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Dog-Friendly Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls, Findlay, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio
Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

Off to the races, the Dachshund races! Dexter and I were invited by one of our Doxie friends to come out to the Findlay Doxie Downs Dachshund Races in Findlay, Ohio. Since Findlay is only about an hour away, we couldn’t say no. We packed our dog day trip gear and headed to Findlay.

Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio
Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

We arrived at Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls mid-morning and were welcomed by some cute Dachshund signs. We could tell by the signs where we needed to go – just follow the wiener dogs. 😉 The Dachshund races were held inside one of the many shelter houses around the park. The dog costume party was happening as we arrived. There were Dachshunds to our right and to our left, and they were so cute!

We didn’t stay long at the races; we decided to check out the beautiful park. Riverside Park in Findlay, Ohio didn’t disappoint. The park grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of trails to choose from. We walked along the waterfront, since Dexter is always up to getting his toes wet. Dexter enjoyed the scenic views of the waterfalls, the dam, and the overlook deck. He also enjoyed watching the ducks and sniffing anything that caught his attention.

Dog-Friendly Day Trips
Dog-Friendly Day Trips

Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls also offers canoe and kayak rentals. This was very tempting, but I did not have Dexter’s dog life jacket, so it was a no-go on this outing. We continued to walk the park until we were ready to call it a day and find a local dog-friendly restaurant.

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Pet-Friendly Ohio


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Dog-Friendly Toft Dairy Ice Cream Parlor:Sandusky, OH

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Toft Dairy Ice Cream is dog-friendly and delicious!

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Dog-Friendly Toft’s Dairy Ice Cream Parlor

Toft’s Dairy Ice Cream Parlor in Sandusky, Ohio was a great finish to our Ohio dog-friendly day trip. After our visit to The Holden Arboretum, we wanted to stop on the way home for some good old-fashioned ice cream. Homegrown goodness doesn’t get any better than the legendary Toft’s Dairy!

Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor is a dog-friendly landmark attraction for both locals and tourists alike. This family-owned ice cream shop is home to more than 70 unique and tasty Toft’s Ice Cream flavors, and even still uses its original soda fountain and parlor wood seating. What kind of tasty ice cream flavors might you find? Unique ones like Limited Edition Campfire S’mores, Key Lime Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Muddy’s Sea Salt Slam, Orange Pineapple, and Caveman Chocolate, to name just a few.

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Toft’s Ice Cream

If you are looking to shop local, Toft’s Dairy receives milk deliveries from 20 local farms 365 days a year. By using only local farmers within a 50-mile radius, Toft’s guarantees that only the freshest milk is used in their ice cream. As a health-conscious consumer, I appreciate that they take it one step further by requiring written pledges from all 20 of their dairy farms to refrain from using the synthetic growth hormone rBST when producing milk shipped to the Toft’s plant. That said, I’m by no means saying ice cream is a healthy treat, but we all must splurge every now and again. 😉

Dexter The Dog and I sniffed around the outdoor seating area while Mom and Ed picked out their ice cream. There were some pretty neat things to check out, like an old C. Toft Dairy milk truck! Dexter and I had lots of dog photo opportunities.

When it was time for me to pass Dexter to my Mom so I could go get ice cream for myself and Dexter (he splurged too), I was a bit overwhelmed at what flavor to choose! I ended up with a $3.75 kid’s Caveman Chocolate and a $0.25 soft serve vanilla for Dexter. You read that right; my bill was only $4 and the portions were huge!

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I’m Ready!

Dexter was more than ready for his doggie ice cream treat. After putting on his monkey snood from Meek by Design, he dove right into his vanilla soft serve. He was a happy camper. And my Caveman Chocolate was so good! Rich, milky-smooth dark chocolate ice cream, loaded with fudge-filled chocolate chunks – you can’t go wrong with this flavor if you are a chocoholic like I am.

Since Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor is only about an hour away, I foresee more day trips to Sandusky, Ohio in our future! If you and your dog find yourself in the area, you won’t want to miss this dog-friendly attraction.

 

Fun Fact: In 2008 Toft’s added the area’s first wind turbine, which helps power the daily operations of the plant.

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Dog Friendly Cleveland Day Trips

Dog-Friendly Holden Arboretum: Kirtland, OH

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Dog-Friendly Holden Arboretum, Kirtland (Cleveland area), Ohio

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Dog-Friendly Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio was such a great day trip! Dexter The Dog is getting close to his seventh birthday and I am officially middle-aged (thanks, Mom, for bringing that to my attention!). So, I have decided to focus on enjoying every day and trying to spend quality time with Dexter and my human family. I don’t want our dog bucket list to start on Dexter’s final days; I want to ensure ALL his days are bucket-list worthy.

We live in Toledo, Ohio, so I did an internet search for “dog-friendly Ohio” and started to investigate our options. The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio came up as a dog-friendly attraction. Since this dog-friendly destination was just over 2 hours away, outside of Cleveland, Ohio, the family decided it would make a great dog-friendly day trip.

The week leading up to our Ohio dog adventure was a pretty rough one for me. With my new brand, Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm (formally Global Dog Training), and trying to get the website up and 10 years of pet blog posts moved over, I was ready for a day off for some quality dog and family time.

The day before our dog-friendly trip to The Holden Arboretum, I packed up all of Dexter The Dog’s Travel Essentials. For this trip, I brought things like his dog stroller, cooling mat, cooling jacket and his stainless steel dog water bottle. I was prepared for our day trip.

My mom and I prepared our picnic lunch. We made a fresh feta and tomato salad, prepared hamburger patties with a side of Fritos and a dill pickle spear. We even cut up tomatoes, onions, and spinach leaves, and placed them in a glass storage container so they would stay fresh. Into the refrigerator it all went for the night and into the travel cooler with ice in the morning.

The next day, we hit the road at 7:00 am. Dexter is always a great traveler. He sleeps in his dog crate the entire time, unless we stop for dog potty breaks. We had a mission that morning, so we made good time. Usually, when the family takes a dog-friendly road trip, we take lots of breaks, but since the day trip was pretty close, we only stopped a few times. I know, a 2.5 hour trip and we stopped twice. Hahaha

We arrived in Kirtland, Ohio around 10am. The Holden Arboretum was easy to find and the employee who took our admission was very helpful. She provided us with a map and told us that The Holden Arboretum was very dog-friendly. The only places that were off-limits to Dexter were the Corning Visitor Center, Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, Murch Canopy Walk, and the Kalberer Emergent Tower. That may sound like a big list, but it really wasn’t. The arboretum is 3,600 acres, so we had plenty of dog-friendly things to do.

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Dog-Friendly Butterfly Garden

The first spot we ventured into was the Holden butterfly garden. I was immediately struck by the beautiful smell. I have no idea which plants or flowers were emitting such a great aroma, it was probably a combination of all the beautiful flowers, herbs, and plants. The butterfly garden was just breathtaking. All the flowers and plants had little informational plaques detailing what they were and also a call-in option for even more information. Dexter and I just enjoyed walking in the grass path surrounded by the flowers, butterflies, and bumblebees. But no worries, they were happily pollinating the flowers and couldn’t have cared less about us. We did not see any hummingbirds, but I guess they do frequent the butterfly garden.

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Where are the frogs? I see Mom.

The dog-friendly butterfly garden also had some wonderful water features and lily pads, which I assume had some frogs hopping around. Dexter loves to sniff and play with frogs. He looked over the wood bridge and all the lily pads, but we did not see any frogs. Sorry, Dexter, maybe another day.

After visiting the butterfly garden, we grabbed a trail and started walking. It was such a lovely walk. The grounds at The Holden Arboretum were immaculate! We were amazed at how well-kept everything was, with not a weed in sight. We ended up at Blueberry Pond. Dexter even got his toes wet. I could hear the bullfrogs, but poor Dexter still wasn’t able to find any frogs.

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I see turtles. Where are the frogs?

At the end of Blueberry Pond, we found Buckey Bud’s Adventure Woods. This arboretum is truly a family-friendly Ohio destination. Although we didn’t check it all out, Buckey Bud’s has a kid-friendly mini zip line, an over-sized loom and a woodland theater. We did, however, explore Buckeye Bud’s Woodland Cabin and created our very own artwork! Or should I say, my step-dad Ed did. 🙂

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Indoor Cool-Down

After our Buckey Bud adventure, Dexter was ready to rest his feet, so into the dog stroller he went. We continued on our way and decided it was time for a little cool-down before hitting the next trail. We stepped into one of the air-conditioned buildings next to the visitor center. I fed Dexter his lunch, gave him some water, and back into the stroller he went for our next hike.

We headed to Corning Lake. Along the way we passed the Display Garden and more beautiful scenery. The arboretum was bustling with guests and staff, and a few canopy tents were set up; it looked like they were preparing for a special event. People can rent The Holden Arboretum for special events such as weddings and corporate events. Dexter, once again, dipped his toes into the lake.

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Eddie The Grill Master

By this time, we were ready to have our family picnic. We walked back to the picnic area and found a good spot in the shade. I pulled out Dexter’s cooling mat, while Ed fired up the grill. My Mom and I set up the picnic table and were ready for our feast. Hamburgers were cooked to perfection and our lunch really hit the spot. After lunch, we decided to head home and look for an ice cream parlor along the way.

The Holden Arboretum was truly a dog-friendly attraction with lots of things to do and see. Not only does it welcome dogs, but it also is a very family-friendly destination. With 3,600 acres of walking space, it is a great spot to take a day trip, or two!

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Dog-Friendly Day Trips: Dog-Friendly Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Fun activities, stores and cafes all at Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

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Dog-friendly Put-in-Bay-Where we visited on this trip to Put-in-Bay: Miller Boat Line Ferry, E’s Golf Carts, Del Sol, Carriage House, Perry Park, The Keys, Perry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center, Dairy Isle, South Bass Island Lighthouse, South Bass Island State Park.

Dog-Friendly Put-in-Bay, Ohio 

Our family had such a fun dog-friendly day at Put-in-Bay, Ohio. This was the first time I visited Put-in-Bay since my grade school trip. I’m not sure why it took me so long for another visit because we had a blast. I think Put-in-Bay just might need to be on a yearly dog-friendly adventure day for us.

We started our dog-friendly trip to Put-in-Bay bright and early, and jumped on the Miller Boat Line Ferry. Yes, the Miller Ferry is dog-friendly! We had a great, relaxing ride to Put-in-Bay on the ferry. Dexter The Dog was a trooper as usual and sat patiently on my lap. If you have been following our dog-friendly day trips, you might realize by now Dexter loves boat rides! Miller Boat Line Ferry offers some great discounts on Put-in-Bay activities, so check them out here!

Dog-Friendly Put-In_Bay Ferry
Dog-Friendly Put-In-Bay Miller Boat Line Ferry

Once we arrived at Put-in-Bay we headed over to E’s Golf Carts to pick up our ride. We contacted E’s Golf Carts prior to our arrival to ensure they were dog-friendly. No problems, of course. We were good to roll.

Pet-Friendly Golf Carts in Put-I-Bay
Pet-Friendly E’s Golf Carts

We went uptown to all the area Put-in-Bay shopping sites. There were so many shops to choose from that we decided to just start at one end and work our way around the area. My step-dad was pretty excited to see Del Sol where all their items change color in the sun! I asked if Dexter The Dog could come in, they said no problem as long as he stayed close to me. My step-dad came out with a pretty hefty shopping bag full of Del Sol merchandise, so I think they made a good choice letting us in.

Ohio dog-friendly retail stores.
Ohio dog-friendly retail stores.

Asking if Dexter could come into the shops was pretty much our theme for the day. We were pleasantly surprised at how many shops were dog-friendly when asked. We had to check out the Carriage House because they had so many dog-themed gift items! Luckily Dexter was welcome to come in and shop. Another great shopping experience. We left the store with some fun gifts. Unfortunately, they did not have the Cavalier-themed item I had hoped for. Maybe next year.

After our dog-friendly shopping excursion in Put-in-Bay, it was time to let Dexter stretch his legs and get some good sniffing done. Luckily a great little park was right there in the shopping district, Perry Park. It was perfect, nice and grassy and clean. Although those Swift Birds were certainly getting Dexter a bit excited!

After our little park stroll, it was time to get something to eat. Where to dine was a tough choice because there were so many restaurants that looked great. We took the advice from a friend and chose The Keys. No problem bringing Dexter the dog to the outside patio, which was right on the water! It was an amazing layout, and the food was wonderful. I ended up getting the Summertime Salad and it was so fresh my taste buds were very happy. I’m thinking salads may be the way to go for dining out.

After eating at The Keys, we decided to check out the Perry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center. We weren’t sure about their dog policy (neither were they), so we asked. They said sure. It was nice to be able to get inside some air conditioning because the day was pretty warm.

Up next, it was time for ice cream! A day trip isn’t complete without a dog-friendly ice cream cone. The Dairy Isle looked pretty tasty and had some nice outdoor seating with a cool sandbox for the children. If it hadn’t been so full of kids, I think Dexter might have enjoyed a little dig. We stuck with a simple vanilla cone for Dexter. Tasty and refreshing.

Next up was to visit South Bass Island Lighthouse. The inside of the lighthouse was closed, but we were able to walk around the beautiful grounds. It was quite a sight.

Ohio dog-friendly lighthouses.
Ohio dog-friendly lighthouses.

We then headed over to South Bass Island State Park where we walked the waterline and the green fields. Dexter  enjoyed getting his feet wet and watching the people frolic in the water.

As the day drew to a close, it was time to head back to the Miller Boat Line Ferry. Our day trip had been packed with a lot of fun dog-friendly activities. There were so many more things we could have done, but we didn’t have enough time.

Maybe next year we’ll look at staying a weekend.

Dog-Friendly Put-In-Bay Links On This Trip: Miller Boat Line FerryE’s Golf Carts,  Del SolCarriage HouseThe KeysPerry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center,  Dairy IsleSouth Bass Island LighthouseSouth Bass Island State Park      


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Dog-Friendly Ohio Day Trips, Dog-Friendly Stores: Bass Pro Trip-Rossford, Ohio

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Dog-Friendly Stores: Bass Pro Trip-Rossford, Ohio

I will look great inside!

First, I want to start this dog blog entry by saying that we LOVE Bass Pro! We have been visiting the Bass Pro stores ever since I was a puppy! Mom was thrilled when she found out Bass Pro was dog-friendly! Whoop whoop! Eddie is even happier, as he loves to get fishing supplies at Bass Pro, and we are more than happy to take a dog adventure!

Today we went to the Bass Pro in Rossford, Ohio. This is our typical visiting spot, since we live very close. They were having festivities all weekend because of the holiday. Mom, Grandma, and Eddie even got free hot dogs! I had my kibbles and Grandma dropped a chip or two for me to gobble up.

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I’m not sure about him

Eddie wanted to show Mom the boat we are thinking about getting in retirement…. Mako Boat Skiff. I have to admit, it looks pretty darn great, much better than a small Jon boat! After our boat shopping, we walked around Bass Pro. I wasn’t too sure about the next creature Mom was trying to get me to sniff. What do you think? But I put on a brave (ok, maybe not so brave) face and did a little sniffing. I almost barked, so Mom got my attention and we moved on.

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I’m a dog who loves to fish

We walked around the Bass Pro shop, and I said hi to lots of kids. Kids really do like to say hi to me. “Hi, friends!” We ended our dog adventure by checking out the fish in the big aquarium. I do like to walk on the rock ledge and watch these monster fish. Sort of reminds me of River Monsters! Great show, check it out on Animal Planet sometime.

As usual, we had a wonderful time at the Bass Pro in Rossford, Ohio. I can’t wait until our next trip!


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Dog-Friendly Day Trips and Road Trips in Ohio: Netty’s Ice Cream-Holland, Ohio

Dog-Friendly Day Trips and Road Trips in Ohio

Dog-Friendly Ice Cream Shops in Ohio: Netty’s Ice Cream-Holland, Ohio

Just waiting….

I think you may have heard the story about my missing my opportunity for ice cream last week? If not, let me recap. Mom, Grandma, Eddie, and I went out for ice cream, and I got ripped off! Mom didn’t let me have ice cream; she brought me one of my chews. My chew I get every night for dinner. Nothing special about that! I was so sad, so Mom gave me a bit of her cone….but she owed me big time!

Tonight, we all hopped into the car to check out Netty’s Famous Chili Dogs (Ice Cream for us) over at 904 Clark Street, Holland Ohio. Right away I was pretty happy, because we didn’t have to wait in a long line. That is always a plus when I’m waiting for my cold, sweet snack.

Mom and I walked around the finely-kept lawn, while Grandma and Eddie ordered our tasty treats. There were only 3 picnic tables; luckily we were the third family, so we made it. Whew. I certainly didn’t want to miss out on doggie ice cream again!

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Dog-Friendly Holland Ohio

I got a vanilla dog ice cream in a cup. Oh, and it was a big cup of soft ice cream! Yummo indeed. But Mom stopped feeding it to me, walked away and came back and I think the cup wasn’t as full. Hmmmm – that might be something to keep my eye on next time. I think the vanilla soft serve ice cream was just delicious! Spectacular! Something to write a blog entry about for sure. Mom enjoyed her chocolate soft serve ice cream with caramel syrup, too. But Grandma and Eddie weren’t too impressed with their ice cream. I guess they said it tasted too malty, and the cone was stale. I don’t know; mine was smooth and refreshing.

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Doggie Ice Cream

After I ate all my dog ice cream, three kids came over to say hi to me. I am a real hit when I go out! I gave them my cards, so hopefully they are reading this now! Hi, new friends!!! Well, off to bed I go. Tomorrow is another adventure….this time to Bass Pro!

More Please!


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Dog-Friendly Toledo, Ohio Parks Dog-Friendly Waterville, Ohio: Farnsworth Metropark

Dog-Friendly Waterville, Ohio: Farnsworth Metropark




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Dog-Friendly Waterville, Ohio: Farnsworth Metropark

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Dog-Friendly Waterville, Ohio Parks

Hello, friends. Today I had a great day! First, I helped my Mom test and evaluate some local therapy dog teams here in Toledo, Ohio. I played the role of neutral dog. I had a good time, because, between my jobs, Grandma walked me around to say hello to people. Sweet!

Then, this afternoon the Family (I’m part of that title) went to Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville, Ohio for a fishing adventure! Well, we decided last minute not to bring the fishing poles and just took a hike. I should say a hike and wade for me and Mom.

Check out my little dog video of me wading in the water and scaling the rocks. I am a dog rock star!

To top off the night, we all went out for ice cream at Mr. G’s Barn in Toledo Ohio! I got robbed!!! Because Grandma has been feeding me too many snacks, I wasn’t allowed to have ice cream! Not even doggie ice cream. Mom brought my bully stick, but I was not happy with that. So she added a little ice cream cone to it, and it pacified me. I don’t think she’ll be doing THAT again! ~Dexter The Dog

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Dog-Friendly Ice Cream Shops


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