Basset waddles, walk-a-thons, beaglefests and the other large-scale dog gatherings don't require talent, but they ask dogs to be reasonably well behaved. No dogs in heat, please. Here a few coming events:
Annual GRREAT Picnic and Wine Tasting, Saturday, Leesburg. Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training is having its second annual tasting at the Tarara winery. Dogs have to be on leash to play at the 15-acre site. It's $25 per person to participate in the wine tasting, $10 per family if you don't. May 22, Noon-4 p.m., Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg (703-620-6593, www.grreat.org).
Basset Rescue of Old Dominion Basset Ramble, May 29, Williamsport, Md. To waddle, show up at Riverbottom Park off Route 11 (9 a.m. to register, 10 a.m. to waddle or watch). It's a three-mile round trip. Afterward, everyone drives a couple of miles to a house marked "Bonfire of the Bassets" on Route 68. You and your dog can come even if your dog isn't a basset; you can come even if you don't have a dog. Some bassets can be rented out for a day of playing, and some are up for adoption (301-770-7170, brood-va.org).
Wonders of the World Waddle, June 4-5, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Participants collect pledges per 10th-of-a-mile waddled over a one-mile route. There's a Friday night dinner, a Saturday morning waddle, as part of the city's "Community Days" parade, followed by a picnic, games and a "slobber shoppe" of basset wear in Hyde Park (www.nybasset.org).
PawsAmerica, pledge-sponsored walks in Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. To raise money for Canine Partners for Life, a group that provides service and seizure-alert dogs, there are three pledge-sponsored walks in the area -- Fredericksburg on June 5; June 19 in Wilmington, Del.; and June 26 in Pitman, N.J., between Philly and Wilmington (610-869-4902, www.k94life.org/pawsamerica).
Frederick County Humane Society Walk-N-Wag, June 12, Frederick. Dogs of all sorts and their families walk one mile through Baker Park, then hang out afterward to compete for the silliest pet trick or best begging. Your dog can get his paw read or an identity microchip embedded in his back. Register beforehand and collect pledges (raise $20 and get a goody bag, $500 and get a digital camera). There's a registration party June 9 at the Humane Society, 5712D Industry Lane, 4-7 p.m. Walk begins at 11 a.m. (301-694-8300, www.walk-n-wag.com/walknwag).
Baltimore County Humane Society Bark in the Park, June 19, Reisterstown, Md. Can you bowl with your dog? You can if you can get your dog to knock down lots of pins quickly. Maybe your dog would be a better kisser. He'll at least have a shot at the Most Disobedient title. $5 per person, $10 for the first dog, $7 for additional dogs; kids 12 and under admitted free with a pet food or supply donation. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society's 365 acres of rolling hills at 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown (410-833-2387, www.hsbcanimals.org).
Beagle Rescue Education and Welfare Beaglefest, Oct. 23, Chantilly. BREW holds Midwest and East Coast Beaglefests to let beagles play together and to introduce dogs available for adoption to their potential families. Your non-beagle dog can come, too. People sit out in a giant pen next to Club Pet on Route 50. The hounds inevitably end up in a chase, leaping over lawn chairs and owners (703-715-6370, www.brewbeagles.org).