Independence Grove Dog Park

Nature of Park: Fenced off leash

Open to Public: Permit required:

Location: Separate from the rest of Independence Grove Forest Preserve, the Dog Park has its own entrance on Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), north of Buckley Road (Route 137) in Libertyville.

Enrichment: 30 acres of woods and lakes

Area: one open area

Surface: Dirt, Grass, Water

Human Comfort: Bring your walking shoes



This dog park marked our 200th dog park visited!!!!!
200 dog parks across 17 states!
See all these dog parks here: Where We Play

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Montrose Dog Beach

Nature of Park: Semi Fenced off leash beach

Open to public, must have permit to access park  Only $10 per dog and you have access to all chicago parks.  Easy to get a permit here

Location: Montrose & Simonds Drive

Enrichment: Beach!  Of course we believe that is enrichment!

Areas: one are for all dogs!

Surface: Sand

Human Comfort: not much, only one bench.


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Fulton Dog Park




Nature of the park: Fenced off leash
Open to Public
Location: Fulton Missouri
Enrichment: None
Areas: Small Dog and Large Dog area
Surface: Grass
Human Comfort: a couple of benches


TheOKdogs Rating: 1 out of 5



Quail Ridge Dog Park



Nature of park: Fenced Off Leash
Open to Public
Location: Wentzville Missouri
Enrichment: None
Areas: Small and Large areas
Surface: Mainly dirt
Human Comfort: A few benches and a shelter area


TheOKdogs Rating: 2 out 5 paws


Dog Friendly Places You Need to Visit!

  • Pet Art Exhibit in London: This is the world’s first art exhibit for dogs.  Not only does it have art work for dogs but it is designed to visually please and is hung at dog eye level!  It also has interactive art like a giant dog bowl filled with balls!  Here’s hoping it makes it way to the states!
  • Camp Dogwood: We were lucky enough to spend a weekend at Camp Dogwood for their Winter Un-Camp.  Winter Un-Camp is one of three different camps they offer.  A weekend full of fun dog friendly activities and seminars.  Plus fun with like minded people.  Why not take a vacation with your pup!!!
  • Lancaster Dog Park:   You seariously gotta see this to believe this.  Lancaster Dog Park now known as Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park was the winner of the Beneful Dream Dog Park Makeover.  It received 500,000 to redesign the dog park, and the COOLEST among coolest things…the Ball Throwing Tree.  Yes you heard that.  They designed a tree to throw balls for the pups.  If you’re ever near Lancaster Pennsylvania check it out.
  • Purina Pawsway:  An interactive, entertaining museum for you and your pup located in Toronto, Canada.  This places holds tons of exciting events and activities and admission is always free.
  • Purina Farms: Located outside of the beautiful St. Louis is a place called Purina Farms.  This unique place holds tons of dog shows and trials, tons of dog friendly events.  You need to explore Purina Farms!
  • Petsmart Patio at Chase Field: We all know Petsmart the huge pet store, but they now have a pet friendly patio at Chase Field home of  the Arizona Diamondbacks.  During the summer they hold “Dog Days of Summer” where you can take your pup out to the ball game, sit in dog friendly seating and dog friendly concessions.  There is also an indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor dog park to socialize with friends.
  • Parkground Cafe: Located in Atlanta, Georgia is this adorable gem some just drive by and don’t realize this little coffee shop had their own fenced dog park!  Enjoy some coffee and let your pup have some fun with friends.
  • Tailwags Playground: Located in Columbus, Ohio is this new indoor dog park.  Still in the works is their own dog friendly cafe as well.  Free wifi allows you come by with your pup and read a book or work on homework.  They offer tons of different events as well. In town check them out!  Fingers cross Lexington gets one soon!  Perfect for rainy or cold days!
  • Captain Mikes Dolphin Tour: Take a “3 hour tour”(bad joke).  Why not take your boat trip with your pup to see dolphins!  I know my pups would love to meet a dolphin!  Captain Mikes Dolphin tours are pet friendly!
  • Dog Bark Inn: A bed and breakfast in a BIG BEAGLE!  Thats right, a giant building built to look like a beagle and a beagle pup is available to rent between April and October.
  • Fort DeSoto Beach: One of the top 10 dog beaches in the USA.  Enjoy a lazy day at the beach where you pup can run off leash and enjoy  swimming in the gulf!



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Have you been to any of these?  Do you have some to add to the list.  Please let us know!






Unleash the Fun

wagspark3810 Church Street Newton, Ohio 45244



Type of Park: Private Off-Leash Dog Park

Surface Area: Grass, concrete walking area, large rock path, and rubber mulch

Stimulating Activities: swimming pond & dock, large water fountains, doggy play set, agility equipment-including tunnels and teeter

Cooling: water sprinklers & swimming pond give plenty of water to drink, also a water fountain inside the park, quite a few shade trees, a picnic shelter as well

Separate Areas: No – All dogs are temperament tested before entering the park-so small and large can stay together.

Greenage: four or five waste bag and trash stations throughout park (you don’t have to walk far to get a bag or deposit one)

Human Comfort: picnic shelter & picnic tables- benches and chairs throughout the park, men and women built in bathrooms, large screen TV, drink & snack bar, lots of events including football games on the big screen

Location:  Just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio (Click here for directions)

Membership: Annual membership or month/day passes available.  All dogs must have current vaccinations (proof off) and pass a temperament test.

Rules and Policies

  • Early termination of monthly payment programs carries a 90-day same rate fee
  • Members can upgrade to a new program at any time during their membership. Simply notify us and we will adjust your rate on the next billing cycle
  • No downgrades permitted
  • Members receive a membership card (may be a picture card) that is used to access Park facilities
  • All Members are required to sign a contract and waiver
  • All dogs are required to have current shot and vaccination records
  • All dogs are subject to temperament testing before permitted in the Park
  • We reserve the right to ask a customer to remove their dog from the park at anytime and/or revoke a membership

** All memberships expire at the end of the season in which they were purchased.

** Weather permitting.  Park closes due to severe weather, rainy or snowy weather or when emergency maintenance is required. Additionally the park hours may vary due to special events. In all cases the Park reserves the right to close the facility or amend its hours of operation at any time without notice; however the Park will endeavor to notify its Annual, Seasonal and Summer Members via Facebook or email.

What makes the park unique:  Well-trained staff, clean swimming area, lots of stimulation for dogs, all dogs temperament tested, lots of events and great human comforts

TheOKdogs Rating: 5 paws out of 5


Pet Friendly Cabins: Fauna Lodge

imageEvery Christmas we like to spend some time just us.  Me, Mom, Dad and Koda.

The last three years we’ve traveled to Ellijay, GA and stayed at different Pet Friendly Cabins.   This year we stayed at Fauna Lodge, one of the many pet friendly cabins Sliding Rock Cabin Rentals rents.





  • Covered Hot Tub
  • Outside Fire-pit
  • Fenced in dog yard
  • Fenced in deck
  • Leather Couches with plenty of seats
  • Fireplace
  • Big TVs with Cable and Netflix
  • Comfy King Size Bed



  • Fenced in dog yard-not attached to deck (must leash or trust dog fully to get to the dog yard)
  • Construction Next Door


See the Virtual Tour Here

Plan your next trip

Home Hotels


We LOVE sleeping on the bed!

As you can see…


Dog Friendly Hotels

We hope in your travels you check out these awesome hotels:

La Quinta Inn in Atlanta, GA

La Quinta in Tampa, FL

Doggy Bed & Breakfast Port Charlotte, FL (dogs only)

Red Roof Inn in Naples, FL

La Quinta Inn in Fort Lauderdale, FL

La Quinta Inn in Jacksonville, FL

Red Roof Inn in Mount Pleasant, SC

La Quinta Inn in Greenville, SC

La Quinta Inn in Pigeon Forge, TN

Twas the Night Before Vacation!

Twas the night before Vacation, when all through the house

All creatures were stirring including the mouse! (Hamster)

The suitcases was zipped and car tightly packed

in hopes that tomorrow we wouldn’t react

The Pups (that’s us) was not ready to sleep

and Mommy and Daddy were wishing we hadn’t peaked

Our leashes were hung but our bags were gone

we knew that the time had….OH No my kong!

We are ready for this trip we just can’t wait

til 9am tomorrow its gonna be great!

Summer Vacation Planning!

Mom and Dad have been planning our summer vacation.  Here’s what they got so far….but they need help!   Comment below and let us know if you’ve visited before and what you enjoyed doing???


Saturday June 20th we will leave!

We will be spending at lest one night in the following cities!  (help us find cool and fun things to do!)

Atlanta GA

Gainesville FL

Fort Myers FL

Miami FL

Jacksonville FL

Savannah GA

Charleston SC

Greenville SC

Smokey Mtns TN

Knoxville TN

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