Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time to play it cool with your pooch. From an air-conditioned dog park in Wisconsin to a pet-friendly coffee shop built with Fido in mind, these new dog parks and pet-friendly attractions are the “pawfect” way to enjoy midsummer with your mutt.
Posted by Billy Francis
Fido won’t always get along with the pup next door, but he’s bound to love the four-legged patrons at Neighbors Dog Park & Coffee Shop, which opened to the public for the first time on Memorial Day weekend. Combining the human need for coffee with the canine love of dog parks, Fido can play off-leash while you enjoy a fresh cup of Joe sourced by Houston coffee company, Tenfold Coffee. This already fun experience can be changed from “gouda” to great with a carefully curated cheeseboard to accompany your hot drink. The fenced space is monitored by a trained crew of pup wranglers who keep the peace during playtime. Dog daycare and training will also be offered at Neighbors in the near future.
Sherrill Dog Park
Roll up and roll around at the newest exclusive hangout in town, Sherrill Dog Park. Located at Moench Park, known locally as “The Pit,” the ball field at the park has been used by dogs and their owners for a while, but the space is finally being spruced up and given official dog park status. Annual memberships, which will go toward the park’s upkeep, cost $50 per pup and can be obtained here.
The Hounds & Tap
The Hounds & Tap is Wisconsin’s first tavern, dog park, doggy daycare, boarding and grooming facility. Opened on Memorial Day weekend, this “hangout for hounds and humans” has everything you and your pooch could need under one roof. Fido can play year-round in an off-leash indoor or outdoor dog park while you grab a beer from the tavern and boast about how adorable he is. When he’s finished with fetch, clean off the slobber at the self-wash or reserve an appointment for a makeover with one of the professional groomers. Overnight boarding and daycare for full or half days is also available.
OCC Road House
Two- and four-legged fans of the custom motorcycle TV show "American Chopper" will love hanging out at OCC Road House. This all-American restaurant, event space and museum showcases incredible motorcycles and offers full-throttle entertainment to the biker community of the Sunshine State. Part-owned by founder of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul Sr., dogs are welcome to join their owners from June 25 in the outdoor space to hear the hum of engines in the background and soak up the atmosphere. After all, every biker can appreciate why dogs like to stick their heads out the car window!
Two Hearts Dog Park
Dog owners know that two hearts become one as soon as you get your pooch home, and what better way to celebrate this unbreakable bond than with a trip to Two Hearts Dog Park? This new Wausau park celebrated its grand opening on June 5. Divided into separate sections for small and large pups, it boasts an array of amenities including a doggy drinking fountain, benches, dog waste stations, and ample parking. Agility equipment and a pavilion will also be installed in the near future.
Freedom Fields Dog Park
Freedom Fields Dog Park officially opened to the people and pups of Little Egg Harbor on June 1. Located on 4.5 acres within the larger Freedom Fields Park, this shady new fenced facility is divided into two sections for large and small dogs. Hang out at one of the picnic tables while your pooch plays slalom fetch through the trees with his newfound friends. Don’t forget to register Fido for an annual membership of $5 to play in the park.
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