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The Urbanist: The Best & Worst Cities to Be a Dog

The pupcakes at the new canine bakery in Seattle are great. The annual dog-eating festival in Yulin, less so.
A PAIR OF GREAT DANES STRUTTING THROUGH SOHO.

IF YOU’RE A HUMAN, the biggest draws to a city may include good jobs, accessible culture, and 24-hour bodegas. If you’re a dog, you might be more interested in the number of fire hydrants and patches of grass. But these days, cities are treating dogs like luxury-condo residents—only instead of wellness rooms and Ping-Pong tables they’ve got surf parks and members-only clubs. In this way, cities are mirroring the priorities of urban dog owners, who are spending $23 billion on pet food (including vegan and gluten-free varieties) and $15 billion on medical care (which in some cases means medicinal cannabis). New York dogs are now legally allowed to enjoy outdoor cafés, and JFK is about to open a massive pet terminal. In the past five years, cities across the country have increased the number of off-leash dog parks by 20 percent. And there are now canine retirement homes in Tokyo. Which is not to say there aren’t plenty of places—like Yulin, China, which hosts an annual dog-meat festival—where a dog might wish for some urban enlightenment.

At Least One Company Offers “Pawternity” Leave in Manchester, England

GOOD FOR DOGS

A HANDFUL OF British companies are now giving “pawternity” leave to employees who have a new four-legged dependent. In Manchester, IT

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