Dog-Friendly Savannah

In front of the Savannah River Queen

I had been to Savannah before, so I knew it was beautiful. This time, I was curious to find out how dog-friendly of a city it is. When traveling with dogs, I think it’s important that they have a good time, too. Animals need new experiences, mental stimulation, and obviously exercise. Meeting new people and seeing new places is a great way to keep a well-adjusted dog friendly and balanced, and a good opportunity to encourage a shy dog to expand his comfort zone.

Trying to check out the dyed fountain

Seamus is a great travel companion. He’s enthusiastic, he loves exploring new environments, and he’s friendly. He expects to be the center of attention wherever he goes (he’s an only child, after all), and he will happily follow anyone who ignores him until they say hello. He didn’t need to win anyone over in Savannah, because he was treated like a furry little celebrity.

We bought at least half of what’s listed on that sign

There’s one important pet travel issue that I rarely see addressed: whether the people in a city are dog-friendly. Savannah-ites were so kind to Seamus. I (unintentionally) picked a very hot day to explore, so we had to stop for frequent water breaks. Restaurant, cafe, and shop owners alike were happy to give him cups of water and ice in exchange for a pat or belly rub. Seamus seeks out air conditioning as soon as winter ends each year; when he barged into a store in Savannah to cool off, I was so grateful that the owner let him relax for a few minutes while we shopped. Even when he repeatedly barked at every horse-drawn carriage around town, people laughed and laughed. (The horses politely ignored him.)

Johnson Square

The many parks and outdoor seating areas meant there was always a place for Seamus. We walked all over the historic district, stopping for a break in nearly every square. Each time, someone would approach us about Seamus. Through these conversations, we heard some great Savannah trivia and personal anecdotes. It was kind of like a private walking tour with local guides, all thanks to our canine companion.

Want to know what else we saw in Savannah?

Hot dog on a mission

11 comments for “Dog-Friendly Savannah

  1. Andrea in Savannah
    June 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I love bringing my dog to J. Christopher’s! They have some doggy items on the menu. Did you eat there?

    • Hillary
      June 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I didn’t. I’ll have to stop in the next time around. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Rupert
    June 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    That’s a very pretty puppy you have! You don’t see many scotties these days, I bet they loved him down south! Great article and pictures.

    • Hillary
      June 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      They did! And thank you, Rupert.

  3. Linda Hall
    June 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I also have a Shamus(different spelling). He is a 11 week old Scottie. We also have a Maddie (4) & Taz (9). Have had Scotties for over 35 years. Love the breed. Your Shamus is very handsome. We live in the Northwest & are very fortunate to have a very good breeder about 30 miles from us.

    • Hillary
      June 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      That’s great! I’ve also always had Scotties, too. Any other dog would probably seem easier by comparison but not nearly as fun! They have such unique little personalities.

  4. Judy DeJaegher
    June 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    My Scottie, Dolcee, goes with me almost every time I go somewhere. Her habit is to ride across the back of my neck and shoulders with her head peering over my left side to either watch ahead of us or take a nap. I know this may not be legal but don’t tell her that!

    • Hillary
      June 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      That’s so cute! Seamus’s favorite place in the car is in front of the air conditioner. If I turn it down or move the vents, he barks until it’s back to his liking.

  5. Kasia
    June 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Your hair is so cute. And so is Seamus’ hair too.

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