Vito the Pug’s Guide to Southie

Looking around the neighborhood, you can see that Southie loves their dogs! Here’s our buddy Vito the Pug’s picks for doggie hot spots in South Boston. *

The Bark Park:
This fenced in area across the street from Carson Beach near Day Blvd. and G Street is the perfect spot to let you dog mix and mingle with other dogs. They even have a Halloween costume party too! To learn more about The Bark Park you can visit here! 

Medal of Honor Park/M Street Park:
This public park is usually filled with dogs and their owners in the morning and after work. It the perfect spot for both dogs and dog owners to socialize.

First Street Dog Park:
This official dog park has plenty of space for dogs to mix and mingle off leash.  It’s fenced in with water bowls, some green space located on East First between L and Farragut Road.

Marine Park:
This is a low key-off the radar spot for dogs. The open green space is perfect to walk your dog with views of Castle Island, Pleasure Bay and the Bandstand .

Thomas Park/Dorchester Heights:
This historic spot has breathtaking views of the city skyline. You can also learn a little history about the British being driven from this spot by the General George Washington and the Minute Men back in March of 1776.

Firehouse at K Street:
Bring your four-legged friend by to visit the firefighters at K Street. They love the visitors and always have a bowl of water and treats at the ready. Make sure to ask for Peter Gailunas!

*There is a leash law in the City of Boston, so make sure to keep your pooch on leash. You can receive a ticket with a fine. And always pick up your poop! It’s just the right thing to do and keeps our neighborhood clean.

Grooming:
Got a dirty dog?  Well, B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) on East Broadway is the perfect spot to bring Fido for a little grooming, pampering and good old fashioned bathing.  If you’d like the LaundroMutt Special, they have more than enough sinks for you to wash big and small dogs alike.  The shampoo (Honey Almond, Wild Berry, Crystal Clean and Fresh Scent) is sweet smelling and just right to wash away the dirt and dust from the city streets. In addition, B.Y.O.D. also carries an impressive selection of dog accessories.  Sharp looking coats and cute and trendy sweaters for the fashion-forward doggy. There are leashes and matching collars to choose from.  And cozy comfy dog beds, plenty of fun toys, dog food, books and cards and grooming supplies too.  And don’t forget to stop by the Treat Bar!

Health:
Keep your dog healthy with a trip to the South Boston Animal Hospital. Dr. Natalie Waggener and her friendly staff will make sure your pets are healthy and treat them with love and care. To learn more about South Boston Animal Hospital, visit here! They have a new location at 9 West Broadway!

Treats:
Try Wolfie’s Treats! Jane Hayes Handrahan, Southie resident and dog lover, is taking treat making into her own hands. After growing tired of “not so healthy” dog treats, Jane decided to make her own. She uses 100% all natural chicken, beef and pork – and of course a little bit of love. She tested her recipe on a local, select market of four-legged friends, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

You can find Wolfie’s All-Natural Treats at K&8th Butcher Shop and Lambert’s in Dorchester. One 8 oz. bag is $15 and worth every penny. Jane will also do custom orders – ask about her beef and chicken twists on a stick – just message her directly on Facebook! 

Dog Walker:
Need someone to walk your dog? Give our friends at Mutts and the City! Their friendly, reliable service is second to none. Follow them on Instagram get a daily dose of cute from local Southie dogs!

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