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The Dog Park in Globe is a social event. Courtesy Photo.

Top Tips to Enjoying Globe/Miami with your Dog

Did you know that dog ownership in America has increased 29 percent in the past decade? As dogs continue to become a more accepted part of society, owners are expecting more services and consideration within their communities and when traveling.

Many people who consider their dog a family member cannot fathom leaving their furry companions behind when they go on vacation, particularly since vacation days are usually the most enjoyable of the year. It can also be cost-prohibitive to pay for dog boarding if the trip lasts longer than a few days. For reasons like these, the number of owners nationwide who travel with their pets has increased from 19 to 37 percent in the last 10 years. As more retirees are hitting the road, this number is predicted to continue increasing.    

Hiking with her dog Wiley, author, Thea Wilshire, explores one of the Canyons near Globe, Arizona. Courtesy Photo.
The author and her dog Wiley exploring the Canyon. Courtesy Photo

Indeed, traveling with a pet can be a great bonding experience and make your trip more memorable and enjoyable. Unfortunately, it can also add stress and complications. Before starting your travels, it is recommended you socialize and train your dog to recognize basic commands like “come” and “leave it,” and get dog tags or microchip your dog so he or she is identifiable if you are separated. While there are unique circumstances to address when traveling with animals (e.g., car sickness, vehicle safety, border requirements), other considerations that may loom larger include finding places to tire your dog out with walks and/or off-leash options, restaurants that will let you bring your dog inside to avoid the heat, and lodging and destinations that will allow pets.

There are lots of dog-friendly online resources for travelers, like: PetsWelcome.comBringFido.com, GoPetFriendly.com, and PetFriendlyTravel.com.  Plus, you can use travel apps to find dog parks (Dog Park Finder and Yelp), find a veterinarian (VetFinder), access an online veterinarian (PetCoach), and find emergency care for your animal (PetFirstAid).  While these websites and apps are very useful, sometimes small towns like Globe and Miami don’t have as much of a digital presence as larger cities, which is why we are providing this dog-friendly resource list. 

To enjoy the businesses and destinations mentioned here, please remember that pet owners are expected to bring only quiet and well-behaved dogs into restaurants and businesses, always keep their dog leashed and under control, and take their pup outside if anything other than “gold star” behavior is displayed. That said, we’re sharing seven suggestions to make a trip to Globe/Miami more enjoyable for anyone traveling with a dog:

1 Globe Dog Park:  When Fido needs to stretch his legs, the dog park is the perfect stop.  Because Globe mandates pets be leashed in public, the city created an off-leash dog park for dogs to run freely. While currently on a Little League field, the City of Globe is in the process of building a new dog park to be opened later this year. The existing dog park is located at the end of Cuprite Street and is easily found by following the Globe Ball Fields signs. The park is free of charge, open dawn to dusk, and welcoming to strangers. See the Globe Dog Park Facebook page for more information, including park etiquette, patron profiles, and upcoming events.

2 Shopping with Rover:  Do you enjoy shopping? Globe and Miami have a wonderful variety of downtown storefronts, and some will welcome dogs. I recommend you ask the store owner at the door if it is okay to bring your dog inside the shop. Many of these businesses offer water bowls and some give out dog treats.

In Globe, the Pickle Barrel Trading Post (404 S. Broad St.), High Desert Humane Society Thrift Store (150 W. Mesquite St.), and Turn-the-Page Vintage & Western Apparel (274 N. Broad St.) all allow well-behaved dogs to visit. In Miami, Donna by Design (501 Sullivan), Miami Rose (401 Sullivan), and Pinal Mountain Flowers (320 Live Oak) welcome pups. Dominion Cutting Co. (294 N. Broad), a men’s grooming shop in a fantastic historic building, and American Family Insurance (185 N. Broad) are both located in downtown Globe and welcome pets.

3 Restaurants and Bars:

While service dogs are allowed in the dining areas of food establishments, all others (even comfort and therapy dogs) are relegated to patios. We have several restaurants and bars with outdoor seating areas that will accommodate your pooch. 

The Huddle Sports Bar in Globe is a great place to hang out for people and pooches. Back Porch of the The Huddle in the historic district of downtown Globe. Photo by LCGross

Here are a few options: Nurdberger Cafe (420 Hill), Vida e Caffe coffee shop (153 S. Broad), El Rey Reynoso (999 N. Broad), Copper Hen (157 W. Cedar), Los Roberto’s (340 S. Broad), and Burger House (812 Live Oak in Miami). Dairy Queen (1643 E. Ash) offers an off-menu “pup cup” of ice cream for your dog and outside tables. If you are looking for a bar, canine courtesy is extended on the porches of the Wild Horses Saloon (416 Sullivan) in Miami and at three bars in Globe: The Huddle (292 Broad), Drift Inn Saloon (636 N. Broad), and Farley’s Pub (230 N. Broad), a bar named after the owner’s dog.

Alternatively, you can order your food to go and enjoy it outside, as Globe has excellent weather and the most parks per capita of any city in Arizona. Per health code, please remember dogs can never eat from restaurant dishes or cutlery, only from disposable options.

4 Lodging:  If you are looking for a hotel, check out the following businesses that all allow 2 or more pets: Motel 6 (small dogs only, no charge), El Rey Motel (big dogs allowed, pet fee), America’s Best Value Inn (big dogs allowed, pet fee), and Roosevelt Resort Park (big dogs allowed, pet fee, located about 30 minutes from Globe). There are pet-friendly campgrounds in the Tonto National Forest (I recommend Kellner Canyon if you are tent camping), and both Gila County RV Park and the Apache Gold RV Park allow pets (max of two dogs under 50 pounds, no vicious breeds).

5. Destinations:  Want to explore Globe and Miami with your dog? You have lots of fun possibilities. Both the Globe and Miami downtown areas (Broad and Sullivan Streets) are historic, picturesque, have benches for resting, and allow for window-shopping and people-watching. If you’re looking for walking parks, consider the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park as well as Round Mountain Park (keep dogs on-leash here during rattlesnake season).

A rare sighting of the Easter Bunny this spring while walking at Round Mountain Park. Photo by LCGross

You may also enjoy visiting Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum on 150 N. Plaza Circle in Miami (they prefer dogs are small and carried), and the Gila County Historical Museum on 1330 N. Broad St. in Globe. Two unique not-to-be-missed Globe destinations are Besh ba Gowah Archeological Park and Museum at 1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd., which allows dogs both in the museum and on the grounds, and the 1910 Historic Sheriff’s Office and Jail (call 928-425-0884 to schedule a tour).

The City of Globe mandates pet owners pick up their pet’s waste. While there are poop patrol bag dispensers at some of these locations, it is wise to also carry your own bag.

6 Services:  If you want to visit somewhere without your dog, or perhaps your pup has rolled in something stinky, you may need dog support services. We have multiple businesses to meet your needs. Tailwaggers (928-487-4005) offers grooming, boarding, and the only doggie day care in town. Grooming is also available from Divine K-9 (928-200-8964), Animal Magnetism (928-425-5997), and Copper Paws (480-255-8313).Need someone to check on your animal at your RV or hotel room? Eileen’s Home & Pet Sitting Services (928-812-0865) is licensed and insured, has 20-years experience, and will care for all sorts of animals (in case you’re traveling with your cow or turtle).

Globe’s annual Easter Parade invited participants to stroll the historic district in their finest hats and Easter attire. Dogs included! Photo by LCGross

Need veterinary care for your pet? Samaritan Veterinary Center in Globe does not take new clients, but they can provide a list of regional veterinary resources and referrals.  The closest non-emergency clinic is Companion Pet Clinic in Gold Canyon (480-671-1403) and 24-hour emergency care is available at Emergency Pet Care in Mesa (480-924-1123).  If your dog needs specialty foods, you have three options: Hoofin’ It Feed and Tack (6057 S. Russell Rd), Samaritan Veterinary Center (1905 E. Maple), and Tractor Supply Company (2260 West US-60 in Miami). 

7 Events:  Modeled after the 1948 movie of the same name, Globe’s Easter Parade is held the Saturday before the holiday, and people, increasingly with their pets, dress in their finery and stroll Broad Street. In the summertime, Globe hosts an outdoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings beginning June 1 and running through the end of September,  and there are usually owners and dogs strolling the booths. Finally, every other fall, the region has a Dogtoberfest Celebration with booths, costume contests, service dog demonstrations, food, and a variety of activities. 

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