Lake Oswego earns title of pet-friendly town with Pets on Parade

If Dr. Doolittle could talk to the animals, he would hear them say, “Move to Lake Oswego!” It’s a pet-friendly town by any critter’s standards. In this small residential community of over 36,000 there are more than three doggie day cares including one that offers specific breed playgroups as well as a complimentary one at the Saturday Farmer’s Market, several pet sitting businesses (not to mention the neighbor’s kid who is looking to earn a few extra bucks this summer), pet supply stores, pet photographers and portrait artists, veterinarians, an Invisible Fence store and an off-leash dog park.

And since everyone loves a parade—even pets—on June 5, the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Pets on Parade, a popular event returning to the summertime lineup of activities at Millennium Plaza Park beginning at 2pm (registration starts at 1pm).

While dogs and their masters are the most common entrants, last year featured a horse. Participants can compete in four categories:

  • Dressed to Impress – everything from tutus and overalls have been featured on the animals as well as their masters
  • Entertainers – these range from a dog who did a piggy back on his master’s back to the pet with a sudden case of stage fright that does nothing and still manages to entertain
  • Me & My Shadow –owner and pet look alike contest
  • It’s a Small World featuring small pets

Trophies are awarded for first and second place in each category by a panel of judges from the community which in the past has featured such local celebrities as the mayor and city councilors. Close to 25-30 entrants strut their pet’s stuff in each category, with an enthusiastic audience cheering them on.

All comers are welcome at Lake Oswego's Pets on Parade

Immanuel Kant once said, “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” I have a feeling I know what Kant would say about the heart of a city with doggie day care, pet sitters, a dog park and even a parade—it’s a doggone good place to be!

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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