Design*Sponge Fourth of July Puppy Parade

When it comes to pets, I’ll take any excuse to celebrate. Pets aren’t just the friends that keep us company on walks and during naps, they’re members of the family. So today we decided to share what is easily the most fun event we’ve ever thrown at Design*Sponge: a Puppy Parade!

Along with our friends, their children and dogs, we decided to celebrate July 4th a little differently- by letting the dogs be front and center. We used leftover cardboard boxes (from craft supplies and our office air conditioner) to create a festive fourth of July “float” we could use to parade the dogs around Transmitter Park. The kids took turns walking Hope and Hauschka and after the mini parade, we treated the dogs to lots of love (and actual treats) in the grass. While a puppy parade isn’t the most traditional way to celebrate July 4th, we thought it was the perfect way to express our excitement for the holiday, while celebrating some special members of our family that sometimes get too scared of fireworks to join in the main event. So the next time you’re planning a neighborhood get together, I hope you’ll consider bringing both the kids and pets into play so they can enjoy the outdoors together.

*Thank you to everyone who joined us for the parade! A special thanks to Chrissy Beckles at The Sato Project for bringing Samlee and her other Satos who are available for adoption! Also, we used Boots & Barkley Dog leashes, Mini American Flags and Red, White & Blue handled mini tin buckets from Target for the video if you want to recreate the look at home.

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  1. lauren says:

    oh what fun! 4th of july is so pure. time to bust out the stars & stripes.

  2. Seriously adorable!f

  3. Oh my. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen since the Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog event in NYC. Such a great video!

  4. Tara says:

    What fantastic fun! Today we are celebrating Canada Day but unfortunately my cats would probably not be into a neighborhood kitty cat parade. Not even to celebrate their home and native land.

  5. Kelsey says:

    See, this kind of corporate sponsorship is so beautiful and subtle and yet completely honest/up front. I think you guys are doing a fabulous job contending with the changing ad landscape. Also… PUPPIES.

  6. This is way too cute!

  7. Bell says:

    My family members always say that I am wasting my time here at web, except I know I am getting know-how every day by reading such good posts.

  8. oh Holland says:

    Just so cute I could kvell … and I’m not even sure what kvelling is.

    But an important reminder — when it’s hot, pets need to stay home! Beware heat prostration, burned pads on their feet, even death. Also it there’s likely to be fireworks (pro or DIY) it’s kindest to keep animals from all that bombast.

    Hope all the animal lovers out there use tons of common sense this 4th of July. July 5th is the day shelters take in the most runaways every year.

  9. Kelly Queen says:

    Oh my heavens, that was such a cute video!! Nice job, and great idea, and cute pups!

  10. Batya says:

    oh, this had me laughing out loud. it looks like so much fun. i lived in new orleans for 6 years and there was an awesome dog parade called Barkus (like Bacchus, but for dogs), and it takes place the week before Mardi Gras. I think you’d love it! we recently lost our very beloved and very elderly Rottweiler named Omar…seeing this video makes me that much closer to doing it all again– because, as you know, dogs are just awesome!

  11. Yep, there’s Perry my grand-poodle. Such a cute video. Perfect background music. Loved seeing all those wagging tails and happy doggy faces. Yes, dogs are the center of my family.

  12. Vania Brasil says:

    So, so, so cute!!!

  13. Laurel says:

    Our town (Bend, Oregon) hosts a fourth of july pet parade every year! Its so much fun!!

  14. I just about died from this cutness. Wish my pup and I could have joined!

  15. Julie says:

    What a cute bunch of canines! I love that the “whole family” can be included.

  16. Mrs. Vallejos says:

    Hey, I went to Bend Senior High, home of the Lava Bears! What I like about this is it’s short and sweet. I nice little event perfect for kids and pets. I’m getting tired of holidays becoming death marches of all day activity. Something to endure rather than savor.

  17. Peta says:

    too darling!

  18. Julie says:

    I love that the “whole family’ can be involved. Such fun!

  19. Rachel says:

    What a fantastic idea and it looks such great fun!

    Was this a one-off or do you now do it each year?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      This was a one-time thing :)



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