Two places that combine personal, human health with your dogs’ health are the Terry Hershey Trails and Millie Bush Dog Park. Depending on the dog(s) in question, it can be very convenient to have multiple options for them. Dogs can be like children in that if they don’t get to release their energy, they tend to end up doing something ‘bad’ due to their need for action. During months when it is very rainy or cold, it is good to know which trails get muddy, which dog parks are closed during certain times and much more. To find dog parks all over the Houston Metro Area, go the Houston Dog Park website to search for your matches.
The Hike Trail at Terry Hershey Park (THP) allows you to drive, park and hit the 12 and a half miles of trail by walking, running or jogging (bicycles also have their own trail to ride down). Not only is the trail outdoors, it will give your dog the opportunity to sniff, explore and meet new friends as well as getting in a healthy dose of exercise disguised as exploring. Be sure to check the weather before heading out there, in case a storm is brewing nearby; you can also check the THP weather on their website in the Park Conditions section of the home page.
Should your dog be more active, or you want to be able to let them run free (–off leash), drive out towards Katy and enjoy the quiet peacefulness that surrounds the Millie Bush Dog Park (see map below). This park is on 13 acres and contains a large dog space as well as a smaller space for socializing new puppies or letting your small-medium dogs play. While your dog is running around, playing with other dogs and not realizing they are getting exercise, there is also a large walking trail that covers the entire large dog park space. This is good for walking, speed walking and even jogging…for the brave. If you do choose to jog or run this particular trail, be warned that you may gather a crowd of canine pals. As well as the large and open space at Millie Bush, there are also two swimming holes for your dog to paddle around in. The swimming areas are a great source for exercise for dogs and are also a huge hit! If you have a water dog, or aren’t sure if your dog likes water or not, be sure to pack a few towels to clean your dog off with after playing. Located outside the gates are wash areas, if you choose to rinse your dog off before heading back to your home.
While eating healthier is a great resolution, it’s important for your dog to be healthy as well. Many dogs have food allergies that are overlooked, so talk with your veterinarian and figure out what your dog is allergic to before settling on a food choice. Some healthy options to choose from are Science Diet and Blue Buffalo, but, again, be sure and get proper recommendations from your dogs’ vet before changing your dogs’ diet.
Staying fit, eating right and getting healthy can be difficult to maintain on your own, so adding you best friend to the mix is sure to have a high success rate this resolution!