February 13, 2011

It's a Dog's Life

Anna Maria is a Dog Lovin' town.  As you wander the streets, you'll come upon several AMI four-legged locals.  Businesses are named after much beloved pets, such as Rudy's and Slim's, both on Gulf Drive.  The newest business addition to Pine Avenue, Bella's by the Sea, is named for a family pet, too… little Bella, an English Bulldog.

Strolling down Pine Avenue, you'll meet Fritz Carlson, a lovable boxer, most often found lounging in front of An Island Place Realty .  Fritz fills his days people-watching while basking in the sun under palms and gentle Gulf breezes. He participates in parades and town activities, loves boating and always looks dapper with his collection of fashion accessories. 

A welcome hello from Fritz in front of An Island Place Cottage
You'll find that Anna Maria Island is pet-friendly.   Many of Coastal Cottages AMI vacation rentals welcome your furry family members as guests.  Some require a small pet deposit.  Although animals are not allowed on our beaches, there are plenty of roads and paths to walk your dog. Businesses leave water bowls outside their doors.  Julie and Sally, owners of Rudy's, sell homemade dog biscuits and will actually whip up a delicious, nutritious breakfast for your pet.  Inside, you'll find a dog paw wall and visitor pet photos including Rudy and their three other rescue dogs. 

Island Animal Clinic on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach is a full-service veterinary medical facility, with 24-hour emergency service.  Check your Coastal Cottages vacation pack for more details.

So, relax…you’ve found the perfect vacation location for you and your pet.  


  1. Good to know there is a vet on the island. Bringing Olivia with us (our Yorkie). Looking forward to meeting Fritz!

  2. Found a great place to walk my dog and play. Its the Bayfront park on North Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria. We love walking the streets of this cute little town and the park has a beautiful view of the Bay.