Lakeland (population 100,000) is the big town between Tampa and Orlando on Interstate 4, and here Man's Best Friend and dog sitting is as much of daily life and the lifestyle as the ubiquitous citrus, cattle and tourism industries. On a typical hot and humid day you'll find pets, residents and dog sitters taking a promenade on the Lake Mirror Promenade, or absorbing the neo-classical architecture of Hollis Botanical Garden. Diogi Park, a 6-year-old dog park frequented by most pet sitters, is a popular pet place to see and be seen; named for a canine killed in the line of duty, the facility has full amenities and an agility course. Of course Lakeland's best bet for finding home dog boarding and pet sitting hosts is DogVacay.com.
Most Lakeland businesses are decidedly friendly to pets and dog sitters. Dogs and pet sitters are welcome together at the open-air Lakeside Village shopping center, at Bruster's Real Ice Cream (dogs receive a special "sundae" complete with bone-shaped crunchies, and the comfort-food institution downtown called Fat Maggie's for the English Bulldog on the premises. Alas, two traditional attractions – the indoor Lakeland Square Mall and Joker Marchant Stadium, spring training home of the Detroit Tigers -- don't allow dogs... two more reasons why Lakeland counts on the dog sitting and home dog boarding hosts available at DogVacay.com.
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