Dog Fancy, the world’s most widely read dog magazine, has named Provincetown, Mass., the winner of the 2010 DogTown USA competition, saluting it as America’s most dog-friendly city.
This year’s contest, sponsored by WAHL® Clipper Corp., named the Top 40 dog-friendly cities across the U.S. in honor of Dog Fancy’s 40th anniversary celebration. The criteria used to select the winning city include plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, ample veterinary care, abundant pet supply and other services, and municipal laws that support and protect all pets.
“All dog owners know of a few local shops or restaurants that allow dogs, but it is remarkable to have an entire town where virtually every establishment opens its doors to dogs – even the bank,” says Ernie Slone, Dog Fancy editor. “Where else can you take your dog along for a whale-watching or sunset cruise, walk miles of off-leash scenic beaches year-round and enjoy one of the nation’s finest dog parks? Provincetown nearly swept our major awards this year, with its Pilgrim Bark Park finishing at No. 2 in our national ratings of dog parks.”
Rounding out the top 10 cities are:
- Carmel, Calif.
- Madison, Wis.
- Benicia, Calif.
- Fort Bragg, Calif.
- Lincoln City, Ore.
- San Diego, Calif.
- Virginia Beach, Va.
- Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Salem, Ore.
Slone will travel to Provincetown to present the city with this top honor.
For the complete story on DogTown USA and to see which cities made the list, pick up the September issue of Dog Fancy, on newsstands July 27, 2010.