Pamper your pooch from head to tail when the weekend hits: Take your precious pup out for dinner, indulgence and playtime right here in Denver. From dog parks to bakeries and from dog washes to pet stores, you will have a great time bonding with your pup at Denver’s best dog spots.
Two Pals & A Pup Pet Bakery and Bowtique
231 Clayton Street
Denver, CO 80206
Hours: Mon through Fri 10 a.m. To 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.; Sun 12 a.m. To 3 p.m.
Every good day starts with a good breakfast, and a good day for your dog should be no exception. Two Pals & A Pup’s wonderful bakery provides all-natural, organic, fresh baked treats for your pooch. With no preservatives or additives, your pup is sure to go head over tail for these fantastic treats. Bring you pal in, meet some friends, snack on scrumptious treats and start the day. Be sure to check out its barker’s dozen program, which provides the 13th treat free, once you’ve purchased 12 with its punch card.
Dinosaur Ridge National Park
16831 West Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
Price: Admission is free
Hours: Everyday 9 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Take that pup for a trot around one of the best nationally known parks in the country. Leashed dogs at Dinosaur Ridge National Park are guaranteed a heyday with Jurassic dinosaur bones. More than 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints have been found throughout the park, but bring a few for the pooch to hunt up along the trail. Bring plenty of water to keep your pup hydrated and some baggies to use to keep the park clean for everyone to visit.
U-Shampooch Dog Wash
7474 E. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80238
Price: $16 per dog for self-service dog wash
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tues to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri to Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Now that your dog has had breakfast, and probably gotten pretty dirty at Dinosaur Ridge, it is time to pamper that pooch. For a low-cost, no-stranger option, try U-Shampooch Dog Wash. This self-service dog wash is the best place to wash your pup without making a huge mess in your own home, or breaking your back bending over the tub. It features several extra large elevated tubs with hand dryers, pressure sprayers and all of the necessities for a super clean companion. If self-service isn’t your thing, make a grooming appointment here instead.
Stapleton Dog Park
Montview Boulevard and Syracuse Street
Denver, CO 80238
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Once your pup is all clean and spiffed up, show him off around town. If your dog plays well with others, Stapleton Dog Park’s 3 acres of sandy play areas promises tons of fun for your pup. The sand allows dogs to play rougher than they could inside, but it also helps to tire them out a bit faster. The park also comes equipped with doggy bags for quick clean-up and plenty of street parking. Be sure to bring water with you so your pooch has plenty to drink.
The Spot Bar and Grill
98 S. Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80209
Hours: daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wind down for the night a burger and a beer at a completely dog-friendly bar. The Spot Bar and Grill boasts an awesome burger and a great patio that welcomes you and your pup. Traditional bar fare and free wireless Internet make this a popular hang out, but the open patio is a perfect place to spend some quality time outside relaxing with your best friend.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.