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Do Tell: What's the Pet-Friendliest City?

Do Tell: What's the Pet-Friendliest City?

NYC jumps straight to my mind as the pet-friendliest city with the sheer number of boutiques, high-end services, and dog runs, but, after that, what's next? Now a couple months back I rounded up a list of cat-friendly places, but recently released a list of the Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities, and I've gotta say I was surprised not to see a few of my faves on it. At first I was bristling about San Francisco's low placement, but then I remembered how hard it was for me to find a pet-friendly place here . . . and I'm inclined to agree that it's far from number one considering rental industry data.

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  1. New York, NY
  2. Chicago, IL
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Houston, TX
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Washington, DC/ Alexandria, VA
  8. Portland, OR
  9. Charleston, SC
  10. Ann Arbor, MI
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aluminum-origami aluminum-origami 8 years
No surprise Portland is on the list. There are dog parks EVERYWHERE and most apartments are at least cat friendly. My building used to be cats only, but recently my landlord changed it to be cats and dogs (under 30lbs). As far as my job, our Administration building always has at least 1 dog, usually 2. We also used to have cat that lived in the building, too. It was a stray and they all completely fell in love with it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
AK, I guess it depends on the employer here in DC; I would never bring my dog to work, but I know of friends who do regularly. I think it really depends on how formal your office is.
AKGold11 AKGold11 8 years
I've lived in NYC, Chicago, DC and now Philadelphia. And I'm actually shocked that Philly isn't on the list. It's got great public dog parks, lots of pet friendly establishments (my pup and frequent a local bar and coffee shop), tons of pet-related shops, and pet-friendly employers (my dog occasionally comes to the office, which never would have happened in DC) and lots of pet-friendly rentals properties.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I figured D.C. would be someone on the list. We're pretty pet-friendly and getting even better. I'm dying to take my dog to Art and Soul and sit out on the doggie patio!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
anon-I agree that landlords usually ban animals once they have a bad experience (destroyed carpets, etc.) or if they are newly built/remodelled places that they want to keep in good condition. I think part of what you were seeing was typical of a low-end motel in college. Lots of college students/and visiting friends are not very responsible individuals to begin with, and may not properly train their pets. This is especially true for pets acquired while in college, which tend to be overindulged on bad behaviors, and often end up in shelters when the landlord tells them to get rid of it or parents won't let them bring them home with them. A landlord does have a right to demand a demonstration of good behavior. My dogs were there for an "interview" when I was looking at leasing my current home. Some states, such as California, are looking into requiring that dogs acquire the Canine Good Citizen certification from the AKC, which is open to all dogs, regardless of breed/purity. The problem comes trying to enforce that when a lot of people cannot afford training ($75+ for 6-8 weeks of class). I am actively involved in dog training (rally, obedience and agility) and I have seen dogs that are competing at the highest level of obedience in the ring and have poor manners outside of it such as aggression towards other dogs, not being friendly towards children, or even marking territory inside a building that has other dogs. Requiring advanced obedience would never work, since it takes years of very serious training to get to that level and does not guarantee good behavior in the home. With all the different methods of training, how would you accredit a class?
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I live pretty close to choice #2. What's interesting though is when I go to Chicago I never see any dogs! There are tons of dogs in the burbs but I've yet to see people with their dogs in Chicago.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
Yay for Austin! We are SUCH a pet-friendly city!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Charlotte, NC was easy to rent in if you had dogs. Most places allowed at least dogs up to 25 lbs, and I had no trouble finding (nice) places to rent that allowed multiple large dogs. And they do happen to have quite a few dogs parks, the always tasty Canine Cafe where they serve Doggie Daquiries (my dogs loved them!) along with cute bakery items, and there was even a bar that allowed dogs. Plenty of doggie daycares and hotels too. Now if only south central PA was as dog friendly!
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