The Year of the Dog is right around the corner, and in honour of our four-legged pals we’ve rounded up some day-out recommendations from our friends and family.
Adventure dog Eskie loves scampering in the shallows at Kellett Island when she’s not trekking over the hills to Tai Long Wan or along Dragon’s Back. Both walks end at the beach, where Eskie loves to paddle and have a good dig, but mum Lyndsay prefers Shek O for its Back Beach Bar. Closer to home, she likes trekking off the path up Morning Trail or socialising at Cyberport dog park.
Ding Ding Leung
When Ding Ding isn’t busy napping, you can find him begging for treats at Stazione Novella, making friends on The Peak or enjoying a Mr. Softee by Central Ferry. On a warm Sunday, you’ll find him plodding along flat Bowen Road or catching some rays on Stanley’s side beach.
City dog Buster expends his endless energy hiking to Victoria Peak Garden. Weekends mean sprinting around Cyberport Waterfront Park or staking out Prince’s Terrace in Mid-Levels. Like father Michael, he always dresses for the occasion and favours a jaunty necktie.
In between her home-cooked grilled cheeses from Chris, hanging on Cheung Sha beach in Lantau with Parisa and working the rounds between the Black Sheep Restaurants with her buddy Sam, Chloe enjoys leisurely strolls around Tai Tam Reservoir.
Otis and Miles Dowell
A little shy and new to the city, Otis and Miles like to stick close their place in Sai Ying Pun with trips to Sun Yat Sen park to hang out on the grass and bark at passing boats.
Wagyu and Walnut Cheung
Wagyu and Walnut appreciate sophisticated al fresco dining after a day at the beach. Their favourites? Post-dip pizza at Amalfitana on the Repulse Bay waterfront and Cococabana following some sun-bathing at Shek O.
Jai Jai Gallagher
My Life in Hong Kong office dog Jai Jai loves roaming the streets of Sai Ying Pun, as there’s always plenty of dried fish to hoover up. His favourite places though are the dog park on the Sheung Wan promenade, the restaurants on High Street and a good taxi ride (with a window seat, of course).
Dolce and Thunder Mitra
Lab Dolce and shepherd Thunder likes to start and finish their day on the Sai Kung trails with Chef Palash Mitra. They trek through Tan Cheung Village to climb Po Lo Che hill, where they often spy feral cattle or goats and even came across a wild boar late one evening. They look forward to getting home to snooze with sis Sara on the couch after a full-on day.
Gizmo and Quincy Ferguson
These two Chihuahuas are well-travelled. They love the route from Sheung Wan to Pok Fu Lam reservoir, then head over the mountain to Aberdeen and finish at the dog park. The Fergusons are also big fans of Lamma Island and hit up leash-free Power Plant Beach before chowing down at local seafood spot Rainbow.