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My Town Is Dog Friendly
What about yours?
Flagstaff is known as a mountain town but it's also a dog town.

The latest issue of a local publication (Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine) contains an article called Citizen Canine: Flagstaff and Its Commanding Dog Presence. In it, the author discusses why Flagstaff is such a great place for dogs. The top reasons include:

 

Flagstaff boasts many great places to walk, run, or bike with dogs. The clean air, fresh water and endless miles of trails are popular with dogs and people.

 

Dogs are allowed inside many businesses throughout the city, and lots of these have dog treats and water bowls for canine visitors.

 

The city is full of animal lovers, animal activists, outdoor enthusiasts, philanthropists, artists and community organizers.

 

One popular restaurant, Biff’s Bagels, is named after an American Eskimo named Biff. The décor of this restaurant is all photos of dearly departed dogs, and patrons proudly share stories of their dogs with each other.

 

There are multiple organizations that help dogs find homes, including humane associations, shelters and rescue organizations.

 

Dogs are regular and welcome visitors to the countless outdoor restaurants and bistros in the downtown area.

 

Is the place that you live a good place to have dogs? If so, what does it offer that makes you say so? And if not, what is it lacking?

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Cynthia | September 30 2013 |

I live (part time) in a small town in western Kansas. It is the most unfriendly pet place I have ever lived (and I have lived quite a few places). I found the only landlord in town that actually takes pets and when I was looking, if people would talk to me at all, it was to either tell me NO, or to show me a place with sheets on the windows and mattresses on the floors. Horrible.

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