Four-legged friends. Furriest family members. Canine companions. Man’s best friends. Dogs have many names, but just admit it – they are the world’s best pet! Wednesday, August 26, is National Dog Day, a holiday designed for your adorable labs, retrievers, pit bulls, rottweilers, poodles, Chihuahuas, mixed breeds and any other type of dog imaginable. So, this week, celebrate your amazing pet! Keep reading for some fun activities in the Corridor that all dog lovers will enjoy.
Treat Your Dog to Lunch
Everyone likes going out to lunch – even your dog! Take her to Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar inside Village on the Parkway, where you can eat with your dog inside the covered patio. On their special Pup Menu, you can get a complimentary bowl of water, plain brown rice for $2.75, or a grilled hamburger patty or grilled chicken breast with brown rice and veggies for $5. Just keep in mind a few short rules for bringing your pooch to the patio: don’t place your dog on the table; avoid begging, barking and biting; your dog can’t eat off your plate or drink from your glass; your server is not allowed to touch your dog while working; dogs must be kept on a leash and be within reach of their owner at all times; and dogs are not allowed inside the restaurant (with the exception of service dogs).
Walk Your Dog
Dogs don’t like being cooped at home any more than their humans do. Get some exercise with them by taking them on a walk at one of Addison’s many parks and trails. Spruill Dog Park is designed for large and small dogs to run and play. Next door at Spruill Park, you will also find a walking trail, plenty of lawn space and a covered plaza area with bench seating so you can have a picnic lunch. Also, Redding Trail Dog Park is a small park divided into two sections: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Each section has drinking fountains for dogs and people, as well as benches and double-gated entries. The dog park is at the end of Redding Trail, which is a beautifully landscaped trail, so you can play after a nice walk.
Go Swimming With Your Dog
Help your dog cool off by taking him swimming at the Addison Athletic Club’s outdoor pool! Addison Athletic Club is hosting Doggie Splash Days from 4-5 p.m. September 8, 4-5 p.m. September 9, 4-5 p.m. September 10, and from 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon September 12. You can register your dog for ONE of these spots, as there are only 10 dogs allowed per one-hour session. It is $5 per dog, and you must show proof of updated shots. Additionally, social distancing and wearing a mask is required for entrance.
Groom Your Dog
Every dog deserves to be pampered. Take your pup to Citydog! Club, where she can get groomed, cleaned and primped at the Style Bar. Each grooming experience includes a HydroSurge bath and moisturizing rinse, a heat-free hand blow-out and brush, a nail trim and grind, a gentle ear cleaning and de-odorizing, ear hair removal, gland express, spritz, Citydog! Club bandana and a complimentary organic treat. Afterward, they can run around in the indoor Play Park, and you can buy them a new sweater or other gift in the gift shop. While you’re there, you can make an appointment for your dog to stay during the day or overnight over Labor Day weekend, while you’re at work or when you need to go out of town.
Look at Cute Pictures of Dogs and Vote!
Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry! One super fun way to celebrate National Dog Day is by voting in our 2020 Dog Days of Summer contest! Scroll through 29 photos of precious pooches and get to know their names and interests. Once you have narrowed it down to your favorite (this will be hard, trust me), then fill out the form to cast your vote. The winner will be featured in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Addison – The Guide and receive a special prize from our sponsor, Citydog! Club. Voting ends on Thursday, Aug. 27, so make sure you get in your votes quickly and share with your friends.
Have a great day with your dog, friends! Be sure to share pictures with us on social media of all the places you took your pet on National Dog Day.