You say Arkansas, we say BARKANSAS! Hot Springs, Arkansas is the 11th largest city in the state, full of people and their loving canine pals. Hot Springs was named after it's 40 plus thermal springs that reach 143 degrees. In earlier days, these mineral-rich waters were thought to hold curative properties for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The Native Americans even used them as bathing pools.
Did you know October was Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Month? Need a new furry pal? Check out the Humane Society of Garland County. They are a 501(3) (c) donation funded organization. Their mission is simple: “to rescue adoptable animals without homes and to provide safety and nurturing while working to find safe, loving permanent homes for them.” They spay and neuter all incoming pets, vaccinate and treat them for heartworms while they wait to be adopted. They also have a local thrift store whose proceeds go directly back into the shelter. They are a “no-kill” shelter meaning once they are full, they cannot accept any more furry tenants. They are open 6 days a week; closed Mondays.
This old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat is a Hot Springs must do for pets and their people! Leashed dogs can cruise down beautiful Lake Hamilton along with you and your family from the boat’s upper deck. The riverboat operates year round (weather permitting) but it is closed on Mondays. They offer sightseeing cruises, lunch or dinner cruises, Valentine's and Mother’s Day cruises and is also available for private parties. Once your cruise is over, head up to the gift shop and get you and Fido some souvenirs to remember your day on the lake. It is a Hot Springs tradition!
This beautiful botanical garden is located at the University of Arkansas. It is a pine-filled, flora and fauna wonderland complete with 4 and a half miles of scenic shoreline. A small admission fee is required for non-members and just a 5.00 fee each time your pup joins you on the trails. They are open February 1st through mid-November. You and your pooch can stroll leisurely along the endless landscaped paths and gorgeous gardens. Your pup can grab a cool drink at the dog fountain, the Pavilion, Perry Point, or the Chipmunk Café. This is PAWsibly the best way to spend a lazy day with your furry friends.
Cruise on back to the days of the "1950s soda shop" with a contemporary flair! Bubbalu’s offers chili dogs, malts, shakes, double cheeseburgers and a special kid's menu served on a Frisbee. You may want to see if you can keep that Frisbee for your furry buddy, who can join the family in Bubbalu’s outdoor dining area. Soak in the atmosphere, relax and enjoy some delicious food and fun with the family. They are open seven days a week and offer a fun, affordable time out for the WHOLE family, two-legged and four-legged members alike.
This annual event is more than just a chili cook-off! This pet-friendly event is packed with tons of fun for the whole family. There will be live music, arts and crafts, lots of vendors, car and boat shows and of course, a chili cook-off (hence the name). Line on up and taste what the competitors have to offer you and cast your vote! There will even be a “cutest chili dog costume contest” for our canine companions. Fun, food and Fido – a perfect fix for a RUFF day.
Care for Animals, (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals) sponsors this annual event to promote their rescue and raise much-needed funds. They do this through ticket sales and donations to further their selfless work. The event will take place at Trapnall Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A $60.00 ticket will give guests access to wonderful food, wonderful beverages, a silent auction, live music and a wine pull. Of course, CARE will have some of their adoptable babies on site. If you are unable to attend, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to CARE. They love animals unconditionally, just like our pets love us!