Editor: We vacationed in Dunedin for several years before deciding to retire here a few months ago. We chose Dunedin as our new home for many reasons, its dog-friendly reputation being one of the primary ones. We especially loved taking our beagle out to eat with us.
Once we moved here, we started researching pet-friendly restaurants in Dunedin where we could dine with our dog. Although we discovered several websites that list pet-friendly restaurants, we could not find one that offered a comprehensive listing of all of them so we developed our own: www.dogeatin.weebly.com.
We love living in and loving Dunedin but feel that the community could become even more of a “Dogedin” and build an even stronger reputation as a place that is welcoming to dog owners, both tourists and permanent residents, and their canine kids. One strategy would be for all of Dunedin’s restaurants that have outdoor eating areas to become pet friendly. Pet-friendly restaurants have to meet certain standards, such as having dog water bowls and outside entrance to the pet-friendly area, and acquiring an annual permit.
We would like to urge all Dunedin restaurants that have outdoor eating areas to apply for a permit and take the necessary steps to become pet-friendly. We would also urge Dunedin residents and visitors with dogs to patronize the 20 restaurants in our community that are pet-friendly and thank them for allowing our furry friends to dine with their owners.