Dog's Day Out in Milwaukee, WI
While best known for its doggy salon and sleepover kennel services, owners can also hang out with their pooches at Central Bark’s facilities by letting them stage your next canine celebration. The indoor/outdoor puppy playgrounds feature plenty of pet toys and space for four-legged friends to race around together. Work with a personal party planner to arrange a catered event complete with decorations cake and party games for owners and pets to play together. Last minute availability is difficult to find, so make sure to schedule your special events well in advance.
New for 2010, the 5-acre off-leash dog park in the southern end of Warnimont State Park opened in the southern Milwaukee suburb of Cudahy. The fully-fenced park has several trails through the wooded areas and a separate area for small dogs to play safely. The smaller size of Warnimont makes it easier for dogs to socialize with one another. While pets play, owners can relax with a cup of Door County coffee or other beverages served by the Fixx Too concession kiosk which remains open from April to November. Like all city-run dog parks in Milwaukee, owners must purchase a daily or annual permit for a nominal fee before using the facilities.
Twelve miles south of downtown in the city suburb of Oak Creek, Milwaukee’s largest off-leash dog park has 26 acres of fenced in land for pets to run free with other furry friends. Providing combination of tall grass areas for exploring and the stretch of mowed grass known as “Fetch Lane,” Runway also provides a mowed, fenced-in area for puppies and small dogs to play safely. Three woodchip-covered trails, designed for short jaunts or long runs, lead through the forested areas with plenty of waste baskets and bag dispensers along the way to make cleanup a breeze. While the trails are well-maintained, think twice before visiting if it’s been raining as the park tends to get extra muddy.
Leashed dogs of all sizes are allowed in the 237-acres of grasslands, woods, and wetlands in Milwaukee’s Havenwoods State Forest without the permit fee required in off-leash exercise areas. The park has over six miles of trails to explore, although dogs aren’t allowed on every path so be sure to check the maps before starting off on a hike. Pet owners are free to stroll with their pets around the ponds and across the park’s 120-foot bridge, however, dogs aren’t allowed in the picnic areas. While the park allows leashed dogs, there are no facilities that cater to canines, so be sure to bring along water dish and disposal bags to pick up after your pets.
When tromping through the woods gets your pet’s coat too grubby to clean at home Community Bark offers convenient facilities designed especially for dog washing. Avoid dirty paw prints at home by washing pets yourself or sit back and relax with a freshly brewed cup at the coffee bar and let the experts take over. No need to wait for pets to get filthy before stopping by – Community Bark has couches arranged around a gas fireplace for fellow pet owners to commune with their furry friends over pastries and doggy treats. You can even use their free wi-fi while your pet goes in for grooming.