Christy's Guide to New Orleans

Dogs and their owners

The people of New Orleans are pet lovers and owners. Many have multiple pets. And many establishments are dog friendly if you are traveling with your pooch. I don't go into hotels in this blog because I rarely stay at them and I want vouch for what I post here. But there are many pet friendly hotels.

Dogs parks

The grandaddy of dog parks is City Bark in City Park but you need a membership to go. There are some parts of City Park that are underused and overgrown that people let their dogs run off leash. Technically that is illegal. Dogs must be on a leash or in a designated dog park.

The newest dog park is at Crescent Park Dog Run at the newly opened Crescent Park in the Bywater. The park is on the Mississippi and has amazing views of the river, down town and across the river. There are walking paths, gardens and grassy areas.

The only other official dog park is Wisner Dog park. Unfortunate, it has been not well maintained and if there's been a hard rain, it gets pretty muddy. But it has water fountains and double gates and plenty of room.

Yelp has a list of unofficial dogs parks. Many of the NORDC parks have been enforcing the leash laws so be careful and use at your own risk. But you can always take your pup for a stroll, on a leash, at any of the parks like Audubon (Uptown), City Park (Mid-City) or any of the other smaller parks scattered around town.

Restaurants and Bars

Dogs cannot be inside restaurants and bars that serve food. But if they have outdoor seating it should be OK. Most restaurants on Magazine Street have outdoor seating. The website BringFido.com has all sorts of dog friendly places listed. A couple of notable places:

The Bulldog - 3236 Magazine Street, Uptown. A little too noisy and crowed with the post-college crowd for my personal taste, but huge selection of beers on tap and good bar food. They recently added a really nice beer garden with a beer-tap fountain that is dog friendly with a special doggy entrance. A second location is in Mid-City at 5135 Canal Blvd that's twice as big, not as noisy with also a really nice beer garden.

Dat Dog - 5030 Freret Street ; 3336 Magazine St.; 601 Frenchmen St. Dat Dog opened up about a year ago on Freret Street and was an instant hit. There was always a line out the door (granted the place was tiny). They have since moved across the street into a much larger location, in a renovated gas station and now have 2 more locations. They have great outdoor seating, good beer selection and dogs including, brats, alligator and crawfish sausage and lots of other good stuff.

Boarding & Day Care

Long, hot days touring the city may not be fun for Fido. You can't leave him in the car and he might get bored in the hotel room alone. Many dog boarding places also have doggy day care. There's even a dog spa! Call ahead to make an appointment.

Zeus' Place - 4601 Freret Street. Boarding, day care (Monday-Friday) and grooming. Call ahead to make an appointment.

Canine Connection - 4920 Tchoupitoulas St. This boutique for pet supplies also offers grooming services & an attached kennel for boarding and day care. Also a doggy pool!

Belladoggie Resort Spa for Dogs - 815 Washington Avenue. Boarding, day care, rehab and spa services (grooming). They also have a doggy pool.

Camp Bow Wow - 2731 Tchoupitoulas St,. Boarding, day care and grooming.

If you'd rather have a professional dog walker/sitter come hang out with or walk your pup, check out the web site Pet sitters And Walkers Serving Greater New Orleans (PAWSGNO)

Christy's Guide to New Orleans

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Updated: July 4, 2015