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Portland, OR

Population: 612,206
Stephen Cherry

Portland, OR, is a pet lovers paradise.

The city boasts an impressive array of dog amenities. Few major cities can claim more than 32 leashless dog parks and hundreds of pet day cares, dog-sitters, veterinarians, trainers, bakeries, photographers, groomers, boutiques, boarders, pet-friendly restaurants and other common pet services.

Impressed? It gets better. Portland's pet-friendly climate has created a happening pet-business scene. There are nutritionists, holistic medicine practitioners, pooper scoopers, funeral homes, lawyers, massage therapists, acupuncturists and not one, not two, but six listed pet psychics, one of whom is kept on retainer at the Hotel Monaco.

The only city with more designated off-leash areas in its metropolitan area is New York (52 to Portland's 50). That's not including de facto dog areas on the riverfront or dog-friendly places like The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a catholic shrine and 62-acre botanical garden. The Grotto, as its commonly known, holds its Blessing of the Animals on the third Sunday of each June.

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