CLEVELAND - The dog days of summer are just around the corner but the dog days of baseball came to Progressive Field Monday night.
Puppypalooza, a dogs' night out at the ballpark, featured a pooch parade on the field before the Tribe game against the Kansas City Royals, a special right-field seating section, wading pools and a chance for man's best friend to have his picture taken with Slider.
Tickets for humans and dogs were $15 each with proceeds benefiting the Cleveland Animal Protective League, which offered dog sitting while the owner needed to be let out.
Nicky Mordarski of Brook Park brought her new puppy Gordito, which she said means "little fat one" in Spanish.
"We decided to come because we just got this little pup. So far we got to parade on the field. It's been a fun time for everyone," she said.
Gracie, Diesel and Fiona came dressed to the K-nines with their owner Lizzette McGranor.
"I made outfits for the girls, of course, because they had to be dressed up for the game," she said.
"It's the only time we take the dog anywhere," said Shawn Hutchins of Mansfield. He brought French bulldog Wickett back after having so much fun at last year's Puppypalooza.
"They get to play in the pools over there and interact with other dogs'" he said.
This is the fourth year the Cleveland Indians have had the doggone event, there is another later year on Sept. 8.