If you have been following The Residents for a while now you will know I LOVE DOGS. So does the rest of Wellington too. You all love the dog posts so much on my Instagram I thought it was time to give some of that love back.
Wellington is a city that is becoming more and more friendly. Even some bars and cafes will accomodate your four legged friend.
To celebrate some great places, and businesses in Wellington that are Pro-Pooch, The Residents teamed up with New Zealand Designer Dogwear brand Mr Soft Top. Mr Soft Top is high quality dog gear, made from the best materials. Now the weather is starting to chill up a bit, your boy or girl might need something a bit snuggly in the winter months. Some of you might have even see Rachael Staples of Mr Soft Top at the Martinborough Fair recently.
Just for fun, Mr Soft Top agreed to share their latest looks with The Residents - and Timmy and Cinny hit the streets to show off their latest looks. Timmy (my parents dog) and Cinnamon (my friends dog) have known one another since they were 6 weeks old. They attended doggy training class and are often together at Wellington's most fabulous doggy day care The Barking Lot when their mummys are at work. Safe to say, they are best friends.
Where are the best places to take your dog in Wellington? We show you below - with a Wellington twist of course.
1. COFFEE CLUB DOGS - Mojo Poneke, Clyde Quay Wharf
Outside only, but what a view. Your pooch can lap up the water - and the view. Open from 7am - late weekdays and from 8am - late weekends, make sure you order an extra large bowl. Click here to find out more.
We also got to meet the very kind Neil from The Neonatal Trust who was having coffee with his road-cycle pals outside. The Neonatal Trust is a Wellington founded charity that works to provide, and coordinate, support to families of neonatal (premature or sick full term) babies as they make their journeys through neonatal intensive care, the transition home, and onwards. Neil is their Executive Director. Good on ya mate.
We know Mojo donate to the Neonatal Trust - Hats off to Mojo Coffee! Neil - these ones are for you too.
2. SALTY SEA DOGS - Oriental Parade
For a touch of the sea life, look no further than a brisk walk along Oriental Parade. A popular spot for other dogs - your pup will make friends.
Ahoy there - off to sea we go!
This dog will do anything for a salty sea treat! Bandana's are Cinny's own (which Timmy borrowed).
3. SUNDAY MARKET DOGS - Chaffers dog and markets
All dogs are welcome to walk amongst people getting their weeks food shop at the Markets in Wellington. Dogs of all shapes and sizes can be found. Just be careful to watch the hot dog!
Bright but complimentary colours and layering are the perfect way to start the day.
The tiny basket was something I already had - but it was too good to resist!
Timmy gets his snout in the bag. But it doesn't matter. These two are the best of friends.
4. SURF'S UP DOGS - Lyall Bay Dog Beach - Across the road from Spruce Goose Cafe, South Lyall Bay
Another very popular destination, if you want to let the dogs run free, you can do so safely at Lyall Bay dog beach. Just turn left at the round about and head towards the airport along the parade at Lyall Bay. Its a lovely safe space where dogs can get their beach look on.
Timmy also looking dashing in a Mr Soft Top lycra vest. All of the lycra is from Australian swimwear brand Seafolly - so your dog is getting the best.
It also is possibly classified as a nudist beach - sometimes it's just better to go naked.
5. PARK AND PINT DOGS - Glover Park and The Rogue and Vagabond
When you want a bowl of curly fries with fido, look no further than The Rogue and Vagabond in Glover Park. Very dog friendly, you can sit outside on a beanbag in the sun and let the good times roll (and the balls). There is also live music. Click here to find out more.
Taking it seriously in signature Wellington black. Cinny went a little punk too. All jumpers by Mr Soft Top use the same merino as New Zealand outdoor Ice Breaker. What quality!
6. CUBA STREET FASHION DOGS - Cuba Street and around, Te Aro
Dogs are generally welcome in the Te Aro area. People smile at the sight of a furry friend in the city. Check out the bucket fountain, Timmy! Make sure you check signs to be sure what parts of Cuba Street are ok to have a pup in. And make sure you keep walking and have him or her on the leash. Woof woof! Splash splash!
Then it's down to the lower Cuba Street fashion precinct to show off their looks. Plum and turquoise are a match made in doggy heaven.
Giving us a cheeky wink there Timmy! Looking good Cinny. Cinny's bandana's are her own.
7. BONES AND A BREW AT GOLDINGS FREEDIVE - Goldings Freedive, Hannah's Factory Laneway, Leeds Street, Te Aro
Goldings is the most friendly place you can take your dog in town. Dogs are allowed in all the time. They even put on special dog friendly events every year (Pints and Pooches) to fund raise for the RSPCA. How fantastic is that! Dogs and helping charity.
Timmy perfected the staunch beer lover look in his lumberjack red and black shirt from Mr Soft Top. Cinny looks like a modern-beer-swilling-bitch looking for love in her black and white check shirt.
Timmy tries to play it cool but he's starting to look like the hops are going to his head. Unfortunately, she may have fallen for the barman - Nick. Oh well, better luck next time Timmy. I guess he just couldn't handle his ale.