February means love is in the air, and Fido is sure to fall for these six new dog parks and pet-friendly businesses. From bars designed with canine guests in mind to a new doggy ice cream shop, there’s something for everyone on this list of February openings.
Posted by Billy Francis
Bark Social combines your favorite bar, coffee shop and dog park into one fun-filled venue. Located just 30 minutes from Washington DC, this brand-new social club for canines will soon become the go-to hangout for city slickers. Let Fido off-leash in the 25,000-square-foot dog park, safe in the knowledge that qualified Bark Rangers are monitoring it at all times, ensuring safe play and a clean space. The climate-controlled clubhouse, equipped with TVs for game day and 20 taps, means you can stay and play even during bad weather. Before you head home, visit the club shop for swag, treats, toys and more; then dunk your pup in the self-serve bath. Guest day passes are available for $9.99, annual memberships are $284.99 and monthly memberships are $39.99. All new members receive a Bark Social Welcome Kit that includes a Bark Social bandana, tote bag, sweet potato dog treats, and dog shampoo.
Mixed Mutt Creamery
Treat your pooch to an ice cream dream at the grand opening of Mixed Mutt Creamery on February 26. Get in line for an artisan frozen dessert made with only the very best ingredients for sweet-toothed canines. While your dog chows down, human patrons can enjoy a steaming cup of Joe from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., a craft coffee company that donates 20% of profits to fund dog rescue efforts.
Waipahū Dog Park
Dogs of Oahu, say “Aloha!'' to the first dog park in Waipahū. The seventh dog park on this Hawaiian island isn’t your average fenced space, either. Located on the makai-end of the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, it spans nearly 12,800 square feet and has a unique parallelogram design. The stunning views of the mountain range in the distance make any visit here a captivating experience. Hot dogs can refuel at the water stations provided. Waipahū Dog Park was blessed in December and is set to open in February.
Omaha Dog Bar
Omaha Dog Bar in the historic Little Bohemia neighborhood opens its doggy doors on February 12. This membership-based community combines an indoor/outdoor recreation area for canines with a bar and eatery for humans. Dogs have free roam of 5,000 square feet indoors and 10,000 square feet outdoors of well-maintained, completely fenced space. There’s also an outdoor area for timid and small canine guests. While pups romp around and meet the other “pawtrons,” people can grab domestic and local craft beers, wine, cocktails, coffee drinks, and homemade sodas. Food is also available from the kitchen and visiting food trucks. Day passes are available for $10, annual memberships are $249, and monthly memberships are $40.
Bradley Station Dog Park
Bradley Station Dog Park will officially swing open its gates to the people and pups of Gastonia on Feb 3. Located behind the North Carolina city’s train station, the park is a convenient place for local dogs to play off-leash. The brand spanking new, clean and pristine park is divided into a section for small dogs under 25 lbs and another for large dogs. Let your pooch roam free on the grass and in the mulch, but make sure to keep the park clean by picking up after your pup.
Taps & Tails Dog Bar
Cleveland’s first dog park bar is opening to the public this month. Located in Tremont, Taps & Tails Dog Bar is home to an indoor/outdoor dog park and a full service bar. Although there are bars in the area that allow dogs, Taps & Tails defines itself as a dog park first (with the added bonus of beer on tap). Hungry hounds can chow down on treats, while their owners enjoy eats from some of the area’s freshest food trucks on a rotating schedule. If you have to head back to the office soon, doggy daycare will also be available so you can drop Fido off for a day of fun while you’re at work. Scoop him and a beer up after you clock out. Memberships will be available when the park opens later this month.