Happy Fall!

During the summer, it’s all about the lake and in the fall it’s all about the Metroparks. Hunter, Roscoe and I love visiting the Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park for walks when the weather cools off and the leaves start changing colors. A couple years ago I found a list of some of the best dog-friendly trails and made it my goal to go to as many of them as possible. At this point I’ve been to most of them and discovered so many other great ones.

Now I have my own list of favorite dog-friendly trails, which you can check out in this month’s issue of CLE Dog Magazine: https://simplebooklet.com/publish.php?wpKey=n9QrxhQpCw0mtU2WC0QX3L#page=14

And now I have a new favorite spot to add to my list: Rocky River Reservation South, Berea Falls! I have been exploring all of the different spots of Rocky Reservation and drove a little further south on Valley Parkway last weekend. I discovered this beautiful spot and walked around some waterfalls with Hunter and Roscoe.


Such a great spot to visit in the fall. What are some of your favorite trails to visit?


September’s Craziest Dog Events

September is going to be a busy month for dog lovers! All of the sudden the calendar is filled with dog-friendly events, many of them first-time, and very unique, events. This month you will have an opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal with your dog, take him or her to prom and/or run a dog-friendly race in your underwear! It’s definitely going to be an interesting month on the CLE dog scene!

Here are some of the dog-friendly events to check out this September:

Sept. 3 History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial

Held at the Rocky River Reservation, Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus will lead a dog-friendly hike to the memorial for Smoky, the Yorkshire Terrier that served in WWII. Learn more about his story and the stories of other canine war heroes who are considered the first therapy dogs. The hike starts at 9:30 am and is 1.25 miles in length. Find out more here: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/History-Hike-Dogs-of-All-Wars-Memorial-9757.aspx

Sept. 6 Dinner with Your Dog – Yuzu (UPDATE – SOLD OUT)

Yuzu is getting quite a reputation for its dog friendly atmosphere and events! On Sept. 6 you can stop by to enjoy a four-course dinner with your dog. Courses include:

  • Domestic beer + dog beer
  • Edamame + Dog Biscuit aperitif
  • Yuzu Cusabi Fries + puppy sweet potato appetizer
  • Chicken Yakitori + Canine Yakitori
  • Thai Beef Bowl + Rice & Tenderloin
  • Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream + Pupsicles

Reservations are required and space is limited. The cost is $20 per person, $10 per puppy. You can call 440-799-8343 to reserve your spot. Check out: http://www.yuzulakewood.com/events for more info on upcoming events.

Photo courtesy of Yuzu
Photo courtesy of Yuzu

Sept. 13 Downtown Days: Warehouse District Yappy Hour

As part of the week-long downtown days celebration, the Warehouse District will be hosting a dog-friendly happy hour. Current participating bars include:  Velvet Dog, Johnny’s Downtown,  Cleveland Chop, Barley House ( meet on their side patio dubbed Barkley House), Brasa Grill and Camino Taco & Tequila Bar.

The party will start on the “Wooftop” at the Velvet Dog where CLEpets will be onsite, and there will be voting for the Dog Days of Downtown Photo Contest (Find out more on that here: https://tackk.com/dog-days-of-downtown-photo-contest) All of these locations will be dog friendly and there will special pooch menu items to purchase.

Sept. 18 Woofstock Wet Nose 5K Run and Walk

Run, or walk, with your dog through the beautiful Holden Arboretum to raise funds for the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village. This is the first year they’ve held a combined 5K and 1 mile dog walk fundraiser. You can register for the event here: https://www.classy.org/willoughby/events/woofstock-2016/e75406 There will also be dog games, agility, food, demonstrations, raffles, shopping and adoptable dogs.

Sept. 24 Cleveland Undie Walk

For this fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Alliance, you are encouraged to throw on your most outrageous undies and dress up your dog as well! There is a 5K run and 1 mile run/walk option. Use discount code FIDO and save $5 off registration! Find out more info or register here: http://support.ccalliance.org/site/TR?fr_id=2385&pg=entry


Oct 5th Dog Prom (rescheduled)

Yuzu is back with another event for dog lovers! Dress your dog up in his or her best formal gear and hit up their patio for a night you won’t likely forget. There will be prom photos taken, dog punch and they even promise some dog dancing! Find out more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149010215177581/

And don’t forget to check out all of the dog swim events going on the first week of September: http://dogsinthecle.com/mark-your-calendars-dog-swim-events/

Cleveland Metroparks Fall and Winter Hikes

I think this has been one of the best falls I can remember. It’s in the 70s! In November! I love it. There’s really nothing better than enjoying beautiful fall colors in summer-like temperatures.

Eventually though the temperatures will drop, but that’s no excuse to stay inside! Cleveland Metroparks host a number of dog friendly hikes in November and December to get you out and enjoying the fall and winter with your dog. These hikes are also a great way to explore some of the parks you may not usually get to, since there are a variety of locations for the hikes.

Here is a rundown of some upcoming dog hikes organized by the Metroparks:

November 15, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store

Join this dog friendly hike around Hinckley Lake. There are some hills and the approximate distance is 3.4 miles. Lead by Naturalist Kelly McGinnis, hikers will search for signs of animals that live around the lake.

November 21 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation, North Chagrin Nature Center

Hike includes some hills, approximately 3 – 3.5 miles.

November 27 at 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation, Cedar Road parking lot

Evening hike includes some hills, distance about 3 – 3.5 miles.

December 8 at 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville Nature Center

Bundle up for this evening hike led by Naturalist Pam Taylor. May include some slippery hills, distance about 3 miles.

December 12 at 2 – 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation, North Chagrin Nature Center

Bring your dog to hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reservation. Some hills, about 3 and half miles.

December 23, 10 am – noon
West Creek Reservation, Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek

Led by Program Leader, Debra Shankland, the hike includes a hill, distance is approximately 3 miles.

December 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation, Cedar Road parking lot

Bring your dog to walk off those Christmas cookies. Hike includes some hills, 3 – 3.5 miles in distance.

More details about the hikes can be found on the Metroparks’ website: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar.aspx

Check out my favorite fall hikes here: http://dogsinthecle.com/5-favorite-fall-hikes

Cleveland Metroparks Dog Friendly Hikes

It’s really hard to imagine spring now, but I’m hoping March gives us a few glimpses into warmer days. One of the things I am looking forward to the most when the weather gets warmer is getting out to different Metroparks and taking the dogs on a hike.

All throughout the year the Cleveland Metroparks hosts a number of dog friendly hikes to get out and explore nature in some of the best parks in Ohio, in my opinion. Here are some upcoming dog hikes hosted by the Metroparks this March and early April. All hikes are led by a Program Leader and are free of charge. Dogs must be on a leash.

March 7 at 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Reservation: North Chagrin Reservation, North Chagrin Nature Center

Terrain Difficulty: uneven, hills 3.5 – 4 miles

March 8 at 10 – 11 a.m.

Reservation: Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

Terrain Difficulty: paved, hills, 2 miles. Park under the I-480 bridge and walk to Bacci Park and back along the Ohio and Erie Canal with your pup.


March 21 at 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Reservation: Euclid Creek Reservation

Terrain Difficulty: Moderate, paved, 2 – 2.5 miles

April 4 at 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Reservation: North Chagrin Reservation

Terrain Difficulty: uneven, hills, 3.5 – 4 miles

Check out their events calendar here for more information and other dates: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar.aspx

Also, have you see this cute Cleveland Metroparks & CLE Clothing Co. t-shirt? I love it! (You can order it here: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/BuzzardStore/108.aspx)

dog tshirt

ps – don’t forget to download the “Walk for a Dog” app before you set off on your hikes. The app donates $1 for every mile you walk to the rescue group of your choice. Read more about it here: http://dogsinthecle.com/raise-money-for-local-shelters-just-by-walking-your-dog/