Wander the city without Wags in tow? Never. Luckily, Boston abounds with boutiques, restaurants, and natural attractions that give your best friend her proper doggie due.
Surprising but true: The most chichi shopping spot in town is canine compatible. Let leashed Lulu browse a choice selection of high-end collars, leads, and canine bath products while you keep an eye peeled for Bowie and Callie, owner Debi Greenberg’s rescues.
Romp with your pooch on the expansive lawn next to the patio — the restaurant lends soccer balls and Frisbees for just such occasions. Then treat yourselves to a postplay snack at the new hot dog cart.
Area Four, 500 Technology Square, Kendall Square (617-758-4444 or areafour.com).
Indie book shop + friendly dog policy = ideal afternoon break. Staff members keep a biscuit canister in store for pups to sniff out.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square (617-661-1515 or harvard.com).
From the water bowl at the main entrance to the numerous vendors doling out Scooby snacks, the year-round indoor bazaar is an owner’s shopping dream. Be sure to scope out the myriad vintage canine photos and accessories; customers have even purchased vintage suitcases to convert into dog beds.
Rare is the morning you don’t see several hounds hitched outside this neighborhood favorite. While your buddy laps from the water bowl, grab a free biscuit with your latte and smile at the oversize photos of Madison, Harriet, Simon, and Dexter, owner Richard Gordon’s pups.
Its nickname, The Dog Bar, says it all. Drooling regulars snooze, play, and wander around (on a leash) in this dark and cozy Irish pub, which also happens to pour the best Guinness in town. Note: Misbehaving dogs will be bounced.
Clothes shopping with Mr. Butters is a stress-free affair at this spot-on boutique. But if you elect to leave the goofball behind, no worries: Roscoe and Bo, the resident bassadors, fill your doggie void.