Our dogs deserve all the love and affection we can give them, which is why there’s a special day dedicated just to hugging them. It’s April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day!

Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” Not only does a good tight squeeze strengthen your bond, it shows your pet that you care. Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all they do.

So grab your dog and give them an extra cuddle today and maybe even take them someplace special.  Here is a list of my favorite pet friendly places around town!

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Charlotte Knights Bark in the Ballpark

Anthropologie at Atherton Mill

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall