Doggone Good News – Fido Does Ferndale is Back!

(Crystal A. Proxmire)


Ferndale is full of dog lovers, and on one day each year dozens of canines come out with their owners to mingle in the Fido Does Ferndale event.  Vendors line W. 9 Mile with products and services for animal lovers, and an area where dogs are available for adoption.  This year radio personality Lisa Lisa of 106.7 FM will be live from 6-8pm at 9 Mile and Planavon, and there will be a pooch parade at 6pm.


"Event Chairperson Katie Rife has done an amazing job of bringing together everything dog-friendly -- from dog house builders to mobile pet groomers to an artist who turns paw prints into a painted canvas and much more. The dogs are going to love it -- and their humans should be pretty happy, too," said Chris Hughes, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Ferndale DDA [Downtown Development Authority], who will be bringing one of her two dogs to Fido.


DDA Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius, also a dog lover, knows that only well-behaved dogs should come to this people-and pooch-filled event.  “I’m not bringing Yeti—he just doesn’t do well with other dogs, and literally would pull my arm off. He’s 145lbs and has the power of a linebacker. But I will be bringing my son Max to see all the dogs, and do some shopping,” she said.  Dogs are required to on non-retractable leashes, and pet owners are expected to clean up after their animals.


The 3rd Annual Fido Does Ferndale Festival is packed with free events.  According to the DDA you can “Woof out your dog's inner thoughts at the Open Mutt Mic & AJ's Cafe, visit a Pet Psychic or get a Pet Chiropractic Evaluation, join the Pooch Parade, have Fido enjoy a massage or PhoDOGraphy, plus get lots of free stuff on our new K9 Treasure Hunt.”


Treasure Hunt Businesses Include: Essential Massage Therapy, Eve's California Design, Naka, AJ's Cafe, Dye Hair Salon, Meagan Mitchell Salon, Java Hut, Candle Wick Shop, Twisted Shamrock, Flip, Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, Boston Tea Room, Just for Us, Rock In Soul, Green Thumb Garden Center, Buffalo Wild Wings.


See the schedule below, or for more information go to

Fido Does Ferndale Schedule of Events

3pm - 5pm:   Vendor Setup

5pm - 6pm:   Main Stage @ Planavon: Live Music
                    FREE Modern Dog Magazines @ the Stage

6pm:            Pooch Parade ($10 donation/family)

6pm - 8pm:   Main Stage @ Planavon
                    106.7FM Lisa Lisa + Contests!
                        Contest Prizes:
                        1. 1 yr subscription to Dog Fancy Magazine*
                        2. Bagger Dave's Gift Basket 
                        3. Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Basket
                        4. Paul Mitchell Doggie Supplies
5pm - 9pm:   Pet Massages by Essential Massage
                    Pet Psychics @ Boston Tea Room
                    Open Mutt Mic @ AJ's Cafe
                    Pet PhoDOGraphy by MOD4 
                        ($10 donation)
                    Downtown Ferndale Shopping
                    30+ Local Vendors 
                    Pet Adoptions (alley between American Pop &
                        Arts Building on south-side of 9 Mile)
                    SPOT! Coloring Table @ Elegance
                    My Painted Paw pet painting
                        (10% of sales donated)
                    Pet Chiropractic Evaluations
                    Raffle Tickets Sold $5 each/$20 for 5
                         Table at 149 W 9 Mile Rd