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Hastings is a small town in and the county seat of Barry County, Michigan. In 1855, Hastings was incorporated as a village, and then in 1871, Hastings officially became a city. Here, you and Fido can enjoy warm summers and mild winters, which makes Hastings the pawfect place to enjoy outdoor activities all year long! Hastings is home to the annual Barry-Roubaix cycling race, which attracts over 3,000 participants annually.
If you want to take your pup somewhere where they can exercise, there is a small city park in Hastings that has a fenced area for doggos located on 225 N. Cass Street. The park is free and open to the public and has separate areas for large and small dogs. Seating is provided for the doggie parents.
If you're looking for accommodation that welcomes doggos, then you should check out Whispering Waters Campground. Don't want to "ruff" it? Head to Holiday Inn Express Hastings.
The town also has the health of its canine residents and visitors covered -- Hastings has two veterinary clinics, one hospital, and a couple of veterinary services available in case you need them.
Looking for even more dog-friendly fun? Grand Rapids is just a 45-minute drive away, making it the pawfect day-trip destination for doggos!
Shaggy Pines Dog Park is located in the southern part of Forest Hills, around 24 miles away from Hastings. This place is an absolute doggie heaven, and it's considered to be one of the top ten dog parks in North America! It offers 20 acres of fenced area where doggies can run free and sniff out some new pals. The park provides water fountains throughout, as well as a large pond for swimming and plenty of doggie toys and poop bags. You can pay a daily fee or apply for a membership, but make sure you read up on the requirements before visiting!
Another off-leash park that's fairly close to Hastings is the Lowell Dog Park, located about 23 miles north of Hastings. The pawsitive side of this doggie park is that it's completely free to visit! If you have a small pup and you want a separate area where they can play freely, this park is pawfect for you. There is a drinking fountain for humans and canines, and behind the fenced area, there is a lake in which doggos are allowed to swim! Seating for the doggie owners is available as well -- just be sure to bring waste baggies and towels for a doggone good time!
Approximately 25 miles lie between you and the Cascade Hospital for Animals Dog Park, located in Forest Hills. The park is only a few years old, and it has separate areas for differently sized pooches weighing over and under 20 lbs. A big plus is the double-gated entry which makes the park even safer. The fence is five feet high, and there are water fountains both for humans and canines. Parking is available nearby and poop baggies are provided on-site. Doggies have to be vaccinated and spayed or neutered before entering this park. You're respawnsible for keeping the place clean and watching over your fur-baby.
The Fulton Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids is a quiet residential area featuring large homes and spacious sidewalks where you can get your daily exercise with Fido. It's also home to a dog park! Hillcrest Dog Park is located a bit further away from Hastings at 35 miles away, but it's still not too far, especially if you're already planning to take a trip to the big city with your pooch. It has separate areas for small and large pooches and pawlenty of room for chasing balls and meeting new fur friends. If you decide to check out this park, make sure you bring fresh water with you since there is no water source available.
Although it's around 40 miles from Hastings, Meadow Run Dog Park is a destination that you and your pup would be barking mad to miss! This 24-acre doggie park features a large pond where doggos can swim and fetch balls in the water. Additionally, there is a separate area for small and shy doggos and plenty of agility equipment. There is even a rinse-off area outside of the park so you can clean up your pooch before leaving. Drinking water, poop baggies, and seating areas are all provided by the park. Although this is a membership-only park, you can visit it three times before you're required to purchase a membership.
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