The 20 Most Pet-Friendly Cities in America

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Pet parents have to look at more than just commute times and real estate prices when finding a new place to live. Factors like walkability, the number of parks, and the availability of pet sitters all dictate how comfortable a new city will be for dogs and their owners. If you're looking to make a move with your pooch, pet-sitting site Rover recently teamed up with real estate website Redfin to determine the best cities for dog lovers.

Together, the companies looked at a number of different metrics, like how easy it is to walk in each city, the concentration of dog walkers and sitters there, and the number of homes for sale with the word dog in the listing. And to measure the quality of a city's pet services, Rover broke down the total hours, minutes, and distance per walk given by the dog walkers in its system.

The report found there are dog-friendly cities across the country. Seattle ranked at the very top, followed by Chicago, Denver, and Manhattan. Cities throughout the South, including Austin, Houston, and Atlanta, also made the list, as did a handful of places in California (including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego).

You can check out the full round-up of dog-friendly cities below. And when you're ready to make your move, here are some tips for finding a pet-friendly apartment.

  1. Seattle, Washington

  1. Chicago, Illinois

  1. Denver, Colorado

  1. Manhattan, New York

  1. Washington, D.C.

  1. Portland, Oregon

  1. Los Angeles, California

  1. Brooklyn, New York

  1. San Francisco, California

  1. San Diego, California

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Houston, Texas

  1. Austin, Texas

  1. Arlington, Virginia

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1. Alexandria, Virginia

  1. Dallas, Texas

  1. Atlanta, Georgia

  1. San Jose, California

  1. Nashville, Tennessee

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Massive Swarms of Migrating Dragonflies Are So Large They’re Popping Up on Weather Radar

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What do Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio all have in common? Epic swarms of dragonflies, among other things.

WSLS-TV reports that this week, weather radar registered what might first appear to be late summer rain showers. Instead, the green blotches turned out to be swarms of dragonflies—possibly green darners, a type of dragonfly that migrates south during the fall.

Norman Johnson, a professor of entomology at The Ohio State University, told CNN that although these swarms happen occasionally, they’re definitely not a regular occurrence. He thinks the dragonflies, which usually prefer to travel alone, may form packs based on certain weather conditions. If that sounds vague, it’s because it is: Johnson said that entomologists haven’t worked out all the details when it comes to dragonfly migration. They do know that the airborne insects cover an average of eight miles per day, while some overachievers can fly as far as 86.

Based on the radar footage shared by the National Weather Service’s Cleveland Office, the dragonfly clouds seem almost menacing. But, while swarms of any insect species aren’t exactly delightful, these creatures are both harmless and surprisingly beautiful, at least up close. Anna Barnett, a resident of Jeromesville, Ohio, even told CNN that witnessing the natural phenomenon was “amazing!”

Amazing as it may be to see, it’s hard to hear news about unpredictable animal behavior without wondering if it’s related in some way to Earth’s rising temperatures. After all, climate change has already affected wasps in Alabama, polar bears in Russia, and no doubt countless other animal species around the world.

[h/t WSLW-TV]

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