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.
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. www.mkeboat.com
• 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. www.communitybark.net
• 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. www.forpetssake.cc
• 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. www.thinkpawsitivedog.com
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
•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