May is National Pet Month and in honor of the observance, Estately ranked the top 17 Best U.S. Cities for Dogs. Minneapolis ranks No. 10 for dog loving cities.
Estately evaluated several factors to determine its rankings. Weather, Walk Score, yard size, dog activities, Meetup groups, and the availability of dog sitters on Rover.com were all taken into consideration. The ultimate results was a list of 17 urban dog paradises, with Minneapolis coming in pretty close to the middle.
Minneapolis permeates with a penchant for pooches. The city scores well in several categories, including a few that Estately didn’t list in its methodology. The only thing that really seemed to factor against Minneapolis is that harsh winters can leave dogs stuck inside for long periods of time. When the sun is out, though, it’s time for the puppies (and people) to play.
When the weather is warm, there are many fun activities for canines and their human companions. The season kicks off in May with the Canine Carnival, which includes samples of pet treats, carnival games, and activities in which people can participate with their pups. Various breed-specific Meetups, allow dogs to have plenty of opportunities for play with other animals of the same size and people can bond over the similar antics of their pets. Beer With Your Buddy is an opportunity to drink a brew at the bar while four-legged pals socialize.
There’s also a hefty serving of dog-friendly restaurants that open their patios to dogs during the summer months. The staff at the Chatterbox Pub and the Bulldog Northeast will be ready with bowls of water for patrons that bring their pooches. One of the most popular places known for welcoming dogs is Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, which always seems to be encouraging patrons to bring dogs with them to the patio.
Finally, Minneapolis has plenty of parks and hiking trails for people to do what dogs do best: walk. Minneapolis is the 9th most walkable large city in the U.S., with its most walkable neighborhoods being Downtown West, Loring Park and Lowry Hill East. The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is a series of parks and paths that basically encircle most of the city and includes trails along the Mississippi River, the Minnehaha Creek and the Chain of Lakes.
This isn’t the first time that Minneapolis has made an appearance on such a list. In 2011, Petside.com released its list of Top 10 Pet-Friendly U.S. Cities, in which Minneapolis ranked fourth for canine-cordiality. The same year, DogFriendly.com ranked Minneapolis as the 6th most dog-friendly city. And earlier this year, NerdWallet ranked Minneapolis as the No. 6 best city in the U.S. to own a dog.
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