Wine and Dogs

Is there anything better than wine and dogs? Not in my book. There’s pretty much nothing I like to do more than hang out with my dogs and drink wine. One of the things I look forward to the most in the summer are dog-friendly nights at local wineries. Several local places host nights where dogs can come to the winery with you to hang out while you enjoy a glass of wine.

Here are the local wineries to check out this summer:

Debonne Vineyards – Woof Wednesdays

Stop by the vineyards after 5 pm to enjoy some wine and music with your furry best friends. Each week $.50 cents from every wine and beer glass, $1 from every bottle of wine purchased in house and 10% of all food sales from the outdoor grill will be donated to a different shelter. More information can be found on the website: https://www.debonne.com/events/upcoming-events/137-woof-wednesdays-nights-of-caring

Here are the upcoming dates:

June 1 – Ashtabula APL
June 15 – Dachshund Rescue
June 29 – Lake Humane Society
July 13 – NE Ohio Greygound Rescue
July 27 – Lake Humane Society
August 10 – Dachshund Rescue
August 24 – Ashtabula APL
September 7 – NE Ohio Greygound Rescue
September 21 – Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue
October 5 – TBD

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Winery at Wolf Creek – Yappy Hour

On the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00–8:00 p.m. bring your dog to hang out on the lawn at the Winery at Wolf Creek. Proceeds from the yappy hour will benefit Give Pets a Chance (www.GivePetsAChance.org). Tickets are $10 per person at the door and include a raffle entry, a glass of wine, and goodies for your dog ($5 per person for nondrinkers includes a soda or bottle of water). Find out more here: http://wineryatwolfcreek.com/calendar/may/

Grand River Cellars – Woof, Wag and Wine

This annual event will be held on June 18 and benefits the Lake Humane Society. Bring your dog to enjoy the vineyards, as well as enjoy a wine tasting, live music, the chance to win great prizes in various raffles and games. I highly recommend you bring chairs if you want to hang out for a bit and enjoy some wine. Although they say there is some seating, when I went last year there was nowhere to sit so it made it very hard to enjoy a glass of wine. Find out more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/571167749701051/

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Thorncreek Winery – Yappy Hour

Beginning the first week of June, you can bring your dog to this Aurora winery on the first Thursday of the month through October. Find out more details here: http://www.thorncreekwinery.com/events/

Other Dog-Friendly Winery Options

Sarah’s Vineyards in Cuyahoga Falls always allows dogs in its front picnic table area and Debonne allows dogs outside on other nights besides Woof Wednesdays. As always, it’s a good idea to call ahead and check before bringing your dog though!

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Ways to Celebrate National Pet Week

Happy National Pet Week! A week dedicated to spoiling your pets and showing them how much you love them. (Wait, that’s every week, isn’t it?) In case you’ve been slacking lately though, this week is your chance to show appreciation to your furry friends who give you so much to be thankful for every day of the year.

My two favorite pets:

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If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate, here are some ideas of things to do with your dog this week. Unfortunately, some of these may not be possible due to this week’s rainy forecast, but I hear Tuesday is supposed to be nice!

Hit up a dog-friendly patio

The Cleveland area has many dog-friendly patios, mainly concentrated around the west side and downtown areas, but there are more popping up on the east side too. Check out the patio list for ideas for where to take your pet when the weather clears up:  http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-cleveland/patios/

Schedule a photo shoot

The Cleveland area has so many great pet photographers. Hunter, Roscoe and I have had photos taken by Boots & Bee Photography, Chewbone Studio and Greg Murray Photography. Getting professional photos taken of your dog is something every dog owner should do. I am so happy to have the photos that I have.

Some of my favorite professional photos:

(photo on the left taken by Boots & Bee, right by Chewbone Studio)

Hike the CVNP

If you haven’t visited the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with your dog, now is the perfect time to check it out (when it’s not raining).  Rated one of the most dog-friendly national parks, we are lucky to have this national treasure right in our backyard. Hunter, Roscoe and I especially like the Blue Hen Falls area of the park.

Attend an event for local pets

There are two events in Cleveland this week to benefit local pets. On Thursday, Tails from the City is hosting Cinco de Meow at Clifton Wine Bar (we love cats too!) and this weekend Multiple Breed Rescue is hosting, Bark, Woof, Bid, a live auction fundraiser. Find out more info on Bark, Woof, Bid here: https://www.facebook.com/events/456084804581031 and on Cinco de Meow here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683291225272077/

What will you and your dog be doing to celebrate?

Is Cleveland a Dog-Friendly City?

Who better to ask than the people who live in a city whether or not it’s dog friendly? The verdict on Cleveland from its residents? The city is dog-friendly, but it could be more dog-friendly.

I got a lot of feedback in my recent survey about how the city could be more dog friendly and what services dog owners are most interested in. Regarding the dog-friendly atmosphere here, dog owners think there are some good things going on, but would like to see:

  • More dog-friendly restaurants and shopping locations
  • More dog events and chances for dog owners to socialize
  • More indoor options for exercising your dog
  • More dog parks

(Just as a reminder, here’s a list of dog-friendly patios and dog parks. A lot of new additions in recent months!)

Besides just amenities for dogs, several people mentioned dog welfare issues like removing BSL (breed specific legislation), providing free or affordable access to training resources for  pet owners and better access to affordable vet services, as ways to make CLE a more dog-friendly city.

Although around 60% of respondents said the city is dog-friendly, around 40% said it isn’t. The responses from those who said it’s not dog-friendly were:

  • Too many people who have dogs here do not train them and makes for little fun walking your own dog when they let their run amok either off lead or on a flexi.
  • Few options, especially training and exercise opportunities, especially on the east side there’s almost nothing
  • Not enough walkable areas with nearby green space and businesses that welcome dogs.
  • BSL in surrounding cities; constantly overflowing and run down pounds; lack of dog friendly shops / restaurants

Dog- Friendly Business Wish List

So what dog-friendly businesses are Cleveland residents most interested in? Indoor play options topped the list, followed by a dog-friendly café option of some sort. Other ideas suggested:

  • More dog bakeries and locally made supply stores
  • An indoor track to walk in the winters
  • Dog splash pad, owner / dog swimming, more dog parks with small dog only areas
  • Some gyms have child care while you work out. I’d like to see doggy day care so I could work out.
  • I would love to see more support/communication between businesses and large owner groups. A large breed specialty store would be great!

The Dog-Friendly List

Based on these results, Clevelanders probably won’t be surprised to see that we didn’t make the latest list of dog-friendly cities as rated by SmartAsset. The financial consulting company rated cities on their dog friendliness based on several factors: the city’s dog accessibility, as in the number of dog parks, dog-friendly shopping areas and dog-friendly restaurants, as well as the city’s quality of life, including walkability, weather and housing costs.

Cleveland will always lose out in the weather category, but we definitely have an opportunity to increase our dog friendly rating by improving on what we all said we need more of –  dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants!

Here is the list of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S.:

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/most-dog-friendly-cities-in-the-us_us_5703eb8be4b0daf53af100be

Thanks to everyone who took the survey! We got close enough to my response goal that I did draw a name for the gift card prize. The winner is Rebecca Stolarsky! I’ll be in touch to arrange how to get your prize.

 

2016 Edition: 50 Things To Do With Your Dog in Northeast Ohio

A new year means it’s time to make your 2016 list of things to do with your dog! I originally started the list two years ago to find things to do with Hunter and I am so pleased to see how many of things I’ve checked off the list two years later. We still have a few events and activities we haven’t done though, so we are not done yet!

This year I decided to switch it up a little and organize it by season to make it easier to know what you should be doing with your dog all year long. The list includes many things from previous years, but the information has been updated as times/details change from year to year.

Let me know anything I am missing, Hunter, Roscoe and I are always up for more adventures!

Spring

Events:

Go on an Easter egg hunt with your dog The Cleveland APL hosts its annual “Doggone Easter Egg Hunt” in March. Date is TBA. In previous years, the dog walk has been held at Southpark Mall and included Easter Bunny photos as well. Keep an eye on the APL’s Facebook page more details as they are announced.

Go to a hockey game with your dog – The Cleveland APL’s Annual Pucks & Paws event will be Sunday, April 10. The Monsters will be playing the Rochester Americans at 5 p.m. Find out more info here: https://clevelandapl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Pucks-and-Paws-Word-Flyer.pdf

Activities:

Visit a botanical garden – If you are looking to take a fun walk with your dog, the Holden Arboretum is a great choice. And there’s no better time to visit than in the spring!

Schedule a Spa Day for your dog – Get your spring cleaning started — with your dog! If you’re looking for a new way to spoil your dog, Fetch in Rocky River and the Barkley Pet Hotel in Orange offer luxury dog grooming services like paw-dicures and facials. Hunter had a fun spa day at Fetch’s spa: http://dogsinthecle.com/hunters-day-at-the-spa/

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Sign your dog up for a flyball class – Flyball is a competitive sport for dogs that involves jumping hurdles and retrieving balls. The Cleveland All Breed Training Club offers flyball classes, contact them for more details: http://www.cabtc.org/specialty/flyball-class

Visit a dog park in a State Park The Northern Ohio area has three state parks that also have dog parks with lake access – Mosquito Lake, Portage Lake and Wingfoot Lake. For more info, visit: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/petfriendly

Go see waterfalls with your dog – Chagrin Falls is one of the most dog friendly places in the Northern Ohio area. If you haven’t taken your dog there for some shopping and waterfalls viewing, you (and your dog) are missing out! Hunter and I love to go there! http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-day-trip-chagrin-falls-main-street/

Go to the ultimate dog park – Bow Wow Beach is basically a dog’s dream. With a lake right in the middle and tons of ground to explore, your dog could spend hours here (if you let him).

Go to bootcamp with your dog – Hunter, Roscoe and I love Thank Dog NEO Bootcamp and we really wish more people would do it so we could convince Heidi to start a bootcamp on the west side! For now we have to make the trek over to the east side, but it’s worth it! It’s a fun way to get your dog out and get some exercise in our beautiful parks. And, it goes all year round (moving indoors during the winter). Read about Hunter and I’s first experience with it here: http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-workout-thank-dog-neo-bootcamp /

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Summer

Events:

Take your dog swimming – Lakewood Dog Park’s annual dog swim and Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza are two fun annual events to take your dog swimming. Stay tuned for dates this summer! Also, Paws by the Lake, a doggie daycare facility in Avon, also offers pool passes for guests to come and take advantage of their lazy river. Contact them at (440) 933-5297 for more details.

Take your dog to a baseball game – Last year there was no Puppypalooza at Progressive Field, so I am not holding my breath there will be one this year. Considering they added the Corner Bar in the seats they used to sell for Puppypalooza, it seems unlikely it’ll be back this year. I’ll keep an eye on it though. You should still have the opportunity to take your dog to a baseball game at one of the minor league fields. Last year, the Lake Erie Captains, Akron Rubber Ducks and Lake Erie Crushers all hosted dog-friendly game nights. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced!

Enter your dog in a contest A variety of Cleveland dog events hold dog fashion shows and cutest dog contests throughout the year. The last two years the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter held an event called Pawject Runway and the Warehouse District Festival has held a Cutest Dog Contest for several years as well. Stay tuned for more details as these are announced! Here are some photos from last year’s Pawject Runway: http://dogsinthecle.com/dogs-on-the-runway/

Take your dog to work dayThis year’s “Take Your Dog to Work Day” will be held on Friday, June 24. Start petitioning at your work for this now!

Visit a vineyard with your dog Some area wineries that hold yappy hours during the summer include Debonne Cellars, The Winery at Wolf Creek and Thorncreek Winery. Stay tuned for more details on these events! Woof, Wag and Wine, Lake Humane’s annual dog-friendly winery event, will be held on June 18th this year.

Go to an old dog party – The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs holds “Summer Scoop” also known as the “Old Dog Party” every summer offering activities for senior dogs, including the Old Dog Olympics, an agility course for older dogs. Date for 2016 TBA!

Go to Yappy Hour with your dog – For those of us who can never make it to a happy hour because we have to be home for our dogs, yappy hour season, where you can bring your dog along to a bar, can’t come soon enough. Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue hosts one on every third Friday at Rivals Sports Grille in Middleburg Heights (dogs are welcome on the patio when it’s open!) and Tremont Tap House has hosted dog friendly nights the past several years. Stay tuned to the site for more info on these events.

Visit a new dog park! – Several new dog parks opened last year or in recent years, including the Downtown Dog Park, Canine Meadows Dog Park and Carolyn Ludgate in Medina. Read more about them here: http://dogsinthecle.com/new-cleveland-area-dog-parks/

Activities:

Take your dog to brunch – Luxe in the Detroit Shoreway area is a popular place for dog lovers who also love brunch. The restaurant hosts a Bow Wow Brunch on Sundays in the summer, choosing a Dog of the Week each week to feature on their Facebook page. Other good brunch choices are Rocky River Wine Bar, Nighttown in Cleveland Heights and Lucky’s in Tremont. Hunter and I love brunch! http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-brunches/

Have a beer with your dog – There are so many great patios to get a beer in the Cleveland area. Check out my list of the Top 10 Dog Friendly Patios, or the Where to Go page, to find one near you.

Hunter sampling the brews at Jukebox (just smell sampling, of course).
Hunter sampling the brews at Jukebox (just smell sampling, of course).

Take your dog to the beach Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? You can bring your dog along for a swim at Columbia Rd. Beach, Edgewater and Fairport Harbor. All of these beach areas have designated spots for dogs to enjoy the lake.

Take your dog shopping – Crocker Park and Legacy Village and many shops on Main St. in Chagrin Falls are all dog friendly. Crocker and Legacy are mainly just for window shopping, but several stores at Crocker and on Main St. do allow dogs inside.

Put those jumping skills to use – Buckeye Dock Dogs offers dock diving classes for active dogs who love the water. Check them out at: http://www.buckeyedockdogs.com

Take your dog to a farmer’s market – Tremont and Gordon Square Farmer’s Markets are dog friendly, so you can get your shopping done and take your dog on a walk!

Go Paddleboading and/or Boating with your dog – At Hinckley Reservation, dogs are allowed on row boats. You could also borrow a paddleboard from a friend like I did and take your dog paddleboarding! Portage Lakes near Akron is another good spot for water activities with your dog. Read about our paddleboarding adventure here: http://dogsinthecle.com/paddleboarding-pup

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Go to a summer festival with your dog – Clifton Arts Festival, The Taste of Tremont and The Warehouse District Festival are common dog-friendly festivals. If you have a calm dog that is good with crowds, this is a fun summer activity.

Get a cup of coffee with your dog – Lucky’s and Civilization, both in Tremont, and Gypsy Bean are all good dog friendly spots for coffee lovers. So bring your dog along next time you want to sit outside with a cup of coffee.

Go camping with your dog Many area campgrounds are pet friendly including Country Acres Campground in Ravenna, so you can bring your dog along for some hiking and star gazing.

Go to a drive in movie – Aut-o-Rama Drive In in North Ridgeville is dog friendly and last year they hosted a pet night to raise money for Multiple Breed Rescue.

Fall

Events:

Fundraise for a local rescue group – Rescue groups hold numerous events every year where you can help them raise money for their group and participate in a fun activity! Woofstock, Rescue Village’s annual fundraiser held in September and the Lake Humane Society’s Mutt Strut (Aug. 6 this year!) are two good ones to keep your eye out for this year.

Join a pack with your dog – Cleveland Metroparks as well as many training groups hold regular pack walks. There are also many local hiking groups to get your dog out and enjoying the company of other dogs. Keep an eye on the calendar for dates.

Dress your dog up and go to a Halloween party – Berea Animal Rescue Fund’s Monster Mutt Dash is your chance to dress up your dog up in a Halloween costume and run a 5K or participate in a 1 mile walk. Monster Mutt Dash also includes a fun Halloween after party. Here are some photos from the Monster Mutt Dash Hunter and I went to: http://dogsinthecle.com/monster-mutt-dash/

Get up to date on the latest in dog trends – The Cleveland Pet Expo will be Oct. 8 and 9th this year at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The event is dog friendly, so bring along your pup to see training demonstrations, try out new products and learn about local pet businesses.

Run a 5K with your dog – Many races organized by Hermes Cleveland are dog friendly, including the Love-A-Stray race which is usually held in April and the Monster Mutt Dash in October. Stay tuned for updates on more 5K races.

Dress up your dog and join a parade – If you like to dress your dog up for Halloween, mark your calendar for the Spooky Pooch Parade in Lakewood in early October. People get very creative with the dog costumes, so it’s always an entertaining activity for you and your dog. Photos from this year’s Spooky Pooch Parade: http://dogsinthecle.com/photos-from-the-spooky-pooch-parade/ Oberlin Doggie Doo and Pooch Parade is another fun Halloween event to check out this October.

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Activities:

Take a scenic dog hike – I love Cleveland Metroparks. There are so many great trails and the best thing is that the majority are dog friendly! Here are some of my favorites: http://dogsinthecle.com/cle-park-tour-part-1/

Go pumpkin picking with your dog – Szalay’s Farm and Pick n’ Save Orchard are a few dog friendly pumpkin patches in NE Ohio, so you can bring your dog along to pick out this year’s pumpkin. Hunter and I love to pick out pumpkins! http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-pumpkin-patches-in-northeast-ohio/

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Take a walk in one the best National Parks in the nation – GoPetFriendly.com ranks the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as one of the best dog friendly parks in the nation and I agree!  Make sure you and your dog take advantage of this NE Ohio treasure, especially during the fall when it’s at its most beautiful.

Find or plan a dog meetupMore and more dog meetup groups are popping up around Cleveland. I know of a Husky/Malamute group, a Corgi meetup group, a Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup and I started a Pomeranian meetup group this year. We had our first event and are planning a dog park meetup soon! http://dogsinthecle.com/pom-party/

Visit a castle with your dog – Not only is the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills a really beautiful park, but you can take a trail that leads to a castle! Hunter loves pretending he is the king of the castle when we visit (oh wait, he always thinks he’s the king).

Start a dog scout troop – Dog Scouts of America is an organization that provides educational resources for dog owners, as well as hosts camps and seminars to promote responsible pet ownership. Any dog can be a dog scout, the only requirement is that the dog and owner must be able to pass a test to prove the dog is well mannered and the owner is responsible. For more info on starting a troop, visit: http://dogscouts.org/base/troops/start-a-troop

Winter

Events:

Go see Santa Paws! Don’t miss your chance at the end of November and early December to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa (I will remind you, don’t worry). Hunter, Roscoe and I went to see him this past year: http://dogsinthecle.com/category/santa-paws/

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Go to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue host an Ugly Christmas Sweater fundraiser party every year where you can dress your dog up for an ugliest Christmas sweater contest. Stay tuned for date and time!

Indoor Activities:

Certify your dog as a good canine citizen – If you are looking to teach your dog some manners, or maybe even want to find out if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog, sign him up for a Canine Good Citizen course. Most area training places offer classes to earn the certification. Hunter and I did it with North Coast Dogs.

Put your dog through an obstacle course – If you have an active, energetic dog, you may want to check out Agility. Canine University of Ohio and Cleveland All Breed Training Club are two area training facilities that offer classes.

Join an indoor playgroup –PetPeople hosts playgroups for small and large dogs at different area stores. Check out their calendar for dates: https://www.petpeoplestores.com/calendar.html Also, Grateful Dog Bakery hosts a small dog play group at their North Ridgeville store. Hunter and I checked out some playgroups last winter: http://dogsinthecle.com/the-cure-for-boredom-playgroups/

Teach your dog a new trick – Teaching your dog new tricks is a great winter time activity, and it’s even better when you can do it in a group setting with a trainer. Fortunate Fido and North Coast Dogs offer a variety of classes to work on everything from puppy socialization and behavior issues to new tricks. Here are some fun trick ideas to try at home: http://dogsinthecle.com/category/trick-of-the-month/

Go swimming at an indoor pool – At the Barkley Pet Hotel you can reserve time in their pool to take your dog swimming! Another option for those who are further south is the UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort you can call ahead to book swimming time for your dog at their indoor pool.

Go to an indoor dog park – There is only one indoor dog park that I know of in the Cleveland area where you can just go for an hour or so and play with your dog indoors – Double Dog Day Care in Stow.

Teach your dog to use his nose – Roscoe and I did a nosework class last year and it was so much fun!  This is a great activity for fearful or aggressive dogs, since although it’s often done as a group class, dogs do the work on their own so they don’t have to interact with other people or dogs. I did the class through Pit Bull Zen, but I don’t see any classes currently scheduled with them right now. All Dogs Go to Kevin in the Kent area does have some upcoming nose work classes, check it out here: http://www.dogstokevin.com/group-classes.html You can read about Roscoe and I’s experience with nose work here: http://dogsinthecle.com/doing-work-nose-work/

Schedule a photo session for your pet – The Cleveland area has some great pet photographers. One of our favorites is Brittany Graham of Boots & Bee Photography who we did two photo sessions with last year. Other favorites are Greg Murray and Chewbone Studio. You can’t consider yourself a true dog lover until you have professional photos taken of your dog.

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What would you add? Let me know your favorite activity to do with your dog in the comments!

 

Dog-Friendly Office Spotlight: Our Pets

It’s always been a dream of mine to bring my dog to work. I am so jealous of the people that work at the companies in the Northeast Ohio area where you can actually do this! One such lucky place is OurPets in Fairport Harbor on the east side. OurPet’s designs and manufactures pet products, from dog and cat toys to pet bowls and feeding devices. I recently sent some questions to Peter Ostapowicz, Marketing Coordinator at OurPet’s, to learn more about the company’s dog-friendly culture.

Are any other pets allowed besides dogs?

Yes, we have had cats, a turtle, and even an iguana at one point.

What went into the decision to allow employees to bring their pets to work?

We have had a pet policy for about seven years now and it started when one employee started to bring their dog into work and then other people wanted to as well.

IMG_2104Are there any rules for bringing pets to work? Can employees do it whenever they want or only on certain days?

Yes, we have a policy for people to follow when they bring their pets into work.  The most important item to note is that people come first.  It is important that we provide a safe, nonthreatening and healthy work environment for all employees.  With the exception of service animals for individuals with disabilities, having animals in the workplace is a privilege, not a right.  Having animals in the workplace requires complete responsibility on the part of the pet owners.  Pet owners are expected to recognize that not all employees or visitors like animals in the office, and in some cases people with allergies cannot tolerate being in close proximity to animals.

We believe that the pet must be “office-broken,” well behaved and non-aggressive.  This means, house broken, friendly to fellow workers, strangers and other animals in the office, and not protective of your workspace (growling or threatening people as they come into or pass your area).  Pets also must have the ability to be contained (gate for your office, leash, etc.) because they are not always able to be with you in meetings or when you step away from your desk.

OurPet’s does allow employees to bring their pets into work throughout the entire work week.

 Has there ever been issues among the dogs?

There have been instances where an animal was not “office-broken” and being disruptive in the workplace and the pet’s owner was asked to refrain from bringing that animal into the workplace.

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What advice would you have for a company considering being pet-friendly?

To remember that not all employees may be comfortable with animals in the workplace and that it is important to ensure that all of your employees operate in a comfortable, safe environment.

 Do you have any funny stories of something a pet did in the office?

Nothing too crazy, but there was a time that an employee’s dogs got loose in the office and ran around during a meeting and startled a few people.  There is also a dog that only hangs around people while they are eating lunch or waits for you to give them a dog treat and then moves on to the next person.

Do you work at a dog-friendly office? I’d love to hear about it! Contact me at contact@dogsinthecle.com

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Flying Monkey

Hunter is back with another dog friendly spotlight! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your dog can’t get out and enjoy the bar scene. In this spotlight, Hunter gives you the rundown on a popular Tremont dog-friendly bar – The Flying Monkey!

If it was up to me, I’d be ok lounging on a patio all year round. My people (Pomeranians) come from hearty stock, a little cold and snow never hurt us. Apparently though, my mom doesn’t really love the cold (I can tell based on how she gets annoyed at my stopping at every house to roll in the snow on our walks) so she’s not into sitting on patios in the cold. But since she does love taking me out, sometimes we check out Cleveland’s indoor dog-friendly bar scene during the winter.

We stopped by the Flying Monkey in Tremont to check out their dog-friendly scene. Flying Monkey is a pretty popular Tremont bar and my mom said she almost always sees a dog there when she goes.

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We got there a little later than I like to be out on a Saturday (I don’t like to go out late, my beauty sleep is too important), so there was a good amount of people there to give me attention. No other dogs though (boo). The bad thing though was that it was kind of loud. I didn’t really enjoy the noise.

The people were really cool though. We ended up with a seat outside the bathroom, so of course everyone had to stop and say hi. I’m used to getting a lot of attention, so it was cool with me. They also had a water bowl out just for me. How did they know that’s my favorite drink? It got a little warm in there too, so it was nice to have a cold beverage.

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Excuse the bad pic, my Mom’s camera doesn’t handle dim lighting well.

Final bark: 3 out of 5. All in all, it was ok for a quick visit, but I’m not so into the Saturday night bar scene. Too loud. If you’re going to go, I recommend going early. I can’t wait for patio season!

The Details:

819 Jefferson Ave., Tremont

Hours:
Monday – Friday 3pm to 2:30am
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 2:30am

Insider’s Tip – The Flying Monkey has one of the best happy hours in Tremont, going from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Do You Work at a Dog-Friendly Office?

So I read this article last week and it made me really jealous of people that work in dog-friendly offices. The article mentioned so many benefits to having dogs in the office, but what really stuck out to me were the stress benefits and the work-life balance it gives dog owners.

I can’t tell you how much stress relief my dogs bring me on a daily basis. It’s one of the reasons I am such a dog pusher and will tell everyone I know to get a dog. So, of course it makes sense that having a dog in the office would improve morale and make people feel less stressed. I am lucky that I have the option to work from home occasionally, so I can be with my dogs while I work, but I can only imagine how much better it would be if I had the option to take my dogs into work sometimes too.

Do you work at a dog friendly office? I’d love to hear about it! Do you have any rules around it, or how does it work? I’m looking to spotlight a couple of local businesses, so please reach out to me at contact@dogsinthecle.com, if your office would like to be featured.

And of course, I want to see pictures of those office dogs! Send me pics, or use the hashtag #dogsinthecleatwork on Twitter or Instagram.

If you don’t work at a pet friendly office, I’d recommend printing out this article and putting it in your company suggestion box (I know I did) http://www.fastcompany.com/3037205/pet-week/your-definitive-argument-for-a-pet-friendly-office

Dog-Friendly Neighborhood Guide: Lakewood/Edgewater

So here it is finally- the first dog-friendly* neighborhood guide! Since I live in Lakewood it only made sense to start here. Although I asked a lot of people and did a lot of research to make this as comprehensive of a dog-friendly guide as it can be, I have probably missed something. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and I will update.

In my research I did uncover that Lakewood has a few more dog-friendly places than I realized! For the best patio selection in Lakewood, hit up Detroit Ave. There are quite a few spots in the central Lakewood area. If you make a visit to Lakewood though, you definitely have to check out Edgewater and/or Lakewood Park. Both parks have great lake views, making them beautiful scenic walks for you and your dog.

If you’re looking for a nice lakeside walk for you and your dog, and maybe a dog-friendly patio to visit after your walk, check out these Lakewood spots:

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1. Edgewater Park
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

If you visit Edgewater a lot, you’re bound to see me there with my dogs. I love walking around with them and sitting and staring at the lake. Besides beautiful views for your walk, you can also visit the dog beach which is just west of the main beach. There are signs that direct you where to go.

2. Clifton Wine Bar
10427 Clifton Ave.

This is one of my favorite patios to take my dog to in Cleveland. Its spacious size makes it great for dogs of all sizes and the staff is always very accommodating of dogs. Not to mention they have a great wine list and delicious martinis and pizza.

3. Pet-Tique
10906 Clifton Ave.

This small pet store has a great selection of pet clothes and unique toys. The store also hosts “yappy hours” periodically through the summer. Check out their website for more details.

4. Barroco Grille
12906 Madison Ave.

This Latin American casual eatery on Madison has a small patio area that allows dogs.

5. Pet Supplies Plus
14839 Detroit Ave.

This pet store chain has a large selection of toys, treats and food for all animals. It also does on site grooming as well.

6. Lakewood Park
Belle Ave. & Lake

Lakewood is full of great parks with a lake view. We love to hit up Lakewood Park for a leisurely stroll around the park. This park has a beautiful view of the skyline and lake.

7. 16 Bit Bar + Arcade
15012 Detroit Ave.

Just found out this one is dog friendly! Dogs are welcome outside on the patio.

8. Humble Wine Bar
15400 Detroit Ave.

You don’t have to leave your dog behind when you want to enjoy some delicious food and wine. Humble Wine Bar allows dogs on their patio every day of the week.

9. Merry Arts
15607 Detroit Ave.

This Lakewood bar has great patio and casual atmosphere perfect for hanging out with your dog.

10. Lakewood Dog Park 
1299 Valley Parkway

Located in the Rocky River Reservation, a little down from the Marina (on the left side), the park has a small dog area and a large space for dogs to run and play.

11. Pet’s General Store
16821 Madison Ave.

A Lakewood tradition, Pet’s General Store has been in business for over 30 years. Located on Madison Ave., the Pet’s General Store serves animals of all kinds and is definitely worth a stop!

12. Furry Nation
16621 Madison Ave.

A locally-owned pet store, the Furry Nation recently moved from its location on Detroit Ave. and is now located at 16621 Madison Ave. This store has a great supply of toys and dog gear and very helpful staff members to help you find what you need.

Ohio City is next, so email me at contact@dogsinthecle.com with any tips on the best dog-friendly spots (especially any parks, I don’t know of any…)

*Please note: currently the city of Lakewood bans pit bulls. The ordinance says: “No person may keep, harbor or own pit bulls or canary dogs in Lakewood, Ohio, with exceptions for dogs in the city on the effective date.” It’s a totally pointless law and I agree with some readers that it does make the city lose some points on the dog friendly scale.

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Barrio Tremont

For the latest Dog Friendly Spotlight, Hunter reviews my favorite – Barrio in Tremont!

My mom is always talking about this place called “Barrio.” I was actually starting to worry that she might leave me to go live there, that’s how bad it was. Then one day, she got really excited because she found out that she could take me to Barrio. I guess there are some places I’m not allowed? I don’t really get it.

So anyways, Mom was pretty excited to take me to her “favorite place.” I have to admit, I was pretty impressed when we got there and I saw that we had our own private entrance! I like to make an entrance, you know, make sure that everyone sees me, so this was pretty cool. Right away I could tell everyone was really happy to see me. They even had a water dish all ready for me at the table when we sat down. VIP treatment all the way! Just the way I like it. No wonder Mom loves this place.

Barrio's dog "VIP" entrance next to Press Wine Bar.
Barrio’s dog “VIP” entrance next to Press Wine Bar.

 

I was just relaxing and enjoying the admiring glances from all my fans around me, when two dawgs sat right next to me. I had to say something, of course, to let them know I was here first. Everyone around me totally understood, but Mom didn’t like it too much, so I let it go.

I got some sniffs in with my dawgs and we relaxed and just hung out. I could smell some really good stuff, but all I got were a couple of treats from Mom. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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Final Bark: 5 (out of 5) Dog Biscuits! There’s lots of room to spread out and I got VIP treatment. My kind of place.

The details:

Barrio Tremont
806 Literary Rd.
www.barrio-tacos.com

Hours:

Mon–Thurs: 4pm–2am
Fri: 11am–2am
Sat + Sun: 11am–2am

 

 

 

CLE is for Dog Lovers!

I love when people email me about their experiences at dog friendly places around Cleveland, but I especially love when it’s someone who lives out of town!

I received this email over the weekend about a visitor’s recent trip to CLE. Although they are former residents, they now reside in NYC. Here’s what they had to say about their dog friendly trip to Cleveland:

We stayed at the Westin downtown and they are AMAZING with dogs. There is no deposit for dogs regardless of number or size. They also sent up a feather down dog bed along with dishes for Alma to use during our stay. They were so accommodating, I often sat in the lobby on one of the couches with Alma reading my book or in the Starbucks in the building and no one had any issues. We also sat out on the patio at the restaurant Urban Farmer and they were good as well. 

For dinner – Greenhouse Tavern on E. 4th was great with Alma. We leave her in a chair next to us so she stays in one place, and they were great with her! 

We also had dinner at Fahrenheit in Tremont – all were wonderful with the dog.

 

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A great brunch at Luxe followed by some chillin’ at Pour on Euclid. They are both AWESOME with dogs.

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