By Kristen Kuchar
At Mutt Lynch Winery, while you’re sampling the variety of delicious wines, your pooch can be tasting treats by your side. Dog-loving owners, Brenda and Chris Lynch, encourage bringing your pet on a tour of the winery. They’ll even host private events for your dog including birthdays, puppy showers, and Bark Mitzvahs. And their passion for pooches is not only evident through the images of dogs that adorn every wine bottle, but in their charitable work, as well. Mutt Lynch supports more than 50 non-profit animal organizations, which included a $10,000 donation to AdoptAPet.com in 2010. Dog lovers will enjoy visiting with this friendly couple, who love to share favorite Sonoma County dog-friendly places, and their vision of a “leash-free world!” Reservations are necessary.
Tour Chicago’s scenic waterways during a 90-minute ride to be remembered. Leashed dogs are welcome aboard the Skyline Queen that departs every Sunday at 10 am, from July 10 through September 25. Besides viewing the beautiful skyline, the tour also highlights dog-friendly spots in the city, including parks, restaurants, and hotels. Dogs have the option of sitting on your lap, in their own seat, or soaking up some rays on the deck. There are plenty of water bowls on board if dogs get thirsty, and of course, both human and doggie bathrooms.
Renowned Chef, Art Smith, created a specialty menu for dogs since he knows that along with food, people are passionate about their animals. While their parents enjoy the upscale, Southern cuisine, dogs can chomp on their own special meal, available on the patio. Entrees range from frozen raw bones to the “Gravy Train” (beef tips in a vitamin enhanced sauce served with rice.) For dessert, choose between homemade doggie granola treats or homemade dog biscuits. And water out of a hose? Forget it. When dining on the Pooch Patio, culinary canines quench their thirst with Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic beer for dogs, or Vitapaw, vitamin enhanced water.
Watch your pet splash and romp at this dogs-only water park located within the Paradise Pet Resort. The resort, which also features luxury boarding, training, and grooming, is located just outside of Los Angeles. The manicured landscape and crystal clear pools are surrounded by palm trees and engulfed in a Tiki décor to give your pet a true taste of an exotic resort. Lessons for dock jumping, boogie boarding, and swimming are available for dogs of all breeds and sizes. You can stay and hang out with Fido, or leave him to roam free throughout the grounds, enjoying the cage-free doggie daycare environment.
For a more artistic and low-key adventure with your dog, visit the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog. The 14,000 square foot museum contains more than 700 original artworks, all depicting dogs. In this collection are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, bronzes, and porcelain figurines that were created throughout history. Worth checking out is the exhibit on photographs of dogs during World War II. Special events and seminars are also featured throughout the year.
Miami is known as a shopping destination for the fashion conscious. Now dogs can get in on the action, too. Pick up all the latest styles, from lounge wear to formal attire, at this hip hot spot. And if you “shop ‘til you drop,” no worries! You and your haute dog can relax and enjoy the gourmet offerings at the canine café, all organic, of course. This full-service dog-centered destination also offers amenities such as self-wash stations, doggie brunches and parties, and even a mobile dog café on wheels.