300 Dog Parks & Counting

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We just visited our ūüíę300th dog park.

Over the past 10 years we’ve visited
23 states
75 dog friendly hotels
300 dog park

Ossian & Koda love exploring, and it’s even better when there is

NO LEASH involved.


In 2010 we attended the first #barkworld conference and learned that dogs can have their own #blogs. So the blog- theokdogblog was born.

We began sharing pictures and rating on all the dog parks we visited. We realized we loved planning trips to cities that had lots of dog friendly off leash parks. So began our mission to visit 100 dog parks, we hit that easy…the next goal was 250. And this past year we decided we wanted to try and hit 300 dog parks before the pups were too old to #travel or enjoy.
We are excited to say our 10 year old #Saint and 11 year old #Husky have reached the goal of 300 dog parks. We are not done yet. We still have three days left of our texas road trip and there are more on our list to visit.
I am very proud of what our #family has accomplished. I believe our #pups have enjoy ever #trip we’ve ever taken. I am thankful that we are able to give our pups the #luxury to travel and #explore.

Bill Archer Bark Park

Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 3201 Hwy 6, Houston, TX 77084

Enrichment: Agility and Large dog shape pond

Areas: Two: Small dog and Large dog (both with ponds

Surface: Grass, dirt, mud, mulch, concrete

Human Comfort: A few benches


TheOKdog’s Rating: 4 out of 5 Paws

Would prolly be a higher rating if it was flooded with multiple large mud puddles.

Katy Dog Park

Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 5414 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77493

Enrichment: Agility and small pond

Areas: Two: Small Dog and All Dog (large park w/ pond)

Surface: Concrete, grass, dirt, mulch

Human Comfort: A few benches


TheOKDog’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paws

Barky Park Dog Park

Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to public

Location: River Dr W, Seguin, TX 78155

Enrichment: Agility equipment

Areas: Two Large and small dog areas

Surface: Grass, dirt, mulch

Human Comfort: like two benches


TheOKDog’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Paws

The OK Dog’s Summer Road Trip

Day 1


First stop Knoxville, TN

We checked out two new dog parks

Petsafe Big Turtle Dog Park in Oak Ridge & Petsafe Pistol Creek Dog Park

Along with a quick stop at Petsafe Charter Doyle Dog Park

Our trip wouldn’t be complete without a dip¬†in the marina at Petsafe Concord Dog Park.

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This dock is my bitch!

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During the hottest part of the day we check out some of our favorite pet shops. ¬†Petsmart & Petco, and Knoxville’s very own Citifido

On the way to our next stop we found an awesome dog park that was converted from an old baseball field.  This Morristown Dog Park climbed close to the top of our Ultimate Dog Park List.     *Post coming soon*


Day 2-4 Kingsport Tn

We spent the Fourth of July with family in Kingsport TN, They have a basement that kept us calm during the fireworks.  We stayed in our kennels most the time there, but it was nice to catch up on some sleep.

Day 5 Greenville SC

We checked out some new dog parks on the way to Greenville SC.

Morris Broadband Dog Park in Fister Community Park and Mills River Dog Park

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Chillin like a villain

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After checking in at Red Roof Inn, we checked out Conestee Dog Park and Simpsonville Dog Spot

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Happy pups at the dog park

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Then to one of the highlights of the trip.  The Pour Taproom

Day 6-Atlanta GA

Off to the Parks!

Pinckneyville Dog Park

Rabbit Hill Dog Park

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Why must I always do agility!

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Adair Dog Park

While driving around Atlanta checking out the dog parks we hadn’t seen yet we came up with the idea for a show for Animal Planet or Travel channel called American Best Dog Parks, we travel around and talk to people at different dog parks and show the best dog parks in big cities. ¬†We can ask people to tweet about their favorite parks and start a YouTube channel too.

We ate dinner and played at Parkgrounds Cafe & Dog Park. ¬†A place where ya can enjoy a nice beer or small dinner while your pup plays in the park. ¬†It’s a great hipster place! I bet a lot of blogging could be done here.

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At the Park Grounds Cafe & Dog Park

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No Atlanta trip is complete with out a stop at one of the Top 10 Dog Parks: Newtown dog Park

Meet another Saint Bernard there, he was 7 months old and 120 pounds.  Almost 40 pounds heavier than me!

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Seriously i am a dude stop trying to hump me

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My water

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The night ended abruptly, heard fireworks so ran to the car, was given two calming chews and two melentonin and had a great night sleep.


Day 7 To Panama City, Florida

Stopped by Canine Crossing in Columbus, GA

Then we check out this cool ON LEASH Park called Flat Rock Park in Columbus, GA

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Surveying the land

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Oxbow Support Facility Dog Park, Columbus, GA

Everitt Av Dog Park

Al Helms Dog Park


Day 8

Back to Al Helms Dog Park

Our moto for this trip:

Run, Poop, Leave 

Because it was SO FREAKIN HOT!

Because of all the sweating and swimming we had bath time at Earth Wise

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Scrub a dub pup!

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Ahhh feels so good

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On our way to the Pet Sitters we just happened upon a really cool dog park called Alaqua Unleashed pretty cool that they even have classes there.

We had a few hours to kill so we needed to do something cool so we checked out Bass Pro Shop, now most Bass Pro’s are pet friendly but some are not from what we have read-we did call ahead to check. ¬†The pups loved it! ¬†Koda loved all the stuffed “Real” animals and the fish tank. ¬†Ossian was scared of the big fish and the large size stuff turtle pillow. Yes he was scared of pillow. ¬†Ossian did get a lot of love, as all the kids and most of the adults came to meet him and give him belly rubs. ¬†My little therapy dog in training.

Then the pups were dropped at Heathers Hug & Kisses Pet Sitting. ¬†Loved how she took the time to introduce her self, her own dogs and walk us through the house and how she does everything, unlike some kennels and pet sitters we have used who just grab your stuff and scoot you out the door. ¬†I love that she sent us updates and wasn’t taken aback by all my texting to check on them. ¬†I think they had a pretty good stay! As we had a Gibson family vacation at a non pet friendly beach house in Panama City.

Day 15

And They’re BACK!!

After 6 days at Heather’s Hug & Kisses Pet Boarding we are back on the road.

First stop Niceville, FL Dog Park

Then to our first dog park of Alabama!!!

Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park in Montgomery.  This was a pretty neat little park although someone decided to put on some mud socks.

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Like my black socks?

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We were excited that Alabaster Dream Dog Park was on the way.  This is one of the Beneful Dream Dog Park winners.  We love turf dog parks and of course any park with WATER!


Day 16

After finally decided on our TOP 10 Dog Parks, we now have to end up changing the ranking because Cahaba Beach Dog Park was pretty amazing.  Although a private dog park, it is worth it-especially if you live in Birmingham, Alabama.  We spent most of the day at Cahaba, taking some naps in the cool car or checking out the local Petsmart & Petco of course!

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Someones hyper in the mornings!

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Hoover Dog Park

Rubys dog park at Red Mountain

Pet Supplies Plus

Hollywood Feed

Back to Cahaba Beach

Petsmart and Petco

Back to Cahaba Beach

Day 17

Leaving Birmingham to Nashville

Played a bit more at Cahaba Beach

Then on the way to Nashville we checked out

Fultondale dog park

We stopped in Franklin, TN to see Uncle Steveo

Checked out Freedom Dog Park

Nolansville Dog Park

William A Pitts Dog Park

As always staying at Red Roof Inn

Last Day ūüė¶

Two Rivers Dog Park in Nashville, TN

Spot Pet Supply and got some yummy pig ears!

On the way home stopped at

Goodlesttsville Dog Park before heading three hours North East to our home in Lexington

“SMMMM, You guys smell” Dad exclaimed so off the interstate at Elizabethtown for baths at

First stop was Pet Supply Plus $10 Self Pet Wash, but another Saint Bernard beat us to it. ¬†And Ossian isn’t super nice to bigger than him Saints. ¬†So we headed to Feeder Supply. ¬†One of our absolute favorite pet stores. ¬†They have great discounts on all our favorite products and their Pet Wash is super nice.

And now we’re home



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Summer Vacation Stats

Dog Parks Visited: 32

Cities Stayed In: 8

Hotels Slept in: 6

Pet Stores Shopped at: 18

Pet Friendly Attractions that attracted us:   3

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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