by Sojos | December 14, 2012
Portland routinely ranks as one of America’s best-loved cities, and if dogs could vote, they’d probably give it a bark of approval, too. The “City of Roses” is a great place to live if you have four-legged friends, but it’s also welcoming to visitors of all breeds. So whether you’re shopping for a place to relocate or simply your next vacation destination, check out what makes Portland so pup-friendly.
Dog parks are one essential to city living with a canine, and Portland shows its support by boasting more than 50 places for dogs to play off-leash. Some are dedicated dog parks while others are special sectioned-off areas of regular public parks, giving pets a place of their own in some of the city’s choicest spots. The spectacular wilderness that surrounds Portland, like the Columbia River Gorge, provides outstanding hiking opportunities, but you can also get in a good nature walk in the metro. Forest Park, for instance, is the largest forested urban park in the country.
For a more citified adventure, Portland has outstanding shopping opportunities for pets and their owners, as well. Stores like Nature’s Pet Market, All For Paws, Healthy Pets Northwest, Salty’s Dog and Cat Shop and Meat for Cats and Dogs, among others, offer top-quality products, with a focus on natural, holistic, human grade and raw dog food. And if you need a place to crash after all that fun, the list of Portland-area lodging that welcomes dogs is exceptionally lengthy - you’ll find the perfect place to kick back and relax after a fun day out.
A bevy of websites and publications provide extra information about pet-friendly lifestyles in Portland, as well as news and events. Spot Magazine, CityDog Magazine, Portland Tails Magazine, PetFriendlyPDX.com and PortlandPooch.com all provide great tips and insights, whether you’re new to town or a long-time resident.