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Hello! I recently moved back to the Rockford area after living in Chicago for a couple years. I worked as a part time dog walker for about a year and a half while there Working consistently with a couple families as well as picking up occasional walks with new families. I have also been doing occasional pet sitting for about 7 years. I look forward to working with all your adorable fur babies!
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The cozy village of Rockton boasts that it's "the kind of village that people fall in love with," and when you and Fido visit, you'll see why! Here, you'll get the best of both worlds: big-city amenities and small-town charm and friendliness. This beautiful village with a rich history takes care of its canine citizens and visitors; Rockton has two veterinary hospitals that provide quality care for all the pups in town.
Other than the dog-friendly Airbnb rentals, there are no places in Rockton where you and your pup can lodge together. Alternatively, you can travel just 13 miles to Rockford, IL, where you can choose from more than 20 different pet-friendly accommodations.
If you and your pup are looking to sniff out some outdoor adventure, you'd be barking mad to miss Hononegah Forest Preserve! Plenty of trails, wildlife, and scenic views make this a destination worth visiting. Don't forget to bring waste baggies and water to keep this green space clean and beautiful!
Rockton lies between two big cities, where you'll find plenty of restaurants, cafes and other dog-friendly destinations to visit. One is the previously mentioned Rockford, which is the third most populous city in Ilinois, and the other one is Janesville, located around 20 miles away from Rockton.
Approximately 17 miles away from Rockton, there is the pawfect doggie park for your playful pup: Paw Print Park. This 17-acre dog park is fully fenced and has a double gated entrance for the maximum safety of your canine friends. Don't worry if your pooch is smaller in size because there is a separate area for doggies under 25 lbs. You can purchase an annual permit, but if you're just passing through, you can also pay a daily fee on-site. Drinking water is available in the park for both humans and canines, and there is also a hose so you can clean up your pup's paws!
Canine Corners Dog Park is another pawssibility close to Rockton where doggies can make new friends and get plenty of exercise. Just around 10 miles come between you and this pawesome four-acre park. An important thing to know is that the park is membership-based. Other than the fact that this place is very clean and the regulars there are extremely friendly, Fido can roam around in separate areas according to their size! Buckets filled with water are available for the thirsty pups, as well as plenty of pooper scoopers and trash cans. You'll also find seating areas and plenty of doggie toys to make the experience even better for your pooch.
Elliott Dog Park is 18 miles from Rockton, in the eastern part of Rockford. The park is fairly large, giving pups the opportunity to run to their hearts' content, and there are two separate areas for small and large pooches. This park is membership-based as well, so if you're just passing through, this might not be the right place for you. If your four-legged friend is a fan of some good ol' mud rolling, this park will provide plenty of mud for them to wallow in, especially after a rainy day! Water is available here, but you'll need to bring your own waste baggies.
Approximately 20 miles away from Rockton, you and your doggo can visit the great Palmer Park Off-Leash Dog Area, located in Janesville. The park offers pawlenty of scenic views and grassy areas that you can both explore! Doggos are allowed off-leash, but you should be aware that the area is not fenced. That should not worry you, though, because once you start walking along the paths, you will be surrounded by wilderness, so you won't need to worry about traffic or getting lost. (At least, as long as you stick to the trails!) Make sure your pooch is protected against ticks and bugs!
Is your doggo a real fan of swimming? If so, just around 10 miles away from Rockton, you can find a doggie swimming facility where Fido can meet new friends and swim the day away! Dog Paddle Beach is a place where pups swim for fun, for therapy, for relieving arthritis, and for losing weight. This furrific facility has an indoor pool with a pleasant water temperature where doggies can swim even if the weather is cold outside. If you decide to visit, you'll need to provide proof of current rabies vaccination. The best part is that you are allowed to get in the pool and play with your pup if you want to!
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