Just because there aren't any homes in the Countryside Shopping Center doesn't mean that there aren't any dogs with needs here. There are several apartment communities and residential areas nearby where you are likely to find any number of playful pooches! Whether you work in the shopping center or live nearby, there are plenty of places to take your dog for walks in the area.
Shopping is right at hand from the Big Lots and Cici's Restaurant on this side of South Nova Road to the Publix Supermarket and Pet Supermarket on the other side of the street. There are businesses on all four corners, including several places to eat. If you can't find what you need here, head west on Dunlawton Avenue and you will find plenty more shops and restaurants along the way to I-95. Just be cautious about the weather in this area as it can get pretty hot, especially in summer!
Being right on the corner of Dunlawton and South Nova means working or living one of the busiest intersections in town. The traffic on both roads remains hectic from long before rush hour until well after the sun has set. Unless you have a very good reason for doing so, you should probably avoid taking your dog walking anywhere near these roads. The excessive amount of traffic generates a lot of noise and exhaust fumes and most dogs can become easily overwhelmed or may even begin to act uncharacteristically.
The residential areas to the south make a much better choice for your daily walks. While you will have to deal with rush hour traffic, it only lasts for a short time. The rest of the day tends to be relatively quiet. Here you will find sidewalks and grass to walk on and lakes to enjoy. The entirety of this area is flat, so you won't have to deal with any heavy-duty walking!
The only green spaces within walking distance of the Countryside Shopping Center are the lawns and areas of grass surrounding the apartment complexes to the south. They offer you somewhere to get in a little play time and a moderate walk.
Five minutes to the east is Buschman Park and the Margaret Buschman Parcel. These two public areas offer acres of woods for you and your dog to wander around out of the hot sun's glare. There is a lake in the park with a walking path around it for you to share along with a fishing pier and boardwalk. The dock even has a picnic pavilion at the end for public use.
The park offers a small playground for the kids, lots of shady tables and chairs, and even more trails. Buschman Park and the Margaret Buschman Parcel are very popular as a place to take the entire family for picnics.