“It’s a dog eat dog world.” A phrase commonly applied to business or politics, it has never sounded more appropriate than after checking out the North American premiere of Dachshund UN last night. Part of the World Stage programming, this show features a group of dachshunds representing the Commission on Human Rights.
One of the mottos we live by is “work hard, play hard.” After a long day of emails, phone calls and meetings, we like to grab a glass of wine on a patio and unwind. But a long day at the office for us means an even longer day at home for our four-legged companions. Enter the best patios for you to enjoy a drink while hanging with your dog (or cat, if that’s your thing. We don’t judge). Here are our favourite establishments which are happy to offer water, treats or a smile to your furry pal while you imbibe and soak up the sun.
(1249 Queen St. W.)
you to hit up. The menu has more
than 200 bottled beers from more than 40 countries, as well as a long list of
local craft beer (Rhino Lager, anyone?).
The menu consists of pub grub, so grab food while you enjoy a pint and the lovely May weather with your pup.
(995 Broadview Ave.)
to their patio for pub food, daily specials, a great pint selection and live
One of our regular office visitors, Lupita, is seen here
enjoying a pint at Whistler’s.
place to drink with your dog. Pack a thermos of your favourite classic
cocktails, a picnic blanket and a Frisbee, and you’re all set! Let your four-legged friend blow off some steam in the massive dog bowl, located in the centre of the park.
King and Lupita: “Take us to Trinity, yo.”
here, there are a plethora of seats directly besides the patio fence along with shade for your pooch to chill in. Servers happily provide water and you can
toss your hound a few stray fries.
Fresh Cafe, located in the PawsWay building, serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner. It has a pet-friendly eating area where you can enjoy a non-alcoholic
beverage with your dog.
We love dogs on the fourth floor. Christina has King and Chauncho, Lisa has Angel and Roxy, and Ashley has Georgie. Sometimes they even come to visit – ain’t nothin’ like a cuddle from a furry friend on a busy day. But what we don’t like are irresponsible dog walkers. Sidewalks and parks are everyone’s territory, so take a little care on your next adventure with Fifi.
High Park – Escape from city life amongst the trees and trails at High Park, with designated off-leash areas.
PawsWay – Dog- and cat-friendly. Events and activities frequently take place in the 3,500-square-foot indoor Pet Park. (Especially amazing for winter).
Wychwood Barns Park – No need to worry about losing Toto; this park is fully fenced in for off-leash fun. A touch on the small side, but great for city dogs to stretch their legs.
Sunnybrook Park – Scenic on-leash hiking trails combined with a designated off-leash area make a nice afternoon for you and your pup.
Kew Gardens – A fave of The Beaches ‘hood, the off-leash area here is quite large. Plenty of space to get your dog tuckered out.
Monarch Park – It’s not fenced in, but it’s huge with lots of opportunities for chasing squirrels. Doesn’t take much more than that to make a dog happy.
Some of you may recall reading my original My ‘Hood post, when I wrote about the Fourth Floor’s neck of the woods. I moved recently, so now I’m sharing some of my favourite places around my new ‘hood: Dupont and Lansdowne.