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July 20, 2011

Fido Friendly's Top Ten Fido Friendly Cities

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We love to take our furry friends everywhere with us. Some dogs are small enough to fit in a suitcase, but it isn’t getting to your destination that seems to be the problem, it’s figuring out where to go. Fido Friendly magazine has compiled a list of the best Fido friendly cities that will help you decide where to vacation with your pooch.

San Franscico, California (SF)

This Fido loving city, offers up plenty of interactive activities for you and your dog.

They have monthly Chihuahua meet-ups, Frenchie Fridays and weekly beach walks. The city’s website offers a complete calendar full of events that would make any dog wag his tail. Even the San Francisco Giants have a yearly Dog Days game, in which you can bring your furry friend and even treat them to a juicy hot dog.

Aside from the baseball game, the city of San Fran even goes to the utmost work to organize a yearly Pet Pride Day, which includes a dog costume and trick contest, Frisbee dog demonstrations, and loads of goodies from dozens of animal groups and companies. San Fran has 29 designated areas for off-leash play. Your dog can go completely naked and run around parks, trails, and even beaches. The city has more dogs than kids, so doggy recreational activities are a must. Even many of the downtown hotels are pet friendly.

Portland, Maine (PM)

Maine is known for its scenery. The rocky coastline, low rolling mountains, charming waterways, and forested interior make this a hotspot for travel. With so many visitors, Maine takes into consideration pet lovers and makes proper accommodations.

Hotels, restaurants, and bars are pet friendly. Since the city estimates that nearly 17,000 dogs take up residency, they have come up with 46 dog parks to accommodate the growing number of pups. There are an estimated 30 hotels/motels that allow furry visitors, 25 restaurants, 12 doggie day care centers, 60 veterinarians (including one that specializes in alternative medicine such as acupuncture), loads of pet stores/trainers/groomers, one dog shelter, and one top-notch monthly newspaper for people who love dogs called DownEast Dog News

Many activities are held for pets and their owners. The Woofminster Amateur Dog Show and Cover Challenge is held annually, as well as Paws in the Park and Pet Rock. Pet Rock is a fundraiser that supports a spray and neuter program. It is offered every year and includes several vendors, services, animal rescue organizations, live music and an adoptable pet parade.

Portland is also home to one of our respected merchants, Planet Dog. Planet Dog offers eco-friendly toys and donates 2% of every sale to the Planet Dog Foundation. The foundation funds the training, placement, and support of service dogs. They offer great pet products such as toys, collars, harnesses, and leashes.

Austin, Texas (AT)

Austin, Texas is home to the unofficial motto: “Keep Austin Weird.” With a motto like that, the city is bound to accept any creature, including your furry four-legged friend. Austin has a sense of family and welcomes just about anyone. They hold several festivals yearly that greet pups with open arms.

Austin has an immense green space with luscious parks, cliffs, and wineries. Not to mention that these wineries and several restaurants have patios that let Fido dine by your side. If you’re interested in finding out more about activities to do with your pup, the state offers a Life+Dog magazine.

Provincetown, Massachusetts (PM)

With a doubt, Massachusetts has earned its place in history. Now, it earns its place in Fido Friendly Magazine’s top Fido friendly cities. Provincetown is a seaside community that rests as a sanctuary for all creatures, human and furry.

The rich history of Massachusetts makes the state a popular sight for everyone, whether your a history buff or not. With all the travel, the city of Provincetown decided to make accommodations for men’s best friend. There are more than 30 pet-friendly hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, cottages, and campsites for travelers. Some even designate a Pet Ambassador to greet guests as they enter through the front door.

Tourists come to Provincetown to sightsee, enjoy top notch restaurants and get a look at the art work. Artwork surrounds the city and of course they wouldn’t leave out Fido’s favorite spot, the dog park.

The Pilgrim Bark Park is a non-profit, off-leash dog park that allows dogs to run-free and mingle with other pups on an acre of land. The park is swarmed with art work from the benches, poop bag stations, kiosks, signs, and a super-sized doghouse at the park’s entrance. Artists even went as far as creating fire hydrants that look like canine versions of police officers, firefighters, and public workers. Pretty cool, huh?

If your dog isn't interested in peeing on a canine police officer, Provincetown also offers lots of different activities you can do with your dog. The city has three miles of year-around trails that are open for your pet’s entertainment such as the Province Lands Bike Trail Loop. This trail is a 5 ¼ -mile trek that begins on Race Point Road and winds through the town’s dunes and forest.

Your dog can also accompany you on whale watch tours, sunset cruises, kayaking, parasailing, a sightseeing trolley, sailing charters, and walking tours (given if you clean up the doggy doo that might be left behind on the walk).


Since shopping is one of my favorite parts of vacation, I thought it was important to point out that Provincetown caters to canines. While you shop for your next pair of Jimmy Choos along Dowtown Commerical Street, local business owners offer complimentary water bowls, fountains, and dog biscuits for your four-legged pal.

We at BaxterBoo celebrate Pet Appreciation Week and so does Provincetown. Every fall, the Carrie A. Seamen Animal Shelter shows its appreciation for our furry friends by offering games, contests, a pet parade, dances, and a blessing of the animals via St. Mary’s of the Harbor Episcopal Church.

To find out more about what these cities have to offer, you can read the complete article at Fido Friendly Magazine.


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