The personal finance company SmartAsset recently released its latest list of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. They analyzed data on a number of factors, including:
- Number of dog parks
- Number of dog-friendly shopping areas
- Number of dog-friendly restaurants
- Housing costs
The first 3 factors were given the most weight in the analysis.
What are some of the key findings before we get to the big reveal?
- 7 of the top 10 dog-friendliest cities are in the Western U.S.
- The Southern states scored lowest on the metrics used in the study.
- 3 of the top 10 cities are located right here in California.
And the winners are….
- San Francisco, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Denver, CO
- San Diego, CA (we’re #1 for dog-friendly restaurants—woop woop!)
- Albuquerque, NM
- Sacramento, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Tucson, AZ
- New York, NY
Stella, a Maremma Sheepdog (a breed of livestock guardian dog from Italy), gave birth to a litter of 17 puppies at Napa Grass Farmer, a holistic, regenerative farm in California’s scenic wine country. This is thought to be the largest litter of puppies ever born in the state of California.
As adorable as these little bundles of fur look, none of the puppies will be a family pet. All will eventually make their way to farms around California and be trained as working livestock guardian dogs just like their mom Stella.
Maremmas look like the fluffy sheep they are bred to protect from predators. In fact, the puppies are often raised in barns with the livestock they will be guarding, forming a stronger bond with them than with their humans.
Want more cuddly cuteness? Check out this video about the puppies from CBS News in the San Francisco Bay area HERE.
Youngstown, OH – Thousands of people standing behind House Bill No. 108 (Nitro’s Law) are celebrating this afternoon as word spreads that the House of Representatives passed the measure with a 79-9 vote.
The push for Nitro’s Law began after a horrific act of cruelty which took place at High Caliber K9 back in October, 2008. Nitro, a Rottweiler, was one of eight dogs who were starved to death while under the “care” of kennel owner, Steve Croley.
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