Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Dog-Friendly Places

on September 16, 2007

We have been taking Jasmine to different venues with us to further socialize her. However, finding places that are friendly to dogs is difficult. I have been looking at sites like Dog Friendly and recently bought the book Dog Lover’s Companion to California to find places that we can go eat and play with Jasmine. While the Dog Lover’s Companion book gives excellent reviews on dog parks, the hotel and restaurant listings range from detailed to generic (“allows dogs on outdoor patio”) and the number of listings per city leave a lot to be desired. The Dog Friendly site seems to have more listings, but the lack of detail is disappointing; their companion book is more like a AAA book–cursory information about a city and basic listings (at best).

When it comes to finding places that allow dogs, you basically have to go visit and see where people are congregating with their dogs. The books do provide some surprising information (dogs are allowed on Muni and Cable Cars, for instance, and are welcome at Stanford Shopping Center and Santana Row), but in essence, it’s hard to tell until you get there. That becomes problematic when you’re contemplating a free-form day in a particular area. For instance, we were thinking about going up to Marin County for the day. Before we left, I decided to check to see if dogs were allowed in Muir Woods…alas, the answer was NO. Since Muir Woods was to be our primary place to walk and explore, we nixed the idea and decided on other areas instead.

Most restaurants with outdoor patios with separate entrances generally allow dogs, but again, you need to check beforehand. Dog travel takes advanced planning, whether it’s just out to the store for errands, to a nice breakfast on the weekends, or a weekend or week-long trip. That’s kind of a shame…we’re really into roaming and exploring for the heck of it.

Regardless, we’ve been happy taking Jasmine with us. She’s getting better at dealing with new situations and commotion…although it takes a few minutes and treats to calm her down.

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One response to “Dog-Friendly Places

  1. Sandy says:

    Jasmine might like to know about the “Dog Scenes” on the FETCH the Paper web site. We have many different dog-friendly places from around the SF Bay Area. We’d also love it if you find some place good to go, if you would add it to our list. Regards,
    Sandy Lurins, FETCH the Paper.

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