Located in eastern Liberty Town, Rudolph is an unincorporated community in Wood County, Ohio, just 6 miles south of Bowling Green. This is an advantage for visitors and locals since Bowling Green offers a variety of pet-friendly places, including public and dog parks, trails, and eateries with outdoor tables. There are also three veterinary clinics at your service in downtown Bowling Green and the adjacent areas.
Slippery Elm Trail, stretching for 13 miles throughout Wood County from Sand Ridge Road in Bowling Green to Rhodes Avenue in North Baltimore, has several entrance points along the way, and one of them is in Rudolph. You are welcome to explore this former rail corridor with your leashed fur baby. The surface is smooth and flat, perfect for runners and cyclists, and the trail travels for miles along captivating agricultural landscapes. You will pass charming savannas, wildflowers, and sand dunes. There are also restrooms at the trailhead in the village.
If you decide to make the quick trip to Bowling Green, make sure to stop in for a meal at the best bakery in the area, located on West Wooster Street. Stimmels Market is a neighborhood deli with comfortable, dog-friendly outdoor tables and a large selection of dishes.
East Gypsy Lane Road stretches throughout the eastern part of Bowling Green. Travel west along the road to find a furrific place for Fido to play! Wood County Dog Shelter is located among some other important buildings, like the Wood County Sheriff's Office and Wood County Health District. The shelter also has an on-site dog park, which is an amazing place to stretch your legs with your buddy after a long ride and make some new four-legged friends! There aren't many dogs in the shelter, but the locals visit it frequently enough that you'll find plenty of canine companions to play with. You'll need to obtain a membership to play here.
East Findlay, Ohio is a quiet area fairly remote from downtown. This neighborhood includes some residential areas, a water reservoir, and a public park with a pet-friendly extension. K-9 Field of Dreams Dog Park is located within Riverbend Recreation Area, promising off-leash fun and plenty of canine company every time you visit! The dog park features about an acre of open space split into two separate sections for small and large breeds, shelters for dog owners, and drinking water fountains for canines. If there's nobody to play with, you can always explore the walking trails in the adjacent areas.
Napoleon is a city in Henry County, located southwest of Toledo along the Maumee River. The city has multiple recreation areas and public parks but has only one park available for off-leash fun. Puppers big and small are welcome to have a blast at the off-leash area in East Riverdowns Park. This riverfront park features two separate playgrounds for small and large breeds. The park has everything – a friendly local community of pet owners, benches where you can relax while supervising your pup, toys to play with, and lots of open space to run! A membership is required for visiting and can be obtained online.
Defiance is the county seat of Defiance County and is located 37 miles due west of Rudolph. Centered on two rivers, the city is home to a wonderful place to visit with Fido and enjoy the serene atmosphere of a riverside park. On the western bank of the Auglaize River, past downtown and near Jefferson Avenue, you'll find a wonderful recreation facility for locals and visitors – Riverside Park. This is an expansive public park where pooches are welcome to join their parents for a stroll along the waterline. Just be sure to keep your pal on a leash at all times, and bring plenty of waste bags with you.
Williamstown is Defiance’s southern neighborhood, separated from the city center by Maumee River and centered on North Clinton Street, which is where you'll find all the stores and restaurants in the area. Travel a bit west toward Highway 24 to find Diehl Park. This is a spacious public park with multiple playgrounds and sports fields where pooches are welcome to their parents for a stroll on-leash. Or, you can make a beeline for the dog run within the park for some leash-free fun! There are plenty of benches and shade here, but you'll need to bring some drinking water with you.