It's like networking, but for your dog
San Francisco has more dogs per household than children.
With crazy real estate prices and less than ideal education options, it's not hard to see why. In fact, in our neighborhood where a new building goes up every year, some buildings will post huge window signs touting the building as pet friendly to attract new renters. Some buildings even offer doggy bathing stations in the building.
With so many dogs in the city, it must be easy to socialize your dog, right? Surprisingly, no.
People often ask us how we own such a large and active breed when we live in a condo. It's a lifestyle commitment, for sure, one we consciously decided when we adopted Caesar. So aside from changing our daily routine I also made it a point to seek out playgroups, and I don't mean doggy day care/group walking.
I researched where I could connect with other husky owners in the Bay area because I am that person at the dog park who, if our dogs play well together, I will ask for your number.
Caesar even has his own contact group in my phone:
When we adopted Caesar we weren't looking specifically for a husky. Actually, we weren't even looking for a dog, really, but Caesar just made his way into our hearts. Once we brought him home we became acutely aware of what it means to own a husky.
That's not to say that every dog will conform to its breed characteristics but breed can be a helpful indicator of what to generally expect in terms of size, energy, grooming, and dominant personality traits.
For instance, Siberian Huskies are extremely sociable dogs, often times wrestle a bit rougher than other dogs and will frequently body and/or hip check. And let's face it, we're human. Sometimes we want to be with other dog owners we can commiserate with, or on the flip side, not have to apologize to when our dog chases your dog and pins it to the ground. Caesar definitely has his less than finer moments.
Meetup is a great online resource.
When I do a search for dogs within a 25 mile radius, I get everything from a Startups+Dogs group, (reminder, I need to look into this), to Squish-faced Dog Lovers group.
Looking for specific breed get togethers? They've got that too:
I joined a handful of dog hiking/play groups but the one I'm consistently involved with is the Siberian Husky Social Group. Because of this group I've gotten to see a lot of dog parks all over the bay area (this group even plans outings in Tahoe) and have met many friendly dog owners. I've also come to the realization that Caesar is way more laid back and disciplined than other huskies.
Each outing is about 2 hours long and Caesar is always exhausted by the end. This group gets pretty elaborate too; someone comes dressed as Santa for the holidays, there are holiday-themed treats, and some folks even bring birthday cakes to celebrate their pup's special day.
It's easy to connect with others through Meetup
and I'm always amazed how many husky owners there are in the Bay area!
👣 The fur-mom