More than 150 people and close to 100 dogs showed up for the inaugural dog and beer event at Hunters Point Park South earlier this month.
The organizer, Rick Hall, who runs the event company Paws & Pints, was so encouraged by the turnout that he has already scheduled another event. The next dog and beer mixer will be held at LIC Landing—the same location– on Saturday, July 26, he said.
“We got three times the turnout of what we expected,” Hall said, adding that people even showed up without dogs just to see what it was all about.
The concept is to bring dog owners together for a beer, while also providing their dogs with the excitement of a local dog run.
The event went so well that Hall said he will be holding it monthly until the end of October.
“The dog owners are looking for a place to socialize and they also want their dogs to socialize,” Hall said.
Attendees to the events will receive a wristband that entitles them to discounted food and beer at LIC Landing by Coffeed. However, in order to get a wristband, there is a suggested donation of $10.
The $10 is then used to raise funds for Patriot Paws, a Texas-based organization that provides working service dogs to veterans at no charge. At the first event, $522 was raised.
The dogs that attend will receive treats, toys and the company of other dogs.
Hall said that the events will also be used as an opportunity to remind dog owners of some of the basic rules of the park—such as no dogs are permitted to be on the grass.
Date: July 26 (Saturday)
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: LIC Landing