Glenwood Heights is an urban community of older homes, many of which were built in the 1940s through 1960s. There is a pleasant mix of single and multifamily homes, most of which have large yards. It is home to Charles Drew Middle School and the African Heritage Cultural Center. Many of the streets are blessed with sidewalks and grass berms to walk on, making it a lovely, dog-friendly community. There a few restaurants in the area, some of which are chain franchises, while others a privately owned.
Unfortunately, the community does not have much in the way of shade trees to help keep you and Fido cooled down. Pet supply stores are within driving distance, but the local Partners Park does give a little area of grass to take Fido out on. Still, you should be able to get your fill of interesting places to see if you venture into the community.
No need to worry about steep hills in Glenwood Heights or any other kind of hills. The terrain here is very flat which is perfect for those who are not so interested in heavy exercise. If your pooch is like Fido and a bit on the chubby puppy side, level ground is the perfect place to start a daily routine. Start out with going around a single block in the community and then keep adding more blocks as Fido sheds those pounds and regains their energy and stamina.
Living in Glenwood Heights means dealing with hot summers and even hotter pavement which, on a 90-degree day, can reach temperatures of up to 145 degrees. Temperatures this high will not only fry an egg but also severely burn the pads on Fido's paws, leading to the risk of infection and worse. During the summer months, take your walks in the morning while everything is still cooled down.
Living in the city can make it challenging to find much in the way of dog-friendly greenways for the two of you to walk and play on. There is a little grass available for you at Partners Park on W. 22nd, but beyond this, you and Fido will need to hop in the car and go for a ride.
While there are several parks in the city, consider taking a trip up north to Oleta River State Park at the corner of U.S. 1 and N. 163rd St. This large park offers kayaking, canoeing, camping, cabins, and trails for hiking, riding mountain bikes, and much more. There are numerous trails in the park for you and Fido to explore on your own, or you can go on one of the guided tours with a Park Ranger. Your pup can sniff at everything while you listen to the ranger and learn all about the flora and fauna found in the park.