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January 09, 2019

If you are an animal lover with a pet (or two!) at home, you know how hard it can be to leave your furry friends behind when you set off on a lovely date with your partner. 

After all, they’re part of the family! At Date Night Ideas, we believe a ‘date’ is a special time you set aside to bond with the beings you love, and that 100% includes your beloved pets. 

Here are a few of our favourite ways to rope them in for a well-deserved outing: 

Most towns and cities in South Africa have a farmer’s market at least once a month. This is a great option for a weekend date with your pets in tow, since these gatherings are normally quite relaxed and low-key. 

Be sure to find out if you are allowed to bring along your pet on a leash, but in our experience, it shouldn’t be a problem. We simply adore the Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Cape Town and the Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg, but there are plenty of other lovely ones throughout the country. 

Pets love a good splash. Combine a date with your partner with an outing to your closest body of water. Find a pet-friendly beach where your pooch can run free, or head to a dam or river where everyone can enjoy a relaxing walk. 

Bonus points if you pack a nice picnic that you can tuck into when everyone has had an energetic run-around. 

If your dog is trainable, taking part in dog shows can be a very nice way to spend time with both your partner and your pooch. This shared activity takes you to many interesting towns and cities, and who knows – your dog just might have the aptitude to make it to the big leagues. Here’s a handy resource regarding dog shows in South Africa for beginners. 

These are just a few of the ways you can include your pet on a date. Do you know of any awesome, pet-friendly date destinations in or around your town or city? 

Please get in touch! We’d love to build a directory of destinations where pets can join in the fun, and it will be much easier if you share your insider knowledge. 

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