It’s here! 2019 is Here!! And we at The Pet Parlor know you’ve been waiting patiently for the cool pet-related happenings around Northwest Indiana (and a few cool extras!) – so here ya go!!

For starters, did you know that January is:

1 – Adopt a Rescued Bird Month (I had no idea this was a thing.)

2 – National Train Your Dog Month

3 – Walk Your Pet Month (this one makes ZERO sense to me … why would they have this day in JANUARY?? (Obviously this was not created by someone who lives in our region, huh?)


Biggest Loser-Pet Addition

Tue 12 PM · Gast Animal Hospital · Valparaiso, Indiana

Is your pet overweight? It is estimated that over 50% of all pets in the US are overweight, predisposing them to diabetes, heart disease and serious orthopedic problems. We are partnering with Blue Natural Veterinary Diets to bring you the Biggest Loser-Pet Edition. Dogs and cats will take part in a 6 month challenge to see who can lose the highest percentage of body weight. Participants will receive an initial exam and a weight loss tool kit and a free bag of BVD Weight Management food. Each pet will be required to come in at least once monthly (preferably every other week) to be measured and receive the new weight loss goal. The contest will begin January 1st 2019 and final weigh in will be on June 1st 2019. The winner will receive 6 month of BVD Weight Management food. We will also have prizes for 2nd and 3rd place for the pets that show good progress. We hope your pet will join us in starting a new healthy lifestyle. Let’s fight obesity together.

Jan. 2, 2019: 

National Pet Travel Safety Day.

Jan. 2, 2019: 

Happy Mew Year for Cats DayToday is “Happy Mew Year for Cats Day”.

My personal commentary: What the heck is that? And how do we celebrate it? Did the cats sleep through our human New Years? And why do cats get a different New (sorry, Mew) Year?


Humane Indiana Wildlife Winter Adventure Camp

Wed 9 AM · Humane Indiana Wildlife · Valparaiso, Indiana

Kids, the holiday season is winding down, but there is still plenty to celebrate! Children ages 6-11 are welcome to visit Humane Indiana’s Education Center for a three day camp about wildlife in winter. From making preparations in fall to hibernating during the coldest months in the year, our wildlife has to do some amazing things to survive in the great outdoors. Through interactive activities and lessons, campers will learn what it’s like to successfully survive the winter months. Campers will get a first-hand experience when they meet our native wildlife ambassadors, . Registration is required. Camp fee is $150.


Munster Library read to the dogs

Thu 6 PM · Munster Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Munster, Indiana


Winfield Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · Winfield Branch Library · Crown Point, Indiana


Name That Tune

Wed 9:30 AM · Gibson Woods Nature Preserve · Hammond, Indiana

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us each week as we familiarize ourselves with the bird songs we hear in Northwest Indiana throughout the year. Designed for adults. Register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

JAN 10

Birding Field Trip: Wolf Lake/Hammond Bird Sanctuary

Thu 9 AM · Gibson Woods Nature Preserve · Hammond, Indiana

Carpool with us to various locations to see what birds are wintering in our area. This trip takes us to Wolf Lake and the Hammond Bird Sanctuary. We will meet at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve at the designated times. Return times are approximate. Register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

JAN 12

Owl You Need Is Love

Sat 11 AM · 

Humane Indiana Wildlife · Valparaiso, Indiana

Meet and greet Humane Indiana’s Owl ambassadors! January 12, 2019 11-12PM or 1-2PM at 8149 Kennedy Ave Highland, IN January 26, 2019 11-12PM or 1-2PM at 566N 450E Valparaiso, IN Join our education staff as we teach about the different species of owls that spend their winters in Northwest Indiana. You’ll get a chance to meet our ambassador owls that call Humane Indiana Wildlife home. From the tiny Eastern Screech Owl to the fiercest night predator, the Great Horned Owl, these birds have some amazing adaptations to share. Attendees will even get a chance to meet a winter arctic visitor, the Snowy Owl, who is now a permanent resident of Humane Indiana Wildlife. A suggested donation fee of $10 gets you in to all the fun!

JAN 13

Evaluation for Power Paws for Kids

Sun 12 PM · Power Paws for Kids · Saint John, Indiana

Jan. 14 

Today is “National Dress Up Your Pet Day”

(Post your pics on our Pet Parlor Facebook page – we’d LOVE to see your babies!!)


JAN 19

Dyer-Schererville Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Schererville, Indiana

Jan. 22

 National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.

Ok, people… who come’s up with these??

Jan. 24 

Change a Pet’s Life Day.

Change a Pet’s Life Day.

JAN 19

#AllAnimalExpo Hammond

Sat 10 AM · Hammond Civic Center · Hammond, Indiana

Join us for Scott Smith’s All Animal Expo, an individual or family event where kids and pets are welcome! The show is 10am to 3pm. Parking is free. 11 & older $5.25 credit/debit $5 cash Kids 10 & under FREE Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @allanimalexpo #allanimalexpo

JAN 19

Independent Cat Society Semi-Annual Used Book Sale

Sat 10 AM · Moose Lodge 1357 · Valparaiso, Indiana

Book lovers unite! It is time for our semi-annual used book sale. Come stock up on your favorites. Saturday, January 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday, January 20st from 11 AM to 4PM Moose Lodge in Valparaiso 108 Indiana Ave. Browse hundreds of books Enter raffles Baked goods Food ICS Merchandise, cat toys and more! Please check back for more details and when we will begin accepting book donations.

JAN 21

HIW Mini Camp

Mon 9 AM · Humane Indiana Wildlife · Valparaiso, Indiana

Kids! Join us for a behind the scenes look at the day to day workings of Humane Indiana Wildlife. Campers will learn what it takes to intake and treat hundreds of wildlife each year. From intake to initial exams, determining treatment, making diets, and planning releases, there is much to be done to make our rehabilitation center and the animals within it successful. Join us on our journey through the rehabilitation process, let’s see where it takes us! A snack will be provided mid-day, but please pack your own lunch.

JAN 26

St John Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · St. John Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Saint John, Indiana

Jan 27

Indiana Birding: Crash Course

Sun 11 AM · Residences at Coffee Creek · Chesterton, Indiana

Join Indiana Audubon Society for a special four-hour introduction to birding workshop. Each workshop, held statewide, is led by IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner, and features a jam packed schedule, looking at all things birding. This hands-on workshop is designed for both beginning bird watchers and general nature enthusiasts looking to learn more about the birds around their neighborhood and where to enjoy birds statewide. A sample of the topics covered include: History of Ornithology Parts of a Bird Bird-watching in Indiana Bird Banding and Citizen Science Using Binoculars and Field Guides Finding Birds Bird Sounds ID Intro Identifying the Common Species In Indiana This workshop will take place in Chesterton at the new Residences at Coffee Creek Community. Participants should bring binoculars if you have them, and a good pair of sturdy hiking shoes. Binoculars will also be provided to practice with. Each workshop will include indoor and outdoor portions. Lunch is being provided with this workshop, courtesy the Residences at Coffee Creek. Registration is required and can be made using the registration ticket system below. Registration is $20, with discounts available for both Indiana Audubon and residents of the Residences at Coffee Creek. Limited space is available for this workshop. Thanks to the Residences at Coffee Creek for hosting this workshop

Jan. 29

Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary.

I don’t really understand this … Is it a National holiday or what? Maybe one of you nice people could explain this to me??

That’s it! Let us know what fun stuff YOU did with your pet this January! We’ll see you in February and in the meantime: THINK SPRING!