photos by Cardiff 101 and Morgan Mallory

Dog Days of Summer

Hundreds of dogs their owners gathered at the 12th Annual Dog Days of Summer at Encinitas Community Park in August, hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street and the City of Encinitas. The free event, which was kicked off by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and her rescue pup Frankie, featured over 100 pet-focused exhibitors and vendors, beer and wine garden, food, live music, an opportunity drawing, baby pools for dogs to cool their paws, a variety of fun dog and owner contests, pet health expo, and pet adoptions. “Rancho Coastal Humane Society was thrilled to host Rescue Row,” said RCHS Events Coordinator Kelly Peters. “In just four hours, Rescue Row found forever homes for 21 dogs!”


Mayor Blakespear presented the contest awards. First place winners included: Finn the mini Australian Shepherd – Cutest Puppy; Rocky Balboa the Giant Schnauzer – Best Looking Big Dog; Little Ricky the Cavachon – Best Looking Small Dog; Loki the Border Collie – Best Trick; Maryjane the poodle mix – Best Dressed; and Jimmy the Labradoodle and owner Bussy – Dog/Owner Look-A-Like.


Cardiff 101 Main Street seeks to enhance the well-being of the community and sustain Cardiff-by-the-Sea as a desirable place to live, work, shop, and play. The organization often hosts curated events, workshops, and collaborations that bring the community together. Learn more at