Rockford and the area that surrounds it was first the home of Native American tribes, including the Hopewell, Ottawa, and Mascouten. The first settler here was Smith Lapham, after whom the place was initially called Laphamville. The name was changed to Rockford because the residents wanted a shorter name. When it comes to taking care of your dogs' health, Rockford has 3 choices of clinics and hospitals that will make sure your pooch is well taken care of.
The town's close vicinity to the second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids, makes Rockford a pawesome destination for doggies. It's just 15 miles to Grand Rapids, where you'll find more than 20 accommodations that welcome doggos!
If you're feeling hungry and you want to take your pooch for breakfast or lunch, head to The Peppermill Grill, where you can sit on the outdoor patio. Another place that welcomes pooches is Herman's Boy Coffee. Chilling with Fido is possible at Uccello's Ristorante - Rockford as well. For more options, head to Grand Rapids.
If you want to take your pooch for a walk in Rockford, you'll have pawlenty of parks to choose from right in town! Luton Park is just one of Rockford's community parks that welcomes leashed dogs to explore with their owners.
One of the top ten doggie parks in North America, Shaggy Pines Dog Park, is located just around 20 miles away from Rockford in South Forest Hills. The park is an absolute doggie heaven featuring 20 acres of fenced areas where fur-babies can frolic around off-leash. Water fountains are placed around the fenced area, and there is a large, fun lake where doggies can cool down and swim! In this park, you can find plenty of toys scattered around and poop baggies for cleaning up your pooch's mess. There are also trails that you can explore with your pup! Make sure to look up the park's rules and regulations before visiting.
Located 22 miles from Rockford is yet another pawssible destination for you to take your pooch to play. Lowell Dog Park is completely free and open to the public, making it a great option for visitors! Separate areas for differently sized doggos are provided for maximum safety. If you go outside of the fenced area, you will find a small lake where dogs are allowed to swim. You don't have to worry about bringing water since there is a water fountain for pooches and humans. If it feels like your pooch is walking you, you can sit back in the seating areas and watch over your four-legged buddy.