Sharing adventures with Bear (Weizsla) and Toby (Dachshund)!
Great Trails!Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
For any out of state residents, or in-state who don’t get a recreational passport with their registration, you can buy annual or daily passes online or in park offices.
The trails here are great for biking or dogs, but not wide enough for both in some areas. They’re much longer than many of the other area trails, so it was nice to get a great workout without a bunch of loops. The equestrian trails are also fun and somewhat challenging, especially for low-riding dogs. There were ground-nuggets, but nothing too bad that couldn’t be avoided. There is plenty of shade and the trails are pretty well marked, so we had a fantastic day hike!
Dog Gone Crafty!JOANN Fabrics and Crafts
If your dogs don't already look at you like a disappointment when you bust out the satin pins and sewing machine, they will once you take them on a tour of the wonderful world of crafting! In all seriousness, JoAnn employees are lovely and welcoming to dogs, but be mindful that they don't have cleaning stations or anything for dogs to do except keep you company. I think it's a wonderful gesture, and I hope that if we as dog owners do our part to make it a fun experience, other companies will follow suit. :)
Dog Tolerable, Not FriendlyStony Creek Metropark
Stony Creek Metropark is "okay" if you want to walk your dog on a 6 foot leash around the paved path. It's a 6 mile loop, and if you have someone else to hold them, human companions can use restrooms in the various park buildings when needed. The parking lot areas also have trash bins so you can dispose of waste bags (when they're not full). However if you prefer things a little more rustic, dogs are not allowed at the Nature Center or any of the trails in that area. They are allowed on the Osprey trail, and my canines enjoyed that a lot. Other reviewers have mentioned that dogs are not allowed on the beaches, and I would have loved to paddleboard with my dogs here so I hope that changes. We checked out to the old trails north of the park after finishing Osprey. The path is wide, so nobody had to dive into the bushes to pass by fellow hikers. The terrain is a little uneven, so watch your ankles. Those trails should have their own page.
For The Discerning DogBordine's
If your dog knows a Hosta from a hole in the ground, he or she will love Bordine's! In the extensive outdoor section, enjoy a wide variety of trees, shrubs, flowers and more. Take your furry housemates through the indoor greenhouse section and let them choose from a wide variety of house plants and decorative pots. If you have a doggie decorator on your hands, the patio furniture and garden statues will have them begging for an upgrade to their outdoor entertainment spaces. Plus, they have tons of soil enhancers, plant starters, fertilizers and tools to help your dog develop a green paw in no time!
Lovely little spot!Drayton Plains Nature Center
This is a fantastic little park nestled within a charming residential neighborhood. While not a huge park, it contains an impressive range of terrain (wooded, grassy, sandy pines, hills) that even dogs of a certain stature can manage. There were a few people fishing and a few biking the trails, and plenty of benches along the route to sit, or not sit and look at me like I’m crazy for wanting a picture. The area is not fenced and the water is easy to get into but not okay to swim in, so leashes are required for dogs. There is plenty of space on the trails for multiple dogs, families, bikes, etc. The waterfowl were impervious to a handful of kids on bikes and one yappy dachshund, just watch out for ground nuggets if your dog has a tendency to partake... 🤢 All in all, a lovely place to spend some time with the furry ones!