A Dog’s Life: Great Places for Dogs in Boston

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Posted July 16, 2013 by Kara Weymouth in Chinatown
Urban Dogs

As every urban dog owner knows, it can be challenging (and sometimes even stressful) finding spots where our beloved pets are welcome. Even the most stylish and well-behaved pup can be on the receiving end of disapproving looks! Luckily, as one of the country’s top walking cities, Boston is fairly dog friendly. So let’s put our paws to the pavement and explore the best spots for dogs in Boston.

Before a day out on the town, your dog needs to look his best. So make an appointment at one of Boston’s premiere doggy spas, Bark Place (1721 Washington Street, Boston), for a relaxing aromatherapy shampoo, blueberry facial, and massage. In addition to its ultra-luxe grooming, Bark Place offers DIY wash stations, playgroups, and daily daycare. With a boutique full of swanky gear and gourmet treats, this is the place to go when you want to spoil your dog in Boston.

Hungry? Swing by Flour Bakery & Cafe’s Fort Point outpost (12 Farnsworth Street, Boston) for sandwiches and coffee. Their outdoor tables are a great spot for dog watching in good weather. You might think that all cafes with outdoor spaces are inherently dog friendly, but many “enclosed” patios are considered indoors, so dogs must stay on the other side of the fence. Look for spots with tables on open sidewalks, as your dog is more likely to be a welcome customer.

Afterward, make sure to walk down to the parks along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Stop by Dewey Square Park for their seasonal farmers market and for open green space—perfect for sunbathing or a game of fetch. If your pooch feels like a quick splash, the shallow pools along the snaking path at Chinatown Park are sure to get his tail wagging. It’s one of the most relaxing outdoor spaces downtown. Just remember that Fido needs to be leashed at all times while on the Greenway.

Sidewalk Dogs

As one of the country’s top walking cities, Boston is fairly dog friendly. Photo credit: Flickr (paulaloe).

If you’re looking for some off-the-leash time, your dog’s best bet is Boston Common. Currently, dogs can roam free in a clearly marked portion of the park under the Joy Street steps in the morning and evening. The good news for dogs in Boston? The city recently approved a plan by Friends of the Public Garden for rotating off-leash locations on the Common that will allow urban dogs to play while maintaining the integrity of the park.

Tired already? Whether you’re visiting or just indulging with a staycation, there are many hotels that welcome dogs in Boston! The city’s poshest puppies love staying at the luxurious XV Beacon (15 Beacon Street, Boston), where dogs of all sizes are warmly welcomed with homemade dog biscuits, bottled water, and their own bed. An optional $25 donation to the MSPCA is encouraged. If your dog prefers to be on the Common, Nine Zero (90 Tremont Street, Boston) offers in-room pet bowls and beds, as well as pet sitting, dog walking, grooming, and massage. You can even register your pet pre-check-in, so he’ll be greeted by name on arrival. Dogs in Boston also love meeting up after a long day at The Liberty Hotel’s “Yappier Hour” (215 Charles Street, Boston) every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can order off Clink’s menu while your dog mingles and enjoys “muttinis” and special treats in The Yard.

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