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Downtown Dogs Circling July 28th on Their Social Calendars

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 02:13PM
Hal Bastian and Scooter Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Hal and "Scooter" Bastian at the 2008 Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral.

The 3rd Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral is still two weeks away, but already 178 dogs (or at least their people) have RSVP'ed for the event. The event, hosted by "Joaquin" Kostelnik and "Scooter" Bastian, takes place on July 28 and runs from 6 - 9pm.

While ostensibly intended for canine socializing, the event has turned into one of Downtown's most successful mixers. Last year's event brought more than 200 dogs and 400 people to the Cathedral plaza.

It makes sense that a doggy social event would be successful Downtown. According to the Downtown Center BID's 2008 demographics study, 24% of Downtown residents have canine pets.

The 2008 event was held in honor of "Buddy" Bastian, a fixture in the development of the Old Bank District who passed away in June 2008.

Downtowners without dogs are still welcome to attend. "The more, the merrier," says Hal Bastian, Senior V.P. of Economic Development with the Downtown Center BID.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP on the Downtown Center BID's website.


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