We know you love your dog as if it were your child, and leaving them alone is even harder on you than it is for them. How do you resist the puppy dog eyes? You can’t. Trips to the park will only take you so far. That’s why we’re sharing the dog-friendliest activities to do with your spirit animal, from sharing the puppy love to woofing down some delicious food (pun obviously intended).
1. The McKinney Avenue Trolley is even more darling than you thought. It’s pet-friendly—fabulous news for my plump Boston terrier that plays dead halfway through our walks around Uptown. Ticket for two please!
2. Pamper your pooch at Dirty Dawgz. With self-service dog washing stations complete with shampoo, towels, dog-friendly dryers, and grooming supplies, Dirty Dawgz takes the difficulty out of caring for your pet—and takes the wet dog smell out of your house. Bring along the kids and turn a chore into a family event, or if you’re less into the do-it-yourself scene, Dirty Dawgz offers professional grooming as well.
3. If you’re the kind of ingeniously resourceful person who puts your pup to work as your wingman, you already know the Katy Trail Ice House is the place to be. Besides the fact that it is off of a dog-friendly trail, the Ice House’s casual vibes and fun games make it the perfect scene to bring your best friend, and maybe even meet a new one.
4. While you’re over there, Company Café is also along the Katy Trial, and offers plenty of outdoor seating and treats for both your human and nonhuman friends. Enjoy the cafe’s Katy Trail outpost while it lasts — it will close down for good on Aug. 11. The Company Cafe installment on Lower Greenville will continue to serve bipedal and four-legged patrons on its patio.
5. Pet Partners allows you to register your most lovable and huggable family member for animal-assisted interactions in places such as veterans’ centers, nursing homes, facilities for Alzheimer’s patients, hospices, and hospitals—all of which we think could use some serious puppy love…or any kind of animal love. Pet Partners is a multiple species program, meaning you can volunteer yourself along with your cuddly cat, precious pig, beautiful bird, amicable alpaca (you get the point) to brighten someone else’s day.
6. Between the lively outdoor scene overlooking the Trinity River and the smell of incredible barbeque, it may be a toss up on who enjoys Fort Worth’s Woodshed Smokehouse more—you or your dog? But the smokehouse’s separate dog-friendly menu may be the best part of your doggie date, because it means you won’t even have to share.
7. This list would not be complete without mentioning Mutts, the restaurant-slash-dog-park that lets dog lovers and lovees go wild. All dogs, besides pitbulls, are allowed inside the dog park unleashed and allowed on the porch leashed. At $9.95 a month or $4.95 per day, this dog park has become a smash hit.