Being able to take your dog many places is great for socialization. But not every pet friendly business is both pet friendly and human friendly.
Some are just dull.
Recreational Shopping, Really?
Some big box home centers are pet friendly. To which I say, duh. What’s so precious about a gigantic warehouse loaded with unbreakable products displayed on a cleanable floor?
Heck, it’s amazing to me that ANY home center ISN’T pet friendly.
But here’s the question: of all the fun things to do with your dog, why would anyone want to waste time picking out bolts or matching PVC plumbing parts?
Even fun stores aren’t really that fun for a human and a dog.
My favorite beach has a pet friendly gift shop. The owner has invited Honey in when she spotted us waiting outside.
I always refuse.
At the first sound of a vacationer squealing, “Oooooooh, a golden retriever,” Honey’s tail would become a shelf-clearing device more efficient than any tool known to man.
A Fun Day Out With Dogs
Do you know what your dog would consider the most fun day ever?
Honey would sleep in late. She’d play tug and fetch with the hu-dad after breakfast followed by a short nap.
We’d all go for a long walk interrupted every block or so by someone asking, “Can I pet your dog?”
The walk would take us through a grassy park where she’d flop on the ground and roll on her back. And the park would lead to a sandy beach where she’d dig for mussels and flop on her back some more.
We’d end the day at a restaurant where Honey would meet more friendly strangers and get a few morsels of dinner.
On the way back home, Honey would doze on our lap in a taxi.
Sweet, eh? Actually, this was the way we spent several days with Honey when we had a month-long stay in Charleston.
For Honey, Charleston was the best place for a fun day out with dogs.
Talking Trash And Taking Names
Apparently plenty of people agree. Charleston is a great city for pet travelers.
At least that’s what I see over at the Best City For Pet Travelers brackets at Go Pet Friendly where Charleston has entered the Awesome Eight against Port St. Joe Florida.
I hear Port St. Joe has some nice, pet friendly beaches. But it doesn’t sound like the kind of place where you’d expect to have your best day ever with your dog, over and over like we did with Honey in Charleston.
I mean the Wikipedia page for Port St. Joe is a cure for insomnia. And in the past ten years, the population of 3600 people has actually declined. Two hundred people decided they’d rather live somewhere else.
Maybe they moved to Charleston.
So if your idea of a great pet friendly day with your dog involves culture, fine dining, beautiful architecture, as well as nearby beaches, hop on over to Go Pet Friendly and vote for Charleston.
Your Turn: What would be an ideal outing for your dog? And where would it happen?