People aren’t the only ones who get cabin fever in the winter. Our pets, especially our dogs, are known for getting a bit stir-crazy in the winter months. With half of summer and all of fall ahead of us (before evil winter creeps in) and with most of our apartment communities being pet-friendly, I decided to share how I make the most of the nice weather with my pup.
Intro to Ted
My dog’s name is Ted. Well, technically Theodore, but we just call him Ted. He’s a terrier-mix who will be 7 years old next week, but still has the energy of a puppy. We live in an 800-square-foot apartment in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Needless to say, winters are rough for the little guy. Therefore, I love bringing him with me anywhere I can when it’s nice out. Below are some of the resources I use to plan my days with Ted.
There are some great city-specific dog park lists, but usadogparks.com is great if you want to look for dog parks in any state across the US. If you want to look for a more detailed list of dog parks in your area, do a quick Google search for “dog parks [city]” to find your local source for dog parks.
We humans love hitting the beach in the summer. As it turns out, doggies do, too! There are tons of great dog beaches across the US. Bonus: If your dog doesn’t run in the complete opposite direction of the water like Ted, there are some great opportunities for photos of your dog splashing through the water!
Who would have ever thought that you could bring your dog to a restaurant with you? Like a real human restaurant, not a doggie restaurant. Well you can at times! If you’re sitting on the patio, certain restaurants will allow you to bring your dog. I would recommend calling ahead to make sure a certain restaurant listed on bringfido.com still allows this (sometimes new management can change the policy). This is one of my favorite ways to spend time with Ted outside of the apartment. Anything that combines food, my dog, a glass of wine and alfresco dining is at the top of my list.
The summer is filled with weekend trips and vacations. Though I know you can’t plan every trip around your dog, including him or her in some trips is a great way to cure doggie cabin fever. As it turns out, there are a decent number of hotels that are pet-friendly. For a nominal fee, you can bring your pet along for all of your adventures. Bonus: Here are the top 5 best cities for pet-friendly vacations.
A lot of festivals are dog friendly. If your dog is good around big crowds of people and can control him- or herself around the delicious food vendors (as a human, I have a hard enough time with that one), bring Fido along! The rules are specific to each festival, so just check the FAQs before you head out.
Here are some shots of my little guy curing his cabin fever: