The dog days of summer are here — you'd like to chill out indoors, but Fido probably wants to party with his friends outdoors. With the mercury rising in North Texas it's not easy for dogs to be active without overheating, but these pawsitively perfect options appeal to both pooches and their people during the summertime or anytime.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
6701 W. Parker Rd.
Plano, TX 75093
If you didn't know better, you'd think you were in the Texas Hill Country rather than the heart of West Plano when you see this 200-acre oasis. The preserve is a perfect place for dogs and their families to stretch their legs, get some fresh air, chase a few rabbits and cool off in the clear-watered stream. The hiking trails are creatively designed to offer both paved and unpaved surfaces under a shady canopy of red buds, oaks and cedar elms, making it a pleasant trot even on hot days. It offers water fountains, ground spouts for Fido, playgrounds, restrooms and plenty of poop stations to keep the grounds clean.
751 N. Beach St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Sitting high on a hill overlooking downtown Fort Worth is this beautiful, substantially shaded five-acre dog park complete with obstacle courses of hoops, jumps, ladders, tubes and faux fire hydrants dotting the green landscape. Fort Woof boasts two large fenced in areas for small and large dogs with benches, watering stations, poop disposal areas and plastic containers of water large enough for your dog to take a dip in on a hot day. The park has been featured in assorted publications, including Dog Fancy Magazine, as being one of the best dog parks in North Texas, as well as in the United States.
Benny's Dog Resort
1415 Westway Circle
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 466 -3653
Price: $20 single visit/$75 five day pass/$140 10-day pass (bath included)
Just like their human counterparts, dogs like hanging out with their friends, and Benny's 3,000-square-foot indoor playroom or baseball field-sized outdoor playground provides just the space to do it. Dogs are separated according to age, size and temperament so they're safe while they play. Benny's also offers weekend daycare, lodging and a taxi service to nearby locations. Pups never get bored or hot with all the amenities provided at this pooch paradise, including toys, snacks, play forts, pirate ships and play pools. Furthermore, it's their call if they want to play outdoors or stay in. Benny's personable, well-trained staff provides the perfect place for dogs who just want to have fun and dog parents who want the best for their precious four-legged kids.
2201 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Price: $11 to $14
It's a dog's world at this huge doggie resort, resting on a tree filled acre of lush green spaces where they can run, jump, climb, play tether ball and swim in the pool with their buddies all day long. If it's hot or rainy outdoors, then the party moves indoors to several large, cooled areas complete with toys, agility courses and even work-out trainers. The daycare offers a mix of playtime with a little R&R, including an afternoon nap and a snack of chicken broth ice pops. Additional services include organic baths, grooming and boarding. Downtown Dogs provides a safe, fun place for dogs to socialize, and running with the pack here is a great way to keep your pooch from getting a pouch.
Dallas Party Dogs
1209 Northwest Hwy. #205
Garland, TX 75041
Price: varies according to event
If daycares and dog parks aren't doing it, and you need new doggy play options, Dallas Party Dogs, an active group of more than 700 responsible dog owners offers activities that are as entertaining for humans as they are for their furry friends. Enjoy a clearing house of opportunities including: festivals, parades, dog pool parties, dog camping and dog-friendly bar outings. There are at least three or more events listed monthly, and you may add suggestions as well. From dog days at the area's best dive bars to weekend getaways that are perfect for your pet, Dallas Party Dogs is the best way to find the perfect summer outing for Fido.
With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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