Miami Is the Nation's Best City for Dog Owners

Miami Is the Nation's Best City for Dog Owners
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Miamians are total suckers for their furry family members -- no surprise in a city where one in five of us snuggle up at night to a canine companion. That's more than 480,000 pooches in our sunny metropolis, which equates to many a wet nose, wagging tail, and puppy-whipped pet owner.

Adorned in tutus, leather jackets, or rhinestone collars (and even, sometimes, au naturel) dogs strut the streets of South Beach and the sidewalks of Coconut Grove with their pet parents in tow. You'd be hard pressed to find a city more friendly to the likes of Fido than our fair Miami. So what is it about the Magic City that makes us such a pet-friendly populous?

Miami Is the Nation's Best City for Dog Owners
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1. The canine social scene is tabloid-worthy.
Dog parks (including Blanche Park, with its recent $140K renovation) are a neighborhood priority all over the city. At Kennedy Park, your mirthful mutt can mingle with his favorite friends, big or small. At Perrine Wayside, pooches can sunbathe on the banks of a homemade lake. Pups can even romp the beach in Key Biscayne, Baywatch-style. In fact, there aren't a lot of places man's best friend isn't welcome in MIA.

Miami Is the Nation's Best City for Dog Owners
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2. Pet ownership is easy street.
Lucky for all us animal lovers, it's a piece of cake to own a pup around here. Imagine all those poor New Yorkers, whose four-story walkups and concrete jungles make walking a mutt particularly painful. And Midwesterners, so forlorn, forced to brave negative wind chills and blizzard conditions for Fido's potty break. All the while, Miami's dog owners can flip-flop their way to a nice patch of grass in any part of town.



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