With the warm weather finally arriving in our rainy corner of the world, it’s the perfect time to explore with a furry friend. We did some digging and found an array of ways to spend quality time with your pup this summer.
In the Pacific Northwest, it’s common knowledge we love our dogs and our food trucks. It was only a matter of time before we combined the two, and Seattle Barkery hits the mark. Offering treats specially designed for your furry friend, this truck makes stops all over the Seattle metro area including farmers’ markets, festivals and dog parks. “We have 100 percent puppy satisfaction. We taste-test all of our items on our two very picky Pekingese dogs, so there were many things that did not make the cut,” says Dawn Ford, owner and baker. If you are not able to track down the food truck, they also offer a treat bar at the Dogwood Play Park in Seattle. Order your dog a special birthday cake, bacon cupcake or banana bone, and enjoy a beer while your pup meets new friends in the very popular play area. For a calendar of locations, visit theseattlebarkery.com.
Fremont Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Take your pup on a tour of Lake Union with the Fremont Sunday Ice Cream Cruise. Though the cruise runs year-round, it’s ideal for spending a lazy summer Sunday with your family—and also your furry friend. “Seattle is a very dog-centric place. Originally, the boat business started off in Fremont, and if you didn’t let dogs on, you didn’t have business,” says captain Larry Kezner. He points out the cruise isn’t limited to just dogs. “We have had all kinds of pets such as cats and parrots. One time there was a possum.” The cruise is a little less than an hour long and serves ice-cream treats, including their famous root beer, strawberry cream and Dreamsicle ice-cream floats. For more information, visit seattleferryservice.com.
Redmond Saturday Market
Many Washington farmers’ markets are dog-friendly, but vendors at the Redmond Saturday Market go above and beyond for their four-legged patrons. The market is open every Saturday May through October from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and over 70 vendors are featured each week. This unique market only sells items that were grown or created in the state of Washington. The event features live music, pet adoption drives and more food options than either you or your pup could handle! Bring the whole family to experience fresh food and an opportunity to show your dog off to the world. For more information, visit redmondsaturdaymarket.org.