The Best & Worst Cities to Be a Dog, New York Magazine, July 25 - August 7, 2016
The Best & Worst Cities to Be a Dog, New York Magazine, July 25 – August 7, 2016

With urban dog owners spending $23 billion on pet foods that cater to vegan and other specialty diets, and $15 billion on pet medical care, cities and companies are creating five-star experiences for our four-legged friends. VIPs (Very Important Pups): In New York City, there is a members-only dog run where you can spot celebrities curbing their very own Spot. In Huntington Beach, CA, dogs can run on the beach and take part in a surfing competition. Move Over, Fro-Yo: Fi-Yo is gluten-, grain-, egg-, soy-free frozen yogurt doggy dessert sold in San Diego and Chicago. The Pits: Denver banned pit bulls from the city because they’re “dangerous.” In Seattle, dog runs are hard to come by. Pawternity Leave: Several British companies are allowing employees who are new dog owners up to a week off. Canine Kush: In Los Angeles, VETCBD saves pet owners thousands on pricey pharmaceuticals, offering specific cannabinoids to relieve canine arthritis, seizures, and nausea. All Dogs Go to This Place Before Heaven: A Tokyo pet can live out his final days at Aeonpet, a $1,500-a-month luxury doggy retirement home, before heading off-leash through the pearly gates. Welcome to the dog days!