Cowboys and their four-legged best friends love living in the pet-friendly town of Duncan, Oklahoma. Back during the towns founding in the early 1900s, Duncan was a stop along the Chisholm Trail. Almost 10,000 cattle passed through the town during the times of cattle herding. In modern days, the livestock and cowboy lifestyle is still alive in Duncan. During the annual county fair and throughout the year, the city holds livestock contests, which many Duncan residents enter. This idyllic history has earned several buildings a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, which make cool sights to walk by with Fido!
Whether you have a cattle dog or lap dog, pet owners love living in Duncan! There are three veterinarians, seven pet groomers, and two pet shops where Fido can get everything he needs to keep his tail wagging. The wide-open Great Plains of Oklahoma make a great place to raise a dog. There are five city-owned parks to choose from in Duncan, with plenty of space to get a good game of fetch going or to attend one of the town's many cultural festivals. After outdoors fun, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the pet-friendly restaurants that have outside seating areas to accommodate the 'doggos.' Just grab your saddle and the leash, and head to Duncan!
Does your dog fancy himself a cow dog ready to herd the cattle across town? If your little cow dog lives with you around the Chisholm Trail Parkway, you two can visit the Heritage Museum there. Although only service dogs are allowed in the inside exhibits, there's plenty of outdoor exploring for you and Fido here! You and Fido can get a taste of the trail life and see how the cowboys lived throughout the early 1900s. The grassy area around the museum is decorated with bulls, frontier wagons, and other relics of the frontier times. Saddle up and strap Fido's leash on, because he'll love exploring the Chisholm Trail!
Does your dog appreciate a park that pays homage to the tycoons of America's past? Well, if you live off of Pine Avenue, you're within walking distance of Memorial Park. Here, you and Fido can take a lovely stroll through a piece of American history. The park is adorned with monuments like the statue of Erle P. Halliburton, the man who started Halliburton Oil. Memorial Park also has statues of war veterans and wooden walkways that paint an extra embellishment of charm to your daily walks through the park. Fido's already got his leash and is just begging for a trip to Memorial Park!
Does your dog really just enjoy the simple things in life? If your pooch loves taking it easy, then living off Fowler Drive will appeal to his low-key lifestyle. In this area, you have quick access to Whisenant Park, which has a playground and walking path that makes for a nice, peaceful stroll with Fido. This sunny park has plenty of green with blue Oklahoma skies overhead, so make sure you bring some water for the dog and sunscreen for yourself. There's a gazebo in the middle of the trail, which makes a great place for a picnic! Whisenant Park is Fido's second home right around the corner!
Does your dog love studying the readings of Ralph Waldo Emerson? Your dog can become one with his transcendental self in the Arboretum and Heritage Park off Chestnut Avenue. In Heritage Park, you can walk through rare Oklahoma native trees like the Baldcypress, Black Walnut, and Dogwood. Parts of the trail are open, while others have dense groves. You can also scan the flora and fauna for a rare flower like Chocolate Cosmos or Yellow and Purple Lady Slippers. Fido can sniff out the trail while you enjoy the scenery. This park's so beautiful that it won't take long before you both can write your own version of Walden!
Does your dog love old fashioned Oklahoma BBQ? If you live off Beech Avenue, you can head down to Rib Crib, a pet-friendly restaurant that specializes in 'Bark-B-Q!' The ribs are grilled to match the St. Louis style barbecue tradition and come painted with your choice of six different flavors. Fido's barking means he recommends the Oklahoma sauce which is sweet and sticky. Rib Crib also has southern favorites like crispy catfish, southern fried steak, and the Ribcrib Surf N' Swine. After a hearty plate of barbecue, you and Fido can head over to Fuqua Park to walk it all off. Fido's licking his chops already!