Normal Heights Village is only a 10-minute commute northwest of the city’s downtown core and there are plenty of local pet services within a short drive.
Dog walkers in the region enjoy warm, dry weather most of the year. Short-lived overcast, foggy, and rainy periods can occur in the spring, but wet weather is rare during the rest of the year. Summer days can be extremely hot and may necessitate adjusting your schedule to walk at cooler times of the day. Winters are cool, but mild with temperatures well above freezing and icy conditions don't prevent outings with your dog.
The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills to trek up in hot summer weather which could cause additional stress to people and pets who may become overexerted in the heat.
Dwellings in the area are closely set with some drought-tolerant landscaping, but limited greenery and vegetation on small residential properties. Many homes feature Spanish style architecture and consist of single-family detached dwellings or low rise apartment buildings.
Normal Heights Village is situated just south of Ward Canyon Park. This greenway has open grassy areas, a circular paved playspace, seating, and a basketball court. Paved walking paths around the park are ideal for your leashed pet. Local canines will also enjoy the off-leash dog park located here. The surface of the dog park is shredded bark, so wear good footwear and, if your dog has sensitive paws, perhaps doggie boots would be in order. Shade is limited in the park and you should bring your own water supply and waste disposal bags.
Just a few blocks to the south, Normal Heights Village residents can reach Teralta Park on foot. The interstate runs under the park through a tunnel and the park provides access to communities to the east. There is an open grassy area, a paved walking path, around the perimeter for strolls with your pet, and gazebos to take a short break when needed in this greenway.