Where Dallas Is for the Dogs

Keep your pooch happy at these places throughout the area.

It's the dog days of summer—and the rest of the seasons—in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dogs have long been accepted as man's best friend, now, more than ever, they are accepted just about everywhere. Whether it's going out to dinner, staying at a hotel or taking your pal to the park, places are more accommodating than ever to the four-legged varities. 

Hotels are becoming more accommodating to dogs and ones in the area are no exception. Stay prices vary as do the size of the dog. The Ritz-Carlton Dallas allows pooches up to 25 pounds; the Westin Hotel Galleria Dallas up to 40 pounds; you can stay with a dog up to 50 pounds at Hyatt Place Dallas Park Central and animals 75 pounds and under are acceptable at the Hilton Southlake Hotel.

Location for these hotels is also key. At the Ritz-Carlton, after luxuriating in five-star wonderfulness in the heart of downtown Dallas, just a safe, one-block walk away is Klyde Warren Park, perfect for dogs of any size. The park's five acres provide more than enough green space; the highlight being My Best Friend's Park, an off-the-leash dog park where they can escape the heat while splashing in fountains. Adjacent to the Hilton Southlake is McPherson Park, a 3.4 acre green space suitable for taking a walk around the lake—or at least as far as you’d like to venture.

McPherson Park, Southlake, Texas

Get out of the rut of the standard neighborhood walk and head to the dog park. In East Dallas, the three-acre Mockingbird Point Off-Leash Dog Park at White Rock Lake Park has separate areas for large and small dogs, allowing both to co-mingle in the dog swimming area. Located just off the President George Bush Tollway, canine socialization stretches over 22 acres at NorthBark Dog Park. Open Wednesday-Monday, the amenities include a six-foot wide loop trail, a lake for swimming and a doggy shower.

While there are plenty of eating establishments that offer pet-friendly patios, a noted haven for dogs and their owners is Mutts Canine Cantina. A yearly, monthly or daily membership is required for access to the Uptown cantina's one-acre park. In addition to separate areas for large and small breeds, an on-duty attendant will provide water and pick up after your pet. A membership is not needed to sit on the beer garden-style patio with your four-legged friend. Relax and enjoy a grilled cheese and hot pickle sandwich washed down with a bourbon shake while ordering your pal a doggie dessert (vanilla custard with peanut butter) and/or a bite-size beef hot dog.

Mutts Canine Cantina

Bark Out Loud Doggie Boutique and Café is a great spot to pick up a do accoutrement whether it be a new collar, outfit (sports teams are popular) or treats. The cafe itself is dog park-themed an a place where owners are encouraged to come in with their dogs and meet other owners while treating their pet to m   

Unfortunately, you can't spend all your time with your dog. For an extended stay or just a frolicking good time out in the country, Canine Country Club and Wellness Center is there. The center provides transportation from its McKinney Avenue headquarters to its 380-acre spread in Ennis. There’s swimming in the pond, multiple daycare areas with plenty of outdoor activity and when your pooch is tired, his air-conditioned kennel with bedding awaits. 

With the Pooch Patio located just off U.S. Route 75, there is plenty to keep owners entertained while Fido spends time at the Spaw Style Bar getting professionally groomed. If you can't make it out, the Patio offers one-way or round-trip transportation within a 5-mile radius. Pack Play Day Care offers play yards for four different sizes of dogs and has kennel or suite boarding for extended stays. Want to celebrate the pooch's birthday in style? Spring for a "pawty," in its Unleashed space. There are tables for food and treats, an exterior misting system and a 55-inch TV playing dogtv. 

Scott Rouch
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