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.
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.
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.)
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.
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