The West Highlands area is a modest community filled with mid-sized homes, many of which date back to 1958. The streets are lined with sidewalks that run parallel to the streets without the benefit of grass medians for your pup to walk on. There are restaurants, dog-friendly parks, pet stores, groomers, and a pet hospital all within driving distance. There are also numerous parks in the area, as well as the Ron Ory community garden plots for those who wish to grow their own veggies.
Naperville sees an average of 189 days of sunshine each year, along with 38 inches of rain and 29 inches of snow. Summer highs run in the mid-80s with lows in January of around 15. Going for a walk with your pup can be a lot of fun, but you do have to try and plan your walks around the weather as there is some rainfall about 73 days out of the year.
The area in and around West Highlands is quite flat, but don't let this fool you into thinking you and your pup aren't going to be able to get the exercise you need. The good news is that most of the streets here have sidewalks so you and your pup can take long strolls around the neighborhood. The more you vary the directions you take, the more fun you can have! It's all about variety. If your pup is a little on the pudgy side, flat ground is the perfect place to start out. You can start by going around the block and then, as your energy levels improve and your pup's stamina gets better, you can add in more blocks. Eventually, you want to be able to walk to the various parks in the area where you can both run around and get in even more exercise on a regular basis.
When it comes to greenways, the area around West Highlands is saturated with parks where the two of you will find trails to walk on, vast areas of open grass, and more. To the south is Gartner Park with wide open areas of grass, a playground, and walking trails to enjoy. To the east are Veteran's Park and the Lincoln Greenway which straddle the DuPage River. These parks offer trails to walk on, vast areas of grass, and shady trees to enjoy with peace and quiet not normally associated with living in a city.
To the south is the Springbrook Prairie Forest Reserve that covers 1,829 acres and includes nature trails, an off-leash dog park, picnic areas, and the nature preserve. There are numerous species of birds that call this area home and you never know how many of them you might see as you walk along with your dog on their leash.