While many apartment communities boast amenities like doggie spas and dog parks making them highly dog-friendly, owners and their four-legged friends can still benefit from getting out of the apartment and exploring neighboring areas.
With the increase in pet owners over the last few years, it seems as though local businesses have begun to prioritize our furry friends. From local dog parks to trails and even pet-friendly breweries, what’s more fun than bringing your dog along while having some drinks with your friends?
In honor of Pet Appreciation Week, we’re diving into the pet-friendly places around town and why this trend is becoming more popular! But first, here are some of the many benefits of having pets around. A few of these may even surprise you.
They Spread Happiness- It’s no secret that Americans are stressed out! In fact, an American Psychological Association survey states that three out of four Americans have reported experiencing at least one stress symptom in the last month. Pets can help combat your stress and the great news is that when more pets are in public, everyone gets a happiness boost. Playing with pets (whether they’re yours or not) can increase those feel-good chemicals generated in your brain; serotonin and dopamine.
Pets boost your health – Pets can help improve your health by lessening your anxiety, depression, stress, and other emotional issues that you can face on a day-to-day basis. Your pet provides social support which allows you to make new, healthier habits. For example, it might not be important to you to go on a walk every day but when your pup is wagging his tail waiting by his leash, you’re more inclined to hit the trail or take that simple stroll around the neighborhood.
They warn us of danger – According to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, two-thirds of US pet owners say their pets have a sixth sense about bad weather; 72 percent of dog owners and 66 percent of cat owners say their pet has warned them about bad weather. Sometimes it’s not just the weather they have a sixth sense about — this sixth sense can also indicate health-related issues, like warning us if someone might have a seizure. With more pets out in public, we might be able to get advance warning when something goes awry.
Excited to take your pet out and around town? Check out these pet-friendly places below:
Cosmo Dog Park
Steele Indian School Park Dog Park
Kierland Commons & Scottsdale Quarter
So go on, check out these pet-friendly places with your pups! If you have other places in mind, it’s as simple as checking the shops or restaurants pet policy before going. You will not be disappointed!
Here at PB Bell and all our communities, we’re huge animal lovers, so for the month of June we’re asking you to help us collect items for our Pet Donation Drive. Click to see HALO Animal Rescue’s wish list. Donations can be dropped off to our corporate office or to any of our P.B. Bell communities across the Valley. Any donations are appreciated!