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Everyone knows that pet owners are a special breed themselves. And because pet owners love their pooch so much, they’ll do anything to make Fido happy. Denver knows that, and that’s why there are plenty of dog parks, pamper salons, open pool days, and dog-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, farmers markets and more. Here’s your list of where to spoil your dog this summer.
The Put-Together Pooch
1438 East 22 Avenue
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 861-4211

Looking for a place to get your pup washed, groomed and happy? Look no further. The Put-Together Pooch is a doggie salon that lets you do either a self-service dog wash or full service grooming. Services include wash, nail clipping, ear cleaning, cut and dry. This salon gets nothing but rave reviews from owners of all kinds of dogs. The care taken by the employees here for your dog is something you won’t find anywhere else.

Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO, 80125
(303) 791-7275

Not far from the Denver city center, Chatfield is a little oasis for boaters, hikers and campers alike. A dog-friendly park, pet owners come by every day to hike the trails or let their pup run free in the doggie areas. Perhaps the best part of the park is the lake, where you’ll find everyone from sailors, fishermen, water skiers, kayakers, and more. On a hot day, your dog will thank you for letting him swim in the lake with everyone else!

Spot Bar & Grill
98 S. Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-1299

You know automatically, just by seeing the name of the restaurant, that Fido will be welcome at Spot Bar & Grill. Known for their awesome burgers and sides, Spot is an all-American grill that you and your friends will want to hang out at all day long. And when you don’t have to worry about your golden retriever at home, you’ll both be happier for it. Free water bowls and doggie treats are available.

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Hotel Monaco
1717 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1717

A Kimpton Hotel, the Monaco-Denver is one of the hippest, chicest hotels in town. Whether you’re just visiting Denver or actually live here, take a day, a weekend, or a long vacation and stay here with your pooch. The Hotel Monaco is probably the best dog-friendly hotel in Denver, offering pet beds, food and water, treats, courtesy bags, and dog-friendly walking maps of the area. And when you want to give each other a break, leave Fido at the Dog Savvy Doggie Boutique and Spa, where he’ll get the finest grooming and pampering services!

Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park
Simms St & W 105th Dr
Westminster, CO 80005

This partially-fenced dog park is just the spot for both you and your pet to get a little exercise. Known as a favorite park because of the great pets and pet-owners, the views and the expansiveness of the site, Westminster Hills Park is just north of Denver. The park is right near the foothills of the mountains so there are amazing views to be seen. Take a jog with Fido by your side or let him run on his own while you explore at your own pace.

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Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She has worked for non-profit organizations for over a decade and recently moved to Colorado. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history. You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.