Minnesota Pet-Friendly Places

pet friendly places in minnesotaThings are so much easier when you’re able to bring your pets along. I say this mostly because if I have to leave my pup for more than 3-4 hours, then it’s a no-go. She’s young yet so she is usually squatting with puppy eyes when I get home from longer trip, just waiting to use the bathroom.

Anyways, that being said, when I find things that I can bring her to, it just makes life easier! I don’t need to run home and let her out and/or feed her then leave to get things done.

That being said, I wanted to highlight a few places you can bring your dog around Minnesota that you guys might enjoy!

Shopping With Pets

Shopping with your pet can be fun! Here are some places you can shop with your dog or cat:

  • Petco and Petsmart locations
  • Smitten Kitten (off Lyndale in Minneapolis)
  • Urban Outfitters (Uptown)
  • Primp Cheap-Chic Boutique
  • Rick Rack Boutique (Minneapolis)
  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers (Minneapolis)
  • Common Good Books (St. Paul)
  • Corazon (Minneapolis)
  • Gear Running Store (Edina)
  • Hoigaard’s (St. Louis Park)

Eating & Drinking With Pets

Of course, sometimes you want to just sit and enjoy a drink or cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Some places you can do this are:

  • French Meadow (Minneapolis)
  • Sebastian Joe’s Linden Hills – Patio Only (Minneapolis)
  • Amore Coffee (West St. Paul)
  • Bob’s Java Hut
  • Coffee & Tea Ltd (Minneapolis)
  • Gigi’s Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • JJ’s Coffee & Wine Bar (Eden Prairie)
  • Sister Sludge Coffee
  • Wilde Roast Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Amore Victoria
  • Birchwood Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Bread & Pickle
  • Longfellow Grill
  • Lucia’s Wine Bar
  • The Lowbrow
  • Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
  • Victory 44
  • Trattoria Tosca

Parks For Your Pet

Pets need to burn off energy somewhere, but where is the best place to go when it comes to Minnesota pet parks? Here’s a start to the thousands:

  • Ruff House Canine Indoor Social Club (Edina)
  • Brooklyn Park Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area
  • Crow Hassan Off-Leash Area
  • Crystal Community Dog Park
  • Cleary Lake Dog Park
  • Elm Creek Park Reserve
  • High Bridge Dog Park (St. Paul)
  • Locke County Dog Park
  • WAG Farms Dog Park

Resources For More Info

I used the Sidewalk Dog Directory resource to find these awesome pet-friendly places. They have loads more and it’s definitely worth checking out! They also have great resources for pet grooming, dog walkers, veterinarians, boarding, doggy daycare and more!

The Sidewalk Dog website also has a HUGE directory of dog parks around the area. Visit their Dog Parks page to check out their long list.

If you’re looking for a place to stay or visit and you want to bring your pet, check out BringFido.com to explore your pet-friendly options.

I hope this helps you guys out when it comes to finding great places that love your pet as much as you do. Well, almost anyways 😉



HAMMS Event: Saturday April 20th

If you don’t have any plans for tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) then you should check out the Hamms event going on at the old Hamms brewery shipping docks in St. Paul. The event goes from 10am to 7pm and is open to men, women, and DOGS! (The pup will totes be coming with hubby and I!)hamms event minnesota

What is it? The Hamms event is a “Minnesota Market with a twist”. You’ll find products for guys, gals and pooches alike. Plus, while you shop the 25,000 sq ft space, you’ll get to sip some wine and beer, enjoy some grub and check out some food trucks. Sounds awesome, right??

The founders of the Hamms event have pledged to give up to $5,000 to one of the vendors there to help them take their business to the next level. Your ticket sale will help make up the funds for this, so come on and get your tickets here! It’s $10/person and kids under five years old are free.

I know some of you are going to skim this post to see what’s up, so I’ll highlight the important details for you. Ready?

  1. Who: Local Minnesota Vendors
  2. What: 25,000 sq feet of shopping local products for men, women, and dogs plus wine, beer, and food
  3. When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 (10:00am-7:00pm)
  4. Where: Old Hamms Brewery Shipping Docks – 713 East Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106 (top floor)
  5. Why: To feature some great products, and give up to $5,000 to one lucky vendor to help their business

I’ll be there, and I know lots of others who will be as well. As for the vendors, you will definitely want to check them out. Here’s a list of some of the awesome Minnesota brands and products you’ll find tomorrow:

  • Cocobear
  • Fidelis Co.
  • Urban Junket
  • Moss Envy
  • Mammaste (how cute is that??)
  • Epitome
  • Unrefined
  • Scrappy Products
  • Bodylish
  • Kedrin
  • Irely Intimates
  • Worker B
  • Nelli Designs
  • Jeanne Beatrice
  • And LOTS more…

Oh, and one last thing. You should check out the sponsors who helped make it happen.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you there!


Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dog

luna lessons

When life gives you dirt and water, make mud!

You guys have heard all about my puppy over the last couple months. Some good things, and some of my frustrations (okay, let’s be serious here, most of them frustrations lol) But I’ve learned a few things from her believe it or not… Let’s take a walk down puppy lane.

1) Everything is exciting. No seriously. That tennis ball? Whoooop!! Throw that sucker, let’s see what happens!!

2) Never lay down when you can be doing something. Why lay down and relax when there are garbage cans to get into, shoes to be chewed, rugs to poop on… Get up, get moving!

3) Life is too wonderful to walk. We gotta run! We gotta sniff! Live life to the max. Yolo. No really, my dog said ‘Yolo’ right there. She’s really hip.

4) Exercise every day. Okay this one, for real. All that energy has got to go somewhere! Do you want it to go into running and jumping on the furniture and chewing up pillows? Or would you rather it be that half hour walk that we all should take anyways? Get your butt in gear.

5) Be social. Big dog, little dog, heck even that cat down the street is fair game. I want to talk to all of them!! I need to meet them. Now! Do you smell that? I smell a new friendship blooming.

6) Wear your heart on your sleeve. Or your fur, or wherever you want to wear it. If you love something, wag that tail! If you love someone, show them. If something upsets you, bark! Dogs don’t hold their feelings back. Neither should we (most of the time).

7) Never underestimate the power of sleep. Dogs get more rest in one day than I probably do all week. We don’t take time to rest our bodies, and give ourselves the break we need. Take a moment to relax. You’ve earned it.

Lessons courtesy of my dog, I’m merely the translator.

Sarah (and Luna)

DIY Puppy Crate Pad for Travel Dog Kennels

Hook, line and sinker; my puppy has me wrapped around her um, paw? So, I took on a new project this week and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! My goal was to make a little crate pad for her travel kennel so that she could sit on something comfy, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to be big and bulky (like a blanket) because then she would chew on it.

So here’s what I ended up coming up with:

DIY dog crate pad

Not bad huh?! So basically I ended up finding the puppy paw fleece material at Walmart in the fabric section. I bought one yard of it and used about half. From there, I turned it inside out and overlapped the material by about 3-4″ so that it would hold the pad insert tight and not show through.

I then sewed a straight seem straight down both sides. Turned the material inside-out and voila! There was my cover! I made it this way so that if it gets wet or dirty, we can take it off the pad and wash it. Knowing the pup, we’ll be doing that a lot.

The pad itself is 2″ thick and I found that at Jo-Ann Fabrics. The regular price for that was around $14.50 but with my coupon, it was about $8.00 instead. So with the material I used, and the pad as well, this project cost me just under $12! I’ve seen these online and they are much more than that. AND they’re not made with love either 😉

She has used it a few times already and she really likes it! She hasn’t attempted to chew it (that is a big step for us!) and she looks very comfortable in there too! Win-win!

Sarah (Ruby)

PS – Another alternative to this (and I thought of this afterwards, of course) would be to buy a fleece pillow case and place that over the 2″ pad. It’d be an easy way to no-sew a DIY dog crate pad. But then you wouldn’t have the neat paw prints fabric, so there! 🙂

My DIY Puppy Toy

homemade puppy toyOhhh, the pup. She’s what I call teething. I don’t know if that’s a real technical term or not, but I’m rolling with it. Anyways, she’s successfully ruined all her toys that we got her. They just don’t make those things strong enough! A couple days after chewing and she’d break a hole and start pulling out stuffing (eek!) So after buying a few toys that fell apart, I was not impressed. I decided to take matters into my own hands and make her one myself. The photo you see here is her enjoying her new homemade puppy toy. It lasted all day today and no holes yet (knock on wood) so here’s hoping!

My hubby said, ‘Wow honey! That’s way good. You should blog about it!’ lol – so here I am. Blogging about it. I’m not really sure what you guys would even want to know about this one, but you know, it’s a chew toy… I found the material in the remnants bin at Walmart for $0.50 – score! I just tried to find the thickest, most durable material and that was it right there! I had enough to layer the material twice on each side so that if she broke a hole through one piece of material, she’d still have another to go through.

homemade puppy toyI stitched the material from the outside (about a million times over) because she likes to chew the edges. I didn’t leave enough there for her to chew anything off, but enough for her to enjoy the material. Inside is just regular pillow stuffing. I’m watching her close when she has it, so that if she does manage to outsmart my crafty toy, I can swoop in and grab anything she shouldn’t eat.

It’s rugged, ragged, and apparently chewable! I will take that as a great success. Plus, I don’t think she’s real picky 😉

Sarah (Ruby)

This Puppy is Driving Me Crazy!

the crazy puppyYes, I am aware that I haven’t blogged in a while. And here’s why… we got a puppy.

My husband decided that we needed one. We needed a puppy like we need a burglar, a teething toddler, and anything else that relates to the many fun habits that a dog has.

Just writing that first sentence took 10 minutes because I had to fight her off every little thing in the house.


I’m kinda over this stage though.

The pup is getting into everything right now. And taking her out to go potty in this -15°F weather is not really working for me right now lol.

She eats her own poop. I put hot sauce on it all so that she wouldn’t eat it. It worked for a while, until she started eating the neighbor dog’s poop! I can’t win.

In the meantime, I think I may need a tall glass of wine. That seems like it would get me through the puppy stage.

Sarah (Ruby)

PS- I really do love my puppy 🙂