Visiting Three Festivals in One Day


During Portland’s glorious summers, there’s something going on every weekend. Sometimes there’s several things all at once and you have to try to cram in everything. On Saturday, Mr. N and I were out and about the entire day running from one event to another.

After his training class, we went to the Oregon Berry Festival. I’ve gone to the festival every year since we moved to Portland because I could happily live off berries. After tasting various berry liqueurs, jellies, and other berry products, I bought a berry galette from Bakeshop to take home.

Mr. N is not berry-inclined but he accepted a sample of goat cheese. And then he met the biggest berry of them all!

Our next stop was Furever Pets which was hosting a pet fair with various rescues and vendors. Mr. N got a ridiculous amount of treats (I saved some for later) and petting from the booths we visited.

Ruffwear had a booth and I talked to them about their sizing for small dogs and how Mr. N’s xxs harness is still a little too big. My treat bag that I had because of class that morning is a Ruffwear product (they don’t make it anymore) and they took a picture of it with Mr. N to show their co-workers.

There was also this company that instead of traditional daycare will take your dog on off-leash hikes. Mr. N might like it if he weren’t such a velcro dog. Seems like it would be a good option for high energy dogs though. And the staff are all certified trainers.

Someone at the store asked if Mr. N was also on sale for five dollars to which I replied his upkeep is a lot more than that monthly!

We were home just long enough for me to shower and eat a belated lunch and then we were off to our third festival of the day, The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. It is the oldest continuous free jazz festival west of the Mississippi River.

Mr. N is not a jazz connoisseur and wanted to wander about saying hello to the neighboring blanket people but he eventually settled down. I took him for a walk around the park during a break between sets and we ran into a cat on a leash. Mr. N was very excited but I thought it best not to let him meet the cat.

When we got home, he didn’t want to go in and wanted to go for a walk. Crazy boy. It’s like I did nothing with him all day!




28 Responses

  1. Cascadian Nomads Bethany

    July 25, 2014 9:09 am

    That is a busy PDX day! Those off-leash adventure companies scare me… I know two people who permanently lost their dogs on hikes with companies like that. What is wrong with on-leash adventures? Even high energy dogs like Mr. N (and Wilhelm) don't get worn out whether the leash is on or off so I say stay on the safe side!

    • Tenacious Little Terrier

      July 25, 2014 9:55 pm

      It's horrible that those people lost their dogs. I most likely wouldn't send Mr. N because I don't know if he would enjoy himself without me plus he doesn't always think he has to listen to people who are not me.
      I do take Mr. N off leash hiking occasionally though. It tires him out "more" than leash hikes. He enjoys getting to explore and he's velcro enough so that he will check in if he goes more than a certain distance. I would not take a husky off-leash hiking though!

  2. Jackie Bouchard

    July 26, 2014 12:52 am

    Busy day! That would have wiped Rita out! That "off-leash" hiking thing is a bit disturbing. Since I would never hike w/ Rita off leash, I'd hate to come upon a group of off-leash dogs. And aren't there leash laws there? Seems kinda odd. I wouldn't trust my dog with a place that was going to let him/her off leash.

  3. 2browndawgs

    July 26, 2014 11:30 am

    The picture with the berry made me smile. 🙂

    I am not sure I would like someone to take my dog on off leash hikes. I think that would make me a bit nervous. I guess if the person knew the dog and had trained the dog, then maybe. I know we have left our dogs with retriever trainers so it should not be that different, but with retriever training they are also boarded.

  4. PawsandPedals

    July 29, 2014 11:15 am

    Looks like it was a great day out. Love the sound of the doggy daycare but out yonder into the wild….wonder how they manage to do it offleash – must be awesome trainers 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your day

  5. Beth

    August 8, 2014 3:32 am

    Wow! That sounds like a busy day. Barley and I don't get to enjoy festivals together since she doesn't do well with kids or other dogs, but the Geneva Grape Jamboree is in our neighborhood every September, so we usually take a really early morning walk both days it's going on so that she can enjoy the smells of all the fair food cooking and get some love from the vendors who are setting up. Then I go back and enjoy the festival with my friends while she naps 🙂 Glad Mr. N got to have such fun adventures!

  6. Rochelle

    January 21, 2017 12:41 am

    Wow! Lots to do! We have lots of events in NYC that I would love to bring Henry to, but his reactivity just makes me too nervous. I'm impressed with how well Mr. N does!

  7. Dash Kitten

    January 21, 2017 4:19 am

    Oh what a brilliant day! I love the idea of a berry festival and yeah I am with you on berry diet YUM!!!

    I can't believe Mr N STILL wanted a walk after three festivals in ONE DAY *eyeroll* that guy has massive energy!!!

  8. raisingyourpetsnaturally

    January 22, 2017 11:29 pm

    Wow! What a really fun day! I love having dog days like Mr. N had. I'd be curious about that off-leash hike…I know my dog training insurance clearly states a dog must be confined at all times. Just a little FYI. 😉

  9. Cathy Armato

    January 23, 2017 1:09 am

    Mr. N certainly gets around! I'm glad he enjoyed meeting his public at the festival. He really has boundless energy doesn't he? Adorable photos!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  10. Christine Caplan

    January 23, 2017 1:26 am

    Wow. Summer feels like such a long time ago – and the berry festival looks awesome. And I have not been to the jazz festival but it looks like so much FUN. I'll add to the list for this summer! Please let it come soon!

  11. Ruth Epstein

    January 23, 2017 3:47 am

    Wow what a great day, I love those pet fairs as it is great to see what new treats are on the market plus the samples makes it easier to see what she will like and not like and thus be not stuck with packages of treats.
    I have Jazz going on a lot of the time in the house as I love it and its soothing so I think LOL likes it too, she sleeps and as for blanket hopping well welcome to Layla's world as many times when we are in the park and people have blankets she blanket hops all happy and thank goodness everyone is great about it. I have seen cats on leashes but like you keep her away


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