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July 02, 2012

Downtown Dogs

Between locals, tourists, and street-performers, I didn't think Downtown Santa Cruz could be any more entertaining, but do you know what's more fun than people watching? Dog watching. Ever since a new ordinance went into effect last year allowing dogs on leashes, many establishments are welcoming our four-legged friends to accompany their owners as they dine, shop, and play in Santa Cruz. On a recent stroll Downtown, it seemed every outdoor patio, and there are quite a few, had a dog or two hanging out. I even passed by a restaurant that posted a menu for dogs featuring such canine delicacies as hickory smoked bacon and chicken chewies. I found this little cutie, named Beauty, people watching from atop her Harley perch on Pacific Avenue. Being a dog-lover who doesn't own a dog (believe me, I wish we could, but four kids is all I can handle these days!), I asked my Facebook friends: Santa Cruz locals...your weekend guests are bringing their dog. Where do you take them or suggest they go? Some of the responses included: "Mitchell's Cove or Its Beach, but be mindful of the off leash times (before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.) Sunday morning at Its is a big time dog fest and people bring donuts and such. There is also a dog park on the Polo grounds in Aptos. Downtown is also now dog-friendly as are a number of restaurants." "Seabright Brewery and Walnut Avenue Cafe allow dogs outside if their owners are hungry!" "Don't forget Aldo's Restaurant allows dogs on the patio, so if the weather is nice, you have a great view!" You can also find information about dog friendly beaches, parks, and even pet-friendly places to stay here. Some of the unique events dog owners can participate in include wine tasting with your dog at the Alfaro Family Winery and enjoying some delicious Hawaiian food on a tropical outdoor deck in the Santa Cruz sunshine. With summer in full swing, plan on some fun in the sun with man's best friend!


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  • admin 4 years 210 days ago
    This is helpful information...thanks, Laurie!

  • Laurie Chadwick 4 years 245 days ago
    It may be helpful to let people know Bed and Biscuits does doggie daycare and grooming. So if the visitors plan an event like going to the boardwalk they could bring their dog in for daycare or grooming. They would need to have their vaccination record for current rabies, DAPP2, and bordatella.
    Bed and Biscuits
    2625 Chanticleer Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95065

  • Sanford Machey 4 years 364 days ago
    Can you tell us more about this? I'd care to find out more details.|

  • Julie takagi 6 years 79 days ago
    Reading the story" Downtown Dogs". Makes me want to bring Phil my dog to Santa Cruz the next time I go.. I wanted to take him to Carmel because of how dog friendly it is. So next time I won't worry about having him with us when I go to Santa Cruz!

  • Lanae 6 years 82 days ago
    I love that places are becoming more dog friendly! My family doesn't have one yet but I'm sure it won't be long before my boys are begging for one!