You'd be hard-pressed to find a pet friendlier city than Portland, Maine; dog sitters and dogs are everywhere, even in the depths of winter (annual snow depth: 64 inches. For a metro area of 500,000, Portland offers a plethora of off-leash dog parks, ranging from Quarry Run Dog Park's seven acres of play area and 20 acres of trails, to the private ($25 annual fee) Whole Dog Park with a swimming pool and stream, agility fields and supervised play. Pet sitters also frequent Inner Portland's Eastern Promenade with large leashed areas, and the Willard Beach zone of south Portland. With so many fun activities for your pup, don't forget to find a loving Portland home dog boarding and pet sitting host when you have to travel. DogVacay.com allows pet parents to board their dogs in the home of pre-screened and insured dog lovers instead of the kennel. What could be more fun?
There's a compact but vibrant downtown in the Old Port district, with old and new attracting pets and dog sitters; its twice-weekly sidewalk Farmers' Market has been in continuous operation since 1768 and moves indoors in winter. Acclaimed "Foodiest Small Town in America" by Bon Appetit magazine, Portland has an array of cafes on the wharves and restaurants one block inland, with notables such as Portland Lobster Company and Sebago Brew Pub, which welcome dogs and pet sitters with open arms and cuisine for canines. Of course, if you have an appetite for travel, you'll find the best home dog boarding and pet sitting hosts in Portland, Maine on DogVacay.com.
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