Learn what makes Minneapolis a dog-friendly city

Pet lovers are always on the lookout for great dog-friendly cities. They want locations that offer entertainment options for both people and their furry companions. If looking for new city to explore, one that both you and your pet will enjoy, Minneapolis is a great place to visit.

Here are just some of the pet-friendly activities and venues you can experience.

* Find your pet"s Zen. Travel to Lake Calhoun"s Thomas Beach and you"ll find a weekly dog-friendly yoga class, or Doga as it is commonly called. The class begins with a 15-minute socialization period and then the yoga, which focuses on human and animal stretches, begins. You can learn more at www.k9-connection.com.

* Fine culture and company. Lake Harriet is the site for musical performances during the warm months and movie viewings on Fridays. People and their pets are invited to the Lake Harriet Bandshell where they can grab a blanket, get cozy and enjoy the sights and sounds together.

* For the dog who"s a bookworm. Magers & Quinn Booksellers is a dog-friendly bookstore. Not only is your pooch welcome inside, the store owners have three dogs of their own, which are apt to come up and greet your pet while you"re looking for that next page-turner.

* Restaurants the put pets first. Many restaurants and eateries across Minneapolis allow you to bring a well-behaved dog with you when you dine on the patio. But there are a few locations that make a special note to welcome your pet. Lucia"s, in Uptown, will provide your pet with a bowl of water as soon as you"re seated. They will also serve your furry friend a home-made dog treat, delivered when your meal arrives. Toast Wine Bar and Café also makes a point to serve pets a beverage before their masters and even has an assortment of toys to keep your pet entertained while you dine.