Just this month Redfin and teamed up to rank the best cities in the country for dog lovers and Portland made it into the Top Ten, landing at number 6. It has tons of parks and green space, dog-friendly restaurants and bars, and all kinds of pet-centric shops selling everything your dog could need and a few things they didn’t even realize they wanted. Being new to the area, we are spending our free time adventuring into some of the places that make this such a great place for dog lovers.

Loki chooses the road less taken.

Mount Tabor is on Portland’s Southeast side and is both a park and a neighborhood. It sits on top of an extinct(we hope) volcano. The park covers some 196 acres with hiking trails, bike paths, a dog park, and the city’s original reservoirs. It is also the location of one of the city’s many legitimate off-leash dog parks.

Buddy is 13 years old now and can’t spend too much time on the trails, so we took an easy hike around the lower reservoir and Loki and I made one quick run to the top. What a sight. From the top of Mt. Tabor (the top of the volcano) you can see out over the city and it is gorgeous in the spring time.

We took a short trip to the dog park. One warning about taking your pup to Mt. Tabor, the fencing is only along a short distance by the road and at the entrance. If you have a runner, you may need to keep a close eye on them so they don’t go on unauthorized adventures. At the end of our day in the park , we piled back into the Ford Edge and headed home.

Anyone else visit Portland with their pooches? What sites do you recommend?


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