The Guisachan Golden Retriever Gathering, Scotland
Honoring the birthplace of the breed, over 200 Golden Retrievers gather in a 3-day long celebration that includes tug of war, a dog show, and Golden Retrievers being generally charming and awesome 24/7. This year will celebrate the 150th year of the founding of the breed by Lord Tweedmouth at the original place of the breed’s birth at the Guisachan House. The event is hosted by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland and you can find more information here.
The Jaipur Elephant Festival, India
The elephant festival in Jaipur, India is celebrated on the day of Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Beginning with a brightly bedazzled procession of rows and rows of elephants, the festival includes elephant polo, where polo players mount elephants and try to score goals with long sticks. Many of the participating elephants are female, and their caretakers take special attention to create the ornate patterns and floral filigree painted on their trunks and feet.
The Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand
Truly a festival for the monkeys, the Monkey Buffet Festival takes place in Lopburi, North of Bangkok where over 4,000 kilograms (or about 8,800 pounds) of fruit, vegetables, and candy are set out for monkeys to dine on at their leisure. Over 3,000 monkeys live in the nearby areas and they gather to enjoy a buffet just for them.
Running of the Bulls , Spain
￼Dating back to the 14th century, the tradition of the running of the bulls began from the need to transport bulls from their homes in the country to the bullrings inside the city where they would likely meet their fate during a bullfighting match. To run with the bulls, you must be over 18, run in the same direction (as the bulls), and refrain from alcohol consumption before your run. Interested in jumping in? Find out how to get involved here.
Surf City Surf Dog, USA
Does your dog know how to hang ten? Then you may want to enter them in the Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, CA. Featuring the surfing competition, a PAWabunga Costume Contest, and a Hot Diggity Dog Expo, it’s a great way to spend a day on Huntington Dog Beach.