Up north, in Washington state, they sure love their animals. A majority of the people in Bellingham, Washington, own at least one cat or dog and in some cases even one or more of both! With so many animals running around, you can bet there is plenty of things to do with your pet in Bellingham.
Bellingham is acclaimed for its many outdoors opportunities and what is a better way to enjoy some fresh air than to follow one of the hiking trails with your dog? Whether you opt for the South Bay trail, the Railroad Trail or the Whatcom County Interurban trail, you and your furry companion are bound to get rid off any built-up energy.
You can also choose to take your dog for a walk in one of the many dog parks and other dog-friendly areas. The Little Squalicum Park, the Maritime Heritage Park, the Arroyo Park are all great options. The favorite park among the locals, however, is the Lake Padden Dog Park as it is a fenced park where you can let the dog off its leash.
In the summer, you can also visit the Bloedel Donovan Beach. Dogs are allowed to roam and play fetch on the beach from 6 am to 10 am during these months. What is a more better way to start the day then unwind yourself on the beach with Fido!
Bring your pup for a run and a romp at Post Point Dog Park to explore the off-leash areas that are partially fenced with natural barriers. The swimming area is a fun way for your pup to cool down in the summer. The field, trails and lagoon near the park are also designated as off-leash areas. Get your next novel from Village Books where well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you while you shop inside the store. Check out Fairhaven Fish and Chips for some authentic English-style fish and chips from a double-decker bus. Your pup is welcome to join you at the outdoor tables.
Lake Padden Park is a public park that includes the Lake Padden Bark Park, a fenced, off-leash dog area separated for large and small dogs. The beautiful grass space topped with two small pools makes for big fun for Fido. The double gate to enter the park is a safety feature to assure all pups are where they should be. Lake Padden Park offers a breathtaking leashed walk with plenty of picnic spots. The looped walk is about 2.5 miles long through lush green trees, and there is also a network of trails throughout the park that promises some wildlife if your pup can be very quiet.
Your pooch will enjoy a walk at the Sehome Hill Arboretum. Here, the unpaved wooded trails are off leash areas, though leashes are required on all of the beautiful and well-maintained paved main trails. Plenty of short loops and trails allow you to walk in many directions. Don’t be surprised to run into wildlife along these pawsome trails. The views of Bellingham Bay from the observation tower are worth the stair climb during the fall and winter months when the leaves are off the trees. One of the trails has a short tunnel with an information board.