The Pet Issue: Drinking and Dining with Your Dog, Pet Shops and Pet-Friendly Road Trips

For this year's Pet Issue, "pet" basically means "dog"

click to enlarge Woodburn Brewery - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Woodburn Brewery

The word “pet,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, has its origins in the Scottish Gaelic word peata (or Old Irish petta), meaning “a tame animal.” But a half century later, the word carries a little more prestige than the suggestion of mere domestication.

The modern pet — be it a dog, cat, bird, fish or any of the Insta-famous varieties of mini-pigs, raccoons or capybaras — can be a companion, brandable social media income stream and/or surrogate for any number of relationships, from “fur baby” to therapist. Americans spent $70 million on their pets in 2018 and, according to a 2016 story in The Washington Post, millennials are scooping up pets quicker than any other generation: Three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs and 51 percent have cats.

On a local level, Cincinnati in particular ranks highly for cities in which to own a pet. A recent WalletHub study listed the Queen City as the seventh most pet-friendly place to live out of the top 100 U.S. cities, looking at criteria like pet budget, pet businesses and dog parks per capita.

For this Pet Issue, we’re highlighting:

And, as is the case with the WalletHub study, the term “pet” here basically means “dog,” but please look to previous Pet Issues for more on non-canine companions. 

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