As much as I love living in Cleveland, I wish this city were more dog friendly – like San Francisco. There, dogs are welcome in most coffee shops, on restaurant patios, in stores, etc. And I’m not suggesting all dogs – we could cap it off at dogs less than 20 pounds, like Stella, our Boston Terrier (Ok, I know that’s not fair, but I’m only thinking about my dog).
When Stella was a puppy, I would stick her in my vest and bring her everywhere – from Starbucks to Target. It wasn’t until she grew and started to stick her head out that people noticed and politely asked us to leave.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. Take Cottonwood in Chagrin Falls, where they welcome all dogs to join their owners while browsing for furniture. And where I work – all dogs are welcome and on any given day you can find between 5 – 10 dogs here.