For lots of people, “family-friendly” is only truly friendly if dogs are welcome. Luckily, there are plenty of local business owners who agree. From doggie brunches to garden walks, there are plenty of places that host events around you and your canine companion. If you follow the leash rules and clean up after your pal, the whole family can enjoy an afternoon out. Here are three dog-friendly events to bark about.
Doggie Brunch at Terrestrial Brewing Co.: Originally a twice-a-month event, Terrestrial’s doggie brunches were so popular that the brewery’s owners decided to make it a weekly event. Every Sunday, chef Penny Barend Tagliarina creates a special menu for the humans and Spoiled Dog Boss, a local pet treat company, comes up with a menu just for the dogs. “It’s a unique event that we put on that no other places do,” says Ryan Bennett, co-founder and owner of Terrestrial Brewing Co. facebook.com/terrestrialbrewing
Woof Walks at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: Woof Walks have been part of Stan Hywet since 2008, taking place most Sundays through October. “Lots of people have dogs and are looking for interesting places to walk them,” says communications manager Donna Spiegler. “We have a lot of dog regulars — a lot of families that come every week to walk their dogs.” Dogs must be leashed and picked up after and are not allowed in the Playgarden. Grab an outdoor picnic table with your pooch and spend a Sunday among furry friends. stanhywet.org
Woof Wednesdays at Debonne Vineyards: Summertime Wednesdays are specifically dedicated to dogs with a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. that ends with a check handed to a local rescue group. There are even wine and cheese dog biscuits available. “The entire lawn fills with dogs, every breed,” says manager Loretta Todd. “Everyone has a great time with live entertainment and just being outside.” debonne.com