Pets and the City

January 5th, 2016 by Ryan Sundling

Pittsburgh has quickly become one of the most pet-friendly cities around and with good reason: our pets are our children! Canines in particular are enjoying the high life; many of the Burgh’s business owners are now welcoming our furry four-legged kids into their restaurants. Here are just a few:

Social – Located on Penn Avenue in Bakery Square, this cool bar and restaurant offers delicious drinks and tasty bites. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio where your server will provide a bowl of refreshing water just for Fido.

Double Wide Grill – This restaurant offers 40 craft beers on tap and an extensive menu. Brutus is welcome in the outdoor seating area and even gets his own menu. Double Wide has two locations, one on the South Side and one in Cranberry.

Nine on Nine – This one is located downtown in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Nine on Nine offers an array of Contemporary American dishes and a great wine list. Buddy will enjoy dog treats and a cool bowl of water to wash them down.

After all of this food, you’ll want your best (dog) friend to burn off some calories. Take him to one of the area’s dog parks:

Point State Park – Dogs must be leashed, as this park does not have a fenced dog area, but there is plenty of room for running and playing. You and Spot can also hang out by the fountain and catch views of the Three Rivers and Mt. Washington.

Frick Park – This park, located on Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill, does have an off-leash dog area (warning: one side of the dog area does not have a fence). Frick Park is huge and also has beautiful walking trails for you to stroll along with Fluffy.

Riverview Dog Park – Whether your bestie is a Tank or a Tiny, this is the park for you! Riverview offers separate areas for big dogs and smaller dogs. These areas are enclosed and dogs can run free without a leash. Riverview is located just North of downtown in the Observatory Hill neighborhood.
Looking for a specialty food or maybe a birthday cake for Junior’s big day? Visit one of these shops:

Petagogy – This cute little shop is on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. It offers natural food and treats, an array of toys, as well as doggie birthday cakes and ice cream!

Alan’s Pet Shop – Alan runs this great little pet shop in the heart of Squirrel Hill. The place is full of plants, pet supplies and exotic fish. A visit to this mom-and-pop is definitely worth it.

If you’re traveling with pets, is a great resource for pet-friendly accommodations, local pet shops and dog parks. You can search by city, book your entire trip on the site, and plan your vacation around Duke!

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