Oh Happy Dog

Author: Alecia Pirulis

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It’s okay to admit it. You are choosing a location based on not only how happy you’ll be there, but how happy your dog will be. A nearby dog park makes apartment living much easier for you — and your four-legged roommate. Even if an apartment complex is pet-friendly, it may not be in a pet-friendly neighborhood. Your dog needs space to run and play, and that can be a challenge for apartment dwelling dogs if there’s no nearby dog park.

If you are considering a move, keep in mind some of the nation’s best dog parks. Florida, for example, has Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde. This great beach is not only one of the most popular for people, but it also has an off-leash dog beach. That’s right — a beach for dogs. Your pooch can stretch out in the sand, soak up the sun, chase Frisbees in the surf … and you don’t have to worry about taking a sandy, salty dog home because there are doggie showers and water fountains to clean and hydrate your dog.

If you and your dog want to make new friends, the Ossining Dog Park in Ossining, New York was Dog Fancy’s choice for best social events in 2009. They hold several annual festivals and events for dogs and their owners, including a Halloween costume party.

Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, Tennessee contains Dogwood Park. This dog park has a special puppy playground with an inclined hill and tunnels. In Houston, Texas you’ll find the Millie Bush Bark Park. It has three ponds (two for large dogs and one for small) and washing stations situated on 13 acres, giving your dog space to run.

Speaking of space, Snowfill Dog Park in Bozeman, Montana is a whopping 37 acres. This huge park also has amazing scenery so you can enjoy the view while your dog explores.

Freedom Bark Park in Lowell, Indiana is not only fun for your dog, it is eco-friendly. It has a solar-powered water pump, recycled rubber mulch walkways, and biodegradable doggie bags. Built by volunteers, this par has areas set aside just for digging, plenty of shade trees, and lots of options for running and playing.

Find the dog-friendly apartment–and neighborhood–of your dreams and unleash some fun at your local dog park.
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