Pick of the litter for dogs as owner reviews pooch-friendly places

Pooches welcome: Sandra Maric with her Aussie bulldog Carlos, at one of the dog-friendly eateries she reviewed, Gelatissimo at Cronulla. Picture: Chris Lane.
Pooches welcome: Sandra Maric with her Aussie bulldog Carlos, at one of the dog-friendly eateries she reviewed, Gelatissimo at Cronulla. Picture: Chris Lane.

Sans Souci dog owner Sandra Maric loves going places with her buddy Carlos. But she discovered she couldn't actually go many places with him.

So she had a plan - help other people find pup welcoming venues in St George and Sutherland Shire.

Ms Maric runs dogfriendlynsw, a social hub of her reviews and recommendations of dog-friendly cafes, restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, outdoor cinemas, places of accommodation, and bushwalking areas.

Alongside her Facebook and Instagram pages, she offers fellow four-legged friends experiences of taking Carlos to a variety of indoor and outdoor areas.

More than 4000 people follow her canine adventures on Facebook alone.

"I got my Carlos two years ago and he quickly became my best friend," she said. "I wanted to take him everywhere but I found it hard trying to work out where he could and couldn't go.

"It's becoming increasingly popular to allow dogs indoors and I have developed my social media pages for convenience and for dog owners to jump on and have a look at places they can go to with their best friend.

Mutt's melting moment: Carlos enjoying an ice-cream with owner Sandra Maric. Picture: Chris Lane

Mutt's melting moment: Carlos enjoying an ice-cream with owner Sandra Maric. Picture: Chris Lane

"There are lost of dog friendly places out there and I didn't want to leave my dog at home so I started this page in an effort to advertise dog friendly businesses.

"I have received lots of great feedback as it's become increasingly popular and accepted to bring your dog with you wherever you go," Ms Maric said.

"People are really loving the options and it's allowing more businesses to open up their doors to dogs.

"All the followers love the idea of the page as it gives them great ideas on where to go to with their dogs. I haven't had any negative feedback."

Her top favourite dog-friendly places in St George and Sutherland Shire:

  • Boat Harbour, Kurnell; Greenhills Beach, Cronulla (between 4pm-10am)
  • Cafe Bella Dee, Sans Souci
  • Baybreeze Cafe, Sans Souci
  • Drools Dog Grooming and Daycare, Kogarah (for hosting doggie birthday parties).

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