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Mia's review on Jul 12, 2019
Marlene was awesome. She was flexible with pick-up and drop-off times, as was excellent at handling Piper's adjustment to the new environment. If we ever find ourselves back in DTW we will be reaching out for sure!
Nicole's review on Jul 07, 2019
Zackary was so responsive and good with my dog!! He was super caring and sent me pictures and updates every day, which was comforting and thoughtful.
Anita's review on Jul 07, 2019
Mia is so fantastic with my dogs! I will continue to use her again and again!
Norman's review on Jul 02, 2019
It was our first time using a sitter and we were blown away by Elizabeth...very professional,caring and thorough. We were very comfortable with her,and by the time she brought our dog back ,they looked very comfortable with one another.
Vita-Anne's review on Jul 01, 2019
Sophie was a wonderful sitter. Sent me pictures of my dog an kept in touch the whole time she was sitting my dog. I would recommend her anytime.
Skyla's review on Jun 19, 2019
Cooper was such a happy dog! From the minute he arrived to the minute he left, it was clear that he was comfortable with Adara. When my plans got delayed she was accommodating and made me feel at ease! Cooper will be back for sure ?
Rebecca's review on May 29, 2019
My Uni adored the time she spent with Jeannette, Snicker, and Frank. Jeannette kept me update about Uni all the time with the most amazing photos and videos. I will Uni with Jeannette at any time. She is the best.
Pierce's review on May 08, 2019
Celeste took great care of my old girl! My dog almost didn't want to leave (she went back for more pets before we could go). I will definitely be booking with Celeste again.
Top Dog Parks in Detroit
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is located in downtown Detroit and is a paved path that is roughly two miles long. The trail is perfect for both pedestrians and cyclists, as there are two separate lanes for both. In the 1920s, the Grand Trunk Railroad workers dug a wide trench 25 feet below sea level in order to avoid foot and vehicle traffic, hence today’s name of the “Cut.” It’s now one of the 1,600 rail-trails supported by Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit looking to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. One of the Cut’s best features is its colorful graffiti murals. If you and your pup head to the southern end of the path, you’ll hit the Detroit River, part of the Great Lakes, and an international border, and you can view the city of Windsor in Ontario, Canada just across the water. Dogs must stay on-leash while on this Greenway.
You and your furry friend will love strolling the 3.5-mile RiverWalk, which offers views of the Detroit River and cityscape. As you walk, you’ll hit the connecting trail to the 31-acre Milliken State Park, which features a 63-foot tall lighthouse, picnic tables, and shoreline fishing. On the western end of the Riverfront Walk, you’ll see what’s known as the Renaissance Center - a cluster of seven interconnected skyscrapers that includes the General Motors Headquarters, and as you continue on, you’ll bump into Rivard Plaza and its Cullen Family Carousel. There’s also an easy connection back to the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Dogs should stay on a leash, as you’re sharing the road with other walkers, joggers, and cyclists.
Just 30 or so minutes outside of Detroit, in the city of Westland, you’ll find the 3-acre Hines Dog Park within Hawthorne Ridge Park, a large off-leash dog area. Although it may seem like a long drive in order to get to a dog park, you’ll actually hit Hines Park along the Hines Park Trail/Rouge River Gateway Greenway, which totals 19.5 miles and connects the towns of Dearborn (just twenty minutes from Detroit) and Northville. The dog park alone consists of separate large and small pet areas, but the dog has to weigh less than 20 pounds to enter the smaller one. In order to protect everyone’s safety, pet owners are required to register their dogs and show proof of vaccinations There’s also an annual fee of $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. On the Greenway trail, you’ll come across everything from the University of Michigan - Dearborn campus to Greenfield Village to the Henry Ford Estate.
Grosse Ile is an island on the Detroit River between the mainland Michigan and Ontario, Canada, and is the largest within the Grosse Ile Township group of islands. This trail runs the entire north-south length of the island, parallel to Meridian Road. You’ll see streets of lavish homes, and if you’re looking for water views, you can continue onto a longer loop via Horsemill Road and East River Road. The north part of the island, known as Hennepin Point, is undeveloped and the site of a historic lighthouse, and the Grosse Ile Municipal Airport runs the length of the south. Because you’ll be sharing the road with cyclists, make sure your furry friend stays on a leash.
Detroit's Bark Score
How Detroit got their Bark Score
We love crunching numbers almost as much as we love caring for dogs, which is why we came up with the Bark Score. It's all about how dog-friendly a city is, and is determined using census statistics, local business information, and our own data. Detroit received a 30 out of 100 in vet availability, which includes the number of emergency veterinarians, regular vets, specialists, and the average premium for pet insurance in the area. For pet services—like groomers available, number of dog trainers, and count of Rover sitters—this city earned a 48. For the parks and fun category, Detroit received a 47 for its number of dog parks, sunny days, and dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. And last but not least, for quality of dog life which includes overall dog population, average yard size, and number of dog-friendly property rentals, this city earned a 50.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Detroit
On the Eastside of Detroit rests six small neighborhoods known as “The Villages.” West Village is a great option to visit due to its picturesque historic homes, restaurants, and boutiques. The 982-acre Belle Ile Park, resting on the Detroit River, is only three miles away, which is perfect for hiking, biking, and kayaking. The island is the largest city-owned park in the United States and is home to an aquarium, a nature center, a boat club, a golf course, a half-mile swimming beach, and a conservatory. After a long day of exploring, head back to West Village and eat, listen to live music, and view art at The Villages Bier and Weingarten, which is dog-friendly. This seasonal outdoor community gathering place is open on the weekends from May to October.
Just west of downtown, the historic district of Corktown, built in 1834, is the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. The residential section is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You and your dog will enjoy walking along the cobblestone streets and viewing the Irish row houses. One such house dates back to 1840 and is one of the oldest existing structures in all of the city. Head to the Corner Ballpark to watch a community baseball game, or check up on the construction status of Ford’s new campus near the old Michigan Central Station, which, when completed, will be a great area to walk around. If you’re around during St. Patrick’s Day, you won’t want to miss the Irish parade. Corktown is truly seeing a revival and is an appealing place to live.
Lafayette Park is a historic urban renewal district east of downtown Detroit. The neighborhood’s homes surround the green space of the actual Lafayette Park, and within the community is a small grocery store, laundromat, and Thai restaurant. Dequindre Cut offers direct access from the neighborhood to Eastern Market and RiverWalk. Walk around the park and witness residents on the lawn having a picnic or kicking a soccer ball. If you do decide to make the short walk to the Eastern Market, go on a weekend morning so you can glance at the vendors, retail stores, and graffiti murals. In the evenings, you can hear live music from local jazz musicians.
If you want to be in the heart of it all, head downtown. Here you’ll find the RiverWalk on the waterfront, outdoor pieces of art like the Monument to Joe Lewis (also known as “The Fist”) and Spirit of Detroit Monument, and Campus Martius Park. At the park, you’ll see free art shows, movie screenings, and live music. Those who live in the area are mostly in high-rises, and you’ll also notice prominent 1920’s art-deco-style skyscrapers like the Renaissance Center, the Penobscot Building, and the Guardian Building. Venture with your dog over to Capitol Park Historic District, which is a triangular plot of land that many consider the “historic heart of Detroit.”
Why do dog owners love Detroit?
With 673,104 people, Detroit, part of Wayne County, is the largest and most populous city in Michigan, as well as the largest United States city on the U.S./Canada border. Home to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Henry Ford Museum, it also boasts the fountain-bedecked Belle Isle Park and the GM Renaissance Center. Detroit and Windsor in Canada are directly connected through a tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge, making it the busiest international crossing in the United States. It’s most known for being center of the automotive industry, with large companies like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all having their headquarters there. Other major corporations include Quicken Loans, Little Caesars, and Ally Financial. It’s also well-known for its music industry - Motown Records (a combination of “motor” and “town”) came directly out of Detroit in the 1960s, introducing the world to musicians like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and the Jackson 5. Although at one point Detroit filed for bankruptcy, it’s since seen rapid growth, renovations, and restorations. You’ll see many revitalized neighborhoods in downtown, Midtown, Lafayette Park, and New Center. Today, Detroit sees over 19 million visitors per year. While visiting, you can roam the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, with its large array of plants. Or, stroll around Beacon Park at the edge of downtown, with its expansive green space, year-round events, interactive light installations, and restaurants with rooftop seating. On Woodward Avenue, you’ll find Grand Circus Park, which is more of a green space but has a fenced dog run. Head 45 minutes north of Detroit to the town of Shelby Township and visit the 4,435-acre Stony Creek Metropark in Lake Orion, Michigan, which surrounds Stony Creek Lake. You can fish, swim, hike, in-line skate, or jog through woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. In the winter, the park becomes the perfect place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Metropark also includes a nature center and golf course. Although an hour away, it’s worth the trip to the 4,637-acre Bald Mountain Recreation Area if you’re looking for a more challenging hike. The park has some of the steepest hills and most rugged terrain in southeastern Michigan. There’s also several picnic areas, fishing lakes, a swimming beach, and eight miles of cross-country skiing trails. If you have more time to spare in the Bald Mountain area, hit up Paint Creek Trail, where you and your dog can explore downtown Lake Orion. Other parks and trails all within an hour of Detroit include West Bloomfield Trail and Proud Lake Recreation Area. If you want to stay within the city, Blue Heron Lagoon Trail is a good option. Dog owners in Detroit will love everything the city has to offer!