According to Livibility.com, Portland, Oregon ranks #1 in Pet friendly cities. The cities that made the list obviously had to have most of the amenities a pet would want, good and available veterinary care and facilities, stores for all of their toys, food and other needs, and places to go like trails, parks, open spaces and restaurant seating (outdoors of course). “But to make the list,” Livability.com reports in a prepared statement, ”these cities also had to offer an incredible quality of life for pet owners as well.”
One of the biggest reason my wife and I moved to Oregon in general but specifically to the Portland Metro Area was for our (two at the time) dogs. Of course we wanted a nice piece of Lake Oswego real estate, a great place to raise a family and a good quality of life, but our dogs are the world to us and love to include them in our daily lives outside the house.
Portland Metro ranked high in the number of off leash dog parks. In fact, Portland has 31 parks dedicated to dogs, the most in the country after New York, and the most per capita by a wide margin. Before I moved to Portland, off-leashed dog parks were not a part of my life. Now I can tell you where almost every one in the metro area is located. I have tried to visit as many as I can get to.
Lake Oswego has a very new and nice off leash dog park almost on the border of West Linn. It used to be just a large field with a fence around it with dirt (mud when it rained too much) parking. People walking the fence line created a path around it. Now there is a soccer field, ample paved parking, restrooms, child play area and two dedicated off-leash dog parks.
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Originally posted on West Linn Real Estate.