If you are a proud pet owner, you don’t need to leave your best bud at home when you hit the town. Many Philadelphia area attractions welcome pets with open arms. Restaurants, shopping centers, parks and tourist attractions located throughout the city admit both two-legged patrons and their four-legged companions.
If you can no longer live safely on your own, you may be considering local assisted living options. Making the move into a senior living community can be a big change, but luckily, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your furry or feathered friend. Dozens of Philadelphia area senior living communities allow residents to live with their pets, but most of these facilities have strict admission standards for cats and dogs. Some places only allow residents to keep smaller pets, while others accept pets based on a brief interview process. You may also have to pay a monthly fee or a nominal pet deposit.
Atria Center City offers pet-friendly independent and assisted living options located in the heart of downtown Philly, right next door to Rittenhouse Square and The Schuylkill River Park Dog Run. Pets are also admitted at all Sunrise Senior Living locations in and around the Philadelphia area. Sunrise residents who love animals but are unable to own a pet can still enjoy the comfort and companionship that only our furry friends can offer by visiting with their community’s resident cat and dog. Other facilities such as Brightview East Norriton and Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland offer therapy pet visits for residents.
The city of Philadelphia is full of fun things to do for both pets and their owners. In addition to several dog parks, Philadelphia is home to a number of local restaurants that offer terrace dining for both patrons and their pets. Most establishments provide water bowls for thirsty pups, while some venues such Square 1682 go so far as to offer menu items crafted specially for you pet.
If you’re looking to pamper your pooch, you can visit one of Philadelphia’s local groomers to spoil your pet with a luxurious bath, haircut, mani-pedi and more. You can also treat your best buddy to a delicious snack from one of the city’s artisan dog bakeries.
Each year, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosts its annual National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Dog owners from around the country come to show off their pooch’s skills and compete for prestige and prizes. Enter your dog in the competition or sit back and watch the show as some of the world’s most impressive dog breeds compete in demonstrations of intelligence and agility.
If you’re looking to treat your pooch to a delicious meal, stop by Square 1682 for BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) weekend brunches. You can sip on a canine-themed cocktail while your furry friend enjoys his or her own homemade treat. Chef inspired dishes for your dog include meals such as Chili Chow, featuring grass-fed beef and fresh vegetables, or the Beggin’ Eggs & Taters Scramble. A portion of BYOD proceeds go to Lulu’s Rescue, a Philadelphia area volunteer companion animal rescue organization.
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