The dog dates of summer: Pooch-friendly itineraries for outings around the Twin Cities

  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Try these five dog-friendly itineraries for social outings around the Twin Cities.


Tracy Miller stretches both her, and her dog Chloe during her Doga class at Lake Calhoun on July 24, 2013.

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Summer in Minnesota can be bliss — you have patios and the lakes and (hopefully) beautiful weather. Which makes it that much harder to leave your dog at home when you head out on the town. You know that guilting look that’s thrown your way when you ease your way toward the door with keys in hand.

Have you considered bringing your pooch with you? Not on a Target run or a trip to the grocery store — but a on date?

“Having a dog around on a first date is especially fun because it instantly gives you something to talk about, and you can see how the other person reacts around your animal,” says Angie Gwiazdon, founder of K-9 Connection, a Twin Cities social group that creates monthly events for dog owners.

We’ve come up with five dates around the Twin Cities where you can have a great time — and bring your dog.

UPTOWN Minneapolis


1432 W. 31st St., • 612-825-1572 •

The food’s superb, and there are wonderful patios. The staff provides a bowl of water for Fido upon your arrival, and when your food arrives, it’s accompanied by homemade dog treats from the bakery. The staff is super-dog-friendly (many come over to pet your pup), and the people-watching is great. One caveat: The tables are close together, so it can get tight. It’s probably best for small- to medium-sized dogs.

MAGERS & QUINN Booksellers

3038 Hennepin Av. S. • 612-822-4611 •

The book selection is top-notch, and dogs love to roam the aisles, sniffing each corner. The store also has its own dogs — Emma (a Yorkie), Wanda (a Yorkie/shih tzu mix), Tuula (a poodle/min-pin mix) and Trudy (a Havanese) — which can provide its own excitement.


6:30-7:45 p.m. Wed. • Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun • $15/$12 for your date •

If you really want to get creative, take a dog yoga class (a k a Doga) offered on the south side of Lake Calhoun on Aug. 21. The beginner-friendly class is geared as a time to connect with your pup and stretch.

The class begins with 15 minutes of “socialization” so the dogs — and their owners — can get all of the greetings out of their system. If you have a barking dog, this might not be the best event for you. (My collie barked the entire class, which left no one in a zen state.)


3010 Lyndale Av. S. • 612-721-6088 •

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