What To Do In San Diego For National Dog Mom’s Day

Photo by Danny W.

Sure, all the hype this weekend is for moms, but did you know there’s another celebration that’s specifically for FUR-baby lovers across the country? It’s true, our friends at Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App, founded National Dog Mom’s Day. It’s very similar to Mother’s Day except much cuter, and you’re not required to attend an expensive brunch or purchase any sort of floral arrangement.

We were pretty excited to celebrate this adorable occasion, so we asked our users across the San Diego community for advice on where to go and what to do. The results were definitely Yelpy, but not in any sort of a stepped-on-tail way… See below for some of our favorite suggestions, and click here to save and follow some other pup-related bookmark collections on your Yelp app.

Best Place For Your Pup To Show-Off Leash For You 

Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Area

Why You’ll Both Love It: “This really is the best dog park on the planet. I’ve lived in a lot of different places and I still haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else. My dogs can run free safely in a clean environment with fresh air, flowers, the water and bathrooms strategically placed around the island. I come here every day with my boys and it’s always amazing. I even moved to a different party of town but we still come here to walk the paths.” – Elijah S.

Photo by Kaylene P.

Best Place For Your Pup To Be Jealous Of Your Breakfast

Ranch 45

Why You’ll Both Love It: “My favorite item is the breakfast burrito because it’s loaded, the cheese is melted perfectly, and the chorizo is so tasty.  If you plan on going to the races I suggest you stop here for a bite to eat prior. They have indoor and outdoor seating in a sweet little courtyard which makes it perfect if you have kids or a pup with you! Ranch 45 is doing it right and I can’t wait for them to expand!” – Grace L.

Best Place To Make Your Mutt Feel Like A Model

Oh My Dog! Photography

Why You’ll Both Love It: “Keeley has all kinds of toys, treats, and sounds to get the dog’s attention, which results in beautiful pictures.  She can read how your dog is feeling and react in the best way. If you’re in the market for some family photos of/with your fur babies, I would highly recommend Keeley and Oh My Dog.” – Justin Y.

Photo by Lana R.

Best Blades Of Grass For Your Pup To Roll Around In

Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park

Reason to go: “Wow this park is full of grass!! My husband and I took our dog Boba here after a friend of mine suggested it. Never seen a dog park full of grass before and it was so clean too! My dog had fun at the obstacle course and just running around smelling the dogs and the mulch area. Everyone seems nice and do their job in picking after their doggos.” – Shirley G.

Photo by Marc P.

Best Place For An Adult Beverage While Your Pup Plays Off-Leash 


Why You’ll Both Love It: “Where to begin with this magical spot… I’ll start with an analogy. Think of downtown San Diego as a big house. To myself and so many people in the community, Quartyard represents the cool backyard that everyone hangs out in. Whether it’s an after work drink with your dog and friends at their dog park or one of the awesome events they throw (sometimes multiple times a week) there is one thing that is for sure…It’s going to be a fun time. ” – Lizzy B.

Best Place To Treat Your Pup To More Than Biscuits 

The Original Paw Pleasers

Why You’ll Both Love It: “This is literally Doggie heaven. Look no further for a shop that will have everything you need for your best friend from treats, toys and special occasions. My little doggie turned seven this year, and normally I wouldn’t go all out for her birthday compared to other doggie parents. But this year I figured she deserved it.” – Tommy H.

Photo by Angela B.

Best Dog-Friendly Hike When The Weather Isn’t Too Warm 

Sunset Cliffs Park

Why You’ll Both Love It: “Stunning view! There are people walking around with their dogs or exercising as well as people who sit on the cliffs to enjoy the beautiful sunset and the waves crashing. It’s very serene and so pretty. ” – Elaine B.

Best Place For You And Fido To Both Be Foodies

Shorehouse Kitchen

Why You’ll Both Love It: “We fell in love when they treated my dog like a king. Awesome dog menu and human menu. My little dog had the K9 bowl and he tried his best to finish it bc he loved it!!  He ate three times more than normal. We had the pork chilaquiles and the maple brûléed Irish oats. OMG so good!!!” – Liz L.

Best Place To Wash Off A Bad Stench Before Company Comes Over

South Bark Dog Wash

Why You’ll Both Love It: “Everyone is SUPER nice and INCREDIBLY helpful. I’ve had a guy called Eacel every time I’ve gone in and I love him! He’s so sweet with my dogs and clearly enjoys what he does. Bonbon can be a little nervous so I was worried the first time I took him in but he reassured me and it was perfect. I love their different options and it’s really reasonably priced. Watching my pups get a blueberry facial is a real highlight!!” – Shosanna M.

Best Place To Put Your Pup On A Postcard

Belching Beaver Brewery North Park

Why You’ll Both Love It: “At this brewery, you can even order a stout float! They add ice cream to their peanut butter or milk stout making for a sugary boozy drink…This brewery is really popular because on the side wall is the greetings from San Diego mural. It’s a popular photo op spot!” – Courtney O.

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