By: Song E.
Are you a dog lover and enjoy the city? Finding an urban lifestyle for your pet isn’t always easy. Dogs need to get out and socialize to be happy, they can’t be cooped up in a house or apartment! These are the top cities to live in for dog lovers in the U.S..
San Francisco, California
San Fran is a great place to live if you’re a dog (and a human, I’m sure). It has great walkability as a city, and there are a whopping 27 dog parks! There are countless restaurants, gyms, and other public venues that are welcoming to dogs. You can join one of the 50 dog meet up groups and follow Bay Woof Dog News. You can also visit The Stray Bar, which is a dog-friendly watering hole that doles out free popcorn.
Aside from great music and food, Austin is a great place for dog-lovers. There are a number of pet boutiques to get health food for dogs. There are also 11 off-leash dogs parks and numerous celebrations throughout the year for dogs. They also have a famous dog named Kramer that fishes for rocks in the local lakes and streams.
San Diego, California
The warm city of San Diego has many dog-friendly beaches and 16 local dog parks. They even have a Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon! It’s also one of the best places to find a dog-sitter. There are multiple dog-friendly restaurants and they have a big celebration for National Dog Party Day.
Okay, can we start with the fact that Seattle’s dog population has surpassed the number of children living within the city limit? Dogs are pretty much people in this city; they’re welcome on bus lines, ferries, light rails, and even sea planes. You can bring a dog into almost any apartment building. Plus, there are 32 dog meet up groups! I lived in Seattle, and I can tell you that they surely are everywhere.
The odd city of Portland is doggy heaven. With 33 dog parks, it has the most per capita in the United States. They also have 19 pet massage therapists and a social network for dog lovers! You can also walk into just about any pub or restaurant with your pooch without any fuss––in fact, they are quite welcome.