A Father’s Day of fun for doggie dads

Doggie daddies can celebrate Father’s Day in Maryland at a variety of parks and places. Photo: www.flicker.com

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2013 — There’s much to do in Maryland with your four-legged child in celebration of Father’s Day. Whether you want to take a day trip or spend the entire weekend in doggie paradise just outside the nation’s capital, you’ll find safe and friendly off-leash dog parks as well as excellent dog friendly restaurants and hotels.

Off-leash Dog Parks in Maryland
Begin your day at one of the fenced in off-leash dog parks. Bowie Dog Park, located at 3600 Northview Drive in Bowie, MD provides a nice start to this special day. The park is open from 8am until dusk and offers an acre of doggie fun. Canton Dog Park on Toone Street in Baltimore, MD has two special areas: one for large dogs and the other for smaller breeds or older dogs.


“Bone Appétit” for Dads and Dogs
No matter where you are headed, there are great sidewalk cafes, brew pubs, coffee shops, and other eateries in Maryland that welcome furry kids at outdoor tables. Brusters, located at 1819 Frederick Road in Gaithersburg, MD, serves free doggie sundaes with no purchase necessary. Hemmingway’s Restaurant at 357 Pier 1 Rd. in Stevensville, MD offers delicious food and breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay. Here is a full list of dog friendly restaurants by the Chesapeake Bay.

Shop ‘till you drop
If you and your canine like to shop, check out these dog friendly stores. PetCo, has a wide variety of items from toys to food. Check out the PetCo in Germantown, MD located at 12960 Middlebrook Road. For more unique toys, doggie spa products and natural food selections, visit Clipper’s Canine Café at 14538 South Solomons Island Road in Solomons, MD.

Father’s Day all Weekend
There are several dog friendly hotels and resorts in Maryland. Many dads are discovering the Loews Annapolis Hotel has the right pet-friendly ambiance for spending quality time with family canines. Up to two pets of any size are invited for just $25 a day. Plus, they guarantee that VIPs “Very Important Pets” have everything necessary to feel right at home. Rates start at $139 a night. Aloft Washington National Harbor near the District of Columbia allows up to two dogs (60 lbs or less) per guest room at no additional fee. Here is a full list of dog friendly hotels and resorts in the “Manly Deeds, Womanly Words” state.

Paws for Dad’s Day…

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A Father’s Day Poem From the Dog

You feed me when I’m hungry,
You keep water in my dish,
You let me sleep on anything,
Or in any place I wish. 

You sometimes let me lick your hands, 
Or even lick your face, 
Despite the fact I’ve licked myself, 
In every private place. 

You taught me how to come when called, 
You taught me how to sit, 
You always let me go outside, 
So I can take a sh… Stroll. 

You’ll always have my loyalty, 
Up to the bitter end, 
‘Cause after all, it’s plain to see… 
You are a dog’s best friend! 

For an entire list of things to do with your dog in Maryland, check out this article in Dogster.

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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog, http://sleepwithdogs.blogspot.com, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.alphadogpr.com.


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