Summer.”  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the most “Pup Nights” – five spread throughout the 2009 season.  A cool side benefit is that a portion of ticket sales are donated to local non-profit organizations that help animals in need.

A properly trained owner and a well socialized dog are prerequisites to attend these games since (1) there is normally one designated entrance where many dogs may congregate until the gate opens and (2) only certain sections are reserved for people with pooches to sit and watch the game.  If you join in the festivities, remember to bring proof of your pup’s rabies vaccination (a current tag should suffice).  Call the ticket office to confirm other particulars.

The following teams have already played pet friendly games:

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – April 21
  • Florida Marlins – April 24
  • Atlanta Braves – May 3
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – May 12
  • Cincinnati Reds – May 19
  • Chicago White Sox – May 20
  • Texas Rangers – June 28
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – June 30
  • Oakland A’s – July 17
  • Toronto Blue Jays – July 26
  • San Francisco Giants – August 1

However, there are still seven dog friendly games left in the regular season.  If you live near these ball parks, grab your whole family and let your canine ruff, ruff, ruff for the home team.

  • San Diego Padres – Tuesday, August 18
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 25
  • Atlanta Braves – Sunday, September 6
  • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, September 15
  • Texas Rangers, Sunday, September 20
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 22
  • Kansas City Royals – Sunday, September 27

Note: Many minor league baseball teams have similar dog-at-the-park promotions.  Check them out, too!

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