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The Dog Days of Summer

Keep man’s best friend in your summer plans

Most of us think the Dog Days of Summer are those sweltering days when even sitting still makes you sweat. But the Dog Days of Summer are also the perfect opportunity to spend time with your furry best friend. We’ve found you the best spots to grab a drink with Spot, the most outstanding parks and a great app for going out on the town with your tail-wagging wingman.

The Dog Bar
Charlotte, NC
The Dog Bar is exactly what it sounds like: a bar for dogs. At The Dog Bar, your dog can roam leash-free while you enjoy a refreshing drink. (We recommend that you take the beer for yourself and give Fido water.) And the climate-controlled indoor and outdoor areas promise a break from the heat and sun.

Barking Dog
New York City, NY
Barking Dog is one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the Big Apple. This Upper East Side cafe is dog themed, complete with a water fountain for dogs to enjoy on the patio. Barking Dog also boasts a fully stocked bar, perfect for a quick drink after a walk in nearby Central Park.

Mutts Canine Cantina
Dallas, TX
At Mutts Canine Cantina, you can enjoy your friends, good food, a cold beer and your dog—all in one place. Socialize with your fellow dog-lovers and beer enthusiasts while your dog plays in Mutts’ dog-friendly beer garden. And Rover can also sit with you on the patio. Either way, you and your dog are sure to have a good time.

Pilgrim Bark Park
Provincetown, MA
This dog park is the best of both worlds: fun, safe recreation for your dog and a touch of culture for you. Permanent sculptures and structures donated by artists are scattered around the park, and art installations by local artists are common. The park also has custom-designed benches, signs and other structures for your aesthetic pleasure.

The Original Dog Beach
San Diego, CA
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach, and your dog can enjoy the ocean breeze and sandy feet, too! Dog-friendly beaches are scattered up and down the East and West coasts, but The Original Dog Beach is—you guessed it—one of the first official leash-free beaches in the States. Visit and take in the sun, surf and sand with your four-legged friend.

DoggyDatez
Ever wanted to meet a few new people (or dogs)? DoggyDatez is the solution. This must-have app helps dog owners set up meetings for their dogs—and themselves. You can find out who else visits your favorite park or search by gender or age of the dog or the owner. Who knows … you and your dog might find that special someone.

We’d love to see how you hang with your favorite pooch. In fact we’ll give you 25 blu Nation™ rewards points for showing us! Go to the rewards page and connect with Instagram using a picture of your dog with #bludogs. If you’re desperate for inspiration, here are a few pictures of the dogs of blu. We can’t wait to see your shots!

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Main photo by Thinkstock; pet photos courtesy of owners

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