21 January . 2020
Our Canine Bucket List has 10 ideas for fun with your pooch
Bucket lists are popular because they help us focus on the things we want to enjoy most in life, so why shouldn’t our furry family members have their own bucket list? After all, for many of us, they’re our best friends and constant companions.
With that in mind, we came up with this Canine Bucket List of 10 things to enjoy with your dog in Rancho Sienna, Georgetown and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
Drinking buddy. In Leander, Dog House Drinkery is an off-leash dog park and bar spreading over 2.5 acres, with play areas for small and large dogs. The drinkery has multiple seating areas, with a bar custom built from historic wood and reclaimed lumber. There are many special events, and you can reserve an area for a doggie birthday party. Yearly memberships and day passes are available.
Room to roam. One of the area’s largest dog parks, Cedar Bark Park in Cedar Park is an easy getaway when your dog wants a little change of scenery. Located within Veterans Memorial Park, this fenced park has amenities including a natural dog pond, benches, drinking fountains, dog showers and natural play landscape features. Set for October 10, 2020, the annual Cedar Bark Festival features a dog costume test, a dog/owner lookalike contest, vendors, demonstrations, raffles and more.
Dog island. One of Austin’s most scenic off-leash dog parks, Red Bud Isle is a small island located in Lady Bird Lake, just below the Lake Austin dam. The 13-acre park has a half-mile loop trail, and it’s also a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking. Dogs are welcome to jump in the water, which is usually clear and inviting. Some users have commented about the limited parking available, so try to go at an off-peak time if possible.
Baked to paw-fection. From a single cookie to a whole birthday celebration cake, the fresh-baked treats at Georgetown’s Tail Waggins Dog Bakery are all-natural and preservative-free. They’re even twice-baked for a crunchy texture your dog will love. There are even treats for dogs with special requirements, such as egg-free. This nearby business offers a full range of dog food, full-service grooming, and a self-service dog wash.
Old-school cool. Founded in 1946 as a chick hatchery and later becoming a feed store for livestock and poultry, Tomlinson's has evolved into a natural pet supply store with a focus on locally made products. They have several Austin area locations, including Leander and Cedar Park. Your dog is welcome in the store and will love the free treat samples. Each year, Tomlinson’s donates more than 175,000 pounds of dog food to Central Texas rescue groups. If you’ve found a lost pet, bring them to any store for a microchip scan.
Six acres of shady fun. Located amid a beautiful grove of pecan trees, the Georgetown Bark Park offers six acres of shady fun for dogs and their people alike. Georgetown’s first public off-leash park features separate areas for small and large dogs, agility equipment, and water fountains.
Day at the “spa.” Georgetown’s Ponderosa Pet Resort offers pet boarding for dogs and cats, world-class training and behavioral work, pet grooming, doggie daycare and more.
Day tripping with Fido. From running around in the six-acre Fredericksburg Dog Park, to climbing Enchanted Rock, this Texas Wildflower article lists a number of adventures you can enjoy with your best friend, about an hour away from Sweetwater. Another Fredericksburg highlight is Dogologie, a canine shopping wonderland where you can pick up a list of dog-friendly local restaurants and wineries.
Rancho Sienna’s pawsome dog park. Rancho Sienna’s Bark'N Park is our own contribution to four-legged fun in the Georgetown area. This pooch paradise features separate areas for large and small breeds, with secure entry areas for leashing and unleashing. Both the small and large dog areas include open play spaces, along with agility courses featuring tunnels, mounds and other challenges. Water fountains and a dog wash station are also provided. Dogs and people alike enjoy the terraced sunrise pavilion and fishing pier alongside the park’s scenic catch-and-release fishing pond.
Trails for wagging tails. With more than 100 acres devoted to parks, trails and natural open spaces, Rancho Sienna has much more to offer dogs and their people. You and your dog will love exploring nearly five miles of connected trails, including Big View Trail, which leads to the Bark’N Park.
Your dog can sniff the herbs at Vineyard Park, and you can both gaze at the sky at Overlook Park. At Sienna Park & Trail, your dog might want to jump up with you to sit in the giant Adirondack chair.
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