The city of Bend has a population of 80,000 and a grand total of 27,000 dogs. Almost half the amount of citizens! That’s just dog-tastic! Because of the love of dogs here, it’s only natural that Bend would have a plethora of pet-friendly activities. From the annual 4th of July Pet Parade to 10 different dog friendly breweries, including the newest brewery edition, Crux Fermentation Project. Crux is opening a dog park behind the brewery, so if you feel like getting a cold one, but don’t want to leave your pal behind, there’s a place for him to roam and for you to drink. In addition to the various establishments that allow dogs, you’re more than likely to find walkers, bikers and skaters accompanied by their four legged friends on the daily.
So if you’re a dog person and looking for a place that will not only acknowledge that, but EMBRACE IT, Bend is the place to be.
Find out more pooch friendly activities here.
To recognize this great news (that I’m pretty sure we knew without the title), here are a few pictures of some of the dogs in our lives:
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Cleme and Andrea attended this event hosted yesterday by City Club of Central Oregon. Very interesting information. Bill Wyatt was to be meeting with President Obama today as he was visiting Portland and the Intel campus. Especially fascinating was just how much is exported to China from Oregon!
Tapping into surging export opportunities to China and other emerging economic powers like India and Brazil may hold the greatest potential for rebuilding America’s sagging economy, especially in export-dependent states like Oregon, according to Bill Wyatt, executive director at the Port of Portland.
During a stop in Bend on Thursday, Wyatt told members of the City Club of Central Oregon that Oregon exported more than $4 billion in goods and services to China last year, surpassing Japan, Canada and Europe. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what Oregon could be exporting to China and emerging economic powers as the middle class grows and prospers in those nations, he said.
Instead of fearing China, Wyatt recommended making a greater effort to woo Chinese government officials, business leaders, tourists and potential homeowners to Oregon and, in particular, Central Oregon.
With the rise of the middle class in countries like China, India and Brazil, Wyatt said there’s a huge opportunity to expand exports of all kinds of products, ranging from cattle, hay, wheat and other agricultural commodities to lumber, high-tech components for computers, green-energy products such as solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells, unmanned aerial drones, pharmaceuticals and other products grown, designed or built by Bend-area companies.
“Agriculture’s best days are ahead for export markets,” Wyatt said.
He said Oregon’s secondary wood products manufacturers are currently importing large quantities of pine lumber from forest farms in Chile and New Zealand, but if Oregon can overcome severe timber harvest restrictions on federal lands, the state’s timber industry also could experience a major resurgence with growth in the middle class in China and other emerging economic powers.