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National Dog Day
Posted August 28, 2017 | 10:29 AM

Hillsborough has gone to the Dogs

Explore dog-friendly Hillsborough County with your four-legged friend

Grab the collars and leashes and head out to explore your town with your best friend. Here are five things to do in Hillsborough County with your favorite pooch or pooches:

  1. Take Fido to a place where he or she can just let loose and run until their heart's content. Apollo Beach Dog Park has plenty of room for your dog to stretch his or her legs and meet new friends. Bonus: there are dog washes so all that fun from the park doesn't get tracked into your car. Apollo Beach too far? Check out the seven other Hillsborough County dog parks or City of Tampa's dog parks to find the perfect fit for you and your four-legged friend.

  2. Do you want to get in on the outdoor action? Visit one of the many pet-friendly Hillsborough County Parks where both you and your furry friend can walk or run. Don't forget these tips on how to keep your friend cool during the hot summer days.

  3. Hungry after all that outside exercise? Grab a bite to eat with your dog at one of the many dog-friendly bars and restaurants throughout Hillsborough County, like the Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center. Did you know that Sail Pavilion was named the #1 dog-friendly bar in the country in 2016?

  4. Be your dog's best friend and have a disaster plan in place to make sure you and your dog are always prepared for any kind of disaster. Check out these tips to help you care for your pets before an emergency arises.

  5. Don't have a favorite pooch to explore Hillsborough County with? Adopt! Visit Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center to see if one of the hundreds of dogs available for adoption is the one for you. Pet Resource Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All pets adopted from Pet Resource Center are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and registered with Hillsborough County.

While enjoying the best Hillsborough County has to offer your furry friend, make sure to know the facts about the dog flu that can be shared from dog to dog while out in public. Remember the best way to avoid your dog from getting sick is to vaccinate.