Today is National Dog Day and we’re here to give you some fun ideas to celebrate the occasion with your four-legged friends.
Enjoy some fresh air at a dog park
Why not take a break from the bustling city life and spend some time outside with your pup? Grand Rapids has a few different dog parks for you and your dog to enjoy. Check out Covell Dog Park on the western side of the city. This one-acre off-leash space is the perfect place for your pooch to run and play, and there are even some small pools and a hose for dogs to cool down on those hot summer days.
Treat your dog to a doggy sundae
I scream, you scream – even Fido screams for ice cream! Let your pup indulge in a delicious treat to celebrate National Dog Day and stop by a local ice cream shop such as Furniture City Creamery in Eastown. This quaint shop churns out a variety of homemade, unique ice cream flavors and serves yummy “pup cups” for your four-legged friend.
Support a local pet store
Maybe it’s time for your dog to be groomed or maybe you want to spoil him or her with a new toy or treat. In that case, head over to Fido & Stitch for all your dog-related needs. This local canine boutique and salon values natural and healthy products and wants every dog to live a long, healthy and fun life.
Bring your dog out to eat
Need a lunch or dinner date? Why not bring your canine companion along? Grand Rapids has a few different restaurants and breweries that have dog-friendly patios/outdoor seating sections. Check out One Trick Pony in downtown Grand Rapids. This grill and taproom is celebrated for its dog-friendly outdoor patio and staff. Not only will you enjoy great service, but your dog will too – they’re known for providing water bowls and bones.
Take a road trip to a dog beach
If your dog enjoys car rides, take him or her on a little adventure to Lake Michigan for the day. The lakeshore boasts a variety of dog-friendly beaches and parks that your BFLF (best four-legged friend) is sure to enjoy. Kruse Park in Muskegon is a great option because entry is free and the dog beach is its own separate area but with plenty of room for a game of fetch.
*Main photo by Andrea Straw