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Butler, Indiana is a historical city. In times past, it was the midway point for many railroad destinations, so the townspeople always enjoyed the latest news, fashion, and fare. It was an exciting place because there were always a variety of people coming and going. The railroad is long gone, but this cozy city is still a happenin' place, pawticularly for dog owners!
Maxton Park is a family-friendly park with a small playground. There is plenty of parking for the ballfields. There seems to always be something going on, from fundraisers to community sales, in this large open area. You can bring your dog with you to run and play as long as you keep her on a leash.
Mason Park and Hathaway Park are both playgrounds where you can bring your children to play while you walk your fur-baby. There are restrooms and water fountains, but you will need to bring a water dish for your pup.
Southside Park is the largest of the four parks. It has several ball fields, a large playground, and a walking trail. It is pet-friendly so you can bring your dog with you to watch the little guys play ball. The water stations here are complete with a doggie bowl, and trash cans with doggie waste bags are also provided here.
Pawster Park is located in Fort Wayne, which is about a half-hour drive from Butler. There is so much to do here that you will be happy that you made the trip! This is an off-leash dog park where you can let your dog socialize with other pup pals. Everything is provided, including water and water bowls, doggie waste bags, and even a timeout pen. The gate is a double-gate system to keep everyone safe. This dog park also has a seasonal swim park! You have to register your dog and show proof of shots before you can come play.
Fox Island County Park has over 600 acres for you and your dog to explore. It is in Fort Wayne, which is about thirty miles from Butler. There are trails to explore here. You can also go fishing if you have a fishing license. Your dog will be the most excited about the doggie beach in this furrific park! You can let your dog off her leash so that she can splash around in the water with you.There are no fences, so you will want to make sure your dog will respond to voice commands before you let her go. Please bring drinking water and doggie waste bags.
At Shoaff Park, you will find the entrance to Rivergreenway Trail. This is a Rails-to-Trails project that stretches for thirty miles. This is a spiderweb of trails that includes several city parks, neighborhoods, and green spaces. Each section is mostly paved, but there are a few spots with gravel. You will want to bring plenty of water with you. Dogs also have to be on a leash while on the trail. You can choose which part of the trail to explore by going to the Rails-to-Trails website and searching for a map of the area.
While you are in Fort Wayne, you should stop in at Green DogGoods. This is a full-service pet store that offers organic dog food, treats, and supplies. You can even bring your dog with you to choose her own treats. She does have to be well-behaved and on a leash. The store provides water for your dog and has treats available as well. As a local business, they thrive on word-of-mouth, so tell all your fur-iends! You will love how happy and helpful the staff always strives to be. If you're looking for top-quality foods for your precious pup, this is the place to get them!
If you get hungry while you and your dog are exploring Fort Wayne, there are over forty dog-friendly restaurants in town to please your palates. The most unique is the Loving Cafe. This is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that offers gluten-free options as well. You should try the mushroom pistachio soup if you want something new and delicious. Loving Cafe strives to serve healthy dishes made with organic ingredients from sustainable sources. You do have to keep your pup on a leash while you are here. Please bring your dog's food and water dish if you plan to share some of your meal.
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