13 Places All Dog-Lovers Need To Visit At Least Once
Dogs are an interest on their own, but there are differences amongst canine lovers, so like a dog incessantly scratching an itch, you have to find the right spot. Like the being by the water? Then try out a dog beach. Like coffee? Try out a dog café. Big fan of Bravo’s Real Housewives series? There’s something for you, too.
While all of the places below honor dogs, many of them also promote adoption of rescue animals, which is a really cool added bonus. Not only will you be surrounded by dogs if you visit one of the places below, but with some of them you’ll also be giving back. It’s really a win-win.
From the West to the East Coast and from Europe to Japan, here are 13 places dog lovers will love to visit.
1. The Dog Café — Los Angeles, California
The Dog Café allows visitors to hang out with dogs, have a beverage, and even adopt a dog if they like, since the dogs are available for adoption. According to its website, “The Dog Café’s mission is to revolutionize dog adoption by reinventing the way people connect with rescues who need homes.” The cafe also features other events, like dog yoga.
2. Dog Beach — San Diego, California
Dog Beach is in Ocean Beach, San Diego, and is one of the first off-leash dog beaches in the country. According to its website, “On any given day, dogs run freely in the ocean, surfers surf the Dog Beach Break, and people and dogs co-exist peacefully.” Sounds great!
3. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade — New York City
4. Museum Of The Dog — St. Louis, Missouri
The Museum of the Dog is part of the American Kennel Club and features more than 700 art pieces related to dogs. Dogs are allowed in the museum and they don’t even have to pay the entrance fee. It will be moving to New York City in January 2019.
5. The Westminster Dog Show — New York City
The other big American dog show of the year is put on by the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which takes place in New York City. Tickets for the 2019 show will go on sale in October.
6. The World Dog Expo — Secaucus, New Jersey
The Meadowlands Expo Center hosts the World Dog Expo, which features sporting events for dogs including, “dock diving, disc dog, lure coursing, weight pulling and schutzhund.” It also includes a trade show and thousands of dogs attend.
7. Vanderpump Dogs — Los Angeles, California
8. The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest — Petaluma, California
9. Dog Heart — Tokyo, Japan
Dog Heart is a dog cafe in Tokyo where visitors can meet the dogs that hang out at the shop. You can also pay to take one of the dogs for a walk, according to a post on japantravel.com. The writer of the post says that on the day they went there were a few toy poodles, a golden retriever, and two beagles.
10. Woofstock — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Woofstock TV on YouTube
11. The World Dog Show — Various
The World Dog Show is, perhaps unsurprisingly, called the “largest dog show in the world.” The location changes each year, and this year’s show took place in Amsterdam in August. If you want to attend, you’ll have to be on the lookout for next year’s location and tickets.
12. The National Dog Show — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The National Dog Show, which is in conjunction with the American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, is held each year in Philadelphia and airs on TV on Thanksgiving. Tickets are $16 for adults, and in addition to the competition that is shown on television, there are also a ton of breed competitions and vendors at the expo center.
13. Foof — Mondragone, Italy
Italian dog museum Foof doubles as a rescue center. A translation of its site explains, “Foof upsets the idea of kennels. It is a project created to redevelop a shelter for abandoned dogs, to make it hospitable to the general public and encourage the adoption of its guests.”
There, that should cover your dog-related plans for the next several years.