McCalla, Alabama is a sizable unincorporated community in western metro Birmingham, near the intersection of I-20 and I-459. The convenient location means you can be anywhere in greater Birmingham within a matter of minutes, and this dog-loving city has plenty of fun for you and your fur family.
The Beneful Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, about 20 miles southeast of McCalla, is pawticularly worth a trip. This $500,000 facility was built by DIY Network celebrity Jason Cameron in 2012 to give Alabama dogs the ultimate off-leash play-place. With a splash pad, agility equipment, tunnels, benches, shade, a fetch-football field, and a walking course, it truly is the park of your pup's dreams.
If you prefer a natural backdrop for your exercise, the hilly forests surrounding Birmingham provide endless hiking opportunities. Well-named Ruffner Mountain is particularly wild. With a trail network over 15 miles, Ruffner is a peaceful nature preserve that feels more remote than it is. The mountain was mined for iron in the 19th and early 20th centuries, so stay on the trail and resist the temptation to explore abandoned mines -- that's for your own safety as well as your BFF's.
Closer to home, you'll find everything you need near McCalla. Take the whole family for some chow: Centrally located near a big-box pet supply store, Full Moon BBQ (technically in adjacent Bessemer) has a meaty menu to get your carnivores howling; pups can join you at the outdoor tables. If someone gets indigestion, you'll find a veterinary clinic located in central McCalla, and several other practices are within a few miles.