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The Nationals’ Pups in the Park lets you bring your dog to a baseball game

Nats fans and their pets sit in a special reserved section at Pups in the Park. (mudflapdc/VIA FLICKR)) Nats fans and their pets sit in a special reserved section at Pups in the Park. (mudflapdc/VIA FLICKR))

Instead of spending another weekend at the dog park with your four-legged friend, take your pooch to a different sort of park this Saturday: the ballpark.

Saturday is the Washington Nationals’ second Pups in the Park event of the season, when your dog can sit right next to you during an early evening game against the New York Mets. You and your little Jayson Woof get your own seats in an outfield reserved section. There’s some real sod nearby for puppy potty breaks. If you’re the one who needs a break, “petsitters” will watch your pooch for a bit while you grab a hot dog.

“It was hilarious seeing some of these dogs sit up and watch what was going on on the field,” says Gwyn Donohue, creator of the blog “Two Dog Tales” (twodogtales.wordpress.com), who attended one such game last season with her golden-Lab mix, Sundae. “By the end of the game there were a lot of tired-looking puppies.”

Tickets for humans are $25. It’s $10 for each pup, and all those proceeds go to the Washington Humane Society. You have to print, sign and bring a waiver form (find it on Nationals.com/pups) saying that your dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations.

If you and your pup can’t make it to Saturday’s matchup against the Mets, you can head to the park on June 22 to see the Nats take on the Braves, or on Sept. 7, to watch them play the Phillies. Both of those Sunday games begin at 1:35 p.m.

Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St., SE; Saturday, 4:05 p.m.; Sun. June 22, 1:35 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 7, 1:35 p.m.; $25 for owners, $10 for dogs; Nationals.com/pups. (Navy Yard)

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