Pet owners will find a chain pet store and unique pet shops in the area as well as several veterinarians. The shopping district on the southwest side has local eateries that allow dogs to join their owners in their outdoor seating areas. There are also schools, a recreation center, and a large medical center.
San Diego has beautiful weather throughout the year with mostly dry, warm days. Winters are mild and heavy winter gear is not required as the temperature is usually well above freezing. There are some overcast and rainy days, especially in May and June, but a light rain jacket will usually suffice to keep you dry while walking with your pet.
A gated mobile home park is situated on the north side but the bulk of the neighborhood is made up of single-family detached homes. Private properties are well landscaped and maintained with large trees and attractive yards and gardens.
The terrain in the area is hilly with natural areas surrounding the community. When walking with your dog in the district, you will be faced with some up and down hill treks. Streets in the area do have separate sidewalks for pets and pedestrians to use, so they do not have to share the road with traffic.
Allied Gardens canines will find the Mission Trails Regional Park located on the northeast side of their community, offering over 7,200 acres of natural canyons, hills, peaks, bluffs, and rugged terrain with 65 miles of hiking trails. Dogs must remain leashed on the trails and you should be prepared to pack out any pet waste or litter to preserve this wilderness area. Check trail conditions in wet weather as some steep, dirt trails in the area may be closed. If you and your adventurous pup want to check out some of the more mountainous terrain in the park, you will be treated to spectacular views!
For a “tamer” local greenway, you can stroll on by the Allied Gardens Recreation Center which has trees and open green space. It also has a paved walking path on its property that is centrally located, easy to reach, and appropriate for people and pets of all ability levels.