In the place where Will Rogers once played polo in 1935 is a quiet Seattle neighborhood called Olympic Hills. Almost entirely residential, the strip along Lake City Way is where the vast majority of the businesses in this neighborhood reside.
While you can find grooming, boarding facilities, and vets in or near Olympic Hills, finding a pet store is actually a bit more difficult. There is a small pet store just south of the neighborhood, but finding a larger one will require heading to either the Haller Lake or Northgate neighborhood. Along the east side of Olympic Hills, you will find plenty of restaurants, coffee stand,s and stores to keep dog parents busy.
The Seattle climate is often very nice and mild, making it perfect for walking. Extreme temperatures are rare and snow is even rarer. Rain and wind are common from fall to spring, but storms usually only last for a day or two and the breaks in between give plenty of time for walks.
Overall, this is a very quiet suburban-style neighborhood. While sidewalks are rare, the streets are quiet and the shoulders are large enough that walking through should rarely present an issue. As long as you stay inside the bounds of the residential area, you should not have to deal with cross traffic that might slow you down.
All of the busiest streets run along the outside of the neighborhood, giving you access to services but not impeding your walking. A ridge runs through the center of Olympic Hills from north to south, creating some significant elevation changes. As with most ridges, if you walk around the bases of the ridge or along its length, you can avoid many of those elevation changes if you or your pup are not up for the hills. It can be easy to add in hills as you are ready. There are plenty of them in the area.
Olympic Hills only has two very small parks, Albert Davis Park and Little Brook Park, both of which are fine for a place to stop while you are walking, but offer little in the way of benefit other than maybe a patch of grass. Fortunately, you do not have to venture very far to find a place to enjoy with your pup.
An off-leash play area is available just a block off of 130th and Lake City Way. A few blocks more to the east offers access to the Burke Gilman Trail, a 27-mile-long trail looping through north Seattle. To the west is the Jackson Park Trail, a new public path that loops around the entire golf course and offers some access to greenways along the way.
Just to the south of the trail and golf course is the Thornton Creek Park and Licorice Fern Natural Area which offers a place to hike with your pup.