A few years ago, Mom read an article about the most dog friendly campgrounds. When she planned our trip in 2020, she tried to go to as many as possible. But, as we all know, Covid had different plans and we didn’t get to go to New England. Instead, we spent most of our time looking at rocks out west. Boring. I’ve changed my mind about some rocks because here in New England, they have nice smooth rocks that are long and not too high. They are great for sunning or just watching the world go by. So, I gotta admit. Some rocks are nice.
Here in Foxboro, Massachusetts, we are staying in a campground that has some of those rocks. We even had one in our campground. But, the best thing about this campground is that it was #1 on the list Mom found. And I sure know why!
First, the dog park. It is huge. I mean, huge. At least two acres, all fenced, and all nicely mulched not mud or gravel. There are a lot of things to play on: bridges, jumps, and an A frame. There is also a fire hydrant that sprays a cooling mist when you can get a human to push the button. Sometimes, they don’t want to because they say they don’t want you to get wet. I figured out how to solve that problem. Just lie down in the water around the hydrant and then, you are already wet. No excuses. There is a really nice dog water bowl that refills itself so you can drink all you want. One day I was so thirsty I filled up on water until I almost burst.
I was thirsty because I discovered a box full of old tennis balls. It is in a separate area of the park so again; you must get a human to help you by opening the gate. But, once in there, I can lift the lid myself and get all the balls I want. There are so many that your human can throw them one after another and you can run and run and run to get them. This campground is the first time since we left that I feel like I can really exercise until I am tired. There are hills to run up and down, not to mention the balls and the playground.
We always wait our turn outside the fence until no one else is in the park. Then, I go in and play and play until I am tired or someone else comes. I know it is a big park and so lots of dogs could fit inside, but I prefer not to share it with anyone else but Ross and my friend, Micah.
There is a smaller area set aside for little dogs. Sometimes, when it is empty and the big dog park is full, Dad lets me go in there so I can have some time to myself.
There is only one thing I don’t like about the dog park. The children! You know that there are signs on the human playgrounds that say no dogs allowed, right? Well, why don’t they put signs on the dog park that say no kids allowed? Really! They are usually little girls who are all squealy and scream, “Puppy, puppy, puppy!” They want to hug and kiss the dogs. I DO NOT like people in my face so when the children are there, I can’t use the dog park. It’s not fair at all. Maybe I’ll start using the slide in the people playground and see how they like it!
Another dog friendly thing although we didn’t use it, is the dog coops. They are very nice dog runs with shade and water that humans can rent to leave their dogs while they go to the pool or play games. Its mostly for people who don’t have a camper and can’t leave their dog in a tent. Its also not for leaving your dog for a long time like if you want to go to Boston. Then, you have to hire a dog sitter unless one of your humans stays home like our Dad did for us.
Dad and I enjoyed using Moms bike on all the trails here. He didn’t use the motor though I told him to put it on the fastest speed. He didn’t think I could keep up. Huh.
Anyway, everything else about this campground is top notch. There are plenty of poop bags around, lots of places to walk and trees to hang out under. Mom and Dad brought our exercise pen so they set it up in our camp site. Ross can go there to do his business when Mom is doing something else and can’t take him for a walk. I prefer to do my business in private, so Dad takes me to a corner of the campground where there are bushes to hide behind. There are a lot of good spots here.
In fact, this is the biggest campground I think we have every been to. There are five hundred sites for camping! And because it is so dog friendly, I bet there are at least two dogs at most of those campsites! But I’m being good. The only time I bark or growl is if they get near MY campsite.
As for humans, they have lots to do, too. There are FOUR swimming pools (don’t you think they could make one of those for dogs?), a fishing pond, recreation center with separate places for kids and adults, a restaurant, two playgrounds, a remote control racecar track, BMX bike course, disc golf course, bocci ball, shuffleboard, basketball, tennis, pickleball and a petting zoo. Plus two pavilions and an ice cream store! They have yurts, tents, popup campers, RVs, glamping tents and cabins for rent too. Even with all the people and dogs here, there is plenty of room for everyone.
And finally, the last reason that this place is so dog friendly: NO FIREWORKS! So Happy Fourth of July everyone from one of the best places on earth for dogs.