Where to see dogs (2018 Bonus): Inverness, Scotland
You’re forgiven for not knowing this, but 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Golden Retriever. Yes, the dog. The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland is honoring that anniversary this summer at Guisachan, where the breed was founded by one Lord Tweedmouth, to whom we all owe a debt. The event -- officially called the Guisachan Gathering, but to which I shall hereafter refer as PuppyCon -- will likely break the world record for most Very Good Dogs in one place (yes, there are photos from the previous one). Though in its early days the Club’s #brand was more stuffy, in the last 20 years or so the members have made it part of their mission to rescue dogs when they can and to speak out about the dangers of puppy mills. Though it’s widely reported as an annual event, the Club has only been hosting one of these gatherings every five or so years.
When to go: July, for PuppyCon, please pay attention.
Cost: TBD, but when they last held one of these in 2013, BYOB buffet tickets were around $11.