3 mile run
It's hard to find good dog friendly places these days. Many public parks prohibit dogs, and I can't say I blame them. There are a good number of careless owners out there that don't know how to clean up after their pups. I've been that person that steps in unexpected dog shit before, and it ain't pretty.
However, there are plenty of responsible dog owners out there as well, and it's worth it to do a little digging to find a dog-friendly getaway in your area if you can. Your dogs will appreciate it more than you know.
If you live in the New England area and own a dog, I can't recommend enough going to Portsmouth, NH for the day. We started off the morning at Peirce Island (yes that is how it is spelled, and yes it drives me crazy). The entire eastern side of the island is an off-leash dog area with beach access and walking trails. Jasper had a blast running up and down the trails and taking swimming breaks.
He had actually never been in the ocean before, only ponds and lakes, so it was quite an experience with the waves and salt water. All the dogs we met were super friendly, and you could tell they were all so damn happy to be running around together.
From there, we headed over to Redhook Brewery for some grub, which is a little outside of the downtown Portsmouth area. They have a big outdoor patio section that is dog-friendly, so we chose a spot under the tent for some shade for Jasper. The waitress was so nice - she brought over a giant bowl of water with ice for him to keep him cool. While we were waiting for our food to come out, Jasper somehow managed to drink almost the entire 1/2 gallon bowl of water and proceeded to throw it all up within minutes. I think he might have had a little too much salt water in the ocean, poor guy! He was looking pretty tired after that so we cut our trip a little short and headed back home.
Not before we stopped to grab some froyo though! :-)