You'll find a little bit of literary history and a lot of pet-friendliness in the town of Bellingham, Massachusetts! The town received its namesake from the third governor of the Colony of Massachusetts, Sir Richard Bellingham. This Bellingham is the same Bellingham from The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne!
The town has a mix of industries right off Interstate 495, which connects Bellingham with its neighbor towns -- Medway and Franklin. There are tons of "oppawtunities" to shop, explore nature, and enjoy history right within the town's city limits, but since the neighboring towns are so close, many commute between places for work and play.
Dog owners won't have to leave town to "off-fur" the best care to their dogs. There are 5 veterinarians, 4 pet groomers, and 3 pet shops within the town's limits. There are are also 7 parks maintained by the town where you can enjoy a walk with Fido. If your dog likes to ruffhouse and play with other dogs at the dog park, you can make the quick drive up to Medway, where there are two dog parks! There's also Franklin State Forest to the south! If you get hungry with Fido, there are 2 pet-friendly restaurants in Bellingham with plenty more in Franklin just east of the town. New England pups love living in Bellingham. Just grab the leash and head out!
Do your dogs love to be leaders of the pack and chase each other around the dog park? If you visit Bellingham's northeastern neighbor, Medway, your Fidos can choose between two dog parks! The first is the Medway Dog Park, which is a half-acre, mulch-filled park which is fenced and open to the public! The park just got rid of its license program so all are welcome without filling out an application! A little further north, you'll find the Franklin Dog Park at Dacey Community Field. This dog park is also open to the public but doesn't have running water, so remember to bring a water bowl for Fido. Your dogs will have a blast running and exercising with the other pups in Medway!
Do your dogs love visiting the park to play a swift game of fetch? If you live in the northern section of Bellingham, you can visit High Street Complex for an intense game of fetch complete with a "rufferee!" The High Street Complex is a city park that's a giant grassy patch of land that overlooks the Charles River. The park is around 2 acres and is a great place to bring the dogs to exercise. A little further south from High Street, you'll also find the Bellingham Town Common. This park has a looped walking trail that's great for small breeds who can't walk too far. Fido loves living off High Street!
Do your dogs love hiking through the woods to sniff out every last tree? If you live in the south Bellingham neighborhoods, your backyard is the Franklin State Forest. This 843-acre park is a great place to spend the day with your doggos to let them feel closer to the natural setting of their ancestral canines. It's good to get Fido off the couch every so often! You can hike a 22-mile trail that weaves through 6 towns and 2 state forests called the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. There's also a series of smaller trails within Franklin State Forest, so don't let Fido bite off more than they can chew! Your eager pup already has their leash ready for a walk through the forest!
Do your dogs go "mutts" when they smell authentic Indian cooking? If you live off Panther Way in Bellingham's neighboring town of Franklin, you're within walking distance of The Curry House, a contemporary and dog-friendly Indian restaurant. For entrees, you'll find authentic Indian classics, like samosas, papri chaat, and fish pakora. Your Fido will be hoping you order the butter chicken so they can get a table scrap as a treat! The Curry House has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian specialties with varying degrees of spiciness. The outside seating area is open for well-behaved dogs to join their owners for a nice evening meal! Fido's mouth is watering just thinking about The Curry House!
Do your dogs believe that a visit to the local bakery should be as "pet-sthetically" pleasing to the eyes as a museum? If you live in the heart of Franklin -- Bellingham's neighbor to the east -- then you're literally in for a treat! Here, you'll find The Cake Bar! This bakery operates under the philosophy that comfort food should look as good as it tastes and it should be sweetly delicious! You can stop here in the morning with your dog for a cappuccino to partner with a stuffed focaccia, artisan donut, or lemon melt-away cupcake! There are dozens of mouth-watering baked goods at The Cake Bar, so a nice walk is always welcomed after gorging! Fido gets the best of both worlds in Franklin!