West Lafayette mirrors its sister city, Lafayette, with its many outdoor activities and amenities for our four-legged friend. There is no shortage of veterinarian care with the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in town. You'll find three other veterinary hospitals and clinics within the city's city limits. These offer routine care and emergency treatment for both resident and visiting dogs.
The city is replete with open spaces and places for dogs and their people to take a walk or explore some scenery. The city itself maintains thirteen parks spread out among the various neighborhoods. Prophetstown State Park is accessed at 5545 Swisher Road. This state park is over 900 acres of land, and much of it is restored prairie and marshland. The forested areas include douglas fir and sycamore, among others.
The state park also offers options for a hiker with a leashed dog. There are three easy hikes with one of them being paved. Two more are for the more ambitious or experienced hiker and wind through forested areas and wetlands near the Tippecanoe River. The state park also has a campsite with full hook-ups and electric available. Dogs are free to camp with their people as long as they are under control at all times on no less than an eight foot leash, and they are cleaned up after.
West Lafayette has a few places for a person and dog to visit. The Econo Lodge welcomes a traveler with up to two dogs under 50 pounds for an additional fee of $15 per dog per night. Four Points by Sheraton is another option for the person traveling with a four-legged companion. This hotel allows one dog of up to forty pounds for no additional fee. The Sheraton has a limited number of dog-friendly rooms, so it is best to call in advance of any visit. Hungry? Head to Another Broken Egg Cafe, a dog-friendly restaurant located on Northwestern Avenue. This restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, and has outdoor seating to accommodate a person with a pup.
The Southwest neighborhood of Lafayette is a place dogs want to visit! Shamrock Dog Park, located at 115 Sanford Street, has four separate fenced enclosures for dogs to run leash-free and play. A separate area is always set aside for the small dogs. The dog park is grass-covered. Water is on-site, and a rinse station makes for a clean ride home. Doggie waste bags are conveniently provided. Some benches and a few shade trees make things more comfortable for the human companions. One drawback of the dog park is that its proximity to the river results in flooding from time to time. Use of the dog park is by permit only. Weekly or annual passes are sold.
The Webster Park neighborhood in the city of Kokomo is 46 miles east of West Lafayette. This neighborhood has the amenities that a person and furry friend look out for. The Mehlig Park offers a place for people and dogs to get out and enjoy the outdoors. This was the first dog park built in Kokomo. It has a grassy, fully fenced enclosure for dogs to exercise and socialize without a leash. There is a separate area for the small dogs for safer play. Water fountains designed for people and dogs are on-site. Waste stations with stocked waste bags can be found inside the dog park. A few benches give a place from which the human companions may supervise their pup.
The Cedar Crest neighborhood in the city of Kokomo is 50 miles east of West Lafayette. It is a neighborhood that has some places for a dog and his person to check out. The Mohr Dog Park has a fenced enclosure for dogs to run and play leash free. There is a separate area for the small dogs. Both enclosures are grass covered. The large enclosure contains a few pieces of agility equipment for added fun. There is a water fountain for people and dogs. Waste baggies are provided by the park. A couple benches make things more comfortable for the human companions.
The City Limits of Danville is about an hour’s drive west of West Lafayette, but the 58-mile trip to a place that welcomes dogs and their people with things to see and do is well worth it. Fetch Paw Park is a members-only dog park that has much to offer its members. This dog park has three fully fenced grassy enclosures for dogs to run leash-free. The largest area has four acres. A separate one-acre site is set aside for small dogs. The third enclosure is accessible to people with limited mobility. The dog park has water available on-site. Waste stations are situated throughout. There is also two miles of scenic trails outside of the dog park, but a leash is required here.