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Doggie days of summer


July 2014

There are definite perks to being man’s best friend these days, beyond walks in the park or playing fetch in the yard. Milwaukee is quickly turning into a pet’s paradise. Here are some drool-worthy activities for the leashed and well-behaved.

• Paddleboating: If you don’t mind doing all the legwork, you can seek out Juneau Park Paddleboats, located near the lakefront on the Veterans Park Lagoon.

• Boat Tour: Motor along the Milwaukee River and onto Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee Boat Line cruise that will be sure to get tongue-wagging approval from your pooch.

• Spa Day: These are just for the animals, but some places like Community Bark do offer dog and people massages. The vanilla blueberry facial will be hard to resist licking off before it’s done; or a deep penetrating mud treatment will add a luxurious shine to your dog’s coat. Numerous area pet spas offer these types of treatments.

• Movie Night: Community Bark dog wash and coffee shops in Bayside and Bay View host dog-related movies periodically. Admission is free, but any donations will benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society.

• Enjoy a Cold One: Toss back a beer or a summer drink with your trusty pooch as the designated-walker home. Here are a few places to try: The Landing at Hoyt Park, a Wauwatosa beer garden; Horny Goat Hideaway brewery’s waterfront patio; or at the cozy Camp Bar in Shorewood.

• Dance Party: Learn how to freestyle dance with your dog at For Pets Sake in Mukwonago, where they also have a freestyle dance club called Dancers with Woofs.

• Go for a Swim: Summer never has to end when there is an indoor pool for pups. Dog owners can sign up for a 20- or 30-minute private session with a trainer or for solo swims in the constant 81-degree water at Think Pawsitive’s K9 Splash Center, New Berlin.

• Acupuncture Treatments: The ancient tradition apparently has benefits for animals, too, such as improved circulation, nervous system and pain relief. Dr. Radwan at Silver Spring Animal Wellness center is certified in veterinary acupuncture.

•A Pupcake for your Cupcake: If dog biscuits and rawhides aren’t special enough for your pooch, try the new gourmet mini doggie cupcakes baked with carrots, peanut butter and honey at Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes in Whitefish



This story ran in the July 2014 issue of: