Dog Boarding in Providence
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Susan and her family took excellent care of our senior dog while we were away. Susan administered his daily meds, took him on walks, provided daily pics and made him feel right at home. I would highly recommend Susan to watch your pets. Thank you Susan.
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Rebecca's review on Jul 15, 2019
Professional- meticulous - authentically interested and engaged with the our pets- organized -expertly carried out all duties w attention to detail and care
Stefanie's review on Jul 13, 2019
Julia was absolutely amazing with Blue! She truly made him feel like he was at home and he had an awesome time! Julia kept in touch through out the day sending lots of pictures and videos! Would highly recommend! Will definitely use Julia again!
Rebecca's review on Jul 11, 2019
Claire was great! She took excellent care of my pup and kept her a tad longer than expected. Nala was pooped by the time she got home because they went on a nice walk. She provided my pup with her medicine as directed. I would recommend claire!
Sarah's review on Jul 01, 2019
Alexis is dependable and is clearly experienced with pet care. We recently moved to Providence and feel fortunate to have found Alexis to provide our dog with a mid-day walk. We appreciate her responsiveness to last-minute requests and highly recommend Alexis to other dog owners
Cc's review on Jun 28, 2019
Noami hosted our JRT Jack while we were visiting providence. She was accommodating and reassuring - making it easy for us to enjoy the city.
Trish's review on Jun 24, 2019
Max was wonderful with Devon! Will definitely have him dog sit Devon again:)
Emmi's review on Jun 10, 2019
Kelly offered to meet for a walk-through to meet Cooper and better understand his routine. She was super responsive and left us with great notes and pictures for each drop-in. Booking Kelly again soon!
Marisa's review on May 30, 2019
Grace was lovely! Krishna adored her. She gave him a day rich in activities in Providence and he slept like a log when he got home!
Top Dog Parks in Providence
Blackstone Park, quietly tucked away on the East Side, is a popular trail for dog walkers in Providence, Rhode Island. Because it’s not strictly a dog park, you’ll bump into joggers, so even though many dogs are off-leash, be mindful of those around you. Roughly 45 acres, it’s right up against the five-mile Seekonk River. As you walk along, you can check out the Brown University men’s rowing team practicing for their next regatta. Mostly wooded, the park is a great option if you’re looking for something shady on a hot day. The trail is not strenuous and thus is perfect for an easy stroll during a lunch break. If you want more exercise and a longer path, you can continue on to the Blackstone Walkway that ends at Lippett Park.
Pets are welcome to play off-leash at the around three-acre Barrington Dog Park area within Haines Memorial State Park (located in Barrington, just fifteen minutes outside of Providence). It’s a little difficult to find, but it’s off to the side of one of baseball fields. Once you leave the dog park, you can continue on the trail of Haines Park, which runs from Bristol to Providence, but dogs must be on-leash for that section. Note that there are no separate small and large pup play areas, so if your furry friend is shy, you may want to stick with the Haines Park Trail instead of entering the off-leash area. If you forget your doggie bags, no worries, as the park provides them, as well as buckets attached to the fence that you can fill with water. Bring towels with you, as your pet may get muddy (there’s no grass.)
Tucked into the western part of Providence, Neutaconkanut Park is 88 acres of meadows, brooks, valleys, and geological outcroppings. Travel up to the “Great Hill”, which is the highest point, and look down at the views of the city (and nearly a quarter of the state of Rhode Island.) Dogs are welcome as long as they stay on-leash. The 3.8-mile hike is uphill, so if you don’t feel confident in your athletic abilities, you can walk around the lower elevations and watch locals playing baseball on the field or jogging around the track. This park is centered in an urban community, so it’s easy to enjoy nature without having to travel out of the city!
Why not take a day trip to North Kingstown, just thirty minutes outside of Providence? There you’ll find John H. Chafee Nature Preserve (otherwise known as Rome Point), which features wooded hiking trails that lead down to a beach, where you can spot harbor seals. Your dog must stay on-leash, but they’ll love passing equestrians on horses and saying hello to other pedestrians and cyclists. As you walk, you can enjoy the view of Jamestown Bridge. If you’re planning on just taking a stroll, this is the perfect path for you, but if you’re looking for something that will give you a bit more of a workout, you can cut through the trail in the woods and skip the beach. This might be a good option if you’re worried about your doggie stepping on sharp shells on the sand.
Providence's Bark Score
How Providence 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. Providence received a 47 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 62. For the parks and fun category, Providence received a 66 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 61.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Providence
Fox Point is a popular neighborhood due to its proximity to downtown, rich history, and quirky shops. It’s the most southern area of the east side of Providence right across the river, and is safe and easily walkable. You’ll encounter many college students, who’ll love to pet your dog when you pass by them down Wickenden Street on your way to the local farmer’s market. Fox Point is home to India Point Park, near the Seekonk and Providence rivers. The 14.5-mile rail trail of East Bay Bike Path begins at the eastern end of the park, where it then passes the Washington Bridge and continues southeast to Bristol along the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. India Point is also part of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, which is a 680-mile long series of roads used by the Continental Army in 1781. If you’re in the Fox Point neighborhood, you can also check out Gano Street Park and Roger Williams Landing. Dog walkers will love spending time in this area!
Federal Hill is another popular neighborhood for college student housing due to its reasonable rent and central location within the city, which is directly east. Very much a foodie area, it’s nicknamed “Little Italy” because of its influx of Italian restaurants (mostly along Atwells Avenue) and Italian-American communities. As you and your pup walk around, be sure to head towards the famous LaPigna Arch, aptly nicknamed the “pine cone” due to its shape, which is a traditional Italian symbol of abundance and quality and has also become the symbol of Federal Hill. Also along Atwells Avenue are the half-acre Garibaldi Square, De Pasquale Plaza for outdoor dining, and John’s Park at the former location of St. John’s Church. Another large green space you’re sure to love is the two-and-a-half-acre Franciscan Park, home to Bell Street Dog Park.
You’ll see the best of both worlds on College Hill: the quaint, homey feel and easy walkability of the East Side, and several bustling areas that give you a distinctly urban vibe. The neighborhood gets its name from two of Providence’s most prominent universities in the area, Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The lovely campuses are ideal for pleasant strolls with your pet, where you can view traditional architecture and grassy quads. You’ll also want to check out Thayer Street, where you can find shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and the Avon Theater. If you love history, be sure to pass by the 18th and 19th-century residential houses along the tree-lined streets, including the historical landmarks John Brown House, built in 1786, and the Renaissance Revival Governor Henry Lippitt House from 1865.
Olneyville offers an urban feel, with an abundance of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks in this historic West Side neighborhood. The Woonasquatucket River runs right through the southern portion of this roughly triangular-shaped region. The 15.8-mile river was designated an American Heritage River in 1998. There you can find Merino Park and a section of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path that winds through the park and follows the river to Glenbridge Avenue. Following the loop and bike path will give you a walk of around a mile, which is a perfect distance if you’re looking for a quick exercise break with your pup. Olneyville has three official parks connected by Greenway Bike Path: John Donigian Memorial Park on Valley Street, Riverside Park on Aleppo Street, and Joslin Park and Recreational Area on Florence Street.
Why do dog owners love Providence?
The 20-square-mile Providence, founded in 1636, is the state capital and the most populous city in Rhode Island and third most populous city in New England, just behind Boston and Worcester, MA.In this city of 180,000 people, you’ll find many diverse neighborhoods, whether you visit the bustling downtown (also known as DownCity), the quaint East Side, or the northeastern section of Blackstone and Hope. Truly a walkable city, Providence has the eighth-highest percentage of pedestrian commuters. Some of the top employers include Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Verizon, Walmart, Providence College, and Roger Williams Medical Center. During the summer months, Providence regularly hosts WaterFire, which is simultaneously a free public art installation, a performance work, an urban festival, a civic ritual, and a spiritual communal ceremony. The installation consists of around 100 bonfires which blaze above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown. Memorial Park, adjacent to the financial district, offers clear views of the festival. The city is also home to a 1,200-acre park system that includes Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Roger Williams Park, Roger Williams National Memorial, and Prospect Terrace Park (which features expansive views of the downtown area). When you and your pet walk along the four-acre Riverwalk and Park, you’ll see street art and Venice-inspired bridges. When at Roger Williams Park, visit the expansive grounds, recreational ponds, public gardens, and walkways. The park is also home to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, but you’ll have to leave your dog at home if you decide to go there! Prospect Terrace Park, located in College Hill and known as “The Jewel of the City”, boasts scenic views of downtown. Head to DownCity for an urban vibe, and walk past the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Providence Place Mall, and the State House. Or, head to the northeastern part of the city to visit Blackstone, where you can walk along the 1.6-mile boulevard, built in 1894. Hope Street separates Blackstone from the neighborhood of Hope, where many congregate to the Saturday farmer’s market, the East Bay Bike Path, and Lippitt Park. Be sure to also stop by Billy Taylor Park along Cypress Street to see the community mural. If you’re near Wayland Square and need a break, you can wander in (with your dog!) to “Books on the Square”, a cozy bookshop. There’s a water bowl at the door if your dog gets thirsty. Or head to one of the many dog-friendly restaurants - Union Station Brewery allows pets on their patio, as does Coffee Exchange on Wickenden Street, and Julian’s on Broadway, to name a few. Dog Owners in Providence will find a myriad of things to do within the city!