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The doggiest city?

As a dog owner living in a city without even one dedicated dog park I often think about where I would like to live if I had only the comfort of my dogs to consider. What are the most dog-friendly places to live? Luckily, people who have more time than I already researched this for me.

There is a fantastic piece by award-winning writer Sandy Robins on MSNBC’s site about the results of the Dog Fancy survey to find the most pet-friendly places. Dog Fancy Magazine has done this for a few years now and apparently has set criteria. Among the factors they look into are dog-centered activities, such as parades and festivals. Also important is how many businesses, hotels and restaurants, for example, are pet-friendly. Susan Chaney, the editor of Dog Fancy, says they look for cities where, “both local government and the general population embrace having that ‘doggie element’ in their communities.”

Daisy, a female Bulldog, is dressed as a princess at the Howl o’ween parade and the Most Beautiful Bulldog competition for dogs, in Long Beach, Calif.

Daisy, a female Bulldog, is dressed as a princess at the Howl o’ween parade and the Most Beautiful Bulldog competition for dogs, in Long Beach, Calif.

There are numerous places with some very pet-friendly policies. Austin, Texas has twelve off-leash dog parks. Florida has a doggie dining law allowing dogs to sit with their people in an outside location. Chicago has a big selection of pet friendly cafes, hotels, and bars. I want more dogginess! Well, if I can get it. (If there is such a thing!?) For that, it seems I would have to follow the advice of the glamorous and insightful Mae West, and “go west.”

Seattle, for example, allows well behaved dogs of all sizes on buses and trains throughout the city! Wow! I could only imagine! Dogs are allowed all sorts of places, from Norm’s Eatery and Ale House to the Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast.

Colorado Springs is pretty doggy, it seems. They have seven dog parks and the Broadmoor welcomes pets. In Colorado it’s all about the outdoors. (Traveling with the pack, yay!) Pets are welcome at the Bear Creek Nature Center as well as the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Dogs are even allowed off leash in the area east of Rock Ledge Ranch, among others.

Long Beach, California has these fabulous little parades and festivals, even beauty contests. My favorite has to be the Most Beautiful Bulldog contest! Adorable! Long Beach also has the only off-leash dog beach in L.A. County and it’s open daily year round. Stores that line Second Street all have bowls of water and doggy treats for our four-footed buddies. Isn’t that thoughtful! That is so thoughtful that I think from now on I should spend my get-a-way dollars in cities like these that welcome my dogs. Why not support such efforts tangibly?

Another city in California topped everyone’s lists and even admits its doggie-centeredness on its website. Carmel-by-the-Sea is full of restaurants and inns that allow pets. Shopkeepers keep the water bowls out for them and the biscuits are plentiful. The Plaza even houses a Fountain of Woof, a “dogs only” drinking fountain. Dog Heaven! I wonder if dogs in these cities are generally better behaved and healthier as they probably get more exercise and socialization.

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