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Guest Post: Trips with Pets
All over the United States, dog friendly restaurants, bars and hotels are embracing the idea of Yappy Hour – a dog friendly cocktail hour where pooches and their owners can socialize and enjoy drinks, treats, and delicious “yappetizers.” We’ve looked high and low to bring you some of the nation’s best Yappy Hours. If you don’t see one near you on our list, check around at your local dog friendly restaurants, hotels and pubs, which you can find right here on TripsWithPets.com!
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California
From May through September, the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California offers the ultimate in upscale Yappy Hours. Human diners can enjoy burgers, beer and wine, while their canine counterparts delight in complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and fancy meat and cheese-flavored water. The hotel even offers a special Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour in October, and a Yappy Howl-iday celebration in December. The proceeds of each Happy Hour support Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets, so you can feel great about bringing your pooch.
Rumor, the Las Vegas Boutique Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
On the third Thursday of each month (excluding holidays), Rumor Las Vegas Boutique Resort in Las Vegas welcomes dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes to their renowned Yappy Hour. Featuring great cocktails, yappetizers, live DJs, doggie contests and free doggy goodie bags, Rumor promises a fantastic time for humans and canines alike.
The Liberty Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Once a city jail, the Liberty Hotel is now one of Boston’s finest, most eclectic, and most dog friendly places to stay. Due to its popularity, this year the hotel’s Yappy Hour has become “Yappier Hour.” Yappier Hour will be held from 5:30 until 8:00 pm every Wednesday throughout the fall, weather permitting. The fun takes place in The Yard – an enclosed space that used to serve as the exercise yard for the jail’s inmates!
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, New Jersey
There’s truly no place for your pooch like the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This is a fun-in-the-sun haven for dogs and their owners, where a crowd of dogs can play, enjoy complimentary treats, and splash in the pool to their hearts’ content as their humans enjoy delicious drink specials. Yappy Hour is held every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 pm beginning in April and ending in November.
Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pennsylvania
If you love incredible hand-crafted beer, and you love hanging out with your best canine buddy, Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pennsylvania is the place to come. Every Monday from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm, Doggie Yappy Hour is held on the elegant Biergarten Patio. On the menu: artisanal and seasonal beer and the ‘Yappy Hour Special,’ the purchase price of which goes toward a respected animal charity.
Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia
At the luxury Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia, the Doggie Yappy Hour is a community event, where locals and their pups can mingle with hotel guests from around the world. The event takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5pm, and runs from April through October. For the furry set, doggie treats and fresh water are on the house, and a doggie goodie bag is offered. For the human set, there’s the Jackson 20’s Bar Menu, which offers regional dishes, craft beers, cocktails, and a wine list featuring local vintages.
World of Beer
In Miami, at the World of Beer’s Dadeland location, Yappy Hour lasts all day. What’s more, your dog gets treats, and you get $1 off of any beer that has “dog” in its name, except for Dogfish Head beer (it is named for a fish!)
Remember that for health code reasons, dogs are not allowed inside restaurant areas. Yappy hours are held in outdoor seating areas. In addition, your dog must be properly socialized and on his or her best behavior at any Yappy Hour. For specific rules and regulations, contact the establishment before you attend.
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The Labrador Retriever is king in Metro Vancouver, but its reign is hardly unique: the lovable, floppy-eared dog has been North America’s most popular breed of canine for years.
And that is not surprising to Langley’s Michele Lavery, whose doggy Kessa is the third Lab she has owned.
“I think they are beautiful. I don’t think you can find a cuter face than a Lab. They are so family oriented,” Lavery, the mother of two teens, gushed about her chocolate Lab.
Kessa is one of 101,556 registered dogs from 15 Metro Vancouver cities whose name, breed and neighbourhood were collected by The Vancouver Sun through Freedom of Information requests to local city halls.
The newspaper used the electronic data to create a searchable database (www.vancouversun.com/dogs) of local canines.
The data shows Labrador retrievers are the most common breed in Metro. The total number of Labs in the database (13,516) include 8,080 purebred while the rest are hybrids.
Labs are followed in popularity by terriers, shepherds, shih tzus and collies.
But the dogs in the database represent only those with owners who have followed municipal bylaws and registered their canines.
The Vancouver Park Board estimates only 30 per cent of dogs in the city are registered, so in addition to the 20,693 puppies with dog tags there could be another 40,000 without licences.
These estimates are difficult to determine. Surrey city hall and the B.C. SPCA do not keep similar statistics.
Still, Metro Vancouver’s tally of popular registered dogs is similar to the American Kennel Club, which ranked the U.S.’s 2008 top dogs as the Lab, Yorkshire Terrier, German shepherd, Golden Retriever and Beagle.
But the well-loved Labs should watch out for those upstart terriers nipping at their heels. Little dogs are more in demand today as the role of canines is shifting from outdoor hunters and herders to indoor cosy companions.
Margaret Webb used to own large Golden Retrievers, but after her husband passed away she got Rosie, a cute-as-a-button little Boston terrier with a trendy doggy wardrobe.
“I felt that it would be easier to look after a small dog. I liked the idea of having a smaller dog in the house, and could take her with me everywhere I go,” said Webb, who lives on the Sunshine Coast. “I can put her in the basket in the back of my bike.”
The demographics of dog ownership is shifting, says UBC psychologist and dog expert Dr. Stanley Coren, towards older women (often looking for companionship after their husbands pass away) and young women (looking for companionship before they get married), who both will often live in small condominiums or apartments.
“You don’t want a Golden Retriever taking up half of your sofa when your sofa doesn’t even fit in your living room,” said Coren, who owns a beagle and a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.
“We’ve been seeing an increase in the popularity of the smaller breeds, such as a Coton de Tuléar or Havanese.”
In the United Kingdom, Coren said, health care plans will pay for part of the cost of a dog if a doctor believes a pet would improve a patient’s physical or mental health.
Indeed, Roger and Maggie Keatley routinely take their border terrier Jock to a Richmond nursing, and say he has brought comfort to many residents. “He joins in their exercise programs, current events and lies on the beds of palliative care residents when they are no longer able to move around their home,” the Keatleys told The Sun.
Despite the influx of little dogs, big canines will never go out of vogue, at the very least because they provide a sense of security or are just a better fit for some people. “If you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, you aren’t going to walk a Bichon down the street,” Coren chuckled.
However, Coren is concerned that the ninth most popular dog in Metro Vancouver is the rottweiler, as he doesn’t believe they are good family pets due to their size and strong bite.
And there are 42 dogs in the region that are a product of a dog-wolf mix. “We spent at least 14,000 years trying to domesticate dogs,” Coren said, “and with one outcrossing to a wild wolf you can pretty much undo all that.”
Source Vancouver Sun
Congrats, Labs! You’re still No. 1 in America!
America’s favorite (purebred) dog remains the Labrador retriever for 19 years running, the American Kennel Club announced today.
Close on its ball-chasing heels, however, is the German shepherd, which overtook the popular Yorkshire terrier last year to claim the No. 2 spot.
The rankings by the AKC are determined by registration data of purebred dogs in 2009.
An American favorite since the time of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd Dog became the number one breed of the 1920s, but then slipped in popularity until after World War II.
“Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “But the German Shepherd Dog has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad. Hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, this energetic and fun-loving breed is a loyal family pet, ideal companion and dependable K-9 partner when duty calls.”
Los Angeles’ most popular breeds of 2009
German Shepherd Dog
* Registration data pulled from Los Angeles zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
“Angelenos pride themselves on their uniqueness and originality, and they lived up to that by making L.A. the only city to have the Bulldog rank as most popular dog,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Despite the top four dogs being large breeds, a number of smaller pooches fill out the Top 10, including the Yorkie, Maltese, French Bulldog and Poodle, perhaps due to their prevalence as companions to the stars.”
San Diego’s most popular breeds of 2009
German Shepherd Dog
* Registration data pulled from San Diego zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service