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Old 08-03-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Springfield, il
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I will be graduating in December with my Bachelors in Social work. I Live in Springfield, IL. It is dull as a rock ..there is no culture here. All restaurants are either are commercialized. There are not many things to do either! I am 23 and every weekend there are limited things to do....movies or bars! I want a place with different things to do. I would love a place with a back yard because I have two dogs. If Boston was pet friendly with dog parks and such that would be great!! Please fill me in!!!
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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I don't live in the city, however I do know there are several dog parks and since I work in the city, I see people with their dogs eating lunch outdoors or shopping. I live on the South Shore and there are many, many dog-friendly parks as well as dog parks that we frequent.

Pets are allowed on the T, pets are allowed on the ferries to MV and Nantucket and pets are even allowed on the busses around those islands. There are a few year-round pet friendly beaches on the cape and even those beaches that don't allow pets in the summer do allow pets at certain hours (usually early morning).

There are also several books that focus on dog-friendly hiking trails in the area as well as in NH and VT.

I find that finding food, supplements, etc. for your pet is also easy here. My dogs are on a raw diet, so we visit the butcher often, but there are also a wide variety of pet stores to choose from if I need a quality kibble.

We have newfies and also love spending time up in NH and VT, so swimming and hiking are more our priorities as opposed to the typical city-type dog owner. Still, I have to admit that I'm please with how pet-friendly the area is.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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The big problem, at least in and very close to Boston, is that most apartments don't allow pets. If you look on craigslist, there's a box to check for "dogs OK" and you'll see most of your search results disappear. Although sometimes the resistance can be overcome if it's an individual landlord who meets the pets and sees they're OK. The smaller they are, the easier it is to get a landlord to agree. LLs may also require a significant pet deposit to cover any damages. But it never hurts to ask.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Stamford, CT
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The big problem, at least in and very close to Boston, is that most apartments don't allow pets. If you look on craigslist, there's a box to check for "dogs OK" and you'll see most of your search results disappear. Although sometimes the resistance can be overcome if it's an individual landlord who meets the pets and sees they're OK. The smaller they are, the easier it is to get a landlord to agree. LLs may also require a significant pet deposit to cover any damages. But it never hurts to ask.
Also, if your dog is over 25 lbs.. you'll have an even tougher time finding anything.

We were able to find a place that accepts dogs in both brookline, and Newton... But our choices were limited. Boston is a tough, tough place to find an apt with a dog
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:31 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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Charlestown seems pet friendly. I know that some of the fancy apartments along the water accept dogs.

One of my co-workers has a dog, and her neighbors on the corner do too. They live in Somerville near Union Square.
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