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The city of Clarence, Iowa is truly a tiny town. The town was once called Onion Grove because of the field of wild onions that grew there. The original town was located next to Mill River until it was moved closer to the rail line in the late 1800s and its name was changed to Clarence. Today, Clarence is a quaint and cozy locale to be a dog owner! With a population of under 1,000, this small city doesn't have its own vet clinic, but you'll find quality care just 15 minutes away in Tipton.
Un-fur-tunately, there aren't many dog-friendly activities in town, but you and your dog are sure to sniff out something fun to do nearby! Clarence does, however, have one dog-friendly park, the community park. This park features walking trails where you can stroll with your dog as long as he is on a leash. There are restrooms and water fountains here as well. The playground is open all year long, but dogs aren't allowed to play on it. (Human children only, please!)
Need a little more exercise? The Grant Wood Trail is located about twelve miles away in Olin. It is a paved three-mile trail system that is segmented into two parts. You'll have to keep your dog on a leash, and don't forget to bring water.</p>
Solon is less than thirty miles away from Clarence, and it's home to a furrific rail-trail that you and Fido will love! The Solon-Lake Macbride Trail runs from the state park into other parts of the county. The gravel paths lead through woods and natural green spaces. You and your dog can come and walk as long as your pal is leashed. Or, make a day of it and explore the other areas of the state park. Remember to always clean up after your dog while you play. Bring drinking water with you, because there are no rest stops along the way.
Just across the river from the Iowa River Landing neighborhood, you'll find Thornberry Dog Park, an eleven-acre off-leash dog park. It is separated into three areas: one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and a training area for not-so-friendly dogs. The park provides water for the dogs, but not for the humans. The only restrooms here are porta-potties, so be mindful of that. There is a dog waste center with bags and trash cans. You should leave your dog on his leash until you get inside the gate. There are benches for you to sit on and watch your dog play. Don't bring toys that your dog doesn't want to share. No food is allowed in the dog park.
Rita's Ranch Dog Park is between Solon and Iowa City, which makes it about a twenty-mile or so trip. It features two areas for dogs to play in. There are water stations as well as cleaning stations. You will have to visit the Animal Center to get a permit before you can come and play, and you'll need to provide proof of vaccinations. Benches line the fence so you can relax while your pooch plays. The rules of this furrific park are pretty simple, so practice good petiquette and follow them! No food allowed in the dog park. Don't leave your dog unattended. Make sure you have a leash when you leave the park.
While you are in Iowa City, you can stop and have a drink at the Share Wine Lounge and Small Plate Patio. This is the pawfect place to sample and share some tasty wines and snacks with a group of friends. The best part? Your furry friends can join you! Your dog is welcome to come as long as he is well-behaved and on a leash. This is the perfect way to try new foods, learn to pair wines, and discover your taste in wine. You and your pup will pawsitively love the festive atmosphere here!
One Twenty-Six, also in Iowa City, is a furrific place to dine with your dog in a fun atmosphere. If you're looking for a place that's a little more upscale for your doggie dinner date, look no further! This is a French-style bistro that offers dishes like Maryland crab cakes and butternut squash soup. You can bring your dog with you to any of the outdoor tables to enjoy a delicious and authentic meal. Make sure that you bring a leash for your pup. If you want him to have his own meal, then you need to bring a dish along for him. Bone Appetit!
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