In recent years, Boise has taken top spots on every list imaginable - including ones for our treasured fur babies. WalletHub listed us on their list of Most Pet-Friendly Cities, and we made American Veterinary Medical Association’s top 10 list of pet-owning states, with 62 percent of our households having at least one four-pawed friend. While Boise doesn’t have the most dog parks in the nation, it does lead the pack with the highest number of dog parks per capita: 6.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents, edging out the second-place cities of Portland, Oregon and Henderson, Nevada.
Boise City Council President Lauren McLean states, “Boise is awash in parks and trails for people, and I think dogs have it pretty good here in our fair city, too. As the Trust for Public Lands pointed out in their 2018 ParkScore Index, Boise has the highest number of dog parks per 100,000 residents. Dogs in Boise can run in the foothills, cool off in the river, and play in dog parks throughout the city.”
See Spot Walk Event
Mark your calendar for the annual See Spot Walk event that takes place every year on the first Saturday of October (October 5th this year). Thousands of dogs and people come together to walk one mile beginning at the entrance of Julia Davis Park and proceed east throughout the park. The festivities include contests, demonstrations, food and lots of vendors. All proceeds are used to help homeless animals through the Idaho Humane Society.
Who: Your friends, your kids, your dog(s) and you!
What: A 1-mile dog walk through the park along with a 5k Fun Run, plus vendors, contests, demonstrations, food and more!
Why: To have fun and raise money for homeless animals
Where: Julia Davis Park Band Shell
When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Run begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. (Participate with or without your dog!)
Although city code requires all dogs be on a leash at all city parks and facilities, the City of Boise offers a plethora of outdoor activities for dogs and their owners and there are some exceptions to the code.
The city is adding to its list of dog parks with the opening of the new Together Treasure Valley Dog Island off-leash area inside Ann Morrison Park. The park officially opened on Tuesday, July 30th when the city hosted a dedication ceremony and “unleashing of the dogs.” Together Treasure Valley Dog Island is located in the southwest corner of Ann Morrison Park and will be a year-round destination for dogs and their owners. The site includes a 5.4-acre active dog area, a fenced “shy dog” area and opportunities for dogs to swim and play in the surrounding pond. Two picnic shelters have been installed along with nine Together Treasure Valley park benches, offering ample seating throughout the park.
Also within the city are off-leash dog parks that are open every day from sunrise to sunset. These special parks feature sand or mulch materials instead of grass so that the animals can have fun in a unique environment. Additionally, there are 7 off-leash pet areas in developed multi-use parks with grass. Click here for a detailed list and maps.
A fun place you might want to consider bringing Fido to is Redwood Park, located at 2675 N. Shamrock Avenue, Boise, 83713. This park allows dogs to be off-leash from sunrise to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to sunset. With tons of green grass and a great pond, your pup will be in canine bliss. You should also consider visiting Manitou Park located at 2029 S. Manitou Avenue, Boise, 83706. Of its 11 acres, 5.1 acres are available for pups to run off-leash during designated hours. The open field is located on the north end of the park and is easily identifiable by signs throughout the property.
The Boise Greenbelt is always a fantastic place to take your dog, but if you are adventurous, you'll want to explore the expanse of the Boise foothills. There are a multitude of foothills trails that are designated as controlled off-leash. This simply means that your dog must be under voice command and within thirty feet of you at all times to prevent harassment of wildlife, plant species and other people on the trails. Trails include: the Military Reserve, Hulls Gulch/Camel's Back Reserve, the Oregon Trail Reserve, Lucky Peak Road and many more. Click here for maps and many more details.
MBG Fur Babies
At the Mike Brown Group we love our four-pawed friends and never miss a chance to show them off!