Hi, I'm Marissa. I have an adorable basenji of my own whom I've taken care of since I was about 6. I've always been really interested in loving and helping animals and volunteered at the Providence Animal Shelter as well for about a year. There, I cared for the dogs, cleaned their kennels, and made sure they got some exercise! I've also doggy sat for some family members before from chihuahuas to rotweilers. One of my favorite things is meeting and hanging out with new pups!
Travelers and residents of both species enjoy the pet-friendly and welcoming town of Lincoln, Rhode Island. The town is only a 15-minute drive north of Providence and sits on the border of Massachusetts. The town was settled in the 1600s and many historical buildings with the stone-ender architecture are still standing, giving this colonial town a quaint feeling. There are 7 smaller villages which make up the town of Lincoln. Each village has a familial air of friendliness that extends to our furry best friends. Residents love this pawesome place so much the town was ranked "Best Places to Live" by a prominent magazine.
Dog owners love living in Lincoln! There are 4 veterinarians and 3 pet groomers in the town's limits. Plus, there are dozens of pet shops in the great Providence Muttropolitan area! On both the western corners of the town are state parks -- the Lincoln Wood State Park down south and the Lime Rock Preserve above. The summer's a great time to visit these parks with Fido to traverse the gorgeous trail systems or camp out under the stars. If you hate leaving the dogs alone at home, there are 3 dog-friendly restaurants to choose from where you can grab a meal where your dogs are pawsitively always welcome! You're just a dog walk away from a great time in Lincoln!
Does your dog love to romp through the park to sniff through the foliage? Tucked into the southwestern pocket of the town is Lincoln Woods State Park, located in the Blackstone Valley. You and your pup can swim at the freshwater beach, go trout fishing, or hike through the 3.4-mile Lincoln Woods Trail. The hiking trail is long, but it's a beginner trail, so most athletic dogs will hike to their "pet-ential!" If you have a smaller breed dog, you can always visit Chase Farm on the perimeter of the state park. Here, you and Fido can explore the scenic landscape of the preserved land on a smaller scale than venturing into the interior of the park. Your dog can't wait to get lost in the trees!
Could your dogs go for a Lemon Shandy any time of the year? If you live in the Lonsdale neighborhood, you can visit the pet-friendly Lincoln location of Del's Frozen Lemonade! The franchise concept began way back in 1840s Italy, and dogs were always a part of the picture! When you visit Del's Frozen Lemonade, you can get all the fixings to make your own Del's Shandy at home. You can make adult drinks or lemonades for the whole family with their mixes. If you're feeling lazy, you can just buy the famous Del's Shandy right there to enjoy while you walk your dog. Fido's barking means they know it's the perfect way to spend the afternoon!
Do your Fidos love joining you for dinner because they know if they're good they'll get some table scraps as a treat? If you live in the southern Lincoln neighborhood of Saylesville Highlands, you can walk over to Cuisine Delmar for a pet-friendly meal! At Cuisine Delmar, you can get affordable seafood and American options like fried tilapia, shrimp & fries, or a grilled sirloin! You can also buy seasonal fish by the pound to take home and grill yourself. The ambiance is furrific for dogs because it's casual with plenty of outside seating areas where doggos can hang out with you. Fido's licking their lips already!
Do your dogs enjoy visiting a nature conservancy to get in touch with their inner wolf? If you live in the northwestern area of Lincoln, in the Lampercock Spring Farm neighborhood, you can visit the Lime Rock Preserve to help get your dogs to recognize their wolf ancestry -- even if you have a Chihuahua! As you hike the 1.8-mile Lime Rock Preserve Trail, you can see over 30 species of rare plants along the dolomitic marble ledges that form the beautiful terrain of the park. The park is also known for its unique crystallized limestone ridges and for the variegated colors of the autumn leaves! It's a puppy paradise in the Lime Rock Preserve!
Do your dogs pretend the living room is their own valley to roam? If you want to get your dogs out in the wilderness for some real exercise, you can check out the 16.5-mile bikeway in the Meadowcrest neighborhood. The bikeway is made up of different trailheads that are great for bikes or hikes! The continuous pathway that cuts through Meadowcrest is a 4.7-mile trail that leads from Pawtucket to Providence. The path follows the Blackstone River so you'll have tranquil scenery and the sounds of flowing water to accompany you and Fido through the whole hike! Just grab the leash and head down Blackstone River Bikeway!