Dog Day with Astros

While your four-legged friend would probably just be happy spending time with you on a walk around your neighborhood, sometimes you need a change of pace. Here are some suggestions for some dog-friendly spots in the area.

Take your dog to the ballgame

Did you know that every year the Astros have a dog day? Now you do! The annual Dog Day, sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka, will be Sunday, Aug. 22.

You and your dog can watch the Astros play the Seattle Mariners at 1:10 p.m. and participate in Dog Day activities. Unlike previous years, there will be no pregame parade.

Humans must purchase a ticket for each dog and each human through the Dog Day link on the Astros’ website. One dog per one human will be permitted.

Play ball! Just tell your dog not to fetch it.

Go Green at the Arboretum

If you have a dog, you’ve probably been to the Houston Arboretum, but summer is a great time to beat the heat under the shady trees – and there are a lot of new improvements to enjoy.

The 155-acre green space has more than 5 miles of walking paths, and it is all free. Dogs need to be on a leash, and of course, you need to pick up after your pooch. Be careful about where they nose around, too — the snakes would not appreciate it.

Get wet and wild

Of course, there are lakes and creeks for this but for an actual swim with your dog you can try Joasis, 916 Wakefield Dr. The owner’s dogs are dock diving champions, but all dogs are welcome.

As owner Jo Dunham says: “Once I put in the pool and diving dock, it occurred to me how much fun it would be to combine three of my favorite things together and start a business. It just so happens I have plenty of parking, covered patio space, security fencing and a private bathroom/dressing room that I could easily open a dog swimming/dog diving.”

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Beer for my horses, and my dog?

Well, no, but according to Circa Real Estate’s Heights Blog, Bungalow Heights at 1919 Beall St. is so dog-friendly, they also sell special dog beer so you can enjoy a brew together. Good Boy Dog Beer does not have alcohol so don’t worry; your dog can still drive home.

Other dog-friendly bars/restaurants include Eight Row Flint (1039 Yale St.), which has a great patio and a Dog Halloween Costume Contest every year, and The Burger Joint (2002 N. Shepherd Dr.), which has a 3,300-square foot patio. They also offer puppy shakes.

Did someone say staycation?

Le Méridien downtown (1121 Walker St.) is a Starwood Hotels and Resort luxury hotel brand in a building that was Houston's first modern-style skyscraper and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They also accept dogs under 50 pounds.

You can also treat your pooch to a spa day. The Dog House Pet Salon, 6434 Washington Ave., offers baths, brush-outs and nail painting among other services. The canine is now ready for your close-up, so Insta away.

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