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Albuquerque, NM

Population: 556,092

Few places cater to the four-legged crowd quite like Albuquerque, NM.

Bookworms of all species are welcome at Bookworks, where readers can expect a treat from the shelves or, for dogs, from a jar behind the counter.

Several restaurants offer Fido al fresco seating. At Gecko's Bar and Tapas dogs are treated to a waterbowl and maybe a special a-pup-tizer. Albuquerque's local chain of Flying Star Cafes can be relied upon for a biscuit for dogs or their owners. In association with the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Flying Star has a special bake sale to benefit shelter animals.

None of that's to say Albuquerque pets are confined to polite society. Dogs are free to frisk and fraternize with other unleashed dogs at any of Albuqerque's many dog parks, including the Tom Bolack Urban Forest, Santa Fe Village and Rio Grande dog parks, as well as the lakes of Tingley Beach.

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