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Saratoga Springs for Dog-Friendly Businesses

We are completely infatuated with Saratoga Springs, NY. Though we were only in town for a few days, we came away feeling this town is one of the most pet friendly cities we’ve had the good fortune to visit.

Lying at the southeastern edge of the Adirondacks, and known mostly for all things equine, Saratoga Springs is extending the love to canines. As we reported on Friday, the community was officially launching its Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative on Saturday. Starting almost a year ago with just 12 businesses, the number of shops identifying and marketing themselves as dog friendly has grown to 35. And just to be clear, dogs are allowed INSIDE if you see the above decal on a storefront – you don’t have to ask.

If you see this, we’re dog friendly.

So on a radiant Saturday, teams of people and pooches sniffed out 23 businesses (listed at the end of this post) participating in a dog-friendly scavenger hunt. Amy and Ty parked the Winnebago in front of Sloppy Kisses and got to meet and introduce GoPetFriendly to the dog lovin’ town-folk. Meanwhile, Buster and I hit the streets. Our mission: track down the answers to 23 dog-related questions specific to each of the businesses.

I am happy to report that Buster could not have performed any better that day. I’ve previously written that Buster has his challenges, one of which is meeting other dogs when he is on leash. However, while walking the city blocks, I got the ultimate compliment. A woman, whose two dogs were barking loudly and pulling to get at a non-plussed Buster, asked me how I managed to train my dog so well! I am not sure what aura I was projecting that day, but I wish I could’ve bottled it. Oh yeah … we got all 23 questions answered, too!

After the scavenger hunt, answer sheets were tallied and winners were announced at a yappy hour held at Putnam Den. Prizes were awarded by Mayor Scott Johnson, who attended the event with his wife, Julie, and their newly rescued Cocker Spaniel, Chase. Buster and I won a gift bag of cool doggie items donated by Impressions of Saratoga that we’ll be giving away – stay tuned for details.

Let's get started!

Let’s get started!

I'm a Newfie.

I’m a Newfie.

Hop on, kid!

Hop on, kid!

Amy explaining our wanderings.

Amy explaining our wanderings.

Host for yappy hour.

Host for yappy hour.

A table full of prizes.

A table full of prizes.

Amy with the Mayor and his wife.

Amy with the Mayor and his wife.

Here’s a list of the 23 businesses that participated in Saturday’s scavenger hunt. You’re all top dog in our book!

  • 80 West, 510 Broadway
  • Aggie’s, 454 Broadway
  • Allerdice Building Supply, 41 Walworth
  • Brindisi’s Restaurant, 390 Broadway
  • Clothes Line, 486 Broadway
  • Compliments to the Chef, 488 Broadway
  • Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway
  • Gemset of Saratoga, 454 Broadway
  • Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Road
  • Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway
  • Just Plain Good, 490 Broadway
  • Lifestyles, 436 Broadway
  • Mary Martin & Co., 65 Long Alley
  • Pink Paddock, 358 Broadway
  • Roohan Realty, 519 Broadway
  • The Arts Center, 320 Broadway
  • Silverado, 446 Broadway
  • Sloppy Kisses, 493 Broadway
  • Speck Boutique, 353 Broadway
  • Spoken Boutique, 27 Church
  • Stella’s of Saratoga, 494 Broadway
  • Violet’s of Saratoga, 482 Broadway
  • Virgil’s House, 86 Henry

And one more note. Summer yappy hours are scheduled every other Thursday – May 27th through September 2nd – from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at rotating watering holes around town. Woof!

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Dog-friendly Saratoga Springs? - Albany - Schenectady - Troy - Saratoga Springs metro area - City-Data Forum May 26, 2011 at 6:32 am
[...] Saratoga Springs for Dog-Friendly Businesses [...]
Packing For Your Pooch! Aug 19, 2010 at 6:04 am
[...] now for the really exciting news! We’ve filled the Doggy Baggage with our winnings from the scavenger hunt in Saratoga Springs, NY and a few other goodies. And we are giving it all away – RIGHT NOW – on our Facebook [...]
Rod@GoPetFriendly Aug 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Amy and I were in Austin before - but it was before we started traveling with our dogs and we didn't pay much attention to how dog friendly the town is. Since then, we've heard so much about how dog friendly the town is. So I'm actually surprised to hear about the condo restrictions. I know people from Austin talk about their doggie dining options, and I thought other businesses were dog friendly too. I am sure the Saratoga Springs Arts Council and Sloppy Kisses would be happy to tell the Austin planners how they went about organizing the Dog Friendly Downtown initiative and how successful it's been.
Elizabeth Deitz Aug 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm
What a great idea for any city, but Austin really needs to do this. The downtown area is being revived as a residential area but many of the condos are too restrictive as far as size of dogs, etc. Seeing that dogs downtown could be good for business might go a long way to convincing builders and planners that welcoming dogs and accomodating their needs and their owner's would help speed the process of reviving that area.
Rod@GoPetFriendly Aug 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Amy and I were in Austin before - but it was before we started traveling with our dogs and we didn't pay much attention to how dog friendly the town is. Since then, we've heard so much about how dog friendly the town is. So I'm actually surprised to hear about the condo restrictions. I know people from Austin talk about their doggie dining options, and I thought other businesses were dog friendly too. I am sure the Saratoga Springs Arts Council and Sloppy Kisses would be happy to tell the Austin planners how they went about organizing the Dog Friendly Downtown initiative and how successful it's been.
Elizabeth Deitz Aug 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm
What a great idea for any city, but Austin really needs to do this. The downtown area is being revived as a residential area but many of the condos are too restrictive as far as size of dogs, etc. Seeing that dogs downtown could be good for business might go a long way to convincing builders and planners that welcoming dogs and accomodating their needs and their owner's would help speed the process of reviving that area.
Where To Go With Your Best Western Travel Card? Jun 24, 2010 at 11:29 am
[...] you decide to visit here don’t miss the dog friendly downtown shopping district in Saratoga Springs. And your pooch will never forgive you if you don’t stop into Sloppy Kisses! Finding a place to [...]
What Makes a City Pet Friendly? May 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm
[...] Buster to join us in their tasting rooms. Then there was Saratoga Springs’ broadly supported Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative that we attended; over 30 businesses identify and market themselves as welcoming dogs. And [...]
Dog-Friendly Downtown May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm
[...] (Thanks to Rod for the photo of Shamus and me above. For more pictures from the day, read his post, “Saratoga Springs for Dog Friendly Businesses“.) [...]
Dog-Friendly Downtown May 20, 2010 at 11:51 am
[...] (Thanks to Rod for the photo of Shamus and me above. For more pictures from the day, read his post, “Saratoga Springs for Dog Friendly Businesses“.) [...]
michelechollow May 18, 2010 at 10:45 am
Nice post, and it's great to get a compliment about your four-legged companion. The best compliment I ever got was a former roommate who said if reincarnation exists, she wants to come back as one of my cats.
Jim (Doggybytes.ca) May 18, 2010 at 4:39 am
I kept scrolling and scrolling, wondering when I'd see a pit bull. You did not disappoint Mr. Burkert, but you kept the best for last you sneaky little devil! =P

I love the little white dog just out of sight in the upper right corner of the pic, spying on the big pittie. =D