I live in Baltimore County, Maryland. Yes, the “County” makes a difference. When most of our readers and friends hear me say Baltimore, Maryland, I know you are thinking of Baltimore City. Unfortunately, yes, that is THE Baltimore City that has been riddled with crime and unfortunate incidents, but that is not what this particular post is about. It is important that you know when I am speaking about my town, you aren’t confused, because Baltimore City is a bit more dog friendly.
So, I live in a modern, non-progressive town. Doesn’t make sense to you? Well, me neither! We have tons of big chains, shopping districts and aren’t by any means a small town, yet we are ridiculously behind in the times when it comes to being dog-friendly. We have very few restaurants with outdoor patios. In fact, Buffalo has more than we do. BUFFALO!
We have maybe 2-3 dog parks in our County. As you can see below, the closest one to me is nice, but nothing different than my backyard. There’s hardly any dogs in there whenever we go. In fact, when I went to take these pictures, I saw two different people walking their dogs AROUND the dog parks instead of inside of them. I’d like to think more people would go if there was something more offered than most people’s backyards.
For the last year, I’ve been on the hunt for things to do in our County with Bruce Wayne. Because, we can only go on so many hikes, walks and strolls before we are both bored out of our mind. If you are in a town like me, you may have some of the same kind of places that you can take your dog, as well.
Here we go! By the way, these are in no particular order, we are just naming 5 different things to do.
5. Parkour Gym – Seriously. I know this for a fact because we go to one and they are super dog friendly! I’ve also been to other parkour gyms around the country and they’ve always been happy to let Bruce Wayne in. I honestly believe this is a big factor in Bruce Wayne being somewhat comfortable on ledges and with heights. He still has a far way to go, but does quite well for a Chihuahua.
4. Shopping Centers – I’m not talking about your typical indoor mall, I’m referring to an outdoor shopping strip as some may call it. The one nearby us, The Avenue at White Marsh is one we go to all the time, as you can probably tell from our pictures. I’ve seen and heard about more and more shopping centers becoming dog friendly. I can even take Bruce Wayne into many of the stores there. The shopping centers policy is that it is a store by store basis, so while you may be able to go into some, like Hallmark, you might be asked to leave, like Verizon. 🙁
3. Hot Pots Pottery Studio – Yup, you read that right! A pottery studio. These are nationwide, it might not be called the same thing, but you probably have a pottery store near you too, you just might not know it yet. Our pottery studio is always super receptive when I bring Bruce Wayne. The employees even help me get his paw print perfectly onto a piece of pottery. Not only is it a fun time, as it is usually a BYOB, but you get to make a forever keepsake. (Yes, I’m a sucker for any BW keepsakes!)
2. Drive-In Theatre – Yes, believe it or not, we still have one. They are very dog-friendly and it’s a win-win for all, you get to see that movie that you’ve been wanting to see and your dog doesn’t have to stay home bored home alone.
1. Miniature Golf – This is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. What’s even better is that ours is dog-friendly. Every time we go, the employees are always super happy to see him. I know what you’re thinking. It’s hard to play while watching your pup. Luckily, for me, since Bruce Wayne is a small dog, I carry him as shown below. I’ve played both ways. Honestly, the baby bjorn harness contraption is the easiest and actually helped sturdy me in a way, but you can only get a few uses out of them, as the bottom really starts to sag and doesn’t give much support.
As with any of our suggestions above, I advise that you call the place first before you trek out there. Hopefully, you aren’t in the same position we are in, but there can be fun places besides the park that you can take your dog, you just have to try to push the limits, while being respectful. Know your dog. If some of us take misbehaved dogs then well, that ruins it for us all. For instance, I would never take my mother’s dog, Bruce Wayne’s crazy Uncle Patches, because he’s bat shit crazy! I wouldn’t want a business owner to think that is what they will get if they let other dogs in.
If you are in a non-progressive, boring dog town like us, we would love to hear what you do to keep your sanity and entertainment levels up. Let us know in the comments below if you have any suggestions to keep us occupied this summer.