I've been a dog owner almost my entire life. My first dog was a German Schnauzer named Duncan that was with me until my first year of high school.

After that, I've owned a Jack Russell Terrier, a Maltipoo, and currently have an adorable and lovable Beaglebull (pitbull-beagle mix) named Odessa.

I think Western New York is such an amazing place to be a dog owner. The number of dog-friendly neighborhoods is evident, especially where I live in South Buffalo. Many residents (majority?) own a dog and you often see them walking down the roads near McKinley or Abbott.

Buffalo was actually named the ninth-best city (out of 100) for dog-friendly cities in the country back in the fall of 2020 and it's easy to see why when you spend time in Western New York.

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There are a number of great trails for dogs to walk down and tons of parks. There are also multiple off-leash dog parks in Western New York, including Ellicott Island Bark Park, which is literally an island that dogs can roam free.

Barkology recently opened its doors in Cheektowaga and offers dogs an outdoor-indoor dog park with a bar and food for their owners, and you have a ton of dog-friendly patios at bars and restaurants around the Buffalo area.

There's nowhere else I would rather be a dog owner. Buffalo loves dogs and I love Buffalo for that.

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