Dog's Day Out in Dallas, TX
How about a hike? The historic Chisholm Trail in Plano (just outside Dallas) is 3.2 miles of rural beauty with a paved surface, making it a scenic place to take a variety of breeds for fun and socialization. The trail runs along the the creek and lake and has bathrooms and water fountains throughout (but take plenty of water for your dog). The trail ends at CreekWalk Village Shopping Center, where you can take lunch at one of three pet-friendly restaurant patios: Black-Eyed Pea, Outback Steakhouse, and On the Border Mexican Grill. Or, you can bring a bag lunch for both of you and just enjoy the peaceful majesty of Mother Nature.
Located just outside Fort Worth in Grand Prairie, Benbrook Lake is a great place to get away from the bustle of city living. Take your metropolitan pooch on an exciting adventure and go camping, boating, bird watching or hiking. Live off the land by pitching a tent and fishing for your supper. Not that adventurous? Bring your own grill and stay in one of the campground’s enclosed structures. The camp provides water and electricity hookups on all campsites. For city-dwellers, your time at Benbrook Lake is sure to be a weekend of adventure and discovery for both pet and person.
Sometimes it’s nice to go out and let someone else do the cooking. Take your pooch to Colleyville Town Center for a special treat for both of you.
First, stop by Bark Avenue Market & Bakery for delicious holistic treats and foods for every dog’s diet. Your dog can choose from a variety of items on the self-serve bar of house-baked treats, from Snickerpoodles to Bacon & Cheese Twists. Then just make a quick jaunt across the shopping center to sit on Gloria’s Restaurant’s dog-friendly patio and treat yourself to some world-class flan. It’s a day of decadent fun for human and canine alike!
Dogs are naturally curious, intelligent and exploratory. They may not be at home in a stuffy museum, but outdoor sculpture provides interesting three-dimensional stimulation for you and your pet. The Dallas Foundation has compiled a walking tour guide that takes you and your pet on an incredible journey of public sculptures in downtown Dallas. Take time to walk around each sculpture to let your dog explore the unique lines of each piece (just make sure they “take care of business” frequently on the grass).
Tour maps, which feature over 30 works of art in six downtown districts, are available for free download on the foundation’s website.
Texans love our dogs! It should come as no surprise that there are meetups popping up all over the DFW area. There are so many to choose from, there’s sure to be one near you. What’s a meetup? It’s a group of people with similar interests who get together to enjoy good fun and conversation.
From hiking tours to park-play and brunch affairs, each area meetup offers activities that allow you and your dog to socialize with like-minded mammals. To find one of the many meetups near you, go to www.meetup.com and type in your zip code and the word “dog.” Not one near you? Start one. It’s that simple!