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It's a Dog's World

Luxury resorts, rejuvenating spas, a breathtaking Sonoran Desert environment and unbeatable weather with 330 days of sunshine a year. It’s why travelers come to Scottsdale, and it’s why our four-legged friends visit the city, too. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $60 billion on their furry, winged and scaled sidekicks. It’s safe to say our pets are family. Lucky for you, Scottsdale is a top-notch playground for man’s best friend, so canines, cats and other furry buddies are welcome to enjoy pampering, adventure, relaxation and dining in their proper place – right by your side.

IN THE DOG HOUSE

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa accommodates all cats and dogs into its Kierland Companion’s Club, designed to make the resort a home away from home. Dogs receive a complimentary Westin Heavenly Dog Welcome Kitincluding clean-up bags to use in the nearby Kierland Companion Park, food dishes and a Westin Heavenly dog bed.

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch welcomes cats and dogs to stay and play with the resort’s 4Pawspet friendly program. Furry guests receive all- natural gourmet treats, a toy, Labor of Love bed, suggested walking routes on property, and food and water dishes. Grab some food to go for your dog or cat in Canyon Market. Locally sourced, all-natural freeze dried dog and cat food is available for purchase in single-serving biodegradable bowls.

Pets are treated like royalty at Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, where plush dog bedding and signature bowls, along with elegant bone-shaped mats, come standard. Canines enjoy a welcome amenity such as a “Bark Jacobs” shoe cookie and eco-healthy toy. Also on the menu, literally, is room service specifically for pooches. The bill of fare features delectable options like Puppy Poppers (grilled chicken bits in natural juices), Slobbering Salmon (from Skuna Bay, served with brown rice), and Canine Casserole (turkey, carrots, green beans and brown rice).

The Posh Pawsprogram at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess lets pets stay at the resort for an additional $25 per night and includes a plush bed, “pet in residence” doorknob hanger, food and water bowls, food mat, toys and of course, treats. Fairmont Scottsdale’s concierge can point out nearby walking paths, parks and grassy areas suitable for four-legged friends. And if your dapper dog has a taste for the finer things, the room service team can whip up something special just for him. Traveling without your pet and craving some canine companionship? Visit Bixby, a Yellow Labrador Retriever that acts as the resort’s dog-in-residence, in the lobby for some much needed puppy love.

Pets and owners relax in style at the W Scottsdale with the property’s signature P.A.W. (Pets are Welcome) program. Your pet will feel right at home with a W Hotels pet tag, W pet bed, food and water dishes, Pet-in-Room door sign and turndown treat amenity. Plus, check with the Whatever/Whenever concierge for leashes, toys and Bow-ow Boxes (first aid kits). Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and some treats for Doga, or Dog Yoga, available at the property the first Tuesday of each month. And for special occasions, the W Scottsdale offers doggie birthday cakes to celebrate.

Other animal-friendly properties in Scottsdale include Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, The Hermosa Inn, a boutique hotel, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Hotel Valley Ho, and Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.

LABEL-LOVING POOCHES

Located in downtown, Oh My Dog! boutique + spa is a dream for any canine lover. The boutique boasts a vast selection of specialized merchandise that you won’t find in any chain retail store – everything from organic treats and holistic food to Huggle Hounds toys. The independent shop carries lines like Susan Lanci Designs, Petote, Bowsers Pet Products and more. Oh My Dog! is also a doggy day spa with pampering services like deep conditioning massages and custom hairstyles and hair color.

FOOD + FUN

Stop by Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace at the Scottsdale Waterfront, where humans can choose from any one of the market’s Mediterranean-influenced items while pups can delight in complimentary doggie bones fresh from the marketplace. Just down the street, people and animals alike go gaga over the melt-in-your-mouth pastry delights from Sprinkles Cupcakes. The bakery offers doggie cupcakes made with eggs, honey and vanilla and topped with a yogurt frosting.

Chaparral Park has four acres of off-leash doggie fun that includes grass frolic zones, turf areas, seating for people, play features and water fountains. There’s also another specially designated area for other types of pets. If you’re looking to commune with nature, take your dog to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, approximately 30,200 acres of protected Sonoran Desert land featuring miles of untouched terrain perfect for leisurely walks and heart-pumping hikes.

EVENTS FUR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The stylish dogs of Scottsdale hit the catwalk during Canine Couture at The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, hosted by Applewood Pet Resort. Spend the afternoon watching dogs strut down the runway in fashionable and creative duds.