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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Laguna Beach Dog Park

Situated within the hills of Laguna Canyon you will find an oasis for man’s best friend, the Laguna Beach Dog Park. One of the first dog parks in Orange County and still one of the largest sitting on 2 acres, the Dog Park is a popular destination for dog lovers and their pups. Recently my friend and I took her dog Ruby to the park for a play date.

Ruby is a playful Boston Terrier mix that is friendly and enjoys running alongside her dog pals. We started off in the “small dog” area of the park. This is for puppies that are one year old and under, injured or elderly dogs, or dogs less than 35lbs.  Surrounded by a fence, this area of the park is surprisingly spacious and has plenty of shade and benches for when a rest is needed.  After sniffing around for a few minutes, Ruby quickly made friends with a pair of Chihuahuas. The three of them took several laps around the area enjoying a playful tumble or two.

There really isn’t another word to describe the “large dog” area of the park other than ‘massive;’ it is nearly the length of a football field. Once we got inside, Ruby shot off like a dart, her legs carrying her across the grass. I think if dogs could smile, she certainly would have been as she tore across the field at full speed. As you looked around, there were small packs of dogs running with other dogs, and some were just content playing catch with their owners.   The nice thing about this spacious park, is that even with a good amount of dogs and owners we didn’t feel cramped. There was more than enough room for everyone! Ruby eventually took up with a group of three dogs and they enjoyed exploring the park together. We rested on one of the many benches and watched her play.  Once Ruby was tuckered out we stopped off at the watering hole to get her hydrated.  What a fun day at the park! We especially liked how clean the park was, it was easy to find and attracted the nicest dogs and owners around. With the sun shining and the canyon surrounding us, we found a little oasis from the city life for my friend Ruby.

Open Dawn to Dusk, Thursdays through Tuesdays
Closed Wednesdays for maintenance
Street metered parking, be sure to bring your quarters

After you enjoy a day at the park, check out one of the many pet-friendly restaurants in town.

By Anne-Marie S.