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The online financial publication ranks city No. 5 in the Northwest for being friendly to pooches.

FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A dog awaits adoption in a holding area at Fidos Tap House in November 2019.All dogs may go to heaven, but not all dogs are lucky enough to live in Tigard.

The city of about 55,000 — people, not pooches — is listed as No. 5 in the nation in's top 10 'BestPlacestoLiveforDogLovers.'

According to, the Dec. 15 ranking is based on 183,000 data points the financial publication uses to determine its popular annual "Best Places to Live." That data included attributes of 2,000 cities, "focusing on things like pet care facilities and parks within the city's boundaries, the percent of people who live near those parks, and good weather."

Tigard is an "outdoorsy Oregon town through and through," as it is characterized by, which formerly printed Money Magazine.

"It has 16 miles of paved trails and 550 acres of park and open spaces," the article notes. "Most of the parks are open to dogs as long as they're on a leash, but Tigard also has three off-leash dog parks: Summerlake within Summerlake City Park, Ash Avenue and (the largest) Potso."

It points out that 70% of Tigard residents live within 10 minutes of a park. According to the city's website, some 9,200 dogs reside in Tigard.

The posting also touts Fido's Tap House, where customers can drink one of 40 rotating craft beers, wines and ciders, and adopt a dog as well. The business, owned by Beaverton resident Scott Porter, opened three years ago in Tigard's Walmart complex and bills itself as "The World's First Dog Tap House." Customers can even play with a potential future canine pal for a nominal fee.FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Scott Porter, owner of Fidos Tap House in Tigard, holds his Yorkie purebred, Meesha, during an interview last year. recently highlighted Porters business, where residents can grab a beer and adopt a dog, as one of the reasons the city is so dog friendly. also mentions dog-friendly restaurants and venues in Tigard, such as Cooper Mountain Ale Works Public House, formerly Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub, on Southwest Main Street.

"It was an honor to be recognized in the top 5 and the top West Coast dog-friendly city," said Kent Wyatt, the city's communications manager. "Parks, including dog parks, are an important part of our strategic vision 'to be an equitable community that is walkable, healthy, and accessible for everyone.'"

He gave kudos to "the community for supporting our dog parks and businesses that cater to dog owners."

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