Moving to Oakland has been a bit of a culture shock when it comes to having a dog. We were plain spoiled living in San Francisco with their 35+ dog-friendly off-leash parks and their countless other parks that are accessible to dogs on leash. This is one of the biggest things I miss about living in the city.
Oakland has a total of 5 dog parks and just about every other piece of grass in the city is off-limits to dogs. It doesn’t even matter if the dog is on leash, our little Lola is not allowed to set a paw on the grass.
Granted, living in the Bay Area we are still pretty spoiled compared to other cities across the States. Even with our measly 5 dog parks in Oakland, surrounding us are cities that have as many (or more) dog-friendly spots that we’re just a quick drive away from…and we have been taking advantage of those spots!
This is an amazing 500-acre park set in the Oakland Hills with miles and miles of winding trails. It’s a great place to let Lola off-leash except we have to pretty careful for the joggers and mountain bikers. Kevin and I have gone to this park twice now and each time we can’t believe that this amazing forest is just minutes from our apartment near downtown Oakland.
Kevin getting a whiff of wilderness (I don’t think he knew I was taking this photo when he bent down to smell that fallen tree, haha)
Sun through the trees
Me ‘n Lola
There is a small city surrounded by Oakland called Piedmont and they have a great park that allows dogs to run off-leash. The trails are mostly paved but when you’re in the park you’re surrounded by a huge canopy of trees that no matter how bright and sunny it is at that time, it’s cool and shady in the park. The creek running through the middle doesn’t hurt the view either. Kevin and I have gone walking the trails and me and Lola have gone running a couple of times as well. This is a little gem!
Alameda dog exercise area (aka Alameda dog park)
Now sure why it’s got such an official-sounding name, I just call it the Alameda dog park. This is a huge fenced-in dog park just minutes from the beach on the island of Alameda and the best part is it’s only a 10 minute drive from our apartment. I take Lola here at least once a week and she has a blast running around with the other dogs.
No dogs allowed…
After a trip to the Alameda dog park last week Lola and I drove by the beach in Alameda and I couldn’t pass up such a beautiful sunset so I pulled over, brought Lola out, and had to tie her up to the fence because of the “No dogs allowed” sign that greeted us.
“No dogs on beach”
Lola didn’t seem to mind!
That girl is always happy, no matter if she’s tied to a pole or not.
Sun setting over Alameda
Can you spot San Francisco in the distance??