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Seattle dog-friendly restaurant: Olympic Pizza & Spaghetti House III

I’ve never had the pizza at this Olympic (there are three), and I don’t plan to — there are other excellent places in town to get pizza. What we love here are entrées that taste just like the big Italian meals you used to have in college, remember? Lots of cheese, lots of sauce — and here, because it’s fundamentally a Greek operation, lots of oregano. We go for the manicotti, the cannelloni, the chicken Parmesan, and the spaghetti and  … Read more

Taking the Dungeness Line to the Olympic Peninsula with a small dog

I saw a “Dungeness Line” bus in downtown Seattle for the first time yesterday, and I hurried to Google to find out more about it. It turns out to be an Olympic Bus Lines route providing two trips daily between Port Angeles, Sequim, Discovery Bay, Port Townsend and Kingston and several destinations in Edmonds and Seattle (the Edmonds Amtrak station, the Seattle Greyhound station, the Seattle hospitals, the Seattle Amtrak station and Seatac Airport).

Olympic is an independent agent of Greyhound,  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Seattle’s Pike Place Market with a small dog

Photo by Steve Kaiser

The Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s delights, but the official word (in response to my e-mail query) is that dogs are banned from most of it: “Pets are allowed on the Pike Place Market’s streets and sidewalks. Because of our many open-air food businesses and restaurants, they are not allowed inside our buildings.” That’s a shame, because everyone who visits Seattle goes to the Market for at least part of one day, and  … Read more

Seattle dog-friendly restaurant: Bing’s Bar & Grill

We’ve been going to Bing’s for a long time — it’s a comfortable place in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood, and we always have burgers and beer. This morning, though, we wanted brunch and we had Chloe with us, after a romp at the dog park. Bing’s was still the answer, it turns out, since they have five outdoor tables (with umbrellas, thank goodness — I need either an umbrella or a shade option when I sit outside in the summer).  … Read more

Seattle dog-friendly restaurant: Norm’s Eatery & Ale House

How does Norm’s get away with it? I’d heard about the pub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that welcomes dogs, and today we went there for the first time. There are three or four outdoor tables, all occupied this afternoon by couples with dogs, but that was no surprise. What was surprising was walking inside and finding that nearly all the indoor tables had dogs sitting next to them too. They came in all sizes, ranging from a small fox terrier  … Read more

Seattle dog-friendly restaurant: Monsoon

We had yet another superb brunch yesterday morning at Monsoon, the high-end Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, but this time we had Chloe with us. Dogs are welcome on the patio in front of the restaurant — our server brought her a chef’s prep pan of water, along with our beverages — and it’s a comfortable spot for man and beast.

The brunch menu includes both Vietnamese options (congee with tasty toppings, dim sum, and more elaborate entrées like  … Read more

Traveling by Washington State Ferries with a dog

Photo by stevevoght

We take the ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands frequently (and sometimes on to Sidney, B.C.), but the Washington State Ferries also go from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Seattle to Bremerton, Seattle to Vashon Island, Edmonds to Kingston, Mukilteo to Clinton (on Whidbey Island), and Keystone (on Whidbey Island) to Port Townsend. There are also ferries from Fauntleroy (in West Seattle) to Vashon Island and on to Southworth (on the Kitsap Peninsula), and from  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Kubota Garden (Seattle, WA)

Photo by Kent Wang

Yes, it’s a shame that the Japanese Garden in Seattle’s Arboretum doesn’t allow dogs in the park. It turns out, however, that Seattle has two Japanese gardens, and the lesser-known one (Kubota Garden) is larger, equally beautiful, free, and welcomes leashed dogs. Love it when that happens!

The park is located in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. Directions are provided for car and bus travel. If you drive, be sure to tuck your belongings into the trunk  … Read more

Traveling by SeaPort Airlines with a small dog

I don’t know about you, but I find the drive to Portland from Seattle endless, even though it really takes only about three hours. I much prefer the train, but Amtrak doesn’t allow dogs on board (see Dog Jaunt’s earlier post about Amtrak). A happy alternative is SeaPort Airlines, which operates Pilatus PC-12 turbine aircraft between Seattle (Boeing Field), Portland, Astoria, Pendleton and Newport, OR.

SeaPort’s pet policy conveys the impression that dogs are not allowed in the cabin:

SeaPort Airlines accepts  … Read more

Traveling by Seattle public transit with a small dog

Photo by City of Seattle

King County Metro Transit has a long list of transportation services, but the ones you’re most likely to use are Seattle’s buses and the King County Water Taxi. Metro’s pet policy for its buses is as follows:

All dogs that are not service animals must be on leash.

Dogs are not allowed to occupy seats; they must remain either on the floor or sit on their owners lap.

Small dogs who  … Read more