Real talk: There’s no getting around the climate in Seattle—beyond our glorious summers, it’s seven kinds of wet here most of the year. But the show must go on—sleeping dogs can’t lie forever. Unless you find eau de soggy doggy an appealing scent or muddy paw prints an artful addition to the living room floor, here are eight ways to combat the rainy day blues with your furry friends in tow.
Tips & Tricks for Soggy Doggies
1. Have a drink!
Bring your buddy out for a nightcap with some friends. Seattle has plenty of dog-friendly restaurant options, and Belltown Pub even hosts a monthly Yappy Hour on the last Wednesday of every month and features fancy treats for your dog along with canine-themed cocktails like their Whisker Sour and Straight UP B*tch. The best part? A portion of the proceeds benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
2. Head indoors
Indoor dog parks are where it’s at. In Seattle, we’re all about the K9 Fun Zone Indoor Dog Park in Queen Anne. From training and teen dog play time to puppy play and yappy hour, K9 Fun Zone is the ultimate boredom buster for your pal sans mud and mess.
3. Pamper each other
Take your pooch out for some righteous pampering to help them feel like the royalty they are. After all, nothing keeps the blustery day blahs at bay quite like luscious locks and fragrant fur. Try Posh Paws Grooming Salon or Just Around the Corner Dog Grooming & Boutique.
4. Get crafty
Craft a DIY toy for your dog like this puzzle and voila—your pal will be occupied for hours and you’ll be free to spend a rainy Saturday reading that novel that’s been collecting dust on the shelf.
5. Get muddy, get clean
And should you choose to embrace the rain completely, these pet wipes made by Paul Mitchell (if it’s good enough for your own updo, it’s good enough for your dog, right?) are perfect for wiping off your dog’s paws after a leisurely jaunt out in the drizzle. The pre-moistened wipes are super gentle, which means they’re great for in between your dog’s paws and belly. A tub of these magic wipes will set you back $10.99 a pop, though of course the peace of mind knowing your carpet will be mud-free is priceless.
6. Snag a rain coat
This yellow rain slicker from Old Navy comes in three sizes, so whether you’re rolling with a Chihuahua or Great Dane, your pooch is guaranteed to be the driest dog on the block. This jacket also gets extra points from us for being super visible and having a pocket for poop bags.
7. Go for the booties
Available at Petco, Pawz waterproof dog boots are a great and super cute way for your dog to show those puddles who’s boss. With these easy-to-put-on booties, tracked in mud through the hallway will be a thing of the past, and we are a-okay with that.
8. Live it up (and then dry off)
So the dog park on a rainy day doesn’t scare you, eh? Slap on your galoshes and party like it’s Woodstock ‘69. The Furminator fur dry box makes it easy to dry off your dog after a power rinse in the tub. All you have to do is wrap it around your soggy buddy and voila—your dog will be bright eyed and bushy tailed again in no time.