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Four-Legged Bellingham

My family got a new puppy last weekend.  She's a 10 week old Pomchi (pomeranian/chihuahua) and her name is Eloise, which means "warrior" -- quite fitting for this 1.4 pound menace, don't you think? Now that she is home, I am discovering all of the Bellingham doggy resources.  Travel with four-legged friends is becoming more and more popular these days, and we sometimes get canine-related questions at the Visitor Info Center.  We're just one week into puppy ownership, so I am a far cry from an expert at this point, but here's a few highlights:

Kenneling and Doggy Day Care

Cedarwoods is where Ellie will be going for her obedience training.  We had a dog years ago that we took to Cedarwoods and they were amazing.  They not only teach obedience courses, but they are a rescue and offer kenneling services.  The owners, Ron and Carolann, are great people and great to work with. Tails-A-Wagging is a doggy day care and obedience training center.  Ellie is going to be attending their free Thursday night "puppy pre school" which is a socializtion group for puppies 9-14 weeks of age.  We're excited to start soon! Ruff Day is another local doggy day care and grooming center that I am aware of.


We have the two major chains, PetSmart and PetCo here in town, as well as a great little "boutique" store called Bow Wow and Woofs that offers supplies as well as accessories like pet clothing and pet-themed gifts and gear.

The Great Outdoors

We have several off-leash areas for dogs, as well.  You can download the City of Bellingham Animal Related Regulations (PDF) with complete list of off-leash areas and other information, and here is a list:
  • Arroyo Park Off Leash Dog Area
  • Bloedel Donovan Beach Off Leash Dog Area
  • Lake Padden Dog Park
  • Little Squalicum Park Off Leash Dog Area
  • Sehome Hill Arboretum Off Leash Dog Area
  • Sunset Pond Off Leash Dog Area
  • Whatcom Falls Park Off Leash Dog Area
Once Ellie is a little older and has all her shots, we look forward to heading out and about with our newest family member.  :)

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