Oh my, we got sooo busy with pet sitting (and life stuff) that I dropped the ball on this! I hope you’ll forgive us?? (I know that you are animal lovers, so I’m pretty sure you’ll overlook this ball dropping!)

DECEMBER means It’s

  • National Cat Lover’s Month. (I’m a fan, lol!!)

  • Dec. 2, 2019 is National Mutt Day. (I’ve got one of those … aka “mix”)

  • Dec. 15, 2019: National Cat Herders Day. Ummm, I actually had to look this one up. Apparently this day is for individuals who seem like they’re assigned to the impossible. Cat Herders Day recognizes the frustration of attempting to handle the uncontrollable – whether it’s work, home, school or other parts of human existence – if it seems like keeping it together is akin to herding felines, today is your day.

Way Cool December Pet-related Events You HAVE To Check Out!!

So, not a ton of pet-related happenings in Northwest Indiana during the December month, but here are some cool local events you may want to check out:


Read to the Dogs/Munster

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


Pop Up Market by Lovin’ Tails

Fri 10 AM · Southlake Mall · Merrillville, Indiana

Lovin’ Tails is doing a pop-up at Southlake Mall, Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8 during regular mall hours!

Browse dog treats, grain-free dog treats, and select some to bring home to your best pal!

Here is what the owner has to say:

With all the pet food recalls and the dangerous treats coming from overseas, I knew my Sasha and Taz deserved something safer and tastier. I started playing around with healthy ingredients and started baking their treats. Seeing how much my furry kids loved the treats, I decided I should start offering a healthy, tasty treat for all pet parents. Thus Lovin’ Tails was born. Lovin’ Tails uses only quality ingredients that not only your pet could eat but so could the pet parent! We do not put any ingredients in our treats that you can’t pronounce. We only use USA products in our treats, absolutely nothing imported goes into our treats. Our treats are baked daily and without any preservatives and must be stored in the refrigerator. Expect when you open your refrigerator, your dog will come running! This seems to be a common “complaint” from our customers!


Holiday Pet Photos

Sat 11 AM · Pet Supplies Plus – La Porte, IN · La Porte, Indiana

Candy Cane Kisses & Christmas Wishes Holiday Pet Photos by Aspen Studios. Saturday December 7th from 11am to 5 pm at @Pet Supplies Plus – LaPorte. Appointments accepted, walk-ins welcome. Packages starting at $15 available as well as specialty items and ready in plenty of time for holiday gift giving. No retractable leashes please. Our set is designed for pets only. Proceeds benefit Begin Again Rescue Co. Call 219-465-5040 or visit teamBARC.com.


Pets & Family Photos w/Santa ( Best Buddies Pet Pantry)

Sat 10 AM · Chesterton Feed & Garden Center · Chesterton, Indiana

Pet & family Christmas photos with Santa this Sat Dec 7 at Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, 400 Locust in Chesterton IN. $10 per 4 x 6 photo in a Holiday frame, printed while you wait. Proceeds to benefit Best Buddies Pet Pantry and families & pets in need this Holiday season.

** No problem if your dog is not “animal friendly”. Photo area can be cleared for a private sitting with Santa

Way Cool December Pet-related Events You HAVE To Check Out!!

DEC 7 (this seems like the same thing as listed above, but with slightly differing information – you might want to contact Best Buddies Pet Pantry to be sure)

Pet Gala & Pictures with Santa

Sat 9 AM · Chesterton Feed & Garden Center · Chesterton, Indiana

Join us for our Annual Pet Gala on Saturday, December 7th! Bring your pets and have your portraits taken with Santa from 10am-3pm. A $10 donation per picture will go to Best Buddies Pet Pantry. There will be sales, samples, giveaways, and enter to wins! Also shop our beautifully hand groomed, fresh cut Christmas trees and greenery and browse our unique collection of gifts for the gardener, nature lover, birder, and more on your list!



10 AM – 3 PM

St Mary Hildenbrandt Hall 525 N Lafayette St Griffith, Indiana

Public · Hosted by The Angels Rainbow, Signs and Decor

Well have some fun Pet ART, come on out and see our Welcome sign with paw prints


Read to the Dogs/Winfield

Sat 10 AM · Winfield Branch Library · Crown Point, Indiana

Bring the kids, and let your kids read to the dogs!


Fleas and Flicks Charity Auction (An online auction benefiting the South Suburban Humane Society.)

Public · Hosted by Cinema Beef Podcast

Here’s the link:



Pictures with Santa

Sat 10 AM · Coyne Veterinary Center – Portage · Portage, Indiana

It’s the greatest time of year and we are celebrating it with our annual Pictures with Santa! We are donating all proceeds to Independent Cat Society, so come out and show your support! Trust us, you won’t want to miss this!



Photos with Santa & Adoption Event (Second Chance 4 Pets Network)

Sat 11 AM · Petco · Portage, Indiana

Help make the holidays a little brighter for the adoptable pets at Second Chance 4 Pets Network! With your $9.95 donation, you can not only get your pet’s photo with Santa, but your donation goes to help Second Chance 4 Pets Network. It’s a win-win for everybody!

And if you are looking for a cat or kitten to call your own, we will have adoptable cats and kittens at the event too! Help give a kitty a home for the holidays!

DEC 7 – Dec 8

The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. National Adoption Weekend

Sat 12 PM · Petco · Merrillville, Indiana

We will be doing adoptions at Petco in Merrillville from 12-4pm with for National Adoption weekend. Come see us, fall in love and give an animal a furever home for the holidays!


Puppies & Packages *Benefit for the Lake County Animal Shelter

Sun 12 PM · Lake County Fair · Crown Point, Indiana

Let me make your fur babies dazzle this Christmas in the back of the 67 Step Side Queen ! I encourage you to get in the holiday spirit and bring your dogs festive wardrobe or any accessories you see fit!

*Benefit for the Lake County Animal Shelter Help donate this Holiday season; Each session we will give $5.00 to the Lake County Animal Shelter*

Debbies Designs Florist and Gifts has provided the truck and decor for the event! Thank you Debbie Lilly! First come first serve for Sunday, December 8th


Lake County Fairgrounds

4 Digital Downloads

$30.00-Due at time of session

1 DOG INCLUDED-each additional is $10.00

*Cash is preferred!!*

**DOGS ONLY/If your interested in a mini sessions with your dog or family please contact me to make those arrangements!**

DEC 11

Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

Wed 4 PM · Indiana Welcome Center · Hammond, Indiana

Bring your well-behaved cats and dogs to the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit on these special Wednesday’s to get their photos with Santa atop Santa’s Mountain!

A portion of the proceeds from each pet photo will be donated to local shelters and rescues. Families are still invited to have photos with Santa taken without pets on these days

DEC 14

Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

Meet & Greet! (Crown Point, IN)

Sat 12 PM · Pet Supplies Plus-Crown Point, Indiana · Crown Point, Indiana

Come meet our adoptable pups and talk to our volunteers about fostering!

DEC 21

Happy OWL-idays!

Sat 2 PM · Indiana Dunes State Park · Chesterton, Indiana

Join us at the Nature Center’s Auditorium for some OWL-iday cheer with Humane Indiana Wildlife’s live owl ambassadors. Education Director, Nicole Harmon, will introduce these native owls of our Indiana Dunes and talk about their interesting adaptations and characteristics! Visitors will be able to enjoy up-close views of these nocturnal creatures. This program is free of charge after paying our park’s gate fee and is being sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes. Contact the Nature Center with any questions at 219-926-1390.

DEC 21

Read to the Dogs/Dyer-Schererville

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

Bring the kids and read to the dogs!

Way Cool December Pet-related Events You HAVE To Check Out!!

DEC 28

Cat Show – Valparaiso, IN

Sat 8 AM · Porter County Expo Center · Valparaiso, Indiana

ACFA Allbreed & Household Pet Cat Show

Enter online at eclerkshows.com

Fun for the Entire Family!

DEC 28

Read to the Dogs/St. John

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

Bring the kids and let them brush up on their reading skills!

That’s it for now!! The Pet Parlor team wishes you and yours warm and wonderful holidays filled with a ton of family, fur, friends, and freezing weather (okay, not so much of the freezing weather, but all the rest FOR SURE!)