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Look below for a great list of where to Dine with your pooch at some of our favorite pet friendly restaurants!


What is the law regarding leaving a dog in the car? I usually keep my car with windows open and in the shade if I leave my dog there, but am I breaking a law? Is there a way to measure how hot it is in the car and is there a legal limit?


This is a great question, as we all care about our animals and want to ensure their safety. When these types of calls are received by the Sheriff’s Office, we conduct our initial investigation, but often times request the assistance of Animal Services for guidance. Supervising Field Manager Todd Stosuy of the Santa Cruz County Animal Services provided the following information about this topic.

The State of California Penal Code 597.7 states, "No person shall leave an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food and water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal."

This code does not explicitly provide a temperature that is too hot for an animal to be left in a vehicle. Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officers will remove an animal from a vehicle when the temperature inside the vehicle is 90 degrees or above, and the animal is exhibiting signs of lethargy, sickness or excessive panting. We use a reptile cage thermometer to measure the temperature.

Owners often think that leaving an animal in a car for "just a minute" while they run an errand is safe. This is not true. Even cars that are parked in the shade with windows down leave an animal vulnerable to serious illness or death. I have personally seen vehicles parked in the shade with windows down, but due to no ventilation the temperature in the car was close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the dog was suffering and had to receive immediate veterinary care.

While the law covers all animals, dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet. Dogs can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

In conclusion, the Sheriff’s Office recommends that if you are in doubt, do not leave your animal in your vehicle.

—Sgt. Steve Carney About this column: Ask A Cop is a weekly Q&A feature in conjunction with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. To submit a question, email Ask A Cop is not intended to serve as and does not constitute legal advice. To report a crime or community problem, call your local law enforcement agency. 

Off-Leash Dog Parks .... The city allows dogs off-leash in designated zones within the following parks from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of some beaches, where the permitted times are also before 10 am. and after 4pm

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DeLaveaga Park:  Off Service road into Lower DeLaveaga Park. Take Market Street past Grunewald Court. 

Frederick Street Park:  168 Frederick St near west side of Upper Yacht Harbor

Grant Street Park:  180 Grant St. 

Mitchell's Cove Beach:  West Cliff Dr at Almar Ave near Steamer Lane Lighthouse

Restaurants that Like Dogs!!

Pacheco Avenue:  Near intersection of Pacheco Avenue & Prospect Heights. 

 Cafe Limelight -1016 Cedar St  Santa Cruz Cafe Limelight, located in Santa Cruz, California, is open Tuesday throughout Friday 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch, and 5:30-8:30pm for dinner, and Saturdays noon-3pm for lunch, and 6pm-8:30pm for dinner. They serve a large variety of Panini sandwiches, fresh soups, and garden salads . Well behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome on the shaded outdoor patio, and they even offer a doggy menu, with options like roasted pig ears, fresh roasted turkey, milk bones, and more.

 Firefly Coffee House -131 A Front Street  Santa Cruz Gourmet and organic coffees, a variety of freshly prepared foods, and a fun atmosphere are the specialties at this gathering place. There are all kinds of music played or being played, movie and television nights, and an exchange library. Leashed, well mannered dogs are welcome at their outside tables and get treated with a doggy biscuit too.

 Bittersweet Bistro -787 Rio Del Mar Blvd  Aptos With a focus on sourcing the finest natural high quality ingredients, this fine dining establishment offers freshly prepared American Bistro cuisine with Mediterranean inspirations, an exceptional dessert menu, a notable wine list, daily happy hours, and a wonderful garden patio. Leashed, well mannered dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

Aptos Bar-B-Q -8059 Aptos Street  Aptos This award winning barbecue establishment has one table outside for customers who bring their canine companions with them. Dogs must be attended to at all times, well behaved, and leashed.

 Spanky's -9520 H 9  Ben Lomond This breakfast and lunch restaurant is decorated with Spanky and The Gang, and also has outdoor dining. Your dog is allowed to sit with you outside. Dogs must be attended to at all times, well behaved, and leashed.

 Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria -504 Bay Avenue  Capitola This bakery features more than 500 cakes, cookies, pastries, and breads made with the all the best organic and natural ingredients available,,, plus, their Italian-style deli features a wood-burning rotisserie for some delectable tastes as well. Leashed, well mannered dogs are allowed at their outside tables.

 Whale City Bakery -490 Hwy 1  Davenport This bakery, bar and grill is located in the small town of Davenport which is about 10-15 minutes north of Santa Cruz. They are open early for breakfast. The Davenport Beach (see Parks) is across the highway from the restaurant. Leashed dogs are allowed at their outside tables.

 Rocky's Cafe -6560 H 9  Felton Located in a beautiful old house set among the trees, this breakfast and lunch restaurant also has outdoor service on the veranda. Your pet is welcome, and dogs must be attended to at all times, well behaved, and leashed.

 Aldo's Harbor Restaurant -616 Atlantic Avenue  Santa Cruz Aldo's outdoor dining area overlooks the Santa Cruz Harbor. They are open for breakfast and lunch. After dining here, you can go for a walk around the harbor. To get there from Hwy 17 south, exit Ocean Street on the left towards the beaches. Leashed dogs are allowed at their outside tables.

 Black China Cafe and Bakery -1121 Soquel Avenue  Santa Cruz This outdoor café/bakery is combined with a furnishings, accessories, and gift store that sits in front of the café. They specialize in vegetarian food and bakery items. Visitors with dogs can use the back entry to the café by the alley. Dogs must be well behaved, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times.

 Cole's Bar-B-Q -2590 Portola Drive  Santa Cruz This award winning barbecue establishment allows your dog to join you at their outdoor tables. They must be attended to at all times, well behaved, and leashed.

 Engfer's Pizza -537 Seabright Avenue  Santa Cruz Offerings from this pizzeria include fresh quality ingredients, authentic wood-fired pizzas from fresh handcrafted dough with original sauce recipes, vegan pies, organic salads, homemade soups and desserts, wine and beer on tap, and a fun atmosphere. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm until about 9:30. Leashed, friendly dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 Harbor Bay -535 7th Avenue  Santa Cruz This breakfast and lunch diner also has outside dining. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the outer tables.

 Joe's Pizza and Subs -841 N Branciforte Avenue  Santa Cruz In addition to specialty pizzas and subs, this pizzeria also serves up burgers, falafel, pastas, shawarma, grilled chicken, sandwiches, salads, wine, and a good selection of beers on tap. They are open daily from 11 am until 9:30 pm. Leashed, well mannered dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 Kelly's French Bakery -402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, Ca 95060:  Santa Cruz This traditional French Provencal bakery offers more than their skillfully crafted breads, pastries and desserts,,, they also offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with organic produce and products sourced from the local farmers' market. Leashed, well mannered dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 Las Palmas Taco Bar -55 Front Street  Santa Cruz This taco bar allows dogs to sit at their outside tables. Dogs must be well behaved, leashed, and cleaned up after.

Mamma Lucia Cafe Bar Pizzeria -1618 Mission Street  Santa Cruz Mamma Lucia Cafe Bar Pizzeria mainly serves pizza and pasta, 7 days a week from 11am-9pm. They welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs on their outdoor patio.

 Pleasure Pizza -4000 Portola Drive  Santa Cruz This pizza place serves slices and whole pizzas. It is located near the East Cliff Coastal Access Points/Beaches (see Parks). To get there from Hwy 17 south, exit Hwy 1 south towards Watsonville. Take the 41st Avenue exit. Turn right onto 41st Avenue. Leashed dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 River Cafe -415 River Street, Suite K  Santa Cruz A focus on local and organic, this eatery features a seasonally generated menu, mostly made-from-scratch foods, fresh baked goods, Mediterranean platters, specialty paninis, small plates, tapas, and a beer and wine bar. Happy Hours are from 5:30 pm until 7 pm daily. They are open Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am until 6 pm; Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm for brunch, and from 5:30 pm until 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays for dinner. Leashed, friendly dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 Seabright Brewery -519 Seabright Avenue  Santa Cruz In addition to their hand-crafted, freshly brewed ales and Happy Hours Monday to Friday, this brewery also features a full menu of favorites and specialties of the house, live music on Friday nights, and alfresco dining. Leashed, friendly dogs are allowed at their outside dining area.

 Woodstock's Pizza -710 Front Street  Santa Cruz Some of the offerings of this fun gathering spot include a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, and brews, lots of themed events/specials, various entertainment, TVs for sports viewing, and a venue for special events.

 Michael's on Main -2591 Main Street  Soquel Known for their back to basics cutting edge comfort cuisine in a friendly, casual setting, this restaurant allows dogs on their patio. Dogs must be well behaved, leashed, and cleaned up after.

Harbor Cafe 535 7th Ave Santa Cruz, CA (831) 475-4948

Santa Cruz Diner 909 Ocean St Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426-7151

Woodies Cafe 25 Municipal Wharf Santa Cruz, CA (831) 421-9410

Ideal Bar and Grill 106 Beach St Santa Cruz, CA (831) 423-5271

Chill Out Cafe 860 41st Ave Santa Cruz, CA (831) 477-0543

Dairy Queen 816 Bay Ave Capitola, CA (831) 475-8325

Little Tampico 2605 S Main St Soquel, CA (831) 475-4700

Denny's 1515 Ocean St Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426-4628

El Palomar Restaurant 1336 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA (831) 425-7575

Thai Orchid Restaurant 2238 Mission St Santa Cruz, CA (831) 425-2206

Santa Cruz Diner 909 Ocean St Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426-7151

Woodies Cafe 25 Municipal Wharf Santa Cruz, CA (831) 421-9410

Cafe Rio Aptos 131 Esplanade Aptos, CA (831) 688-8917

Caffe Lucio 381 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA (831) 427-0164

The Inn at Pasatiempo 555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 423-5000

Ocean View Park:  102 Ocean View Ave near San Lorenzo River & Boardwalk area

University Terrace Park:  Nobel Drive and Meder Street - Near University - UCSC

The Dirt Farm:  On East Cliff Dr, near 39th Avenue in Pleasure Point Area

How to treat a Dog that stinks of Skunk Forget the tomato juice.  If your pet ever gets skunked, the most effective de-stinking recipe is one you make fresh, from ingredients that you should keep on hand. The recipe: 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide  ½ c of baking soda  1 teaspoon of liquid soap, such as              Ivory or Palmolive, etc. Mix and immediately apply to the stinky pet.  Rinse thoroughly with clean tap water.  Use a washcloth to work carefully around your dog’s eyes and ears. The Key is to mix the ingredients immediately before applying them to your pet.  The chemical reaction bonds with the molecules that produce the smell and neutralizes them.  Do not think of storing any leftover solution. The chemical reaction of the combined ingredients cannot be contained – so just throw the leftovers away.

Another solution is to buy a bottle of Skunk-Off at the local pet store as that can be stored.

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