I am a recent law school graduate and a life-long dog lover. I own two senior dogs, both around 13 years old. Caring for them all their lives has given me the perspective of different kind of needs dogs have in every stage of life. One unchanging thing is their utter devotion and unconditional love, and I strive to give that back to them every day. I've also babysat children through my high school and college days, and it's safe to say, dogs and little children are quite similar. Both thrive on attention and love, and I love to give them that.
Located south of Santa Cruz, Watsonville is a great city to raise family and pups! The economy is largely based on agriculture and farming, and there are many parks and open areas where you and your pooch can roam and play. The Pajaro River Levee Trail is just one of the hiking paths where your pup is welcome. Plan to spend a day walking the 7-mile trail while admiring nature and taking in the fresh air. When you get to the Pajaro River Park, you will find water fountains and trash cans where you can dispose of Fido’s doggie waste bags.
Finding great medical care for your pup is easy in Watsonville. There are six veterinarian clinics, including 24-hour emergency hospitals to take care of your pooch day or night. The friendly staff will treat Fido like one of their own. After visiting the vet, you may want to stop at Royal Oaks Feed & Tack for some treats and toys for your pampered pooch. You can buy different brands of dog food and healthy treats for your pup at this family-owned store.
Dining out with your pup and the family is fun when visiting Togo’s Sandwiches. You can find specialty sandwiches with fresh ingredients, and Fido can sit with you at the outdoor tables. Erik’s DeliCafe is another option when searching for a great place to eat with your pup. This is a casual restaurant ,and you and your pooch are welcome to sit at the outdoor tables. If you need a place to spend the night, Motel 6 in Watsonville allows pets of any size for no additional fee. So plan to enjoy every minute you spend in the city.
One of the best features of the Almond neighborhood is the amazing Martin J. Franich Dog Park. There are separate areas for large and small pups, and doggie waste bags are available. The water fountains for both you and your pup are great on a hot day when you both need a cool drink. There are benches in the shade when pup parents need a break and some relaxation. The dog park is located in the middle of the Martin J. Franich Park, so pooches and their human companions have a lot more options for outdoor fun. The playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and picnic and BBQ areas are perfect to make spending quality time with Fido fun for the entire family.
Pinto Lake County Park is 183-acres of open space in the Pinto Lake Park neighborhood. The area features a large dog park with a double door entry, and separate areas for big and small pups. While the dogs are running around sniffing butts, parents can sit in the shade and enjoy chatting with other canine lovers. There are water fountains and waste bags available, so puppy parents can keep the park clean. Outside the dog park, there is a beautiful lake and fishing pier in addition to a playground and disc golf course. The trails throughout the park are perfect for longer nature walks with Fido. If you need a place to stay, the nearby Comfort Inn allows two pets for an additional fee.
One of the best pup-friendly beaches is located in the La Selva Beach neighborhood at Manresa State Beach. Beautiful views of the sand and sea are just some of the highlights of this beach and park. You will need to keep Fido on a leash while on the beach, but he can hang out with you and enjoy the sun and fresh air. Pups are also welcome at the Manresa Uplands Campground, where you can pitch a tent or bring an RV and enjoy a few days of relaxation with Fido and the family. You will need to keep your pup on a leash while you are walking through the campground.
Hiking the trails with your pup at the Watsonville Slough National Wildlife Refuge is a great option if you are in the Seaview Ranch neighborhood. The trails feature a sturdy walking surface and a variety of nature to enjoy while strolling through the area. You and your pup can view the strawberry fields and watch the birds flying through the trees. You will need to keep Fido on a leash, and be aware that there are no restrooms, waste bags, or water fountains available, so be sure to bring your own supplies. When searching for a nice place to stay the night, check out Rodeway Inn where up to two pets can stay for an additional fee.
Located in the East Riverside neighborhood, Callaghan Park features 2.64 acres of open space. The park is enclosed with a short fence, so you will need to keep Fido on a leash as you walk along the paths throughout the park. The children can climb on the playground equipment while your pup romps and rolls in the grass. When you need a break, relax at one of the picnic tables and refill your water bottles at the water fountain. If you need a place to stay the night, Best Western Rose Garden Inn allows two pets of any size for an additional fee. The National 9 Motel will also accept pups for an additional fee.