Montrose Itinerary: It’s a Dog’s Life

By | August 24, 2012

Houstonians love their pets. And they love saving and adopting animals who are in need of a forever home. BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility and is the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through their doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance (from owner surrender, stray pickup, rescued or confiscated animals). And now they’re taking on the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge!  Over the next 3 months (August through October), shelters across the country will be competing to see who can save the most lives as compared to the same time period last year.  BARC is going for 2100 adoptions. To see how they are doing, check out their facebook page.  To save a life, visit their facility or adoption event.

And in honor of all those furry friends, we bring you a complete list of everything dog related in our neighborhood. [after the adorable dog picture]


Dogs in Montrose
Chloe Paws was adopted from BARC last year and loves the city life. Photo courtesy of Ben Lopez.


Dog friendly patios

Ziggy’s Bar & Grill 302 Fairview, 77006
Barnaby’s Café/Baby Barnaby’s 604 Fairview, 77006
Hugo’s  1600 Westheimer Rd, 77006
Canopy 3939 Montrose Ste C, 77006
Little Big’s Montrose 2703 Montrose, 77006
Inversion Coffee House  1953 Montrose, 77006
Berryhill Baja Grill  3407 Montrose, A-8, 77006
Petite Sweets  2700 W. Alabama, 77098

*for a complete list of patios around the city, check out this PDF.



Ervan Chew Park
Fun fact: this was the first neighborhood park in Houston to allow dogs to legally run free, off-leash in a designated dog zone. The dog zone is located adjacent to the picnic area & fountain area. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size with a mulch floor. The Ervan Chew Park dog zone was the first step in providing an area for off-leash dogs.

COMING SOON! Stay tuned for new park rumored near Allen Parkway on Buffalo Bayou.

*for a list of all off-leash parks in the city, check out this google map!



West Alabama Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary medical facility … and more, offering boarding, grooming, kitten kindergarten, even acupuncture and adoptions. Winner of the Best Vet in the Houston Press multiple times, they have a true passion for animals – and they post the darn cutest pics on facebook.

The Montrose Veterinary Clinic has been patching up our four-legged friends since 1979 before they got their fancy building in 1988. Equipped with X-rays, ready for ultrasounds and prepped for grooming and boarding, Dr. McDaniel and her staff consider your loved ones part of their family.



The Pooch Pad is housed in a beautiful, old  home but don’t let the elite exterior fool you. Pups rule the roost here, frolicking in the backyard pool, climbing on kiddie castles or lounging on the cool wood floors inside. The staff knows every guest by name and the dogs are more than happy to give a big sloppy kiss to all the staff.  Their grooming rockstar can calm and cut even the finickiest of poodles – or just give your mutt a good, ol’ fashion, summer shave. [located at 2912 Bagby, Houston, TX 77006]

Dogtopia is a pup’s retreat. The mister or missus can run free, jump, play and sniff to their heart’s content. A little nervous leaving the pup alone? Never fear, they have webcams where you can watch your monster tire themselves out. Also fun for those just wanting a dose of cuteness in their work day. You can also check out their facebook on Monday’s for nifty prizes. [located at 1315 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019]

Jackson’s Place Daycare & Bakery… yes, you read that right, BAKERY! For DOGS! Here the fur-kids not only enjoy two indoor and two outdoor play areas but nap time on couches and, for the true spoiled muffin, there’s a TV and soothing music.  Open early to late and all weekend. Jackson’s also has the most scrumptious dog bakery in Houston providing all natural dog treats and pastries from yogurt, carob and peanut butter that will have your dog always barking for more! [located at 1304 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006]



Natural Paws is the Whole Foods for pets … or should I say Central Market? Either way, this small, boutique chain carries everything you need and the people to tell you how, what, when, and where to use it. They also are big supporters of local businesses and donate to Houston shelters. The treats are always where I get lost. They look good enough to eat myself! And the staff always sends me home with a little sampler pack for Fido. Tip: try the Buffalo Crisps. Even a whiff and my furry-kid is at my beckon call. I should probably buy stock in the stuff. [located at 2039 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019]


Montrose abodes that allow pups

The Westheimer, 2001 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098
Allows dogs up to 75 lbs, breed restrictions
One bedroom begins at $1750

Amli City Vista, 2221 W Dallas St, Houston, TX 77019
Allows dogs with deposit, breed restrictions
One bedroom begins at $1335

The Fairmont, 4310 Dunlavy, 77006 ]
Allows dogs up to 45 lbs with $600 deposit [$300 non-refundable] and $60 registration fee, breed restrictions
One bedrooms start at $1325

230 West Alabama
Allows all dogs! No breed restriction or weight limit.
$500 deposit  [$300 refundable]
One bedrooms starts at $900.

The Museum Tower, A Finger Company
They are pet friendlybut no aggressive breeds
One bedroom starts at $2515

The Place Apartments
Allows all dogs for $300 pet fee per pet (non refundable) and additional $15 per month

NB Elite Realty has 200 units including complexes, duplexes, houses and condos
Allows all dogs. No restrictions. Call 713-213-0000

Brightside Properties has over 300 units on Historic properties, houses and complexes
Allows all dogs. No restrictions.


Favorite dog-spot in Montrose that we missed? Tell us in the comments!


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