Philly The City That Loves Your Pets

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Philly The City That Loves Your Pets

by Jennifer P April

Planning a trip to the City of Brotherly Love but don?t want to leave Fido behind?

You?re not alone. Traveling with pets is on the rise and there?s a whole new crop of pet-friendly accommodations in town.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel makes pets and their companions welcome with their Loews Loves Pets and Very Important Pet (VIP) programs. The hotel provides food and water dishes, a map of dog-walking routes, pet shops and other resources. Pet walking and sitting services are available for an extra fee. The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel welcomes dogs and has its own pet-walking area. It?s close to other walking paths along the Delaware River. The Best Western Independence Park Hotel accepts small dogs (under 25 lbs.) with a one-time pet fee.

Of course you won?t want to bring Fido all the way to Philly and leave him in a hotel room all day.

Philadelphia is a great walking town and you can get some good exercise by covering much of the city on foot. You can take your dog for a stroll by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and up the Schuylkill River beside picturesque Kelly Drive. You?ll pass famous Boathouse Row, fifteen 19th c. boathouses that still provide Crewing Quarters for Philadelphia-area colleges. Active year-round, you?ll likely see rowing teams practicing in the river.

For off-leash fun, you can visit the dog run beside Eastern State Penitentiary just five blocks from the Art Museum.

Or you may want to soak up more traditional history by walking your pet near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Stand with your back to the National Constitution Center, and you?ll gaze across the vista to Independence Hall-- though if you want to tour inside these museums, you?ll need to leave Fido with someone outside.

When you?re ready for a bite to eat, stroll on down Market St. toward the river below 4th St. and you?ll find a dozen or more restaurants with outdoor seating. Most sidewalk caf? seating in Philadelphia won?t mind a pooch or two sitting quietly by your feet.

To stock up on gourmet dog treats, visit Bonejour the premier pet boutique of Old City. 14 N. 3rd Street and if your pooch needs a little spa time, you can visit Pooch?s Choice at 133 S. 23rd St. for a bath and nail trim.

If you?d like to bring Fido but have him be pampered on his own, you might consider Mazzu?s Canine and Feline Hotel, the new luxury hotel in Philadelphia just for dog and cats. Brainchild of Jenee Mazzu and her husband, the hotel offers a homey environment with quilts and dvd players and filet mignon and fresh salmon. Spa services are also available. 334 N. Water Street.

With so much to do with your dog in Philadelphia, you?ll want to stay awhile and explore the Philadelphia scene.

Where to Stay

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
215 627-1200

Sheraton Society Hill
One Dock Street

Best Western Independence Park Hotel
235 Chestnut St
215 922-4443
Allows small dogs (under 25 pounds) and has a one time pet fee.

Mazzu?s Canine and Feline Hotel
334 N. Water Street
215 923-8326
Spa services are also available

Where to Eat

Outdoor caf? seating is popular in the warmer seasons and generally dog-friendly.

While sidewalk seating can be found all over the city, the following are some neighborhoods with an especially high ratio of sidewalk cafes.

Old City?3rd and Market and towards the river
Northern Liberties?3rd and Fairmount
Rittenhouse Square?Between 18th and 20th Streets by Walnut, Locust and Spruce

Where to Play
Dog run beside Eastern State Penitentiary at Corinthian between 20th and 21st

Schuylkill River Dog Run 25th St. between Locust and Spruce Streets

Seger Dog Park
Located at 10th and Lombard Streets

Bonejour the premier pet boutique of Old City. 14 N. 3rd Street, 215 574-1225
Chic Petique Liberties Walk 1040 N. 2nd. St. St. 401 215-629-1733

Chez BowWow Liberties Walk next door to Chic Petique 1040 N. 2nd St. St. 501 Full Grooming Salon 215-923-2992
Pooch's Choice 133 S 23rd St at Walnut Street 215 564-1930

Jennifer April writes about dog fun in Philadelphia and shares dog treat recipes on her site,, your stop for all natural dog treat recipes and natural care for your dog.

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