The subject of this post was prompted by our recent road trip experiences. In our swing through the State of New York, we’ve passed through villages, towns, cities, and regions … and everyone says they are (very) pet friendly. No one says that they’re not or that they’re working on it. Clearly, we must all have different ideas about what makes a city pet friendly.
At one extreme, there was Woodstock. When asked, several residents told us they thought their town was very pet friendly. I gottta tell you that on some stretches of the main drag there was no sidewalk, or a very narrow sidewalk, where you could barely walk yourself, much less you and your dog. The waitstaff at a restaurant happily woofed that they were dog friendly – as long as the dog was tied to the rail on the outside of the outdoor patio. I came away feeling the town was not very pet friendly – but am I missing something?
At the other extreme, we visited dog friendly wineries in the Finger Lakes that allowed Ty and Buster to join us in their tasting rooms. Then there was Saratoga Springs’ broadly supported Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative that we attended; over 30 businesses identify and market themselves as welcoming dogs. And yesterday’s blog post by @ThisOneWildLife echoed our own sentiments about the success of the program. We left these areas thinking they were very pet friendly – but would others feel the same way?
So … color us curious. In the Comments section, please share your thoughts. GoPetFriendly would like to know:
I am writing this post just outside of Rochester, NY … heading to Niagara Falls. So, a note to our Canadian friends: If you feel a disturbance in the Force today (Friday), GoPetFriendly has breached your border. :-D
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