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TUCSON, ARIZONA IS A POOCH'S PARADISE...

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Tucson is a Pooch's Paradise Too

The rumors are true! Tucson, Arizona has great weather year-round. Easy access to outdoors activities allow visitors and residents alike to get out and about with their pets and enjoy the Old Pueblo's 350 annual days of sunshine. Tucson is home to a variety of parks, trails and play areas where dogs (whether on- or off-leash) are welcome, and the pampered pooch can even enjoy a spa treatment or fashion shopping spree at one of many pet boutiques. Owners may indulge in Tucson's unique culinary scene with their canine companions, since Southern Arizona's wonderful weather allows many restaurants to offer pet-friendly patio seating.

Pet-friendly hotels
Vacations aren't just for humans anymore. To help welcome guests of the canine and feline persuasion, dozens of Tucson's hotels and resorts are pet-friendly, and some even offer special pet programs.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 299-2020

This upscale resort is happy to host any well-behaved dog or cat, with special pet treatment beginning at check-in with a personal note from the general manager, complete with hotel pet service information. The "Loews Loves Pets" program includes treats and toys, specialized bedding, placemats with food and water bowls, nearby dog walking routes, lists of nearby pet-friendly places and even room service.

Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 297-1151
Westward Look Resort - a former 1912 guest ranch - is a great place for owners to relax, and their pets are also welcome for a $50 one-time fee.

Lodge on the Desert
306 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 325-3366
The Lodge on the Desert welcomes pets for an additional $15 per day, as well as a $50 refundable deposit. There are no restrictions on dog size, as long as the pooch is well behaved, and there are no restrictions on which rooms allow dogs.

Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
5151 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 323-6262

The Sheraton Tucson allows dogs of all sizes, for no additional pet fee. However, dogs may not be left alone in the room. Be sure to notify the hotel when booking if you plan on bringing Fido!

Residence Inn by Marriott
6477 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710
(520)790-6100

This extended-stay Tucson hotel allows all sizes of dogs for a one-time $100 fee. Guests who bring dogs must notify the hotel when booking, and must sign a pet policy upon check-in.

Doubletree
455 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 881-4200

The Doubletree in Tucson welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds, with a one-time $25 pet fee per room. Guests should notify the hotel at booking that they intend to bring a pet.

A complete listing of Tucson's accommodations options is available at www.VisitTucson.org, in the "Visitor" section. Please call ahead to check pet policies.

Dog-friendly restaurants
Most pet-friendly restaurants in Tucson are those with outdoor patios. Because of Southern Arizona's great year-round weather, a wide variety of unique restaurants offer patio seating where well-behaved pups can join their families. A few local favorites include:

El Charro Café
311 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
El Charro Cafe allows well-behaved dogs at its outdoor tables. This historic Mexican restaurant has been owned by the same family since 1922, and offers world-famous chimichangas, enchiladas, tamales, tacos, fajitas, margaritas and much more.

Cup Café @ Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

This unique, funky restaurant is found in an historic hotel in downtown Tucson, and boasts tempting culinary creations. Dogs are permitted at outside tables.

Li'l Abner's Steakhouse
8500 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743

This down-home restaurant is found in far northwest Tucson, and serves up some of the best barbecue in town, plus live bluegrass on weekends. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.

Dakota Café
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715

Dakota Café is found in fun, family-friendly "Trail Dust Town" - a wild-west themed town come to life on Tucson's east side. In addition to serving delicious, creative food, the café allows dogs at outdoor tables and in the garden area.

Gourmet Cuisine for the Dogs
Dog Chefs of America
Amado Territory Ranch Inn
3001 E. Frontage Rd., I-19 exit 48
Amado, AZ 85645

Who said that fine dining is just for people? Micki Voisard, owner of Dog Chefs of America, runs a canine culinary school at the 22-acre Amado Territory Ranch near historic Tubac, Arizona. Chef Voisard teaches guests how to prepare simple recipes for optimum dog health and behavior. At the school's scenic dog-park, visitors can picnic with their pups. For more information visit www.dogchefs.com.

A complete listing of Tucson's culinary options can be found at www.VisitTucson.org, in the "Visitor" section. Please call ahead to check pet policies.

Specialty Dog Boutiques
Dogs and cats are increasingly becoming full-fledged members of human families, and what creature doesn't need a little pampering from time to time? Tucson visitors and residents can indulge their furry family members in spa treatments, gourmet treats, fashion accessories and more at these unique pet boutiques.

Paws & Claws
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ, 85719
1-866-795-PAWS
"A pet boutique and bakery" based in midtown Tucson, Paws & Claws offers dog and cat treats, grooming, toys, gifts, collars, clothes and more.

Alvin & Gigi Pet Boutique
P.O. Box 68205
Tucson AZ 85737
1-866-99-POOCH

This upscale dog and cat boutique sells books, clothing, accessories, jewelry, bathrobes, spa services, costumes, strollers and more.

Muttropolis
La Encantada Shopping Center
2905 E. Skyline Drive
Suite 123
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 299-MUTT

"A Utopia for pets and their parents." This doggie boutique has a location in Tucson's upscale foothills shopping center, La Encantada. Offering bedding, bowls, carriers, grooming, spa, collars, toys, training, treats and much more.

Doggy day-care
Though dogs can accompany their traveling companions to a wide variety of Tucson hotels, restaurants and attractions, sometimes owners simply can't bring Fido along. In such a case, visitors can take advantage of these handy doggy day care facilities.

Dawg House Dog Daycare Service
2201 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 903-2949
www.dawghouse.biz
Dawg House operates much like a human daycare center, only with "dawgs." Guests drop off their dog in the morning, go about their daily routine, and pick up their happy, tired, well-adjusted and socialized pup on the way home. Dawg House also offers training.

Barkin Garvin Dog Daycare
4967 E. 29th St.
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 790-1268
www.barkingarvin.com
Dogs need companionship just as much as humans, so when owners can't be with their dogs, Barkin Garvin lets them play with their fellow canines. Dogs who stay at Barkin Garvin get exercise, gain self-esteem and learn to properly socialize with other dogs.

Camino Verde Pet Resort
6030 S. Camino Verde
Tucson, AZ 85757
(520) 883-8464

www.cvpetresort.com
Camino Verde offers high-quality pet boarding for dogs at just $12 per day. All kennels are sanitary and clean, and have inside and outside areas. Cement flooring inside and out ensures pets will not escape, and the inside area is climate controlled year-round for a comfortable stay.

Off-Leash Dog Parks
Vacationing humans need exercise, fresh air and socialization, and their dogs are no different! These safe, fenced dog parks allow visitors to let their pups off the leash for some energy-expending fun with other playful pooches.

Christopher Columbus Dog Park (4600 N. Silverbell Rd.)
This 1/3-acre, fenced park features lights and after-dark hours. Located in northwest Tucson, the park also has a separate fenced area for smaller dogs.

Gene C. Reid Park Off-Leash Area (900 S. Randolph Way)
The Gene C. Reid off-leash area is housed in a one-acre converted Little League baseball field. This lighted, fenced park features water, trees, picnic tables and separate areas for large and small dogs. Open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Jacobs Dog Park (3300 N. Fairview Ave.)
Open since 2005, the Jacobs Park off-leash area is fenced in and located on the west side of the park. Open daylight hours only.

McDonald District Park Off-Leash Area (4100 N. Harrison Rd.)
This off-leash area is found in McDonald District Park in northeast Tucson, and offers a designated off-leash area. Dogs must be on leash when outside the off-leash area.

Northwest Center Off-Leash Dog Park (2075 N. 6th Ave.)
This fenced, half-acre dog park has been open since 2004, and is located across the street from Northwest Center in midtown Tucson. The park boasts double gates and tables for owners. Open daylight hours only.

Palo Verde Park Off-Leash Area (300 S. Mann Ave.)
The Palo Verde Park off-leash area features fences and double gates, as well as drinking fountains for dogs, picnic tables and pooper scooper dispensers.

Udall Dog Park (7290 E. Tanque Verde Rd.)
This northeast-side dog park offers pet owners a one-acre, fenced-in off-leash area with lights, water for dogs and after-dark hours. Open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

*On-Leash Dog Parks

Visitors who want to enjoy Tucson's great weather and outdoors activities with Fido in tow can head to these unique, expansive parks and trails for some fitness and fun under the Sonoran Desert sun.

Rillito River Trail
This popular, mostly paved trail stretches for miles across midtown Tucson. The trail is frequented by walkers and bikers, but dogs are welcome. Features some watering facilities, pooper scooper dispensers, trash cans and picnic areas.

Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park (551 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley)
Oro Valley - just north of Tucson - offers beautifully manicured parks where dogs are welcome, as long as they're on-leash. Trails through and surrounding the park (in an adjacent wash) offer great exercise for pooches, and within the park, pooper scooper dispensers and trash cans are available. Dog waste cleanup required by law.

James D. Kreigh Park (23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley)
This large, busy park welcomes on-leash dogs, and features some lights after dark, as well as great trails for exercising pups. Dog waste cleanup required by law.

For more information on Tucson and Southern Arizona, please visit the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau online at www.VisitTucson.org, or call the Tucson Visitor Information line at 1-800-638-8350.

The MTCVB is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Tucson area as a convention, visitor, and film production destination. It is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and its nearly 800 individual and business members

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