San Francisco is meant to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world.
And in many cases, it is.
I've witnessed many a dog casually wander into a boutique with their owner- sometimes even cafes and house inspections! A stroll on 24th St in Noe Valley any given Sunday morning will deliver the frequent canine encounter. Outside the Farmer's Market a multitude of panting pups eagerly await their owners who are picking up their fresh produce for the week. And, of course, beautiful dog parks abound and are usually rife with activity.
The city is seemingly perfect for us and our massively spoilt furkid, Sukie.
The only way San Francico kinda misses the mark on the dog front is their rental property policies. Many properties will claim that they are dog-friendly. It's the usual riff- "We love dogs!" which will then be followed by these oh so-common caveats- "Small dogs only", "Pets have to be under 40 lbs", or "No 'aggressive' breeds". Sometimes you'll simply get a long and, oftentimes, baffling list of strictly forbidden breeds. I mean, Dalmations? Really?
Considering the overt fido-friendliness of this town, the vast challenges we face as owners of a large dog of mixed breed seem strikingly incommensurate. :(
BUT... we are slowly and steadily navigating these confusing new waters and will hopefully secure our next home in this city soon. Fingers crossed!!
So, enough with the griping and onto happier pooch-related matters! Here's an adorable find for all the dog lovers out there...
Plum and Ashby is a stunning UK-based home accessories brand by Vicky White. I'm simply loving the products inspired by her gorgeous pup Bertie- especially the ceramics! Way to combine perhaps my two favourite things in the world- homewares and dogs!
Take a gander at the whole collection here.
( photos: Plum and Ashby )