Dog's Day Out in Detroit, MI
From high-quality contemporary and transitional furniture, to home décor matched with unparalleled service, stop into Bright Ideas Furniture in Royal Oak. The Main St. mainstay has been located in the heart of downtown since 1983, when Royal Oak was just a sleepy suburb. The family-owned shop knows it takes the whole family to furnish a home and what better way to encourage this than inviting man’s best friend to shop as well? Since opening, the store has been giving away dog treats with every furry visit.
The revitalized Detroit riverfront has a bit of something for everyone – our dog friends included. The 5.5-mile promenade in downtown Detroit runs along the Detroit River, from the Ambassador Bridge, which connects to Canada, to Detroit’s largest park, Belle Isle. The RiverWalk is a popular destination for various activities such as walking, jogging and rollerblading, but a personal favorite is also dog watching. Be on the lookout for various organized dog-walking events, sponsored by local doggy daycare, “Canine to Five.” Additionally, for convenience, disposable bags are available along the RiverWalk.
Ever want to enjoy a flick with Fido by your side? It’s possible at the Ford Drive-In Theater, located in Dearborn. The spot opened in 1950 with one screen that could accommodate 750 cars. Today, the still very popular drive-in is the largest in the U.S., parking-wise, with space for more than 3,000 cars. The theater is open year-round, and supplies car heaters along with speakers during the winter season. Green spaces surround the theater so pups can walk during the previews. Just be sure to bring a bag to clean up after your pup and try to stay quiet during the show – nobody likes a barker in the crowd.
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. As the fourth largest historic house museum in the U.S., the 88,000 square foot 1920’s Tudor revival mansion is filled with extensive collections, original artwork and antique furnishings. While pups can’t peruse the goods inside the house, they are welcome to explore the meticulously maintained grounds. Dogs must be under their owner's control, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times. But the best part is pups can sniff all the flowers on the 1,500 acres they want for free.
Dogs with tons of energy will be easily worn out after exploring this 24-acre behemoth of a park. As part of the Oakland County parks system, amenities include a fenced enclosure with small dog area, including two trails, picnic shelter, doggie drinking water, field area, pet waste bags and access to Lake Sixteen for swimming. Sorry though – no humans are allowed in the water – this lake is for water dogs only! The park includes three separate sections, which are rotated on a monthly basis. Admission is a park entry fee of $5 for Oakland County residents or $10 for non-residents. Annual passes also are available.