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Dog-Related Events on Tap for the 2017 Holidays

Want to get pet photos with Santa, paint your pup, or meet Mr. Claus this holiday season? Here are some December events—plus two in January—you might want to put on your calendar.

 Annual Petite Fine Art Photo Shoots

Ellen Shershow of J’adore le Chien Pet Photography fame, in partnership with Wag Hotels and Pawderosa Pet Care, presents Petite Fine Art Photo Shoots. Dec. 2-8, six Bay Area locations.

GDB Graduations

Guide Dogs for the Blind holds public graduation ceremonies at the organization’s campus in San Rafael every other Saturday in 2017. Graduations allow puppy raisers to present the dogs that they raised and bring together the community with the GDB Class of ’17, which coincides with GDB’s 75th anniversary. Graduation day public tours of the campus are offered at 10:30 a.m. or noon on the days of the ceremonies. Pre-registered large tour groups are welcome. 1:30 p.m., Nov. 25 and Dec. 23, Guide Dogs for the Blind California Campus, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael.

GGLRR Pet Photos With Santa & Pet Adoption Fair

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue schedules Pet Photos With Santa and lets parents and kids in on the act. Proceeds go o GGLRR to help rescue Bay Area Labs. $15 for framed 4 x 6 full color print, $25 for three high-resolution digital images, $30 for framed print and high-rez images. Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Food Express (Blossom Hill), 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek. Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Food Express, 372 Woodside Plaza, Redwood City.

Holiday Hounds: Pooch Pictures with Santa

Bring your canine kids to the Rockridge Cole Hardware Store to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. Proceeds support the Milo Foundation. You go home with a 5 x 7 keepsake photo. Register so Cole Hardware has an idea of how many dog treats to have around. The Rockridge store manager found her newest canine companion at Milo.
Dec. 3, 2-6  p.m., Cole Hardware, 5533 College Ave., Oakland.

K911 Paint4Paws Fundraiser 

Bindu joins in this paint night fundrasiser for K911, a nonprofit that rescues cats/kittens (Kitty911) and dogs/puppies (Throw Me a Bone) from local shelters and the community; provides them medical and spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and micropchips; and finds them homes. Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Cap’s Oak Street Bar & Grill, 144 Oak St., Brentwood. Questions? Contact Kathy Cabrera,;,

Paint Your Pet—Holiday Edition

Back by popular demand, the San Francisco SPCA will be hosting another Paint Your Pet event. This is a unique and fun opportunity to paint holiday ornaments that feature your pet(s). Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m., San Francisco SPCA—Mission Campus, Geraldi Building, 250 Florida St., San Francisco.

Paws & Relax—A Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

Paint a unique portrait of your pet on pre-sketched canvasses with a pet portrait guide, local artist Ammo, providing instructions. Students must supply a high-resolution digital image of their pet upon registering and bring a printout, photo, or smart device with their pet’s image to use as a reference while painting. $59 per painter, classes limited to 15 students, must be 18 or older. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek,

Photos with Santa “Claws”

Bring your furry, feathered, or scaly family member to have a photo taken with Mr. Claws. Dec. 16-17, noon-3 p.m., $10 suggested donations, Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward.

Santa Paws at SF SPCA—Mission Campus

The San Francisco SPCA hosts Santa Paws at its Mission Campus. You and your pooch can get a close-up with Mr. Claus. Bring your dog for a holiday photo. No RSVP required. Dec. 9, 11 a.m., SF SPCA—Mission Campus, Geraldi Building, 250 Florida St., San Francisco.

Santa Paws at SF SPCA—Pacific Heights Campus

The San Francisco SPCA is hosting Santa Paws at its Pacific Heights Campus. You and your pet can get a close-up with Mr. Claus. Bring your pet for a holiday photo. No RSVP required. Dec. 2., 11 a.m., San Francisco SPCA—Pacific Heights Campus, 2343 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

Santa Paws Holiday Show—Olate Dogs

An America’s Got Talent winner for their tricks and conga line dancing, the Olate Dogs—led by father-son team Richard and Nicholas Olate—perform tricks, from balancing on wheels and riding scooters to jumping rope and doing back flips, in Livermore. Human acrobats are also part of the act. No pets. Dec. 23, 2 p.m., Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Santa Visits Nick’s Cove

Santa Claus visits Tomales Bay, arriving by “water sleigh” and docking at the Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages, his seventh annual visit. Children, pets, and families can take professional photos with Santa. Also a Toy Drop Site for Toys for Tots. On Dec. 3, those who donate receive a gift certificate for $50 off a January cottage stay, a $5 wooden Nick’s Nickel good anytime, and holiday treats. Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m., The Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove, 23240 Highway 1, Marshall.

Save the Date

The Bay Area Pet Con

A free indoor event for pet lovers and their animal pals includes exhibitors, prize giveaways, rescue groups, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives, nail trims, demonstrations, entertainment, author readings and book signings, pet products, and more. Jan. 13-14, Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose.

The GGKC’s 2018 dog show is the premier benched dog show on the West Coast and  provides chances to meet and learn about hundreds of breeds. Jan. 27-28, $18 general admssion, $15 children/seniors, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

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Main article photo by: Photo of Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show by aforonda