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Dog-Friendly San Jose & Silicon Valley California

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

San Jose Dog Travel Guide…

San Jose was one of the original Spanish settlements in California and was founded in 1777 by Felipe de Neve. It is now the state’s third largest city and is best known as the center of Silicon Valley and the computer hardware and software industries. In addition to San Jose, the Silicon Valley area consists of Palo Alto and Stanford University, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Sunnyvale and the peninsula cities of San Mateo, Redwood City and San Carlos. The area has a number of very dog-friendly pockets where shops, restaurants and parks welcome your four legged friend.

Dog-friendly hotels are not hard to find in San Jose and Silicon Valley. The Cypress Hotel at 10050 South De Anza Blvd in Cupertino is perhaps the most dog-friendly with special doggie packages and pet sitting available. The upscale Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose is also pet-friendly. The Best Western Plus Brookside Inn in Milpitas offers good value as does the La Quinta San Jose. In Palo Alto small to medium sized dogs are allowed at the Sheraton Palo Alto and the Westin Palo Alto. There are also a number of dog-friendly hotels in the area around the San Francisco Airport in the northern part of San Mateo County. In Half Moon Bay along the coast the Half Moon Bay Inn at 401 Main Street offers pet-friendly lodging.

For dog-friendly shopping and dining there are a number of excellent options in the San Jose area. The upscale Santana Row Shopping Center, at Highway 880 and Interstate 280, has a large number of dog-friendly shops as well as patio dining. Los Gatos, a community that sits against the Santa Cruz Mountains, is a great area to walk around with your dog. You can shop and dine here as well as hike the Los Gatos Creek Reservoir Trail to the Lexington Reservoir or walk the paved Los Gatos Creek Trail towards Campbell. Campbell and Saratoga, both nearby to Los Gatos, are also dog-friendly. Palo Alto’s downtown has a quaint shopping area to walk around and is very pet-friendly as well. Stanford Shopping Center, just north of the Stanford Campus, offers an excellent open-air dog-friendly shopping location.

Dog-Friendly restaurants in the area are not hard to find. La Fondue, in Saratoga, not only welcomes dogs but offers complimentary filet mignon for their canine guests. They have two patios with doggie tie down areas. In Redwood City, the Redwood Creek Grill offers a doggie menu as well. Steak Out, in Mountain View at 383 Castro Street, is a burger and beer garden with a large dog-friendly outdoor area and a visiting dog named Stout. There are other pet-friendly patio restaurants in Palo Alto, Santana Row, and most other areas of town.

For dog-friendly parks where you can jog, hike or hang out with your dog there are a number of options. The Stanford University campus offers a large amount of grassy areas as do the hills above the campus in what is known as the “Dish Loop” to the large antennas on the hill. The Palo Alto Baylands Preserve is against the bay and offers trails as well. Closer to San Jose there are the Los Gatos Creek Trail between Campbell and Los Gatos, the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens downtown, Ed Levin County Park on the east hills in Milpitas and Fremont Older Preserve in Cupertino. There are also many fenced off-leash dog parks in San Jose, Palo Alto and many of the cities that make up the area. There are a number of dog-friendly beaches in the Half Moon Bay and Pescadero area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Palo Alto and in the Santa Cruz area about a 40 minute drive from San Jose. William Street Park in San Jose hosts a huge “Bark in the Park” event each September with over 10,000 dogs and people attending.

Nearby pet-friendly trips from San Jose include dog-friendly Carmel and Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley and very close by, Santa Cruz.

San Jose Dog Travel Guide…

Columbus Ohio: Businesses Rally Behind Bill Allowing Pups On Patios

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Until recently, dogs could be found on the patio at the Land Grant Brewery in Columbus any time the weather was nice. But not at the moment.

The Columbus Health Department sent out letters to restaurants and bars early this summer, saying it is against state law to allow dogs on patios. Julie Keys, Land Grant’s marketing coordinator, says a lot of customers are put in the position of choosing to go to her business or stay with their dogs.
Often, she says, the latter wins, especially when customers have worked away from their pooches all day. Keys says rescue groups and humane societies are losing out too since this recent crackdown.

“This issue is really important to us, not just because collectively here at Land Grant, we are dog lovers and dog owners but it’s also important to us because we are animal advocates,” Keys says. “So, as an example, we have held events here at the brewery to raise money for different non-profits.”
Keys says that this spring, Land Grant hosted a “Pups ‘n’ Pints” event that raised over $3,500 for the Capital Area Humane Society.
The Westerman Family Foundation provides support to animal rescue groups statewide. Luke Westerman, the foundation’s director, says many dogs were also adopted during the patio events.
He says Ohio’s law preventing pups on the patio is out of step with the rest of the nation.

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Dog cafe sells beer, chocolate, pizza and EVERYTHING else you could dream of for dogs

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

A new pet shop devoted to dogs has been set up with unique and wonderful items for sale.
Mad About Paws in Roborough opened its doors two weeks ago and business has been thriving.

The store, next to Tesco Extra, is the brain-child of Director Emma Smith who said demand was so high for dog items in its sister store The Pet Express that a new shop devoted to a man’s best friend was essential.

The store has everything from sweet treats including dog-friendly doughnuts, cupcakes, waffles and ice creams to savoury pizzas and pretzels as well as ‘alcoholic’ beers and pawsecco drinks for a quiet night in on the sofa.

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