It's been happening in Europe for years, and now dog lovers in Sydney can take their best friends on special outings. Sydney's eastern suburbs are a hive of dog activities, and it's quite common to see them sitting at al fresco café tables with their owners.
Dov at Delectica, a café in Potts Point, allows customers to be joined by their four-legged friends at outdoor tables, provided they are leashed. They are rewarded with bowls of cool water as you sip your café latte.
Medusa is one of a few Sydney hotels where dogs are allowed to stay with their owners. It has been welcoming dogs since opening in 1998.
There are special rooms for guests with dogs, and they have access to the central courtyard. Dog bowl and bed are provided, and there is even a pet sitting service if the owners want to go out on the town.
The 17-room hotel has a special Dog Page listing local dog services, including dog taxis.
Humans luxuriate at Medusa with soft down pillows, superior linen, Aveda toiletries and Swiss chocolates.
Dogue was set up in 1998 when the then-owner had difficulty locating clothing and accessories for her dog. She set up in Bondi, so successfully, she opened a second Dogue in Fairlight.
The current owner's dogs are always in-store sporting the latest in canine fashion. Bon Scott and Coconut are seasoned models for shoppers and happily show off jewellery and accessories, carry bags, health and beauty products. There are the more mundane products such as beds, collars, leads, harnesses and toys, but it's all about fun and rewarding your dog for its unconditional love.
Anthony Nader, owner of Raw hairdressing salon, has a special dog waiting room, complete with beds and water bowls. A dog day spa is planned so owner and dog can be pampered at the same time.
The friendly salon is spacious and laid-back and luxurious 10-minute scalp massages in the Balinese-style shampoo room ensure you leave feeling fantastic.
If you fancy a new hairstyle, be prepared to wait if you want the master himself to wield the scissors. It can take up to three months to secure an appointment with Anthony.