1. Are you in a rural, suburban, or urban area?
2. Do you live in a detached house, duplex/multiplex, apartment, etc.?
Detached house with yard that I own; BF has his own detached house with a yard that she goes to sometimes (if MP promises not to "squish" his prized plants).
3. What is the best thing about living with a dog in your location? (i.e., what would you miss if you moved?)
The lakes! I'm a couple of blocks away from a big ol' lovely park and garden, and one of the lakes in the city. It's not off-leash or anything, but I love having grassy places to let MP sniff around, and for me to enjoy all the beautiful flowers in the garden. It's something I would miss if I moved elsewhere within the city, too.
I also loooove having access to a few natural foods co-ops, where we get all our food. There's lots of options for CSA as well, which is also nice. There are more holistic options for vets and services in the city (compared to the suburbs in the area), as well as more specialized classes for things that MP needs, like on-leash reactivity. The e-vets are not that far away, either, which is also good. When sh*t hits the fan in a big way, like some complicated surgery, the University supposedly has great facilities and specialists.
Although MP doesn't utilize the overall relatively dog-friendly aspects of local businesses (coffee shops, etc.), I see dogs everywhere, so that must be good for dogs who can do things like that!
As much as I'd like some acreage for MP to run on, My yard is fine for some zoomies and fetch; there are off-leash parks (although I'm scared of them) that she can go to, too.
This isn't really dog-related, and is very specific to the very house I'm living in, but my neighbors are the best neighbors in the world (and I'm one of the suckiest!
). I wouldn't move just because of my neighbors.
4. What is the most difficult or frustrating thing about living where you do?
Cold. Neither of us (MP & Me) are "equipped" or born to survive the long, depressing winter season. We always threaten to move away in the winter. However, the cold kills off (or whatever) the bad buggers for at least part of the season, so that's the glass-half-full view. The mosquitos aren't any fun in the summer time, either, but I've been able to manage OK.
5. Honestly - how is your dog exercised and how often?
Hmm. This depends. We manage to work in 1hr+ walks during which we sort of "train" (instead of just walking around) about 5 times a week. Daily zoomies in yard and inside (you should see my floors). BF takes MP to the dog park occasionally, and when we go out to his parents' house in the burbs with lots of land, he takes her trailing around the woods. We also do shorter walks here and there. We train every day, during the day--tricks and stuff like that. We should and want to do more activities, but I really do try my best with what time I have!
6. Anything else you'd like to add:
I'm from Tokyo so Minneapolis feels like a teeny city because of my upbringing and general preference and needs, I can't live in a rural setting. Overall, I think this place is pretty good for having a dog--and not silly-expensive to buy a house with a decent yard.