We love our pets. That’s a given.
We take them everywhere with us; to the mall (if it is pet friendly), to restaurants, on play dates and even to social events; I was recently at a braai where a friend brought their African Grey along so that she wouldn’t get lonely at home. The parrot, not the friend.
We want the best for our pets. They are more than animals; they are our companions. We want them to enjoy life as much as we do, “in sickness and in health.”
I have discovered these great pet-friendly gems around Cape Town:
1. The Clubhouse at Claremont Cricket Club, Constantia
This venue offers the perfect outing for pets and for kids, with a delicious menu best enjoyed al fresco on the large wooden deck overlooking manicured cricket fields.
Parents will enjoy the supervised play area, which means they can relax over lunch while the kids play.
Pet lovers will enjoy the sports fields where their pets can stretch their legs and get a bit of exercise and vitamin D. A healthy pet is a happy pet!
Tel: 021 794 6314
2. Eden on the Bay Mall, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand
This Mediterranean-style open-air mall is on the Bloubergstrand strip, and is renowned for its pet-friendly approach, regularly playing host to beach pet walks, adopt-a-pet days and charity events.
Endless white beaches aside, it has a lovely sunny grass area on the beachfront for picnics and relaxing, with a great selection of restaurants and boutique shops to keep us busy.
Plus, Bergzicht Animal Hospital is the vet on site, so you can get vaccinations, grooming and check-ups done while listening to live jazz over coffee or stocking up on groceries while you wait.
3. Greenpoint Urban Park
We love this park.
It’s great for humans (for exercise and relaxation) and is fantastic for pets, offering 10.5 hectares of adventure, walks, fun and play.
Plus, it’s free!
Tel: (0)21 401 4000
They say prevention is better than cure, so let’s keep our pets happy and healthy with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Here’s to happy, healthy pets!