Have a Paw-some Day with Your Dog

By Gretchen Ammerman | Saturday, April 13, 2019

Few things make a dog owner feel more grateful to be an Oregonian than traveling out of State. I once visited a beach (in a place I won’t name because this is a safe space) where there were no dogs allowed. Were they trying to protect a population of endangered shorebirds? Or ensuring a safe journey for sea turtle hatchlings? Nope, they just didn’t want any dogs on that beach (cue the Charlie Brown “No Dogs Allowed” sound bite).

You won’t find a sign like that on an Oregon beach, though within State Park boundaries leashes are required and there are occasional signs warning you away from critical snowy plover habitat.

Many people cite this sort of accessibility as the reason why we have few dog parks here on the coast, however, there are a few fenced parks that provide a safe space for dogs with poor recall and are a great place to burn off energy for pups whose person parents have limited mobility.

The City of Newport Parks Department manages two of these: Wilder Dog Park, in South Beach, is the larger and busier of the two and has wood chips and agility equipment. The Agate Beach Park, near (you guessed it) Agate Beach, is smaller and a bit quieter, making it a better option for reactive dogs or training sessions.

There are those days where you’re getting  hangry, but it’s too warm to leave the canine in the car even with the windows cracked (yes, we do get those days here sometimes). Many eateries allow dogs at outside tables, but passersby or close traffic can mean a not-so-pleasant experience for you and your pal.

There are even places that go that extra step by serving you and your pup on a protected patio, and at a few, there may be views of the ocean or bay too.  

Assistant reporter Scout gives tongues up to the Nelscott Café

On Newport’s bay front, Rogue Ale’s Public House is very welcoming to dogs, even offering them homemade treats made with barley, and the well named Seadogs Restaurant and Lounge has a patio overlooking the Yaquina Bay and the barking sea lions lounging on nearby rocks. In the historic Nye Beach area, Café Mundo has a large tree-filled outdoor dining area with some overhead coverage. Here you might see well behaved local dogs sitting pretty at the door while their person is picking up a to-go order. 

In Lincoln City, Nelscott Cafe has a nice patio and a K9 section on the menu. During our lunch visit, Scout ordered ham off the menu, and the chef whipped me up a yummy concoction of potatoes, grilled veggies and fresh avocado. When it happens to be pouring outside, but you're only in the mood for something that's poured in a glass, Black Squid Beer House features 17 taps pouring craft beer, mead, cider, wine and kombucha, and they allow dogs inside. 

In Florence, International C Food Market in the Old Town district allows dogs on an outdoor patio in the rear of the building facing the water.

Dogs and their people have lots to learn at DOGgone Crazy Day

Finally, your dog will never forgive you if you miss DOGgone Crazy Day, a day-long annual event happening April 20 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it will include an agility obstacle area, games, service dogs, Sherrif's Department K9 unit presentations, veterinarians, trainers, art, information booths, competitions and adoptable shelter pets.

The best part? Yours truly will be there to talk about running with dogs.

If you've found a great spot I haven't listed, please leave a comment. We'd love to hear about your paw-some adventures. And for other events to enjoy, whether with or without a four-legged friend by your side, be sure to check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment, our Nightlife page guides you to the best places to be. 

About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.