I'm wrapping up with this state at the Holden Arboretum. Located near Cleveland in Kirtland, Ohio, this park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, most of which are leashed-doggie friendly. The park offers gorgeous plant and flower displays for pooch to smell, and also many wild birds for you to watch. Best yet, it includes a G-gauge train garden railroad offering a switched up way to see the sites – and travel across replicas of local, covered bridges – with your pet. All aboard as we visit a new state next week!
Fun times for all as member pups, peeps, and their new pals run around in the 11-acre Companion Club Dog Park. For pups that love to sniff, there are wooded trails to stroll down and the above agility courses for the most energetic ones! Switch it up and let pup dip in Golden Pond – at over two acres, the pond itself is bigger than many city parks. Be sure to bring an extra towel for a free, self-serve dog wash area to use afterwards. Best benefits go to those with big, dog families – annual membership costs $395 a year, but it includes up to four furry family members in each plan! On the safety tip, the park requires members and visitors to provide proof of vaccination upon
entry . . . for fun, and safe, playtime for all!
Winter is a great time to go to the zoo! Animals from cold weather climates are more active now than in balmy, summer months – if you can brave the cold, you'll likely beat much of the crowd. To encourage zoo visitors this month, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers special December Days with a free, heated shuttle to take you around. That way you can check out chill-loving animals like bears, wolves, and reindeer while having toasty breaks between. Also, stop by indoor exhibits like The RainForest, a two-level, two-acre indoor space that over 600 animals – like the endangered Ocelot – call home!
While you may know him for his iconic Weimaraner photos, William Wegman: Funney/Strange is 40-year retrospective of much of his painting, collage, video, and, of course, that amusing dog photography! With stops in New York, DC, Florida, and Massachusetts, it has been in Columbus since late September and will conclude its national tour here in the Midwest. This exhibition is located at the Wexner Center for the Arts and features a special project by this "inveterate jokester" in the lobby. If you're in the area (or traveling here for the holidays), catch it before it leaves on Dec. 30.
Even if I am traveling without North, I can't pass by a local pet shop without a stop in. I love when the owners take the time to seek out independent vendors with extraordinary products to lavish on our pals. If I wasn't here being PetSugar, I'd love to have a little boutique of my own! I'd certainly take inspiration from Columbus's Posh Pets, which offers the finest dog and kitty goodies. Its online store only hints at the variety (like a Catnip Body Pillow and the Pimpin' Tank), so if you're in the area, stop in for more.
This shop is located in the Short North Arts District, a hip area of town with galleries, boutiques, and cafés. Take a pooch for a shopping stroll to check out the sights, and stop at Emack and Bolio's if the weather's nice for a lactose-free doggie treat sundae for his good behavior!