Safe, family-friendly, and thriving, Stafford, TX sits on the border of Fort Bend County and Harris County, just a twenty-minute drive from downtown Houston. Historically speaking, Stafford didn’t have a promising start -- just six years after founder William Stafford’s territory was established, the settlement was burned to the ground during the Texas Revolutionary War. Stafford persisted and pulled through, however, and today, this sleepy commuter suburb manages to maintain a community-oriented feel and small-town vibe -- even with a population of nearly 18,000! In terms of pet care, there are four vets in town, with emergency services available in nearby Sugarland.
There’s no dog park in Stafford itself, but you and your furry friend shouldn’t have too "ruff" a time finding exercise options! The parks system is one of Stafford’s great strengths, and there are a couple of community parks in town which are ideal for a leashed stroll. Stafford City Park is particularly pawpular with local dog owners, and Fountain Lake Park features a lovely pond. And if your four-legged family member longs to run free, don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventure opportunities just a short drive away!
If you and your fur baby are looking for something different to do, why not take a day trip to Houston and check out the Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre? Less curated garden and more city forest, the Arboretum has miles of shady, tree-lined trails for you and your pup to sniff and explore. Joggers and bikes are prohibited on the trails, so there’s no fear of you two having to jump out of the way of speeding cyclists! Best of all, the arboretum is free, and even sunblock and bug spray are available on a donation basis. Just remember to bring your own bags and water!