Since I was a child, New York has increasing become a pet friendly town. Doggie parks, pet stores, pet boutiques, groomers, vets, and pet supply shops seem to be on every other corner. When I walk my dogs, I never fail to run into several other dog owners and we stop and chat abut local vets, stores, leashes, and pet foods available.
If you are a new pet owner, you will never feel alone because there is a plethora of proud pet lovers at every turn. That really makes owning a pet all the more enjoyable. I couldn’t imagine living in a place where dogs were frowned upon.
Of course, some places are better than others. Rent.com has compiled a list of the top 10 pet-friendly cities, and the results are quite interesting.
Did New York City make the list? Read on and find out!
Check out the top 10 pet friendly cities:
Is your city on the list? 1 of 11
New York City 2 of 11
New York City has a plethora of dog parks including a few in the infamous Central Park. Look out for Bocce's Bakery Bike where you can grab your pet a PB&J or truffle mac and cheese dog bone! New York is also one of the few cities where pet daycares can be found in nearly every neighborhood.
Image: Flickr/ Vivienne Gucwa
Chicago 3 of 11
Chicago provides canine cruises across the famed Navy Pier, as well as pet-welcoming patio restaurants throughout the city including top picks like Joe's Bar and Bistronomic. If you're lucky you can catch Fido to Go—Chicago's premier "gourmutt" food truck serving canine treats at dog parks, beaches and special events.
Image: Flickr/ epc
Houston 4 of 11
Houston is home to a variety of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants that span throughout the city. Barnaby's CafÃ© is a local favorite, where wait staff provide a cardboard dog bowl to keep your pet hydrated so you can hit Ervan Chew Dog Park when you're done!
Image: Flickr/Houston Park Association/lostntym
Boston 5 of 11
Boston invites pets to tour the harbor by boat, as long as their pet owners come along! If you feel like stretching your legs, take your dog for a walk along the Freedom Trail to explore the many historical sites that this city has to offer. Grab some brunch with your pooch in your PJs out on the patio of Tremont. Leashed dogs and felines are even welcome on the subway.
Image: Flickr/ capekidnapper
San Francisco 6 of 11
San Francisco boasts plenty of pet-friendly dining in addition to off-leash beaches and outdoor areas. Pets are even welcome to ride in the cable cars or walk alongside their owners across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Image: Flickr/ Tomas
Austin 7 of 11
Austin offers the Zilker Botanical Gardens and Congress Avenue Bridge Bats as top-rated pooch attractions, in addition to outdoor cafes and off-leash parks. You can't miss out on good Texan cooking from favorites like Red's Porch and Phara's that offer outdoor seating areas to accommodate you and your pet!
Washington, D.C 8 of 11
Washington, D.C. offers a completely dog friendly Capital River Cruise along the Potomac River where you can view the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and more! In addition, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial is dog friendly as well!
Image: Flickr/ procktheboat
Portland, Oregon 9 of 11
Portland, Ore., is home to the famously pet-friendly Lucky Labrador restaurant chain, in addition to the well-known Rose Gardens and Saturday Outdoor Market. If you're just headed there for a visit, your pet can sleep in style at the Hotel Vintage Plaza where all dogs are VIPs (Very Important Pets).
Image: Flickr/ Todd Mecklem
Charleston 10 of 11
Charleston offers tours throughout the historic city where pets are welcome, including day tours to Boone Hall and Magnolia Plantations. If you're feeling brave you can bring Fido along to the Old Charleston Ghost Tour—your pooch may even hear a frightening "tail" about a ghost dog!
Ann Arbor 11 of 11
Ann Arbor invites pets for outdoor fun from dog-friendly canoeing, farms and gardens such as the Nichols Arboretum, a 123-acre botanical garden at the University of Michigan. Hit the Canine Corral dog park full with random dog toys and free dog treats are available at The Pet Emporium located nearby!
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