Richmond, Texas is a wonderfully convenient place for canines, both those born and bred here as well as those visiting on howl-iday. Located near the center of Fort Bend County, Richmond is considered part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland Metropolitan area, which has many benefits for the local pup-ulation! The close proximity to this muttropolis gives local doggos plenty to do in the area, including 26 dog parks in 30 miles. Pet healthcare is a big priority in Richmond, so it is no surprise that there are 10 veterinary offices in the city proper to keep the puppers fit as a fiddle!
Eight miles outside of Richmond is what many consider to be the best bark park in the Houston area, the Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park. This park is truly a puppy paw-idise with amazing features, like an agility course, a doggy swimming pool, acres of space to roam freely (and safely!), and doggy wash stations for both the small and large dog sections!
If you and your pal are more interested in “whining and dining”, you will be happy to know there are 6 pup-friendly restaurants within the city limits. There are plenty of dining options to please Rover’s robust appetite, including two seafood shacks, a BBQ joint, a popular steak burger spot, and a great place to grab a pupperoni pizza. For dinner and a cocktail, try Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Here, you can enjoy delicious doggy-approved offerings, such as Parmesan baked oysters, crab cakes, and grilled tilapia! What a treat!
Twelve miles southeast of Richmond lies a true doggy oasis and favorite spot for locals, the Pawm Springs Dog Park. This fancy facility has everything a hound could dream of: a small dog area, walking trail, agility equipment, plenty of shade, rinse stations -- and did we mention the doggy swimming pond?! The grade-A canine swimming pool is located in the large dog area, and is just as much fun for owners as it is the dogs! Owners can enjoy watching the rambunctious water aerobics from the comfort of one of the park’s beach chairs. Due to safety precautions, children under 12 are not allowed in the park, so leave the kids at home for this adventure! Your pup will be thrilled for the special bonding time!
Don’t spend your time paw-ndering where you will go for your next doggy adventure -- make your dreams a reality at the Danny Jackson Dog Park in Houston! Only a 30-minute drive from Richmond, this park has everything a furry Texan could dream of: large expanses for fetching, plenty of dogs to befriend, fire hydrants, and swimming ponds (yes that is plural!). When your fur child tuckers out from all the doggy paddles and puppy parkour, you can give him a spray down at the rinse station -- just don’t forget the towels! Your pup will fall head over tail for this charming puppy playground!
The sweltering Texas heat can leave owners and doggos very parched. If that’s the case for your doggy duo, swing by No Label Brewing Company for a cool drink with your best bud! This pawesome pub can help you cur-tail the thirst that hot summer sun brings, with a variety of micro-brews and classics for owners and a cool bowl of H2O for their pups. A variety of food trucks stop by several days out of the week to satisfy patrons' mid-day munchies, and there is even a small playground for (two-legged) kiddos! Fur-get your old watering hole; No Labels Brewing is sure to be your new favorite spot!
Less than 15 miles outside of Richmond sits a furrific facility that has all the dogs raving: Millie Bush Dog Park. The large dog section alone boasts more than 10 acres where pups can run, fetch, and play their hearts out. This expanse also contains TWO swimming ponds which are greatly appreciated in the warmer months. The smaller dog area is not quite as impressive, but the large dogs don’t mind one bit if the little guys join in for some soggy fun. When playtime is over, take your rowdy cow dog over to one of the three wash stations to rinse those sandy paws! Your fur-iend will be howlin’ to come back!
The beautiful Officer Cash Memorial Dog Park is located in Angleton and is dedicated to the city’s first K-9 officer. This park appreciates dogs of all sizes (and occupations), with a small dog area equally as stimulating as the large dog side. Both enclosures contain state-of-the-art agility courses, featuring structures made from upcycled playground equipment! The furry guests adore zooming through the tunnels, soaring down the slides, and darting through the wiggle pole features. There are convenient water stations to rehydrate and hose off your pup after his fierce exercise regimen, as well as waste bags for when “doo-ty calls”. Service dogs and civilian pups alike give this park four paws up!
I'm a proud parent of 3 dogs, a cat, and 3 rats. I have experience with dogs ranging from great danes, miniature schnauzers, and pitbulls. I've been watching friends' and family's dogs for years, and I look forward to meeting many more dogs and gaining even more experience.