How Pet-Friendly is Pittsburgh, Really?

Pittsburgh is experiencing a growth period thanks to Apple, Google, and Uber investing in local technology centers. Those companies are hiring young workers, many of whom love their pets.

The good news for arrivals is that Pittsburgh is pet-friendly, especially when it comes to walking your dog. The city and Allegheny County’s parks ensure that you won’t have to go far to find a suitable walking trail, and restaurants and bars are increasingly opening their doors to four-legged patrons.

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Moving to Pittsburgh with a pet.

If you are house or apartment hunting and need a place to stay, many hotels will accommodate  your pet. They range from the high-end Kimpton Hotel Monaco in the heart of Pittsburgh to the reasonably priced Comfort Inn Conference Center just east of the city.

Once you settle in, Pittsburgh is paradise for dogs who love to walk and play.

Hiking trails create many scenic opportunities for dog walking. Most parks welcome dogs on leashes and a few have designated leash-free areas.

Frick Park, in the city’s eastern section has an expansive play area for dogs. Emerald View Park, which overlooks the city’s skyline from historic Mount Washington, also has an off-leash dog park. In the suburbs, Monroeville and North Park are among the locales with designated areas where dogs can run free.

Dining, drinking, and dogs.

A few years ago if you wanted to take your dog to dinner, you were limited to a fast-food drive thru. Recently more places that serve food and drink also are accommodating four-legged patrons, although most establishments limit canine visitors to outdoor areas.

Among the places welcoming pups indoors are Bierport, a beer bistro in the trendy Lawrenceville neighborhood that allows dogs in its taproom, and the Beerhead Bar & Eatery on the North Side.

During warmer weather, The Square Café in Regent Square allows dogs in its outdoor dining area. Coffee Buddha in Ross Township just north of the city, is an eclectic coffee shop that welcomes dogs on its deck and front porch.

When Dad’s in town, he brings me to the bar🍻

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Baseball and dogs.

At least once a year, the Pittsburgh Pirates host Pup Night at PNC Park, a chance for dogs and their owners to enjoy a baseball game at one of America’s finest ballparks.

We’re also cool for cats.

While most people don’t take their cats for walks, a few businesses are reaching out to feline lovers. The Colony Cafe, a wine bar and coffee shop in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, hosts cats available for adoption from an animal rescue shelter. The cats are so popular that patrons are urged to make reservations.

And yes, rumors that Pittsburgh had a cat-themed film festival are true.

Lucky Paws Resort, about 30 minutes north of the city, offers luxury grooming, a dog park, and overnight accommodations for dogs and cat.

Rege Behe