The August issue features Olympic athletes and their dogs, but Dog Fancy's September issue will feature Bend, named Dog Town USA.
Dog Fancy magazine will name Bend DogTown USA — the nation's dog-friendliest city — in its September issue, according to a news release from Visit Bend, the city's tourism promotion agency.
Bend earned the title for its canine-friendly recreational opportunities, businesses, restaurants and off-leash areas.
“Bend is a great place to live for pooches as well as people," said Kreg Lindberg, the president of DogPAC — a regional volunteer organization and advocacy group that promotes off-leash recreation.
The city promotes itself as BikeTown USA and BeerTown USA, so DogPAC explored the option of DogTown USA, Lindberg said. DogPAC discovered that Dog Fancy had a contest for the title and decided to apply, he said.
Last year, Bend was a runner-up for the award, he said. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, won, according to the magazine's website.
With the award comes a large donation of pet food for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. DogPAC is scheduled to receive a $5,000 check at 10 a.m. on Saturday during a public ceremony at the Pine Nursery Dog Park in northeast Bend.