Once again, Carmel-by-the-Sea is recognized for being top dog when it comes to man's best friend. Dog Fancy Magazine has awarded Carmel-by-the-Sea its coveted Dog Town USA title for the year 2009. Carmel-by-the-Sea shares this title with two Southern California towns, San Diego and Huntington Beach. According to Dog Fancy, Dog Town USA winners have "plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, high vet-to-dog ratios, abundant pet supply and other services, and municipal laws that support and protect all pets." Previously, the award focused on large cities; this year Dog Fancy expanded its search to cities of all sizes, and now Carmel-by-the-Sea is (co)leader of the pack! Diver Dog Looking for ideas for what to do on your next trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea with your canine companion? See our Carmel-by-the-Sea itinerary for ways to spend the weekend, and refer to our Pet Friendly Monterey County guide for a list of Carmel's pet friendly hotels, restaurants and attractions.