More than half of the people in California own either a cat or a dog and in some cases, even both. This holds true for Rancho Cucamonga, California, as well which means that there are around 40,000 dogs and even more cats in the city. Where do the residents of Rancho Cucamonga if they walk their dog or want to give them a treat?
The main place for dogs to be able to be truly free and socialize with other dogs is the Etiwanda Creek Community Dog Park. The small dogs can play with similar sized friends in the small dog area while larger dogs can get acquainted and rough with pals of their own height. There are kiddie pools for pups and shaded areas for shelter from the sun.
Citizens of Rancho Cucamonga are also fond of the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail. The trail consists of a concrete bike trail and a stone side path for running and walking but also can be used for a long hike with the dog. The trail offers great views and is easily accessible from multiple directions.
Visitors to Rancho Cucamonga with dogs will love this place. There are multiple pet-friendly hotels such as the Aloft Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga and dog-friendly restaurants like The Lazy Dog Cafe.
In 1999, a spot in Baldy View Park was carved out for Upland Dog Park. That was the year that everyone was worried the world would end at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Well, that didn’t happen. Everything survived, even the park. And thank goodness it did, because every month, an event is held to encourage community building and educate dog owners on responsible dog ownership. If you can’t attend next month’s event, be sure to subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter. You will receive a handbook called “The Dog Park Survival Guide”, a su-paw useful tool for learning the ropes of dog parks across the nation (or who knows, maybe the world). In addition, dogs and humans can participate in games and contests at these events to win prizes. Biscuits, anyone?
On the northeast side of Rancho Cucamonga in Etiwanda, there’s a place where dogs play free as bees in the trees (really heavy, furry ground-relegated bees). With plenty of space to run, benches for humans, water for the fur bay-bees, and complimentary pet waste bags, there’s really nothing left to be desired. Oh, but did we mention? Big dogs play on one side, small dogs play on the other. No one gets eaten and everyone is happy. Eating will eventually become a topic of conversation, though. In the event that happy turns to hungry turns to hangry, hop (or drive) on over to Monaco’s Pizza for some pie. Just be sure to pack a little snack for Fido, too. Dogs express hanger differently - in the form of really sad puppy eyes. Yikes!
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is fun to say and a great place to play! With over 150 acres of outdoor activities, you don’t need another reason to get out of the city. There are two lakes for fishing, a swim complex equipped with slides, a water play park, picnic tables, and picnic shelters. Pack your fishing rods, lunch, plenty of sunscreen and a dog bowl to fill with water for Fido. Another added benefit of visiting this park is its location in Ontario. You can tell everyone you took your dog to Canada at lunch, on your private plane of course.
Close your eyes. You’re going into a deep sleep. Imagine a place where all your dreams come true… where hangover-curing pancakes and bacon meet canine companionship. Now slowly wake up. It’s Sunday morning. Get dressed and go to Molly’s Souper, where you can brunch with your dog. We’re serious, this may be the only place in the whole world where you can eat your own brunch and your dog can eat theirs too! Humans will enjoy classics like biscuits and gravy, fried egg sandwiches, and heaping piles of bacon. Dogs will enjoy a warm plate of chicken, carefully cut into chunks, from the doggy menu. Sit out on the shady patio and escape the direct sun. Molly’s is only open everyday from 6am - 2pm, so don’t sleep in too late.