March officially marks the first day of spring, but colorful flowers aren’t the only things blooming this month. The following new beginnings come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: dogs are welcomed with open arms. Check out our selection of pet-friendly attractions opening and reopening this March.
Posted by Billy Francis
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Sunny’s Backyard is attempting to dig out a place in Austin’s thriving food scene by offering classic pub fare with a twist; no animals were harmed in the making of it. The pub gets its cheerful name from the owner’s rescue terrier. They’re also planning on naming the outdoor bar on the pet-friendly patio Huey’s Corner after their other pooch, so he doesn’t feel left out. Grab a pint of locally brewed craft beer and hang out with the other “pawtrons” in the sunny outdoor space, which opens later this month.
Dust off Fido’s tuxedo for JUPdog’s grand opening event on March 6. People and pups in attendance will save 15% off their entire purchase and have the chance to win prizes in a raffle. Located in Riviera Beach, JUPdog offers a range of swag for dogs and dog lovers, including t-shirts, tanks, collars, toys and more. Switch out both of your wardrobes completely guilt-free, safe in the knowledge that the store donates 10% of its proceeds to Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic and Ranch.
Sneed Dog Park
Sneed Dog Park in Westchase District celebrated its grand opening on February 27. The district’s first-ever dog park is located next to Sneed Elementary School, which means people and their pups can access the park after school hours and on weekends. With plenty of play space, benches, shady mature oak trees and water fountains to rehydrate on warm days, it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Riley’s Sandwich Company
Riley’s Sandwich Company is a late February opening that’s too unique not to rave about. This one-of-a-kind sandwich shop serves creative sandwiches, salads and sides, which is great for hungry humans, but it’s also home to a separate retail space that specializes in dog treats, cool swag and more. While you’re there, be sure to check out the adoption or fostering opportunities and take a selfie with your pup at the photo booth.
Salty Dog’s DIY Dog Wash
If you’re tired of dog hair down the plughole and muddy paws on the carpet, Salty Dog’s DIY Dog Wash is the place for you. The canine community can now pay a visit to their second location in Ormond Beach, where they’ll find custom tubs and everything they need to wash up after a day of play in the sand and surf. Don’t feel like getting your hands dirty? They also offer a la carte professional grooming services. Dogs who can’t say no to a muddy puddle or a digging session at the beach can sign up to The Tub Club, a monthly membership for $19.95 per month or $219 per year. If you’re in Palm Beach, swing by the flagship location.
Dog House Drinkery
Like a perennial spring flower, Dog House Drinkery & Dog Park is in bloom once again this March. In November, the beloved neighborhood canine hangout thought they had to call it quits for good. However, they’re reopened on March 1 with beer, wine and a guaranteed good time. Grab a brew and head with Fido to the main fenced-in area, where you’ll find shade, light and access to the bar. They also have a space for adoptions, training, yappy hours and events, plus a separate area for small dogs. Day passes are available for $7 per dog and annual memberships are $125.