Several years ago, Max came into my life. He was just 8 weeks old. In the beginning, Max was like most 8 week old puppies, he slept, ate, went to the potty, played for a few minutes and then started the process all over again.
As Max grew, it became apparent that he had too much energy to be satisfied with just a walk in the neighborhood. His love was running -- running just for the sake of running.
Being a city dog, our yard did not give Max sufficient space to fully expend his energy. He soon discovered ways to escape from the yard and quickly located the neighborhood golf course.
At first, the people at the golf course chuckled at Max's exploits. Unfortunately, Max soon wore out his welcome and I soon began receiving phone calls in stern tones requesting that I remove Max from the golf course.
Around this time, I had heard that some cities had off leash dog parks. I began our search to locate a dog park near us where Max could open up and run to his heart's content.
The first park we found was the Dog Park in Pembroke Pines, FL. At first glance, this park seemed to be perfect It had large open areas for both large and small dogs, covered benches (it gets very hot in the summer in South Florida), water and even an area with a hose and a concrete pad that contained several small plastic children's wading pools.
Max embraced this park immediately. He took off running and didn't look back. After a few trips to the Dog Park, Max began to feel more "at home". He began to more fully explore the park. This was when he discovered his next passion, cooling off in the wading pools.
At first, this was enjoyable for both Max and myself. I loved watching him have so much fun! He was hilarious in how he selected a pool to lay in.
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Then one day, while lying in the cool water of the pool, Max spied the area just off the concrete pad. Without warning, Max left the pool and ran over to this area just adjacent to the concrete pad. This area was nothing more than a huge mud puddle. He wallowed in that puddle until you couldn't tell what his true coloring was. Then suddenly, Max jumped up from the puddle and ran towards all the people sitting around on the benches watching their dogs, and shook all that mud off of him. People could not run fast enough from Max. We left the park with our heads hanging low.
Max's visits to the dog park became less frequent as we needed time to fully bathe him after each outing. I once again began looking for other park options.
Max enjoying the beach
I found that locating these parks can sometimes be tricky. State, County and City websites contain so much information, it is hard to find what you are looking for. As Max and I began visiting other dog parks, it became apparent that the condition and amenities of the parks varied greatly. As Max and I became familiar with several dog parks, we decided to share our knowledge with you. This website was born and the rest, as they say, is history.
I hope you and your dog can discover the joys of dog parks as Max and I have and that this website gives you an easy way to find your local area dog park and allows you to explore new ones outside your "home' area.
Disclaimer: While we try to insure our information is accurate, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all information contained on this website. Our information is gathered from public records and other sources. Park openings, hours or facility availability can change due to acts of nature, budget cuts and other unforseen events. We include phone numbers for the parks here when possible. We recommend you check with the park you are interested in using to obtain up-to-the-minute information on the status of the park.
Home for the Holidays
Dog Parks Along I-95 - Maryland - Virginia
By Donna Peterson
October 17, 2014
Driving home for the holidays is a ritual for many people. One key question that must be answered for dog owners is: Do they stay or do they go?
Throw us a Bone
Locate a Park