There are two pet store in the area and the Polkadog Bakery, a specialized pet bakery and supply store, is located to the south in the Chestnut Hill community.
When walking in this Boston neighborhood, be sure to have warm outerwear for cold, snowy winters and waterproof gear for rainy days. When thunderstorms occur in warmer months, take shelter as they can be severe. When humid conditions occur, these storms are more common and you may also need to adjust your schedule to avoid walking your dog in the middle of the day.
This is a mostly residential neighborhood with historic, semi-detached homes, multi-story apartment buildings, and condominium complexes. The area is heavily landscaped with lots of mature trees on public and private properties.
The area has some hills, although inclines are gentle and steep sections do not present an issue for pedestrians and pets. There are public transportation train tracks along Commonwealth Avenue. When crossing thoroughfares in the area with heavy traffic and commercial activity, as well as rail lines, keep your dog securely leashed and watch for trains, vehicles, and cyclists. Sidewalks are prevalent in the neighborhood and you and your dog should not have to share the road with local traffic.
Brighton is packed full of small parks, recreation areas, and greenways, so you and your dog should not have much trouble finding an attractive green space nearby when trekking through the area. Some of the larger greenways include the MDC Park which is situated next to the reservoir and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir Trail that loops around the water, providing a view and a great hiking path.
Ringer Park has sports facilities and fields and a play structure as well as walking paths and a heavily wooded section on its west side. Rogers Park and McKinney Playground have open areas with sports fields, facilities, and paved walking trails. Forest Street Hill and Forest Street Rock are heavily forested greenways with lots of shade and natural terrain.
Finally, Gallagher Park is situated next to Chandler's Pond and has a walking path along the west side for strolling with your leashed pet. Many smaller parks are dotted about the region to enjoy as well.