Petco, San Diego Padres Celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer”

Batting a thousand with both baseball buffs and their buddies who bark, for the 13th consecutive year Petco and the San Diego Padres welcomed both two-and four-legged sports fans to Petco Park for the “Dog Days of Summer.” More than 500 dogs enjoyed the opportunity to watch the Padres play ball against the Atlanta Braves on June 29th.

Derek Theler and his dog, Neptune, host Petco’s “Dog Days of Summer” event at Petco Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images)

Accompanied by his fur baby Neptune, actor Derek Theler from the FreeForm series Baby Daddy literally stepped up to the plate as the host of the event as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The star and his sports-loving Spot also attended a pre-game “Tail”Gate party which included fun craft activities, contests for canines, a pet parade, family photo ops with their furry friends, and even a chance for our tail-wagging chums to drink a toast to good times in the doggie “beer” garden.

Neptune and his pet parent, Derek Theler, participate in the dog-centered craft activities at the “Tail” Gate Party during Petco’s “Dog Days of Summer” event at Petco Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images)

Pups promenading in the pet parade:

Over 500 dogs parade around the infield at Petco’s “Dog Days of Summer” event at Petco Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images)

Actor Derek Theler and Neptune met Padres’ players, like Wil Myers:

Knocking it out of the ballpark with a costume that displayed dogged devotion to the home team, a pup named Chonks won the Most Padres Spirit contest:

Chonks, winner of the Most Padres Spirit Contest, celebrates his victory at Petco’s “Dog Days of Summer” event at Petco Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images)

Some dogs were sitting in the cat bird seat as they cheered on their favorite team from the comfort of The Barkyard, presented by Petco. The stadium’s six, semi-private suites are available starting at $98 for four tickets, and offers people and pups a viewing area complete with umbrellas, artificial turf to keep our pals’ paws cool, an in-seat menu service, a designated pet relief area, a free gift bag for dogs from Petco, and a Padres pet concierge:

Furry friends play inside The Barkyard doggie suites at Petco’s “Dog Days of Summer” event at Petco Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images)

Petco Park Adoption Sundays

Each Sunday home game the Padres play is a chance for dogs in need to find their forever home. Petco Park Adoption Sundays continue all summer long, with adoptables from Second Chance Dog Rescue on July 2, Rancho Coastal Humane Society on July 16, Second Chance Dog Rescue on July 30, Helen Woodward Animal Center on August 20, Rancho Coastal Humane Society on September 3 and Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego on September 24.

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision for Petco/AP Images


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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.