It should be no surprise to you that, in February, BK and I got a puppy. Given I post pictures of him and talk about him frequently, I feel like everyone should be privy to this information by now. And now that we have our regal pooch in our lives, the landscape of what we like to do has certainly changed. We often ask ourselves, “Can we bring Frank?” or “Is it dog friendly?” And, while we still have a lot to learn and many more places to take him, we have found a handful of spots we can bring Franklin along that we have really enjoyed. There are many places (restaurants mostly) where dogs aren’t welcome due to health restrictions, but fortunately many of those restaurants that have patios are dog friendly as a result. Here are some of our favorite places so far:
Cafe de Sales, Revolution Rotisserie, Happy Belly on Vine, and local creamy whips – dog-friendly patio spaces (along with most eateries that have patios)
Washington Park – dog-friendly green space where there are often food trucks and events happening; a place where you can grab food to-go and eat it In addition to the aforementioned, we have really taken to two area dog parks:
We have fallen in love with Otto Armleder Dog Park. Not only is there a huge (I’ve heard four acres) green space where Franklin can run free (he doesn’t get this at home, seeing as we live in an apartment) and mingle with other dogs, there is also Little Miami River access a short walk from the fenced dog park area where dogs can swim. The first time we visited, the water was only about a foot deep and was perfect for him to bound around without going all the way under — a great way to introduce him to the water, especially after he found a mud puddle to play in. In short: It’s free to visit and park; there is a ton of space to fetch, run, and play frisbee; and there is water access. Otto Armleder Dog Park hit the trifecta.
When we are more pressed for time or if we want to make food a part of our trip, Washington Park Dog Park is the perfect place to go. The dog park itself is smaller in size and can get pretty crowded, but we’ve learned that Franklin does better with a bit of a crowd anyway. He also really loves the water feature there, from where he can splash and also drink when he’s thirsty. BK has also deemed him the “maitre d of the dog park,” as he is able to greet all newcomers. Parking at Washington Park garage costs about $5, but there is also street parking available, usually for less (please note the changed parking meter times). But the park itself is great for socializing more than running free rein, and I highly recommend making a trip of grabbing some food to-go or enjoying a meal on a patio nearby (Happy Belly, Revolution Rotisserie, or anywhere in Findlay Market or OTR are some ideas).
We are always looking for new ideas. If you have some, let me know!