Every dog mom knows the struggle that comes with leaving the house while your precious pooch stares back at you with those big sad “Where you goin’, mama?” eyes. Don’t you just hate that!
Living in the city can make it even harder, as it isn’t always easy finding places where we can take our dogs to get some fresh air and exercise, and maybe sniff a few friendly butts.
Fortunately, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough if you know where to look. Today we’ll train our gaze on one of the most dog-friendly cities in Indiana, the beautiful city where my family and I live (well, we’re in the suburbs, but you know what I mean). Here are four canine hotspots so cool they might even make out-of-state animal lovers start scoping out Indianapolis houses for sale!
4 Places to Take Your Dog in Indianapolis
1. Broad Ripple Park
Looking for someplace where you can take your dog off the leash and let her play with her poochy pals? The 61-acre Broad Ripple Park is a beautiful outdoor area full of fun features that you and your dog will love.
Following a recent multi-thousand-dollar renovation, the dog park includes man-made hills to diversify the terrain, artificial turf to prevent perpetual pawing from turning the place into a muddy free-for-all, a new covered pavilion with picnic tables, water fountains for both two-legged and four-legged visitors, and a dog-washing station so you can make sure your mutt is clean before loading her into your car.
Most important is a spacious fenced-in area ensures your pup can zoom-zoom-zoom back and forth to her little heart’s content, without you having to worry about her wandering off.
2. City Dogs Grocery
One of the best advantages of living in the city is being able to browse unique boutiques and locally owned business of all kinds. Now your favorite dog can enjoy a shopping spree of her own at City Dogs Grocery.
Owned by a rescue dog-mothering nurse and operated by a staff of true-blue animal lovers, City Dogs Grocery is dedicated to encouraging better health and wellness in our pets by providing only high-quality, all-natural pet food, treats, and nutrition supplements.
The knowledgeable employees are more than willing to help you figure out what your pup needs and how best to provide it, with products on-hand for a wide variety of dietary requirements.
It’s not all doggy chow and homemade treats, though. City Dogs Grocery is also wall-to-wall toys and accessories. The only downside is how hard it can be to get your dog to leave!
3. Holliday Park
Your dog isn’t the only one who needs exercise every now and then. Keep your pooch, but lose that paunch with a day of hiking at Holliday Park.
Where Broad Ripple Park is a great place to let your dog off her leash to run free, Holliday Park offers a more curated outdoor adventure with 3.5 miles of winding trails, staircases, and foot bridges along the bubbling banks of the White River.
Leashed dogs are allowed everywhere on the massive 91-acre property, with the exception of the indoor nature center.
There’s plenty to see and enjoy outside, though, including shallow creeks perfect for pooches who like to splish-splash, an arboretum comprising more than 1,200 trees of different species for pups who like to, ahem, mark their territory, and last but not least, the park’s one-of-a-kind “ruins,” preserved remains of three massive limestone statues designed by famed 19th-century sculptor Karl Bitter.
4. Three Dog Bakery
After a long day of hiking you and your dog deserve to treat yourselves. Where better to find your pup a sweet snack than at Three Dog Bakery? My dogs love this place, and for good reason.
While City Dogs Grocery is all about health and wellness, Three Dog Bakery leaves some room for delicious decadence. Everybody deserves the occasional cheat day, after all.
If you’re going to cheat, you might as well do it with flair. Three Dog Bakery has flair for days, with such unique offerings as animal-safe peanut butter-filled pretzel bites, grain-free oven-baked bacon biscuits, crunchy all-natural mini-bagels, cookie dough ice cream wafers, and even honey-sweetened birthday cakes with low-fat, low-lactose yogurt frosting!
It’s okay if you’re getting hungry reading this. Truth be told, sometimes our dogs eat better than we do.
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Now It’s Your Turn
Where do you like to take your dog in Indianapolis? Let me know in a comment below, or join the conversation in my private Facebook group for dog moms!