I am a proud owner of a four year old American Eskimo dog, Lily, who I raised from a three month old puppy. Every summer for the past ten summers, I was able to gain wonderful experience with other dogs by boarding and pet sitting a Maltese and an elderly Pomeranian. I loved learning about each dog's individual needs and finding the best ways to make them feel comfortable and cared for. I have been fortunate enough to own all kinds of animals besides dogs, including fish, turtles, and birds.
A little over an hour's train ride from New York City lies the pet-friendly muttropolis of Bellmore, New York. Bellmore is tucked into the South Shore of Long Island and is only five miles from Jones Beach, which gives four-legged Long Islanders a spectacular view of South Oyster Bay. There are plenty of fun things to do with Fido in this hamlet of Long Island. You can always run down to a local dog-friendly pizzeria for a slice of the island's best pies! Or, head to one of the local parks for some ruffhousing with the pooch.
Dog owners love Bellmore! The hamlet has easy access to over 10 local veterinarians, 7 groomers to style your pup, and 7 pet shops to get your dog everything he needs! Parks like Cedar Creek Park in the South Wantagh neighborhood offer great places for your dog to run around in the Long Island breeze. After getting some time outdoors, there are plenty of pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating for the four-legged. Whether you're craving upscale Italian or a Chicken Hero, Bellmore has you covered on the culinary endeavors. Even with everything to do in this pawesome hamlet, you're always just a short drive away from the big city!
Will your dog only settle for pizza that is made the right way? Long Island pups know there's a right way to make a pizza, and there's a wrong way make pizza. In the Wantagh Woods neighborhood, you can find Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant, which has been serving pies the right way for over half a century. At Umberto's, you're more than welcome to have Fido accompany you as you gorge on traditional slices like Umberto's Grandma Pizza, which was featured on the Food Network! Also delicious at Umberto's is the Pescatore and Gnoochi Napoletana. Make sure you bring your appetite! Bone appetit!
Does your dog love it when you take his leash off so he can chase other pups around at the dog park? In the South Wantagh neighborhood, he can do just that! At the Cedar Creek Park, there is a dog run located in field #7. There are two fenced-in areas — one for the big guys and one for the little guys. There are also walking paths, basketball courts, and even a drone field if that's your thing. Also in the South Wantagh neighborhood is Wantagh Park, which has a 2.2-mile fitness trail perfect for an athletic stroll with the "doge." The park also has a swimming area and a fenced dog run for off-leash playtime.
Does your dog have a sophisticated palate? If your dog loves authentic South American food as much as he loves the Long Island takes on Italian, then Bellmore is the neighborhood for your gourmand doggie! In the Bellmore neighborhood, you'll find Chicken's Road. This Venezuelan restaurant serves up specialties like Jumbo Sized Empanadas and Pernil Latin Style Pork. If you're hankering for some Italian, then you and your dog can head over to Per' Un' Angelo. This Long Island favorite has a great dish of Scaloppine Marsala and Filetto Alla Griglia Con Portobello. If Fido's lucky, he might just get a bite.
If your dog turns his nose up at kibble, then you might love the Merrick neighborhood. There are so many dog-friendly restaurants here, it's no wonder your dog has become such a foodie! If Greek is your preference than you and Fido can head to Santorini Restaurant. This place has the best Spanakopita on the island, and the Falafel Patties are amazing! If you're more into lunch spots that are featured on the Food Network, then visit The Pit Stop. This joint has locations all over the island. The Bellmore location is dog-friendly and has lunch specials like 'Bark-B-Q' Steak Wrap and home-style Chicken Pot Pie.
Is your pup an Islanders or a Rangers fan? Either way, he's welcome to cheer for his team at Philly Pretzel Factory, located in North Bellmore. (Just make sure he doesn't bark for the Flyers! This would be a '"faux paw" on Long Island). At the Philly Pretzel Factory, you and your pup can gorge on delicious pretzel inventions like the Pretzel Cheesteak or a Pepperoni Pretzel Melt. It's dog-friendly and it's delicious!