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Top Cities for Dogs
MSNBC publishes their list of pet-friendly destinations.
JoAnna's dog, Nemo, hangs out in New York's trendy SoHo neighborhood. Pets are welcome on the subway, but must be crated.

I’m always on the hunt for dog-friendly destinations. This week MSNBC published their Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities of 2009, giving me many new trip ideas. I was excited to see that my own hometown of New York made the list, mandating a staycation perhaps! New York was joined by San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Alexandria, Portland, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles and Boston.

These cities were picked based on the variety of pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, tourist amenities and pet events. MSNBC’s list represents a variety of canine friendly activities, from San Diego’s three off-leash beaches to Alexandria’s Yappy Hours at Hotel Monaco.

I’m already scheming to take trips to kayak with my dogs in San Diego, enjoy the beachside view of the Golden Gate Bridge together in San Francisco, party with my pooches at SkyBark in Los Angeles and take the pet friendly ferry ride from Boston to Cape Cod.  

The author, Sandy Robins, is dead on when describing New York and our surprising number of dog parks among the sea of skyscrapers and high rise apartments. The Shake Shack stand she mentions is indeed delicious and the menu even features the Pooch-Ini, a doggie custard sundae. Madison Square Park is also the location of past American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Owners Day events.

What are your favorite pet friendly cities?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Ella | August 7 2009 |

Saratoga is definitely dog friendly! There shops in town allow dogs and there are lots of restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. In front of the stores, some have water bowls and biscuits for the dogs. I've even had a waitress bring out a water bowl for my pup when we sat down to eat!

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