Tucson Dog-Friendly Venue: Pima Air & Space Museumby Karyn Zoldan on Apr. 08, 2013, under Animal News, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged
Let’s face it; dogs are family members and like members of the family we like taking them out to more than pet stores and dog parks.
Tucson Tails recently learned that Pima Air & Space Museum is dog-friendly. Really? And since 1976 which is way ahead of the dog-friendly curve.
According to Scott Marchand, Director of Collections & Aircraft Restoration, “A lot of RV travelers would leave pets in their vehicles and that exposed them to a lot of risk. In recent years with animal welfare laws we felt it would be best to spare everyone the risk of a pet being killed in a locked car while they enjoyed the Museum. Anyone who travels with their pet is pretty devoted to them so they end up being popular with guests or people are indifferent. Also, there is not much a well-managed dog is going to hurt out here.”
(As an aside, Marchand has an 11-year-old greyhound.)
As to how many dogs actually go the the Museum, well, that depends on the season and when more people visit — so do their dogs. Two to three percent of visitors might bring their dogs with medium-size mutts being the most popular, Labradors and Labrador mixes second in popularity. Toy dogs are carried around.
According to the website’s FAQ page:
Can I bring my dog?
All leashed pets are allowed at the Museum. They can’t go on the AMARG or tram tours, but they can visit an administrator if needed. Pets should never be left in vehicles.
So the walking tours are fine for the dogs. If you want to go on the tram tour or AMARG, you can leave your dog with a Museum staff member.
You won’t find any water bowls, poop bags, or dog biscuits. I guess visitors are pretty good about picking up the poop because Marchand says that the maintenance guys have never complained about dog poop. He’s confident that the people who bring their pets to the Museum are conscientious and carry the right supplies.
Fast planes and fast dogs will collide when Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption has a meet-and-greet at Pima Air & Space Museum on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 6000 E. Valencia Rd.
My dog Jett, (pictured above), will be flying high. Come out and meet him — he loves kids, adults, and other dogs.
What are other dog-friendly venues beyond dog parks and pet stores? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Diana Hansen for the above graphic.