You'll find picturesque nature scenes and lovers of dogs if you visit the lovely community of Amado, Arizona. Amado is one part of a chain of communities that run down I-19 in Santa Cruz County at the southern tip of the state. A few hours south and you'll be leaving the country! Amado has a tiny pup-ulation, with many of the residents being a four-legged furry best friend! The community's landscape is made up of farmlands with mountains, valleys, and state parks edging up against Amado to the east. This place is a haven for dog lovers, bird watchers, and city doggos alike!
Pet owners get along fine in Amado! There aren't any veterinarians within the community, but there are 2 vets within a 20-minute drive of Amado. There are also 2 pet stores in Amado! If your doggie needs grooming, one of these pet stores also does haircuts so your Fido will be all set. If you're looking to take advantage of the gorgeous landscape around Amado, there's the Elephant Head hiking trail in the Coronado National Forest. Also, just east of Amado, you'll find some pawesome hiking grounds to explore with Fido! This small town's full of surprises, so grab the leash and head out for a walk worth a wag!
Does your dog take their nutrition very seriously? If you live off Amado Road in the northern pocket of the community, you can walk over to Dog Chefs of America, a diner that's especially for doggos! This dog nutritionist business is decorated like a 1950s-style diner and specializes in daily preparations of natural dog food and canine cooking classes. You can chef up an entree "cur-tail-ed" of processed foods while stopping at the human deli right next door for a treat for yourself. Dog Chefs of America also has a fenced-in dog park on the property with a wading pool, dog toys, and doggie water fountain, which is important for dogs who are playing in the Arizona heat! This is the only privately owned dog park south of Tuscon, so if you're visiting Amado with your pups, it's a great spot for a day outing. Fido's got their leash and chef's hat ready!
Does your dog embrace their inner wolf and love exploring the great outdoors? If you live off Mt Hopkins Road on the eastern side of Amado, you can trek your way into the forested areas of Mt. Wrightson. A great place to visit with Fido is Madera Canyon! There's a series of hiking trails that weave around the Madera with plenty to see along the way! You'll find trailheads that accommodate beginner hikers with small inclines and gentle walking paths. If you and your dog are up for the challenge, there are also steep, expert trails that lead all the way up to the top of Mt. Washington. That's a 9,453-foot elevation! Bring binoculars because, as you hike, there's plenty of "op-paw-tunity" to see bird species like the Elegant Trogon, Elf Owl, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Painted Redstar, and any of the 230 bird species that call the Madera Canyon home! Fido's going mutts to head out for a trek!
Does your dog herd you across the living room as if you're a farm animal? Does your dog think they're a cattle herder? If you live further south in the Agua Linda community, you and your shepherding puppers can visit the Agua Linda Farm for a first-paw experience in sustainable farming. The Agua Linda Farm is open to the public to come to learn about sustainable farming practices, organic foods, and the humane treatment of animals. You can also ride horses and explore parts of the farm with your dog. The farm is family owned and operated and also acts as a venue for weddings and other affairs. Fido's putting their cattle boots on already just waiting to get out to Agua Linda!