Garland, Texas is known as one of the friendliest places to live in the United States. This also proves true for pets! Garland is situated close to Dallas where, between the two cities, there is something to do for every pet lover.
Garland’s Animal Control puts on an annual off-lead swim for pets. The event is called the Dog-a-Palooza. Not only can your furry friend swim for hours until his heart is content, but he can get tasty treats and even have his fortune read. There are raffles to benefit the animal shelter as well.
While you may have to drive a bit out of town to find a place to rest for the night, it will be worth it if you check in to the Warwick Melrose Hotel Dallas. This gorgeous hotel is decorated in a style fit for royalty! This property allows pets 65 pounds and under, and will welcome you and your pet warmly.
When it’s time for some grub, Garland offers the Smokin’ Hot Grill. They have tasty steaks, burgers, ribs, and other grilled entrées. Your well-behaved pooch is welcome to join you on their outside terrace while you dine.
Garland is a lovely city with many unique activities for pet owners. You are almost for sure guaranteed to find something fun for you and your best friend in this bustling city!
Firewheel Parkway surrounds the Firewheel Town Center, a Main Street-style shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Stop by Hollywood Feed for high-quality premium pooch food and pet related supplies. If you aren't sure what you need for you pup, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Hollywood can help you make an informed decision! Dog-friendly Panera Bread has an eclectic deli and bakery menu that includes tasty soups, scrumptious salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and pastries and cookies for dessert. Drop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy the outdoor seating areas where Fido is welcome to join you.
Lakewood is a peaceful, dog-friendly neighborhood, and is home to Lakewood Brewing Company. LBC has a wide variety of beers on tap, including year-round favorites, seasonals, limited release offerings, and bottled selections from time to time. Food trucks that serve pizza and real Texas barbecue, as well as live music occasionally, make for a relaxing experience in the dog-friendly beer garden after a tour of the taproom. Stop by to relax and try one of their brews with your leashed pooch. Lakewood Brewing Company started out as a garage operation until its founder, Wim Bens, studied with the American Brewer’s Guild. The rest is history.
The Rowlett Community Park in this lovely neighborhood is just five miles away in the town of Rowlett. This 150-acre sniff-worthy park offers multiple sports fields, picnic and playground areas, as well as a walking and jogging trail. The park also has two ponds with fishing piers. After a brisk wag-worthy leashed walk on the trails, Fido will enjoy a dip in the ponds before going home. Not far away, Lakeside Park offers a .5-mile walking trail where your pup is welcome on leash. Both parks are frequented by sports enthusiasts and people enjoying the facilities making for a safe and paw-tastic outing. Tie on those trainers and grab Fido’s leash for some fresh air and some steppin’ and waggin’!
A quick eleven-mile drive from Garland is this neighborhood in Plano, and home to The Bob Woodruff Park. With lots of green space for romping, pavilions, playgrounds, and trails, this huge space is perfect for an adventure. The Bob Woodruff Park Trail runs for 3.7 miles through the park, and is sure to tire your pup out. North of this park is the Plano’s largest park, the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. This area spans 800 acres, and features over 8 miles of hiking and biking trails, a pavilion, on site restrooms, an amphitheater, and even WiFi for those of us who just can’t unplug. Walk along Rowlett Creek and let your dog discover nature at its finest!
Just a short drive over to the east side of Dallas is the closest dog park to Garland, White Rock Lake Dog Park at Mockingbird Point Park. This completely fenced in area provides separate spaces for small and large pups, areas designated as runs, and even beach access to the lake! There is even a wash station in case your pup gets too muddy! Due to park rules, you can only bring in 3 dogs at a time, and they must be vaccinated and fixed. Be aware that the park is closed on Mondays for maintenance, and any day after a heavy rain as it can get flooded, so be sure to call the hotline before you go to make sure it is open!