As a modest middle-class neighborhood, you will find mainly single-family homes in the neighborhood known as Briarcrest. It is situated just a few short blocks off Lake Washington. Most of the businesses are located on the outer edges of the neighborhood where you can find food and drink as well as veterinarian services. Pet supplies are limited to grocery and variety stores, but the one thing that Briarcrest does have for your pup is the Eastside Off-Leash Dog Area where you can let Lucky stretch their legs and get a good run in.
Weather in Shoreline is very typical of the entire Pacific Northwest which essentially means a little bit of everything. Temperatures can get chilly in the winter and the area can even get a bit of snow, but these events are usually very short lived. Pacific storms can make walking very wet and miserable, but these are few and far in between.
A few hills might challenge you throughout Briarcrest but the vast majority of this quiet neighborhood is fairly flat. Great for leisurely strolls or just to get Lucky out of the house, you will find the terrain great for elderly dogs or lower activity owners. Surfaces range from rock over asphalt roads to gravel shoulders and few sidewalks. Some shoulders do have some grass as well and the side streets are quiet enough that you can walk either on the shoulder or the side of the street.
If you want more of a challenge, you are fortunate enough to have Hamlin Park which has trails as well has elevations changes to help put a bit more energy into your walks. The trails are dirt, which will be much softer on dog feet and much gentler than concrete for human feet as well and the tall evergreens help to keep the trails cooler on hot summer days.
Briarcrest is blessed with lots of greenways for such a small neighborhood. Hamlin Park is its pride and joy with 80 acres of forest, trails, and lots of flora for your pup to explore. In addition to Hamlin Park, there is South Woods Park which offers much the same amenities minus the hills.
Eastside Off-Leash Dog Area is also a great place to stop with a large area for your dog to romp. The area is spacious, but it is not fenced in, so you need to make sure that you have control over your dog before you let them off their leash.
Briarcrest is only a few blocks off the lake. The Burke Gilman Trail is paved, but there are small greenways along the trail where you can stop with your dog. Warm, summer days are a great time to use this resource because the breezes of the lake can make the heat not so unbearable.