With only a month left before summer leaves us, now is a great time to get active outside with your four-legged friend. Here are 4 Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventures in Atlanta, Georgia:
1. Piedmont Park and Piedmont Dog Park
In the midst of the city beneath the Midtown skyline lies grassy Piedmont Park – a paradise for any active pup with miles of walking and running paths to explore. On the east side of the park you’ll find the Piedmont Dog Park. The dog park offers nearly three acres of fenced-in dog runs with separate enclosures for large and small dogs, which is a great spot for your furry friends to burn off some energy and socialize with other dogs.
2. Stroll the Atlanta BeltLine
The two mile paved path from Midtown to the Historic 4th Ward is always chock-full with active city dwellers and is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or jog with your dog. The route is lined with art installations and canine-friendly pit stops to take a rest, hydrate or grab a bite to eat.
3. Stone Mountain Park
Just outside the city’s perimeter you’ll find Stone Mountain Park. You can trot the paved walking loop around the mountain, wander the park’s 15 miles of wooded nature trails, or if you and your dog are feeling adventurous, climb the one mile trek straight up the mountain.
4. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park offers nine miles of hiking trails for you and your four-legged bestie. This popular park close to the city-center offers an extremely unique outdoor experience – you can hike alongside the creek and past Civil War mill ruins.
If you’re a regular follower of this blog you’ve probably seen photos of my rescue chihuahua, Ella. She may look like a puppy because she’s so tiny (weighing in under six pounds) but she’s not. I adopted Ella about nine years ago when she was already a full-grown adult dog – meaning she’s no spring chicken (or pup)!
As Ella ages I become more concerned and focused on her health and diet, so when we were asked to participate in the IAMS™ challenge, I was excited to see how she would do. Over the course of seven days I transitioned her to IAMS™ Proactive Health Mature Adult Small & Toy Breed dry food. I wasn’t sure how smoothly the transition would go, especially since she’s been eating the same food for years, but she had no issues with the change.
Once she had fully transitioned to her new IAMS™ diet we ventured outside for a summer adventure along the BeltLine and to Piedmont Park. Ella is typically a pretty spunky and playful girl (especially given her age), so I wasn’t certain whether I would notice any difference in her activity level, but she had some pep in her step! She happily trotted down the BeltLine and through the park, and her tiny legs didn’t struggle to keep pace with me. But, the biggest difference I noticed following the challenge has been in Ella’s physical appearance. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that her skin has gotten drier and she will suffer from “doggy dandruff” when the dry skin flakes. In the sunshine at the park it was clear her skin appeared less dry and her coat was noticeably shinier. There was one more visible change I noticed with her… um, waste. Although not as palatable to discuss as her shiny coat, I can sum it up by saying that Ella’s digestive system was working in full, healthy force. 🙂
Like all dog owners, I want to do what’s best for my sweet pup and make sure she’s getting the nutrition she needs to live the healthiest, happiest, active life she can for her age, so I was thrilled to notice these visible changes following the challenge.
How do you get outside and active with your dog? What’s the most dog friendly city that you’ve been to?
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