Looks like over in America the folk are dog friendly too!
Do you love eating out, but can’t bear to be away from your pet pooch? With so many incredible places to eat in Texas’ coolest city, we’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Houston. From the most delicious hot dogs in town through to brunch spots where four-legged friends are always welcome, here are our top picks:
Barnaby’s is a popular restaurant chain that can be found at several locations in Houston. The restaurant has a dog-friendly attitude, with your furry best-friend being allowed to sit on its porches, where they’re likely to make acquaintances with other dogs and there’s plenty of outdoor seating. The menu at Barnaby’s is great, serving up delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Its locations include restaurants in Heights, Midtown, Downtown and River Oaks.
2. Piggy’s Kitchen and Bar
At Piggy’s Kitchen and Bar, you’ll find a welcoming patio for your best friend. Piggy’s has an awesome brunch, lunch, and dinner menu. Brunch covers everything from spicy eggs to chicken served with waffles, while lunch and dinner include delicious burgers to chunky sandwiches. There are also healthier options if you’re watching what you eat, such as fattoush salad and hummus plates to share.
Like the best food joints in Texas, Cottonwood is set in an industrial-chic restaurant and has a huge (dog-friendly) patio. The restaurant serves large plates of pub-style food, such as fish or shrimp tacos, and hearty sandwiches and burgers. They also have a brunch menu including cocktails. You’ll find a great craft beer selection too if you don’t fancy starting on spirits.
4. Good Dog Houston
Good Dog in Houston serves up great hot dogs and if your pooch is well-behaved, they’re welcome to tuck in too. The restaurant is known for its gourmet dogs, served in locally made, artisan buns, along with soups and salads if you’re looking for something a bit lighter. As with most of the restaurants mentioned in this roundup, dogs are welcome on the patio. There are two locations in Houston at Heights and Montrose. The hot dogs are so delicious, they often make it onto the best hotdogs in America list.
5. Porch Swing Pub
Porch Swing Pub prides itself on being a pet-friendly neighborhood joint. It’s a great place for happy hour and also has 38 beers on draft and tons of bottled beers too. The menu is simple pub grub, from fried pickles to spicy chicken wraps, there’s something for everyone. Your four-legged friend is, of course, welcome, as Porch Swing is one of the best, dog-friendly restaurants in Houston.
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Whilst being a proud pet owner makes us happier and healthier too, for many of us, long hours at work, small rented flats and tight financial budgets means that owning our own pet is just not feasible.
But, thanks to the latest phenomenon, there is now good news for animal lovers. The global movement of pet cafes has now taken full force in the UK and there are more now than ever popping up in various locations.
In the UK, there are 13.5 million of us that have pets. It is no secret that we are a nation of pet-lovers. Out of this number, 24% of us own cats and 26% own dogs. With this growing love of cats comes the expansion of cat cafes.
The first cat cafe originated in Taipei. The Cat Flower Garden opened in 1998 and curious local residents soon discovered the feline paradise. Due to tall tower block buildings and strict rent controls, many residents were unable to own pets of their own, so the cafe was a welcome place for them to relax after work.
Tourists soon took the idea over to Japan and it is now thought that there are over 40 pet cafes in Tokyo alone. Japan has vastly overtaken the original concept, with rabbit, goat and owl cafes being in high demand. One cafe, Fukuro no Mise (“Shop of Owls”) has a waiting list of over 2 months.
In the UK, there are currently 15 cat cafes that are open to the public. Lady Dinah’s is the longest running cat cafe in the UK and is in the heart of London. Here, you can enjoy afternoon tea and hot drinks just minutes away from the busy hustle of the city whilst playing and cuddling with some furry friends.
In Manchester, The Cat Cafe is home to 10 cats who provide a welcome break from the day-to-day stresses of life. Located in the thriving Northern Quarter, the cafe is in amongst some of the best bars and places to eat in Manchester and is a huge hit with nearby students who receive a special student discount as a way to encourage them to visit and enjoy some stress-free time.
Across the UK, dog cafes and bars have been popping up in an attempt to rival the success of cat cafes. Whilst some dog cafes are residential, where visitors without their own pets can come and visit, the majority of locations encourage owners to bring their own dogs and have tasty treats on offer for the both of them.
A lot of the trendiest bars, cafes and restaurants in cities such as Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester offer tickets for pop-up dog-friendly events or “Yappy Hours’ during the week and welcome dogs. It can be a struggle for a lot of dog owners to find a place to unwind at the weekend or after work where their dogs are welcome and the increase in dog-friendly places is having a dramatic effect. These bars often offer three-course menus, for both pups and owner, and encourage those who don’t own a dog to visit too.
Amongst the most popular are pop-up dachshund and pug cafes, where owners bring their four-legged friends and meet up with other dog lovers. At one pop-up event at Cafe Sobar in Nottingham, the event was sold out and over 200 dachshunds and 700 people visited the event. Not only were hot drinks and snacks served, but pupcakes and pupuccinos were created for the sausage dogs. The venue has organised some more pop-up dog events this year which are tailored towards other dog breeds, so no need to worry if your pooch has missed out!
A lot of these events raise money for local charities and community, often donating a large chunk of the money to local animal shelters. As well as encouraging like-minded people to connect with one another, it also has a positive influence on the pets and owners who can get tips and interact with one another.
Many people find traveling by airplane stressful, from going through crowded airports to shelling out your hard-earned bucks to pay the fares. So imagine how daunting it would be for your canine. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure your beloved pooch has a comfortable and even fun flying experience. Check them out below:
Choose Dog-Friendly Airports
First, know that no airline pet policies are made equal. While many cruisers offer spiffy flight packages to our furry buddies, others aren’t so accommodating. Some airlines even ban animals from their aircraft, especially those they deem dangerous and those who might not be able to cope with the stress of flying. Thus, you need to pick the right airline for your canine. That is, you need to make sure that the airline you’re traveling in has a pet-friendly policy, and it must have a cabin that’s comfortable for both you and your pooch.
Get the Right Crate
Next, you need to get a good kennel for your dog. Whether you’re taking your pet in the cabin or have them stay in the cargo area, you need to bring them in crates. And these portable dog houses must meet certain standards, some of which are set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Other criteria for canine crates are set by the airlines themselves, so make sure to take up this issue with them before your travel date.
Prep Up Your Pooch
Of course, picking the right crate wouldn’t matter if your pooch himself isn’t ready for the flight. So better train your animal buddy before your trip. This means helping them beat separation anxiety, desensitizing them to noise, and teaching them to behave inside their kennels. Giving your canine some taxing exercises a few days (or hours) before the journey is also a great idea since it helps them get rid of excess energy as well as produce mood-lifting hormones.
Monitor Water and Food Intake
As a pet parent, you must be responsible for the amount of food and water taken by your pooch before the flight. While it’s crucial that you keep your canine from getting dehydrated, you must still ensure that there isn’t too much water inside the kennel. Also, check that there are ample amounts of pet food in the crate, and make sure the chunks aren’t too large or else your dog might choke on it (Here’s a review on some of the most popular puppy foods today).
Give One Last Bathroom Break
Last but not least, make sure you let your canine relieve himself, either right before checking in to your flight (in case your pet is traveling via cargo) or just before going through the airport’s security area (in case he’s flying with you in the cabin). Best if you research the airport ahead to know where the grassy spots are. In any case, lots of airports have dog-friendly areas where they can poop or pee. The concrete sidewalk should be considered as a last resort, though, when there’s nowhere else to go.
One More Thing
Before deciding to have your pet travel on an airplane, you need to understand the airline’s baggage handling procedures. When flying with your canine, you’re practically “shipping” your animal buddy. So if you’re not okay with their policies, best if you find other means of transportation like cars and trains.
Deinah Storm is a pet lover from the US that’s had cats and dogs all her life. When she’s not walking the dogs with her family, she spends time writing informational and interesting blogs about pets to share with pet lover communities.
Dogs have been man’s best friend for many years, and as we learn more and more about dogs we realise that they aren’t just our friends but can also be our heros. Dogs are now trained in many ways to improve people’s lives, from helping people with PTSD to the classic sniffing out the baddies.
Dogs are lovable for a reason. They’re full of positive vibes that they make us smile effortlessly. Their fur ball bodies and witty tail wags drive away stress. Even their silly grin and boisterous howls and skimps are enough to set us in the mood.
But it’s not a one-way street because we also need to do our part to make sure that our dogs lead a happy and healthy life. Bring back the favor to them by making your home a haven for your dogs.
There are many small ways of improving your home to make your dogs life that little bit better, or to keep them a little bit safer. We all know a lot of accidents happen inside our homes, so as well as thinking of your fellow humans, make sure you’re considering your four legged friends when trying to improve safety in your home.
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Sometimes – whether you are going to the vet or just traveling – you may need to take your dog with you in your car. And that’s the right thing to do: when going out of state, you shouldn’t leave your dog alone in the house. He will feel secure with you and will also have plenty of new experiences.
However, you would need to make sure to keep your dog safe in the vehicle. That isn’t a very easy task since your pup may not realize the dangers of misbehaving. Thankfully, there are a couple of things you could do to ensure a safe ride.
Ensure that your dog has a microchip and that his collar is up to date and has your home address or any other relevant contact information. This is a thing that you should do anyway, but it would certainly come in handy in case you lose your dog on the trip. In an unfamiliar area, your pup could get lost easily, so you better take the necessary precautions.
Make a Few Practice Trips
Probably only a few dogs wouldn’t feel anxious when leaving home for a longer trip. If your dog doesn’t feel secure during the trip, then it is going to be a long one for everyone.
Before taking your dog to the actual trip, it is a good idea to do a couple of practice runs beforehand. By the time you’re about to leave your home, your dog would already be used to being away from home and in a moving vehicle.
Aside from that, don’t restrict your pup’s vehicle trips by just visits to the vet. Try to take your dog everywhere with you when possible. This is a more natural way of making your dog used to vehicle trips in case you don’t have spare time to make dedicated practice trips.
Don’t Allow Your Dog to Sit on Your Lap while You Drive
If your pup sits on your lap, he will endanger not only himself but also you and everyone in the vehicle. A brief collar adjustment or petting is distracting and can cause disastrous consequences. And if you have an accident, your pup may be crushed by your airbag.
Don’t Allow Your Pup to Stick His Head out of the Vehicle
Dogs are curious, and they love to stick their head out of the window in a moving vehicle. You should definitely disallow this. First of all, debris and flying objects could injure your dog. Secondly, in case of an accident, it would be better for the dog to be inside the vehicle to stay safe and avoid being ejected out.
Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car Unattended
Never leave your dog in a parked car, be it winter or summer. In summer, the interior of the vehicle will heat up very quickly even with the windows open, which could cause a heat stroke. And in winter, the interior of the parked car will get cold.
Instead, take the opportunity to allow your dog to enjoy some movement and fresh air along with you.
Take Breaks during Long Trips
During long trips, you should do a couple of long breaks. Don’t just rely on gas stations or bathrooms stops to stretch your legs and move around. Both your family and the dog will certainly enjoy those pauses.
Feed the Dog before the Trip
Make sure that your pup is well-hydrated, full, and comfortable throughout the trip. However, you should avoid feeding your dog immediately before and during the trip to avoid sickness. In general, it is recommended to feed your dog a lighter meal 3 -4 hours before the trip.
When it comes to water, you should carry bottled water with you. The tummy of your pup may get upset from water in another area, so keep on you the water that he is used to.
Dogs react to road trips differently though, so you could tweak the feeding routine of your pup yourself.
Secure Your Dog in the Vehicle
A dog that isn’t kept secure in the vehicle is a danger both to you and the dog itself. Some dogs may jump out from open windows unexpectedly, while others could be projected out during accidents.
In case you aren’t going to keep your dog in a crate – or if your dog is too large for a crate –then you should have a couple of essential items on you during the trip, such as a dog harness that can be fastened to a seat belt. A good idea would also be to engage the child safety lock on the back doors to prevent your dog from opening the door while on the move.
If you and your dog don’t mind crates, then transporting your pup in one is possibly the most secure way to go about long trips. Moreover, if your dog sticks his head out of the window and does other naughty things no matter what you do, then a pet crate is pretty much the only option you’ve got.
Moreover, if you will be transporting your dog in a truck or ute, then you just have to put your dog in a crate to keep him safe.
You should also make sure that the crate:
Has the right size to prevent cramping.
Is well-covered and protects from the sun, rain, and wind.
Take extra precautions when transporting the dog in a utility vehicle.
If you are putting the crate in a utility vehicle, then make sure that:
The crate is placed behind the cabin for minimum exposure to dust and wind.
The crate is securely tethered to the cabin.
Your tools and equipment are either secured or completely removed from the vehicle.
Besides, you should take some extra measures in dusty or hot conditions:
If the surface of the truck or ute is made from metal, make sure to cover it with something. Metal can heat up quickly and injure your pup.
Have extra cover on hand for very dusty conditions.
Lastly, have water on you to keep your dog well-hydrated throughout the whole journey.