Focus on woman resting on dock with her dog. Background is of Charles River and City of Cambridge on opposite bank.

Every pet owner knows that their four-legged friends can make traveling a bit more difficult. Some find a dog-sitter, while others would prefer them by their side. At the Boxer we completely understand those who travel with their companion, which is why we allow dogs. We strive to go above and beyond and provide pet-friendly amenities like doggie treats in the lobby, personalized dog bowls, comfortable embroidered dog beds, and waste baggies.

Boston itself is a fantastic city for dog owners. Here are some of our favorite places in town to bring your best friend:

Polkadog Bakery

This canine bakery can be considered the Mike’s Pastry for four-legged connoisseurs. Creating goods from scratch, this establishment uses the finest local ingredients and recipes to make some of the highest-quality dog treats around. Owners are welcome to bring their furry friends into the shop, where they can sample treats to ensure that they’ll enjoy them back at home. With a large variety of flavors and ingredients including fish, chicken, duck liver, beef liver, peanut butter, and more, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that your pup will love. The cod skins are one of Polkadog’s most popular items and are made fresh in the kitchen of this South End branch!

256 Shawmut Avenue
South End, Boston 02118

The Boston Common

As one of the largest and most conveniently-located parks in the city, it’s not surprising that it is one of the best places to bring your pooch. Less than a 15-minute walk from the Boxer, a visit to the Common is a breeze. Dogs are allowed on-leash throughout the entire 50-acre natural oasis, and since 2013, designated areas (found in the link above) permit off-leash play. The Common offers both sunny, open-grass areas perfect for playing and relaxing, as well as shaded spots necessary to cool down after an exciting game of fetch.

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Fish & Bone

This charming little shop on Newbury Street between Exeter and Fairfield was the 2016 winner of the Best of Boston Reader’s Choice award for Best Pet Supplies. Offering all-natural food, treats, and high-quality toys, this quaint store is a great example of a local business that is successfully competing with large chains like Petco and PetSmart. One of the most convenient aspects of Fish & Bone is that purchases of more than $50 can actually be delivered to the Boxer, with free deliveries on Thursday! That way you don‘t have to worry about carrying bags of goods and can give all your attention to your canine companion.

217 Newbury St, Boston, 02116

Charles River Esplanade

The Esplanade is one of the most picturesque locations in the city, and one of the most popular for runners, bikers, and dog walkers. With the Charles River one one side , and the distinct Beacon Street brownstones on the other, there are few better places to go for a stroll. Pets must be leashed at all times in this area.

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Charles River Canoe and Kayak

Bored of taking your dog for a walk? Why not take him/her on an aquatic adventure? At Charles River Canoe and Kayak, there is no extra charge for pets to accompany you on a rented kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. Row or paddle your way through Massachusetts’s most important river with your best friend at your side.

15 Broad Canal St
Cambridge, 02142