The Ruff Guide: A Guide for Boston Pet Lovers

Discover the best services and products across the city for your furry friend.

Edited by J.L. Johnson


 


Boston is a pet owner’s dream—great vets, shops, sitters, walkers, groomers, and adventures (hello, Harbor Islands dog cruise!). How do we know? We polled hundreds of readers for their favorites and tested services and products across the city in order to bring you the go-to guide for pet love in the Hub.

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Healthcare »

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Playtime »

Great outings with your dog, and a curated calendar of pet-friendly events.

Pampering »

One-of-a-kind ways to spoil ’em rotten.

Expert Advice »

Is pet insurance right for you? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? We ask; local pros answer.

Nick Trout Q&A »

author of Love Is the Best Medicine.

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  • Rebecca

    This article is great for in the city – but what about in the surrounding suburbs? I’m looking for a dog walker people trust 20 mins northwest of the city in the Lexington/Concord area

  • Michele

    What kind of dog is on the March 2010 front cover?

  • Laurel

    for lil puppie

  • Suzzanne

    I want to know what kind of dog is on the front cover too!!!

  • Christine

    My friend just rescued a Kelpy. They are adorable and extremely good natured.

  • anna

    looks like my min pin chi cross

  • Lee Ann

    Everyone keeps telling me the covershot looks just like my dog. She’s a min-pin pug mix (AKA Carlin Pinscher)

  • John Bell

    Someone inquired about dog walkers in Metro West. The best is Rob McCculough, Great trainer, too.

  • John Bell

    Someone inquired about dog walkers in Metro West. The best is Rob McCculough, Great trainer, too.

  • John Bell

    Two great dog parks in the Metro West Area. First, there is the wonderful Great Meadow Park in Carlisle, with plenty of trails, a lake, a working farm that includes a mini-zoo with cows and goats, etc, picnic facilities, and even an ice cream shop. Dogs can run off leash so long as well behaved and supervised, and there are horse trails as well. Second, there is a small, lovely off-leash park with a pond and trails behind the firehouse in Acton. Sunday mornings are very busy with dogs, but best to go at off-hours with fewer visitors.

  • John Bell

    Correction: The name of that wonderful dog park I just recommended is not Great Meadow, but Great Brook State Farm.

  • John Bell

    Correction: The name of that wonderful dog park I just recommended is not Great Meadow, but Great Brook State Farm.

  • John Bell

    Correction: The name of that wonderful dog park I just recommended is not Great Meadow, but Great Brook State Farm.