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Must Love Dogs and Cats: Unusual Activities for Pet Lovers in San Diego

San Diego is a Pet Lovers Paradise

With more than a dozen pet friendly hotels throughout the city, and even more restaurants that open their doors to doggy dining companions, it’s no surprise that San Diego is a popular destination for pet lovers. And for those looking for a pet-centric experience that goes above and beyond, you’ll find that here too!

If quality dog or cat bonding time is on your travel itinerary, check out these unusual experiences for pet lovers in San Diego:

Order From the Doggy Menu

Yes, La Jolla Brewing Company has a menu just for dogs! (photos via @lajollabrewing

Yes, La Jolla Brewing Company has a menu just for dogs! (photos via @lajollabrewing)

Many San Diego restaurants set out water bowls and treats for dogs dining with their owners, but the La Jolla Brewing Company steps up the canine dining game with an entire Dog Menu. While you enjoy one of their signature craft brews, your pooch can feast on frozen “chicken pops” or an oatmeal bowl topped off with peanut butter.

> Explore San Diego’s 100+ Craft Breweries

Surfs Up Dog

Pet Lovers Stand Up Paddleboard

Pet Lovers can Stand Up Paddle Board in San Diego

Active pet lovers can take to the bay with their dogs thanks to SUP Pups, a stand up paddle board tour for dogs and their owners hosted by The SUP Connection. The tour includes some doggy playtime followed by a paddle through the calm channels of the San Diego Bay.

Is your dog already a pro when it comes to water sports? Enter him or her in the annual Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition! At the most adorable surf event of the year, fearless dogs jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20. Even if your dog isn’t up for the challenge, it’s plenty of fun to watch.

Cats and Coffee

Cats and coffee are the purrrfect combo (photos via @thecatcafesandiego)

Cats and coffee are the purrrfect combo (photos via @thecatcafesandiego)

Of course, it’s not just dogs that have all the fun in San Diego. If cat cuddles are what you seek, head to San Diego’s Cat Café. The spot in the heart of downtown offers visitors a chance to enjoy delicious cup of coffee while hanging out with several resident kitties. Best of all, the resident cats are available for adoption, so if your fall in love over your cup of coffee, you can take your new best friend home with you!

> Discover Why San Diego is a Pet Lovers Paradise

Have a favorite San Diego activity to do with your best friend? Share it in the comments below!

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 6-9, 2012

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

If you love holiday lights, grab some hot cocoa; throw on a scarf because this is your weekend! Between Balboa Park’s December Nights to the San Diego Bay’s Parade of Lights, visitors will surely be in the holiday spirit with all these wonderful things to do!

1. Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights in San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights

This popular park-wide Christmas celebration features carolers, entertainment, ethnic food and crafts.

Location: Balboa Park
Dates: December 7-8, 2012
Times:
– Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
– Saturday: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Free admission to museums begins after 5:00 PM.
> Find out more about Balboa Park December Nights

2. Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Lights Up during the holiday season.

This popular boat parade begins at Quivira Basin. Best viewing will be from Crown Point, east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. The parade ends with the lighting of the SeaWorld Skytower Tree of Lights at 9:00 PM.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

3. Port of San Diego Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday Float - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Lights on the water at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The spectacular Boat Parade of Lights feature individually holiday decorated private crafts. The parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy Carrier turning basin.

Dates: Sundays, December 9 and 16, 2012
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

4. Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Everyone with 2 to 4 Legs will have fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade!

San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. All pet owners and their furry, featured and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

> Discover even more Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Date: December 9, 2012
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to View. $15-$20 to participate.
> Find out more about the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Brent Bernasconi

OB’s Dog Beach Has National Recognition

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Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. Photo courtesy of SneakyMoose.

I know my dog loves going to the dog beach in Ocean beach. The area is huge allowing him to run in the sand and the water while my wife and I can keep our eyes on him. MSN recently highlighted dog parks and beaches throughout the country and of course ocean beach made the list:

San Diego, Calif.
Sometimes a dog just has to go to the beach. Soak in some rays, get in a swim, dig in the sand. At gorgeous Ocean Beach, there’s a strip of sand and water set aside especially for dogs and people to play together, off leash and loving it, 24 hours a day.

When the waves are up, you’ll see surfers out at Dog Beach Break, where the famous Rocky the Surfing Dog once rode the waves (as recounted in the 1994 film “Endless Summer II”). Dogs have been frolicking there since at least 1972, when the town council formally recognized it, making Dog Beach one of the oldest leash-free dog parks in the nation.

You can read the actual article here.

Where is your favorite dog friendly area in San Diego?

Stephenie

5 to Try This Weekend: Free Holiday Events

Parade of Lights

  1. The 39th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights sets sail this Sunday from 5:30–9 p.m. More than 100 private boats covered with holiday lights and decorations will parade around San Diego Bay, followed by an extravagant firework show over the water. Great views are available on dry land from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park and Coronado’s Ferry Landing. 
  2. See Old Town State Historic Park decked out for the holidays during Holiday in the Park.  Learn how residents celebrated the holidays in the 1800s, enjoy candlelight tours, holiday singers, live performances and complimentary refreshments; Holiday in the Park takes place this Saturday from 6–8 p.m.
  3. Visit the Village of La Mesa and see it transform into a Victorian Wonderland for Christmas in the Village. Enjoy street performers, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, carnival rides, entertainment for the family and more; Christmas in the Village takes place from 5–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  
  4. Enjoy the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade this Sunday in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Owners and their dressed-up pets will march down the decorated streets of the neighborhood and end at a Pet Expo featuring an awards ceremony for best-dressed pups.  The parade starts at 3 p.m. and the Pet Expo will be open from 1–5 p.m.
  5. Celebrate holiday cheer during Christmas in the Park – Poway.  The event features a tree lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, train rides, live music, theatre performances, food, treats, crafts and more. The fun takes place this Saturday from 3:30–8:30 p.m.