1. The office
Many people know that places like Google and YouTube operate super-pet-friendly workspaces (Tumblr even has its own office dog!)—not to mention Purina, obviously—but did you know that a growing number of American offices have begun encouraging people to bring their pets in? (1/10 already allow dogs.) Considering that pets lower stress and increase social interaction, it should probably be illegal NOT to bring your pets to work.
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2. The bar
Bars aren’t exactly unfriendly to animals, but there are a surprising number of bars—like Drop Off Service in NYC—that actively encourage patrons to bring their furry friends with ‘em for some drinks.
3. The ice cream shop
In the summer, a dog outside an ice cream shop is something you’ll see daily. But in recent years, parlors have become even more welcoming, with some even offering ice cream made specifically for dogs.
4. The parlor
Drop Off Service may be the top spot for chill dogs, but Von offers not just chill dogs, but chill cats as well. Getting them there might be a bit more difficult, but certain bars will welcome cats with open arms. Sure, felines aren’t quite as common as their canine friends, but a place like Von is purrfect because of its cushioned pews.
5. The beach
Haha, just kidding—we know you know you can take pets to the beach. But did you know that there’s some beaches made for the dog demographic? The Prospect Park Dog Beach, for instance, is like a dog park… except underwater. Just don’t forget to pack a towel for your pooch, too.
6. The burger joint
Clearly dogs want to stuff their faces with burgers, but they just can’t do that (neither can we, unfortunately), but places like Shake Shack are capitalizing on the fact that dogs want to at LEAST be around them. Shake Shack, for example, sells Poochinis, which, if you don’t know, are a “chilly treat for those with four feet” (aka dog biscuits drenched in peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard).
7. The coffee shop
Many coffee shops have outdoor seating, but not all will let you bring in your canine companion. At New York’s Sweetleaf, though, they aggressively encourage patrons to bring in their pooches and stay a while (and you won’t want to leave because the coffee is consistently ranked among NYC’s finest). In fact, if you do walk the dog in, they’ll get featured on Sweetleaf’s Facebook page for all to see.