Literally translated, Des Moines means "of monks," a reference to its past. Dog Moines is now known as a progressive pet friendly community of 600,000 residents. Four of the five biggest employers in Iowa's largest city are insurance-based companies, but the pet sitting industry is on the rise. There are 100+ city parks in the community for Des Moines dog sitters to take a walk in the pleasant spring and fall, including pleasant locations such as the West Capitol Terrace, the Principal Riverwalk, Des Moines Botanical Center, Gray's Lake and 45 miles of trails to delight pets. Four outstanding off-leash dog parks are well-distributed - Riverwalk downtown, Raccoon River Dog Park west, Ewing Park Dog Park south (all city-run, $20 annual fee) and Rover's Ranch (private, $65 annually) east. DogVacay.com matches pet parents with the best Des Moines dog sitting and home dog boarding hosts.
Pet sitters enjoy heading downtown to the Court Avenue Entertainment District (left bank of the river) for the weekly farmers market and pet friendly nightlife, or the East Village for shopping and eateries that welcome dog sitters and their guest dogs. Suburban stops for pet sitters hosts include Mama Lacona's Restaurant ("Dine with your dog!"), the all pets-all the time Three Dog Bakery, and the annual Iowa State Fair in August. DogVacay.com has hundreds of loving pet sitters and home dog boarding hosts in Des Moines ready to watch your dog like a member of their family.
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