Long Beach Loves Dogs!
When most people think of Long Beach, they picture a relaxing city that is family and pet-friendly. This impression is absolutely correct as Long Beach truly loves dogs. Whether you simply want to take a walk or jog with your puppy along the beach or attend an organized event, you will have plenty of activities to choose from.
One of the Top Dog-Friendly Cities
Not only does Long Beach love dogs, but others across the country have even recognized this canine utopia. In fact, Long Beach was named among the list of Top Dog-Friendly Cities within the United States. This designation is due to a unique combination of dog-friendly restaurants, regular events, and numerous dog beaches where you can relax and unwind with your pooch.
As mentioned, the annual events, both regular ones and one-time affairs, are part of what truly shows how much Long Beach loves dogs. The annual Haute Dog Parade takes place during Halloween and involves hundreds of dogs dressed up in creative costumes, led by a human costume parade. In addition to the parade itself, you can also enjoy a pet adoption fair if you are looking to adopt a furry friend in need of a home. Perhaps you need to spoil yours and the vendor fair where you can buy dog toys and treats is a better destination.
Later on, during Valentine’s Day, you can also enjoy the Bulldog Beauty Contest for both French and English Bulldogs, with the winner being crowned the “Bull of the Ball.” There are even humanitarian dog-related events designed to benefit shelter dogs. Every year you can help with Operation Santa Paws and donate or collect treats and toys. A large number of these events are run by Haute Dogs, which is run by a long-time animal activist.
Rosie’s Dog Beach
Until 2001, dogs weren’t able to enjoy the sand anywhere in Long Beach, but starting in June of that year there were regular “special events” that let dogs enjoy the beach on occasion. These events totaled over a dozen each month and led to the trial period of off-leash access for pooches on beaches in 2003. Eventually, this beach area became designated as a permanent Dog Beach Zone and named Rosie’s Dog Beach in honor of Rosie the Bulldog, the pooch who originally inspired the dog beach in the first place.
Best of all, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space by this beach, despite it being one of the only off-leash dog beaches within LA County. That is because there are actually over 800 different parking spaces. You will even find a dog water fountain in the beach to help refresh your pooch after a day of frolicking. Just keep in mind that each adult can only have one dog with them at a time, so if you plan on coming with multiple dogs, be sure to bring along a multiple friends.
Even if you plan on going out to eat in Long Beach, you won’t have to leave your furry friend behind. That’s because there are actually 38 different restaurants within the city that will let you take your dog with you when you plan on eating on their outdoor patios. If you want to eat inside with your pooch in a city-approved area, then try DOGZ Bar and Grill located in Belmont Shore. You will also find other restaurants spread throughout the city.