Where The Dog Parks Are: Dogs Love A Wild Rumpus

Dog in Pet Friendly Apartment wants to Play

I mentioned in my first pets in the city blog that I have a dog and two cats. Since finding a pet friendly apartment, I’ve learned that my cats are perfect pets for apartment living. They want to be fed, have a clean litter box, and toys. Trips outdoors are not required. On the other hand, my dog needs me to feed her, walk her, and give her back as much love and attention as she gives me. I’ve already discussed how you can spoil your pets in the city at pet boutiques, now I will focus on where the dog friendly parks are in Boston.

To give your dog some grass time in Boston, take them on long walks along the Esplanade, the Commonwealth Mall, Blackstone Square, or any park in Boston. Taking your dog on a walk to different parks in and around your neighborhood is a great way to explore the city and enjoy Boston’s historic architecture. Another option is the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. This 265-acre historic landscape is open year round from dawn until dusk and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, he also designed a little park in Manhattan called Central Park. But please respect the plants and keep your dog leashed, with the hills and size of this arboretum, your dog will be exhausted just walking by your side.

If you want to give your dog playtime with other dogs, there are official off-lease dog parks at the Boston Common near Beacon Hill, Peter’s Park in the South End, and many more throughout the city. Be sure to check the designated off-leash hours at each dog park. These parks not only offer exercise for your dog, but they are great places to get to know your neighbors, learn about local events, and neighborhood gatherings.

Brookline also offers 14 off-leash dog parks, but I am reluctant to write about these parks because I do not have first hand experience with any of them. I do know the off-lease parks are available to both residents and non-residents when you pay a fee to register your dog. Some of the Brookline dog parks have off-leash hours from dawn until 9am, others until 1pm, and a few parks have hours from dawn until dusk from December to February.

If you can’t give your dog all the exercise they need throughout the day, there are plenty of dog walkers all over the city that can help. Many dog walkers are easy to find online or you can ask the people that work at the pet boutiques but the best way to find one is at the dog parks. At the dog parks, you can see first hand how the dog walkers treat the dogs in their care and which one will be the best fit for your dog.

At the end of the day, your dog is so happy for the attention you give them. Whether it’s for a short walk around the block, a play-date at the park, or an adventure around the city, they just love being with you.

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C’est Chic Pet Boutiques

Cat has a Home but No Toys

Once you and your furry friend(s) have found a new pet-friendly home, it’s time to find where to get everything your pets need. Sure you can go the Petco or PetSmart super store route, but since your little ones are now pets in the city, spoil them at the chic pet boutiques!

In the South End, you have the pet boutiques Polka Dog Bakery, The Urban Hound, and Bark Place.

The Polka Dog Bakery found on Shawmut Avenue has a wide selection of toys and accessories for both dogs and cats. Additionally this bakery makes the best and most unique dog treats in Boston. Since it’s located around the corner from the Peter’s Park and the Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space I’ll give you fair warning, you can’t walk your dog by and not go in. With their great sense of smell they know irresistible treats are inside even if they have never set a paw in the front door. Trust me: you will not be able to say no.

Bark Place on Washington Avenue has toys, treats, and accessories for your pooch but they also offer grooming. They have a drop off option where you have their groomers make your dog all shiny and new. They also have a do-it-yourself option where they provide the tub, brushes, towels, and blow dryer which is perfect if your dog is like mine and little too high strung to have someone else clean her.

Found on Malden Street between Albany Street and Harrison Avenue, the Urban Hound also offers little treats and grooming as well as a doggie day care if you don’t want to leave your pooch at home while working.

In Back Bay, you’ll find Fish & Bone and Pawsh Dog Boutique and Spa. Both pet boutiques are highly reviewed for their services, have wonderful accessories and treats, and are conveniently located on/near Newbury Street.

Four Preppy Paws caters to the Beacon Hill pet-owning crowd. A wonderful pet boutique on Charles Street that has all the food, treats, and accessories you need to spoil your pet.

Kitten Playing with Designer Toy

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Pet Friendly Apartments and Condos

Pet friendly real estate is not always easy to come by in Boston. Whether you are buying a condo or renting an apartment, having pets in the city may cause some hurdles in your home search. It’s nothing personal, I have a dog and two cats, and I’m sure your four legged friend is the best in the history of all animals. I know mine are and the search for my apartment was still difficult.

When you see condo or apartment listings that say “no pets,” “pets allowed: no,” or “pet policy: none” it usually means no pets are allowed. I want to make that clear so you don’t waste your time, especially since inventory for pet friendly apartments and condos is limited and moves fast. When you see an apartment or condo listing that says “pets negotiable”, that means we as Realtors have some wiggle room. Some pet policies come from individual owners, some come from condo association rules, and some buildings flat out do not allow any pets. How pet friendly the pet friendly apartment is, depends on where the pet policy comes from.

Dog Friendly Apartments in the CityTo save time in your search for a pet friendly apartment or condo for your dog, there is some information that you should have ready. First, know the breed of your dog. Second, know how much your dog weighs. Some pet friendly apartment buildings and condo buildings have breed restrictions and some have weight restrictions. If you don’t know the exact weight or breed, that is fine, just give your best guess. Be as accurate as possible on your guess because some owners or condo associations will want to meet your pet before they let you move in. Cats are fairly easy compared to dogs, either they are allowed or they are not allowed.

Also, have a reference letter for your pet ready from your landlord, management company, or even neighbor. For some owners or condo boards that are on the fence about your pet, it could help.

For help finding a pet-friendly home, contact the Realtors of Matthew and Alisa Group Real Estate.

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