A new home for you… and your dog will love it too

By Dusty Trails

 

We love our dogs here in Central Oregon. That’s why Dog Fancy magazine named Bend the top “dog town” in the country last year. We’ve got restaurants that encourage dogs in their patio areas, a parade for pets on the 4th of July, and a luxury hotel that gives your dog a personalized pet bed, Joshua Tree Pet Salve, and even pet massages. So yes, I think it’s safe to say we’re deserving of our new title.

 

In the summertime, it’s not uncommon to see dogs floating along on the front of a kayak or paddleboard with the locals, or jumping into the river after a Frisbee at the River Bend Dog Park. The city boasts six other off-leash areas, along with miles of dog-friendly mountain biking trails in the Deschutes National Forest.

 

Wintertime is just as much fun for dogs. The city’s dog advocacy group, DogPAC, has acquired a snowcat—renamed Sno-Dog—to enhance trail grooming at Wanoga Sno-Park, resulting in a two-mile loop of dog-friendly winter trails next to your own ski and snowshoe tracks.

 

Area residents and winter visitors can take dog-sled rides at the Oregon Trail of Dreams on Mt. Bachelor and maybe meet local Iditarod musher Rachel Scdoris. Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Rescue Dogs are skilled at locating victims under masses created by snow slides, while the dogs in the High Desert Search Dogs group focus on wilderness and urban tracking and trailing.

 

With “ruffly” 27,000 dogs to 80,000 people, the city has definitely warmed up to its canine companions. It’s easy to see why Dog Fancy has honored Bend as the best place for man’s best friends to have a healthy, active life. And it’s not too shabby for their owners, either.

What’s not to like?

By Dusty Trails

 

Last week, a little newspaper called The New York Times just included Bend in an article entitled “12 Months of Skiing, From Chile to China.” Somewhere between Chile and China, our own mountain is cited as one of the best places to ski in the month of July for its Fourth of July opening. That’s pretty cool. But the fact is, we have so much more to brag about.

 

For instance, National Geographic and Travel + Leisure magazines also recently included Mt. Bachelor on their compilations of best ski towns. Basically we’re proving what we already knew, that Bend is one of the best of the best when it comes to winter fun (and summer skiing, evidently).

 

Apparently The New York Times has a soft spot for us Bend-ites, because they published yet another piece back in April entitled, “Bend, Ore., a Brewer’s Town.” The newly expanded Deschutes Brewery downtown was the inspiration for the article, as it has become the fifth largest craft brewer in the nation and has contributed to one of the highest brewery-to-resident ratios in the country.

 

So we’ve got prime skiing and awesome beer. What else makes us so great? In a May 2011 edition of Outdoor Life magazine, Bend came in at number one on their list of America’s Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen for its “embarrassment of sporting riches.” What’s more, in a 2009 article in Mountain Bike Action magazine, Bend was named America’s Top Mountain Biking Town that “seems like it was founded just for mountain bikers.”

 

Central Oregon is not only a great place to live for humans, but for dogs, too. Every year, Dog Fancy magazine names the top “DogTowns,” and the winner for 2012 was…Bend! Rightly so. The article sites Bend as “a place where dogs both work and play, ski and swim.”

 

We were even awarded best tasting drinking water in the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade to Coast section of the American Water Works Association for its “clean, crisp and grassy” flavor with a “nice aftertaste.” Grassy? Whatever.

 

The latest writer to wax fondly about us is Nathan Borchelt who began his article in The Washington Post last month by stating, “I hate Bend, Ore.” But that’s only because he says, “No place should have it this good.” Truly, the man had nothing but positive things to say about our humble abode.

 

See for yourself what all the fuss is about at Visit Bend. Then don’t be surprised if you start bragging about it too.