By Sarah Stockman
Socialize + Shop
The Pearl offers doggie water fountains, plenty of poop bags and a faux grass area thatâs ideal for socializing with other pups. The weekend farmers market has become a mainstay for pet lovers. 303 Pearl Pkwy., atpearl.com
Eat + Play
At The Cove, enjoy burgers and beer while dogs play in the park area or relax on the patio. If your pup gets thirsty, ask the bartender for a disposable water bowl. 606 W. Cypress St., thecove.us
Incorporating cross-training, agility exercises and cardio, Go Fetch Run is sure to have tongues out and tails wagging. Every first Saturday session (Sept. 8 this month) is free through the cityâs Fitness in the Park program (additional sessions can be purchased). Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Road, gofetchrun.com/sa-home
Watch the Spurs
Head to The Friendly Spot in Southtown to watch sports and movies on a huge inflatable screen with manâs best friend. Humans love the laid-back vibe and dogs enjoy the hydration station. 943 S. Alamo St.,Â thefriendlyspot.com
Head to âyappy hourâ
Sip on a margarita while your pet drools over the doggy menu under a covered patio or in the outdoor air-conditioned courtyard at Ritaâs on The River. Yappy Hour, on select first Tuesdays, includes live music, puppy treats and specials on human food. 245 E. Commerce St., Ste. 100, ritasontheriver.com
Shop till you drop
Leashed pets are welcomed in all common areas and department stores at The Shops at La Cantera as well as many smaller retail stores and outdoor patio areas of restaurants. 15900 La Cantera Pkwy.,Â theshopsatlacantera.com
Go ghost hunting
Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours Haunted History Walk guides will lead you and your leashed furry friend to the most haunted locations in downtown San Antonio. 204 Alamo Plaza, Ste. T, between Rivercenter Mall and the Menger Hotel, sistersgrimmghosttour.com
Grab a healthy bite
Vegetarian cuisine with your best bud leashed by your side? Yes, please. Green also offers doggie water bowls. 200 E. Grayson St., Ste. 120; 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., Ste. 2115, eatatgreen.com
Dine with a discount
Patios at both Dough Pizzeria Napoletana locations are pet-friendly and guests who bring along their furry friends save 10 percent on food. 6989 Blanco Road; 518 S. Alamo St.,Â doughpizzeria.com
Catch a movie
Slab Cinema welcomes well-behaved pets on leashes for movies at Mission Marquee Plaza, Travis Park and Hemisfair. slabcinema.com
See some history
Walk your dog in the courtyard and on paths at San Antonioâs five Spanish Missions. Multiple locations, nps.gov/saan
Paddleboard with your pooch
Float through the picturesque King William District up the San Antonio River on a standup paddleboard with your pup. Receive $10 off from SUP SATX when you bring your dog.Â supsatx.com
My Instagram:Â @thecatnamedpizza
Breed: Iâm not a big fan of vodka or bears, but they still consider me a Russian Blue.
My humans are: Meghan Fest and Frank Weysos (Poor guys are completely furless and missing their tails, but I still love them.)
What my humans do: My pawrents are creatives. Meowmy is a pet portrait artist and Cat Dad is a filmmaker. Together, they make funny animations and have an ameowzing childrenâs book (starring me) that they are working on getting published.
Where we live: I do all of my napping in Beacon Hill.
Best thing about my humans: They direct photo shoots for me every week with a different theme.
Worst thing about my humans: When they give my seven fur brothers and sisters any ounce of the spotlight. I should be the star at all times.
My likes: Prince records, a good pair of sunnies, chin scratches, â70s horror flicks, passing the catnip and sipping on a fine salmon oil cat wine.
Meghan and Frankâs go-toâŠ
Pet Store: Pet Wants and Kriserâs Natural Pet
Bow Ties: Asher and Gray Designs
Pizza: Guillermoâs and Florioâs
Cat-themed goods: YogurtLump, DifferentBunch and TattoosLoveLetters on Etsy
Phil Hardberger Park (North Central)
Best for: Dogs of all sizes that like separate spaces to stretch their paws
Highlight: The 1.8-acre spot for large dogs on the east side of the park
The Bark Park (Alamo Heights)
Best for: Dogs that enjoy play dates
Highlight: Large trees for shade and a water trough for cooling off in the hot summer months
McAllister Park (North Central)
Best for: Highly active pups
Highlight: An agility course, tunnels, a doggie fountain and lots of trails to walk or run with your four-legged friend
Tom Slick Park (West Side)
Best for: Wearing out dogs (in the fenced park) and kids (on the playground)
Highlight: A fountain pets and kids alike can enjoy plus a special dog-friendly shower where you can clean up your pup following the fun
PearsallÂ Park (Southwest Side)
Best for: Making friends with the regulars
Highlight: Playground-like agility equipment for dogs
K9 CafĂ© Boutique & Spa
Give your pups the quality they deserve at this state-of-the-art dog spa and salon offering professional grooming, convenient self-service wash tubs, complete with all the brushes and tools youâll need, a mobile boutique and a 4,000-square-foot brick and mortar shop. 5440 Babcock Road, Ste. 144, k9cafesa.com
Doggie daycare, lodging and a full-service salon and spa makes âThe Ranchâ a dog favorite. You can even get glimpses of your pup while youâre away with photos that are emailed from the ranch. 923 Clydeville Road; 7 Commercial Place, Schertz, pawderosaranch.com
Lucyâs Doggy Daycare and Spa
Since 2005, this dog paradise has been pampering pups while their families are away. From interactive daycare and luxury boarding suites to grooming and a self-serve dog wash, Lucyâs is âarfinâ awesome.â 2250 Thousand Oaks, Ste. 200; 937 S. Laredo St.; Coming soonâ5010 N. Loop 1604 W.; lucysdoggydaycare.com
The Wash Dawg
A self-service dog wash and professional grooming boutique. They say to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) and theyâll provide everything else needed for cleaning. 16600 Huebner Road, Ste. 106, thewashdawg.com
Sit Means Sit Dog Training
Teach your pup to be an upstanding member of society on and off the leash with professional dog training programs and services ranging from private lessons to classes and immersive training during boarding. 10025 Broadway, sitmeanssit.com
MissionVet Specialty & Emergency
Find 24-hour emergency care for those after-hours issues that your family vet is unavailable to treat. MissionVet also offers specialty services in internal medicine, general surgery and orthopedics, oncology, dermatology and neurology, which can address things like seizures and balance disorders. For pets who suffer from allergies like their humans, allergy care is also available. 8202 N. Loop 1604 W., mission.vet
The Wagmore Pet Resort
Since 2010, this eco-friendly, locally owned resort has been catering to dogs and cats. From luxurious boarding accommodations (with add-ons like bedtime tuck in and cuddle time) to grooming services, day care and training, Wagmore gives pets more reasons to wag. 9440 Dietz Elkhorn Road,Â Â wagmorepetresort.com
Rob Cary Pet Resort
Â The family that opened this facility in 1976 is still at the helm. Boarding is available for dogs and cats as well as birds and amenities abound, including music piped into pet suites. Grooming, training and a retail shop are all on-site. 14824 Bulverde Road, robcary.com
Metro Pup SA Dog Walking & Pet Sitting
Â Looking for an alternative to traditional boarding? Metro Pup provides dog walking, pet sitting, nighttime care when needed and wedding attendant services for those who want their dog at their wedding but donât want the hassle of transporting him to the venue or taking him out for bathroom breaks.Â metropupsa.com
Westridge Pet Hospital & Wellness Center
Just like people, every pet is different and some require a little extra T.L.C. The pros here provide your pet with the specialty vet care they need, including physical therapy and rehabilitation, acupuncture, underwater treadmill, nutrition consultations, chiropractic care and more. 6695 Tri County Pkwy., Schertz, westridgepet.com
Canine Couture Pet Spa
Run by a third-generation groomer, Canine Couture helps your dog stand out in a crowd. Custom âcreative groomingâ is perfect for special occasionsâthink Fiesta parades where colorful hair is neededâor simply because you want your pet to look and feel fabulous. 13227 Nacogdoches Road, Ste. 1, caninecouturepetspa.com
Movinâ n Groominâ Mobile Grooming Salon
If getting your pet to the groomer is the toughest part, call this family-owned-and-operated van. They use only natural, plant-based and cruelty-free products and complete all services without a cage.Â movinngroomin.com
My Instagram:Â @Buenobunnies
Breed: Lop-eared rabbit
My human is:Â Sarah Stone
What my human does: My human is the proprietor of a bespoke clothing company called The Perfect Shirt. I work closely with the brand as the CSO: chief shredding officer.
Where we live: I live very close to the produce department at H-E-B.
How I found my human: My human rescued me from a barn. I was living outside! I am so lucky to now live the life of luxury inside. I was my humanâs first house rabbit.
Best thing about my human: Iâve trained my human to be an excellent treat giver. I use my adorable good looks to get whatever treat I want.
Worst thing about my human: My human wonât let me eat any more cords (phone charger, computer cord, etc.) She seems to think itâs dangerous, but I prefer to live my life on the edge. My cord of choice is anything from Apple.
Where we play: I live in an incredible lair and spend the majority of my time surveying my territory from my castle. Whatever the light touches is mine. I also enjoy watching Harry Potter with my human and chasing my cat sibling around the house.
My likes: Nap, sleep, eat âŠ but mostly nap. I am the nap king.
My dislikes: I will try and bite anyone that brushes me. I prefer to live my life as a glorious shedding ball of fluff.
My biggest indulgence: B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
My nicknames: I prefer to be called Lord Maximus, but my human calls me Bug or Max.
Vet: Dr. Powers at Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital
Boarder: Alamo City House Rabbits
Hoppy Hour: Alamo City House Rabbitsâ events
Farmers market: Pearl Farmers Market
Celebrate 35 years of jazz in the historic Travis Park with your pup by your side. There is no charge to attend for humans or dogs, just bring your blanket and chair and find a spot in the park. saparksfoundation.org/jazzsalive
Fest of Tails
The San Antonio Parks Foundations welcomes spring each March with this kite and dog festival at McAllister Park. The day includes a parade of costumed dogs, kite demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for fun with the whole family.Â facebook.com/festoftails
San Antonio Rampage Pucks & Paws
Whether you have a Husky or a cold-weather-loving chihuahua, treat your furry sports-fan sidekick to a hockey game at the Rampageâs annual bring-your-dog night. Water and relief stations are typically set up in the AT&T Centerâs Bud Light Courtyard along with activities to amuse your dog and pooches looking to be adopted. sarampage.com
Fiesta Pooch Parade
A Fiesta highlight for 20 years, the Pooch Parade takes costumed dogs (and their people) on a 2.6-mile stroll through Alamo Heights. Proceeds from the event benefit Therapy Animals of San Antonio. therapyanimalssa.org
El Rey Fido Coronation
The San Antonio Humane Society celebrates the culmination of a fundraising campaign by naming its furry Fiesta royalty: El Rey Fido and his court. Both two- and four-legged friends are welcome at the coronation. sahumane.org
Dog Days at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
A few times a year (typically in March and August), the garden dedicates a weekend to allowing fur friends to enjoy a walk through most of its lively landscape. Water bowls are placed throughout the garden and organizations are on-site with information about pet ownership and animals available for adoption. sabot.org
1. PAWsitively Sweet Bakery
Nutrient-rich dog treats, chews, meal toppers, gourmet pastries, birthday cakes and boutique apparel and accessories. 3363 E. Commerce St., Ste. 104, pawsitivelysweetbakery.com
2. Mikeâs Dog Store
Healthy treats, dog beds,Â collars, toys and a variety of premium dog food. 6338 N. New Braunfels Ave., mikesdogstore.com
3. Fifi & Fidos Pet Boutique
Holistic pet nutrition, special foods for pets with allergies and digestive issues, plus doggy birthday cakes, cookies and treats and custom collars. 5120 Broadway, fifiandfidos.com
4. Asher and Gray Designs
Handmade bandanas, collars, bow ties and even human apparelâall full of personality.Â asherandgraydesigns.com; locally at Pet Wants San Antonio North, 5123 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 105
5. Renee Spade Photography
Greeting cards, phone cases, luggage tags, canvases and more featuring pet photos. reneespadephotography.com
6. Barking Bad Bakery and Boutique
Handcrafted all-natural dog treats, bandanas and bow ties tailored for your pet.Â barkingbadbakery.com
7. Paw Basics
Premium dog and cat nutrition, treats, supplements, grooming products and toys. Nail trimming is available every third Sunday of the month. 2602 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 104, pawbasics.com
8. P.U.P. Bags
Help the environment while walking your dog with P.U.P. Bags (Pick Up Plastic), started by local Caitlin Martone Cox and her mom, Jane Schaller. The bags clip on to your dogâs leash or collar and expand into a large reusable bag, so you can collect any litter you come across. etsy.com/shop/pupbags
9. Fetch and Friskers Barkery and Bow-tique
Freshly baked, all-natural, human-grade treats and cookies baked in-house with no sugar, salt or preservatives. Thereâs also an extensive line of collars, leashes and other doggie products in the Bow-tique. 701 S. Main St., Boerne, fetchandfriskers.com
10. Dean & Tyler
Leather collars, leashes of various materials, harnesses, muzzles, toys, ID badges, bite tugs, pillows, sleeves, suits and other kennel accessories. Open by appointment, 7352 Reindeer Trail, dtdogcollars.com
11. Lucky Dog Bakery & Boutique
Small batch, homemade, organic treats that are meant to promote healthy immune systems, skin and fur in regular and seasonal flavors. 1800 Nacogdoches Road,Â myluckydogbakery.com
12. Katieâs Jar
Bow ties and small batch, all-natural dog treats baked locally. Find them at a variety of spots around town or sign up to receive a monthly box of freshly made treats. katiesjar.net; locally at Bird Bakery, Bakery Lorraine, Revolucion Coffee + Juice, The Growler Exchange and Chica Verde
Bruno Bernard a.k.a. Bru Bru / Age: 1 year, 10 months / Favorite activity: Learning to walk on a leash and explore outdoors
âI adopted Bru Bru from the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area after fostering him as a young kitten. I fell completely in love with him and âfoster failedâ and officially adopted him in December 2016. His story of survival and the way he fought to live his best life from such a young age touched me. Adopting is the most rewarding experience. Ultimately, you save two livesâthe life of the animal adopted as well as a new animal entering the shelter in its place.ââLeah Taylor
Loki (pictured)Â / Age: Between 3 and 4 years / Favorite pet-friendly place: Tom Slick Park
âWe adopted Loki at the San Antonio Humane Society on July 3, 2017. He was one of the only dogs at the shelter who was calmly sitting in his kennel. He just stared at us and started to wag his tail as we walked toward him. We decided to walk him around and when we stopped to bend down to say a closer hello, he immediately put all of his body weight on us and started giving us endless kisses. Every dog in a shelter deserves a second chance at life; they just need someone to take a chance on them.ââCharli Behn
Molly / Age: About 7 months / Favorite thing: Her furever home (and treats)
âWhen Molly came into our care she was badly burned, although that did not slow her down one bit! The combination of her vibrant and playful disposition along with the diligent care of our hospital staff turned this terribly sad situation into a shelter success story. She was adopted on July 13. Dogs have an incredible ability to be resilient and positive during the toughest of times. At ADL, we believe this is something we can all learn from.â
âJanice Darling, executive director, Animal Defense League of Texas
Mitzy / Age: 12-18 months / Favorite snacks: Kale, cilantro and bananas
âMitzy was turned into Animal Care Services as a stray in January. Alamo City House Rabbits was able to pick her up. She had a skin condition, which we discovered was mange. A member had had a rabbit that passed away a few months earlier, and she decided to foster (and later adopted) Mitzy. Once she was cured, she was able to run free in the house. She loves to do âzoomiesâ (running very fast). Now, Mitzy often serves as an education bunny for group events.ââTina Gilson, president, Alamo City House Rabbits
My Instagram: @missdakotapuggy
Breed: Iâm considered a beautiful, round pug.
My humans are: I have two daddies: Rey Lopez and Richard Herrera
What my humans do: They get upset at me for eating a lot. But I think you want to know what they do for a living, right? Rey is a local promoter and is always promoting fancy ladies in shiny dresses and big wigs. My daddies also own Male B Wear (a menâs underwear, swimwear and apparel boutique on Main Avenue).
Where we live: Northwest San Antonio
Best thing about my humans: They give me treats. They feed me. They walk me. They love me and donât care that I shed a few hairs here and there. I love when they pretend not to see me sneak up and try to eat my brotherâs and sisterâs food.
Worst thing about my humans: When they donât drop anything on the floor for me while theyâre eating. Why wonât they share their food?
Where we play: I play all over our house and love our doggy door (even though I donât fit through it quite like I used to).
My likes: Short walks, treats and taking long naps any time of the day.
My dislikes: I donât like long walks or sharing my food.
My biggest indulgence: Belly rubs. I never get tired of them.
My nicknames: Piggy and Miss Puggy
Rey and Richardâs go-toâŠ
Vet: Acorn Hill Medical Hospital
Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Bar: The Friendly Spot and Lutherâs CafĂ©
âPhotos: Dog, Bunny By Ashton Rodgers; Shops at La Cantera, Pizza the Cat, Dakota the Dog; Dog Parks: Vincent Yang; Products: Louie Preciado