It’s National Puppy Day.

That means you’ll be seeing a lot of puppy photos on social media. Here’s one of my dog, Maya, on her first hike up the “M.”

I adopted Maya from Pintler Pets animal shelter in Anaconda. A little over two years ago when I went to the shelter to look at dogs with a friend, Maya (then Annaliese) caught my eye. She was in a cage with a litter of little puppies running around her. She had come in heavily pregnant and undernourished. There was just something about her that made me realize we were meant to be best friends.

After her puppies were all adopted, I came to pick up Maya. The bond was immediate as she laid her head in my lap in the car’s backseat as a friend drove us home to Bozeman. She’s been my best friend ever since. Together we hike, run, play fetch, walk, nap on the couch and go on all kinds of adventures.

While National Puppy Day is about posting cute puppy pics, at its heart it is a day to bring awareness to and help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about puppy mills, according to the National Puppy Day website. The day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige, the website explains.

In Bozeman, we’re lucky to live in a dog-friendly community. If you are looking for something to do with your pup or want to give back to the community that is so welcoming to your furry friend, there are some great opportunities coming up. Here are a few:



  • 1

    Beer n' Bark Benefit

    On Saturday, March 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

    Bring your favorite four legged dog friend, share a beer with your human friends and help raise funds for Eagle Mount and local charities.

    There will be off leash fun for dogs, door prizes and auction for humans!

  • 2

    Poop Fairy Blitz

    On Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m., Run Dog Run will host Scoop the Poop events at Burke Park (Peet's Hill) Snowfill Recreation Area and the Gallatin Regional Park (Oak St. parking lot). Team leaders will be at each location with poop-scoopers, buckets, trash liners and rubber gloves. Volunteers are needed. If you're interested, you don't need to reserve a spot - just show up ready to scoop! Note - if there is snow on the ground on April 4, it will bed rescheduled for another date.

  • 3

    3rd Annual K9 9K

    The third annual K9 9K will be held Saturday, May 16.

    The 5-mile looped course starts and ends at Bogert Park. There will be a 9K run and 9K walk as well as a one-mile event. More information available on the event's Facebook page