Pet lovers may not be surprised to know that 17.2 percent of Valentine's Day celebrators plan to drop an estimated $367 million on their dogs, cats or other nonhuman family members this Valentine's Day. Our suggestion for 2009? Spend somewhere between $0 and the price of a new dog bone.
Dog parks and other green spots are a fur-friend's paradise and a great way for an owner to meet a brand new Valentine! Hot spots like San Francisco, which boasts a higher population of dogs than children, has green areas from Golden Gate Park to Buena Vista Park. Plenty of other major cities and suburbs have pet-friendly spots to spend the day, with or without a Valentine. Here are just a few:
- Atlanta's Piedmont Park is a great place for off- and on-leash owners; two off-leash parks cater to both big dogs and small.
- Los Angeles' Venice Beach Boardwalk couldn't be a better place to mingle single with a pet.
- Nashville's city parks department has three top spots: Centennial, Edwin and Shelby dog parks.
- In Philadelphia, Schuylkill River Dog Park is the place to chat with other pet lovers - and it's right across from the historic 30th Street Station.
- Seattle's Pike Place Market, Puget Sound and even the Washington State Ferry are pet-friendly.
- In Washington, D.C., lounge with your leashed pooch on the National Mall or head to Rock Creek Park for the day.