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Pet of the Week – Cody
Pet of the Week – Cody


  • Cody
  • Male
  • 2 years old
  • Brittany Spaniel/hound mix
  • Brown/white coat

Cody is a fun-loving 2 year old at Dakin’s Springfield location.  He would do well in a household with kids 13 and up, but maybe younger if there’s a meet-up in advance.  He has no history with cats and would fit in nicely in a moderately busy household.  His energy level is moderately high and would do well with training classes.  He likes aerobic and leisurely walks, agility training, hiking, jogging, playing fetch, swimming and snuggling.  He’s a good dog for someone who doesn’t have previous dog-rearing experience.


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Springfield, MA (8/5/14) – The second annual Mutts & Mimosas fundraising event will be presented by Dakin Humane Society on August 24 at Quonquont Farm & Orchard in Whately, MA.  The brunch, featuring a meal provided by Seth Mias Catering, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine.  All proceeds will directly benefit animals in need in the Pioneer Valley.


Attendees are welcome to bring their dogs to the event, which will feature a performance by The Flying High Frisbee Dogs, live music from Banish Misfortune, a raffle and silent auction, pick-your-own-peaches, dog walking trails and other activities.  Dakin requests that attendees bring canned cat food to support its Pet Food Aid programs throughout the Pioneer Valley. Admission is $50 per person, with an optional dog meal available for $10, and tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available online at


“We’re bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘dog days of summer,’” says Dakin’s Executive Director Leslie Harris. “Mutts & Mimosas is a fun event for people with or without dogs, and it’s great to see so many of our supporters get to come together to show off their pets and let them mingle. We also provide a beautiful setting for people and their dogs to spend a summer day together.”


Other Dakin events in August include the start of two different six-week dog training classes at Dave’s Soda & Pet City store in Hadley, MA. On Monday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m., the Better Family Dog (intermediate level) training classes will commence, meeting each Monday night through September 22 (except Labor Day, September 1). Also starting that night at 7:00 p.m. will be the Basic Family Dog (beginning level) training classes, which will also meet each Monday night through September 22 (except Labor Day).


Dakin’s Springfield location will be the site for Better Family Dog training classes beginning Wednesday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m, to be followed at 7:00 p.m. by the start of Basic Family Dog training classes.  These sessions will take place weekly through September 17.


To enroll in any of these classes, visit  For additional information, call (413) 781-4000 x 129.


The Pandora store in the Holyoke Mall joins forces with Hannoush stores in both the Holyoke and Eastfield Mall to offer 2% of their tax-free weekend (August 15-17) sales to Dakin. In addition, Dakin is selling $5 coupons to Macy’s for a special one-day-only discount shopping event on August 23. The coupon, available at Dakin’s Springfield location, entitles shoppers to 25% off regular, sale and clearance items.

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