Kristen recently booked dog boarding with Cat in Bend
Cat’s terrific! She has taken our dog out twice and we have set her up to take our pup out weekly. She is easy to communicate with and you can tell she really enjoys her dog time. Lucy get very excited when she sees her because it means she is headed to do some off leash exploring!
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Angela's review on Jul 15, 2019
Justin was AMAZING! Pax was safe, exercised and happy. We were able to enjoy our Bend vacation knowing our best girl was in good hands!!! Thank you Justin for giving Pax a home away from home full of love, security and fun with her new pal Henry the doodle❤️
Stephen's review on Jun 27, 2019
Erica took excellent care of our dog Otter! He came back to us happy and tired which is perfect for us. She has a great home with a fenced in yard where Otter and her other dogs could play. We will definitely be rebooking with her in the future.
Gail's review on Jun 23, 2019
Melanie was great with our labradoodle. We were in Bend for a wedding and she came to let him out and take a break a couple times while we were gone. Great pics of him making new friends in Bend. Highly recommend Melanie!
Ananda's review on Jun 18, 2019
Keren was amazing ??❤️❤️ Luna absolutely love and adore her. It’s Luna’s first time experiencing pet sitter and Keren eases her superbly. She kept Luna entertain with exercise and fun game. Keren also sent me videos and pictures of her. Absolutely gold stars ⭐️
Jackie's review on Jun 15, 2019
We have never left our puppy alone for such a long time and Mitzi was wonderful we had a great vacation and we never worried once she took care of our chi
Cassandra's review on Jun 03, 2019
Stellar gal, excellent communication, and our babies were extremely well cared for. Stacy is a rockstar!
Jody's review on May 19, 2019
Huck clearly had a great time with John. We will most definitely use John again! Thanks, John! Huck misses you!
Rachel's review on Apr 23, 2019
Agreed to watch our dog for 1 night with very short notice! Eli was easy to communicate with and was accommodating to our schedule.
Top Dog Parks in Bend
This 13-acre park sits along the Deschutes River within the Old Mill District with walking trails, beach access, picnic tables, and an exciting event season from April - October. For an off-leash area for your dogs to play, Riverbend Dog Park is on the east edge of the park. Plus, there’s river access for your dog to swim! The parking lot offers 120 spots for the heavy summer traffic. Near the entrance, check out the art installation, Yakaya, a steel artwork by Troy Pillow made of 9 kayaks. Summer visitors enjoy river tube floating or stand up paddle boarding. Rentals are available with Sun Country Tours.
On the north end of the Old Bend neighborhood is this popular downtown park next to Mirror Pond. This 13-acre park includes a half-mile of riverfront, picnic tables, open lawn, and an outdoor stage with 3 seasons of community events including the Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration. This park is also home to many Great Horned Owls who nest in the trees. You might eve see an owlet in May! The park was named for Alexander M. Drake, an Oregon pioneer who traveled with his family in a covered wagon and fell in love with the natural beauty of Bend, OR. He helped found the city in 1904.
On the southeast edge of the neighborhood, you’ll find this neighborhood park with access to Pilot Butte, the lava remains of a long-gone volcano. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park while you’re kids enjoy the playground. Then, take a hike up to the highest point, Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, with an elevation of 4,142ft. This hike is 1.8 miles up to the top, and there are back trail options as well. You may bring your dog on a leash. Be ready to snap photos of the Cascade Mountains at the top. On July 4th, spread out your blanket and celebrate with a firework display.
This park sits along the edge of Deschutes River on the east side of the neighborhood along NW Harmon Blvd. It’s also known as “Boat Park” for a beloved tugboat that’s parked in the middle of the playground. This 13-acre park offers 2 baseball fields and paths along the river. There’s plenty of green space to play a game of fetch with your pup or lounge on a blanket in the grass for a picnic lunch. On your walk, take the footbridge over the Drake Park across the water. This park is well-loved by the community who regularly host events and celebrations.
Bend's Bark Score
How Bend got their Bark Score
We love crunching numbers almost as much as we love caring for dogs, which is why we came up with the Bark Score. It's all about how dog-friendly a city is, and is determined using census statistics, local business information, and our own data. Bend received a 56 out of 100 in vet availability, which includes the number of emergency veterinarians, regular vets, specialists, and the average premium for pet insurance in the area. For pet services—like groomers available, number of dog trainers, and count of Rover sitters—this city earned a 68. For the parks and fun category, Bend received a 73 for its number of dog parks, sunny days, and dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. And last but not least, for quality of dog life which includes overall dog population, average yard size, and number of dog-friendly property rentals, this city earned a 69.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Bend
One the southern edge of the city, this lively neighborhood provides plenty of shopping, eating, and special events. The historic Old Mill District is located along the Deschutes River and is a popular destination with 270 acres offering shops, galleries, and restaurants. Les Schwab Amphitheater is on the west bank of the river with up to 8,000 people attending a variety of concerts and special events including the Bend Brewfest in late summer with more than 200 craft beers, ciders, and wine. For a dog-friendly spot, check out Crux Fermentation Project, a favorite brewing company with a patio for dogs on a leash.
This downtown neighborhood is on the east side of Deschutes River. For history buffs, visit Deschutes Historical Museum in a 1914 school. Check out the artifacts and exhibits about the history of the region, and celebrate Historic Preservation Month with special events in May. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse converts into a hotel in 2004, is a local treasure. Whether you’re a local or out-of-town traveler check out a variety of live entertainment, movies at the theater, and other special events. Plus, your pup can join you at the pub on the patio while you enjoy a glass of Hammerhead Ale!
This neighborhood is full of tasty eateries and popular local breweries. On the east end of the neighborhood, Bend Brewing Company serves award-winning beers and dogs are invited to join you on the patio. Enjoy a view of the Deschutes River while you dine and drink. Just down the road, grab a pint of Black Butte Porter at Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House on NW Bond Street. Bend is also home of Deschutes Brewery, a craft brewery that ships to 28 states. West of Mirror Pond is The Lot, an outdoor food cart hub including beer, cider, and wine as well as live entertainment. Bring your dog along!
This neighborhood is on the east end of Bend with a variety of parks and natural adventures. On the north side, visit Pine Nursery Park with 159 acres of walking trails, fishing, hiking, a playground, and a sports complex. Pine Nursery Dog Park is a 14-acre favorite spot if you’re dog sitting in Bend. The park includes a water station, well-kept grass field with plenty of room for dogs to play, and natural trails to stroll along. Get in a game of disc golf at the Pine Nursery Disc Golf Course offering 6 holes. If you’re on the west side of the neighborhood, visit Al Moody Park with a tree house playground as well as sledding in the winter.
Why do dog owners love Bend?
With attractions like the Lara River Cave, part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and the unique High Desert Museum, Bend is beloved by locals and tourists alike. This city has been named one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country providing dog sitters in Bend plenty of things to do. In the warmer season, get in the water! Rent a stand-up paddle boat or kayak from Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe on SW Industrial Way on the south end of Old Bend neighborhood and take your dog along! For a whitewater rafting adventure, visit Bend Whitewater Park in McKay Park. Choose from three different channels along a 200-yard stretch of the river and enjoy whitewater kayaking, river surfing, tubing, whitewater paddle boarding, and river bodyboarding. If you’re in the mood for live music, beer tasting, or a festival, Bend has a plethora of special community events throughout the year. Near downtown Bend, bring your pup to Les Schwab Amphitheatre on Sundays in the summer for their free concert series June through August. Don’t miss The Bend Film Festival in October, one of the best indie film festivals in the country. Plus, mark your calendar for the Weiner Dog Races during Bend's Oktoberfest. It’s one of the most popular events during the festival. The race is located at the Irving Street Arena and benefits the Humane Society of Central Oregon. If you love dachshunds, you’ve got to get to this race! Deschutes National Forest is a must visit for outdoor adventures including boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and more. In the summer months, 95% of the 1,200 miles of trails are off-leash for your furry friends and even more trails are off-leash in the winter. For an easy hike with your pup, check out Tumalo Creek Trail to Tumalo Falls. This 7 miles loop will get you out in the wild without too many people around. Todd Lake Trail is one of the on-leash trails with a moderately easy 5.6-mile hike. Mount Bachelor, 22 miles west of downtown Bend, is the largest ski resort in the Cascade Range with one of the longest ski seasons in the country. Enjoy the dry snow with 4,318 acres of lift-accessible groomed runs. At Mount Bachelor, you and your pup can ride the chairlift! Plus, don’t miss the groomed “snow-play” area at Ruffwear Dog Park at Mt. Bachelor. The park is on the west side of the West Village parking area. Whether there’s snow, sun or rain, Bend offers so many fun things to do!