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Another Great Dog Walk in Bend (That May Require Trespassing. Ooops)

Another Great Dog Walk in Bend (That May Require Trespassing. Ooops)

I break the law a few times a week. Please don’t tell anyone. I do it for Betty. I mean, look at that sweet girl. Who wouldn’t bend the rules to make her happy? This is Betty Betty has a good life. She gets an hour or so of daily exercise in one of the prettiest cities in the country: Bend, Oregon.That said, being her human, and having other human stuff to do, I don’t always have time to drive her…

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Best Park in Bend (That Isn’t Shevlin)

Best Park in Bend (That Isn’t Shevlin)

If you’ve been in Bend for longer than five minutes, you know about Shevlin Park. Shevlin is the granddaddy of all Bend parks, spanning 650 acres (though the website says only 50 acres are developed) with great terrain for hiking, biking and gawking at the beauty of Oregon. I suppose you could go to Shevlin every day — it’s close enough (five miles west of downtown) — but if you have dogs, there’s a park even closer to downtown that…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 6 — Riverbend Beach

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 6 — Riverbend Beach

Riverbend Beach 799 SW Columbia St. Parking lot entrance for Riverbend Beach  Driving into the Riverbend parking lot, I thought, “Okay, now this is much more like LA dog parks.” At an acre, it’s a little bigger, but still… a flat, dirty fenced-in area with no grass. No exercise required by the owner. You can just stand in one corner like a vertical couch potato and watch your dog be a dog with other dogs.  Betty, unimpressed. Where’s the grass? But then…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 5 — Ponderosa Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 5 — Ponderosa Park

Ponderosa Park 225 SE 15th St. We drove to SE Bend to check out Ponderosa Park. There was a little old man puttering around the sign at the entrance. He seemed to have laid out his lunch (it was 8:00 in the morning) on the stone base of the sign. Huh.  There was a grassy sports field at the entrance, where a dog owner was exercising his two dogs off leash — with the entrance off-leash area (OLA) just a…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 4 — Pine Nursery

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 4 — Pine Nursery

PIne Nursery Community Park3750 NE Purcell Blvd Okay, this is the bestest dog park in Bend, in my humble opinion. Best for: any person or animal who likes awesome places. Yeah.  But before I explain why it’s awesome, I went to the wrong place first — the stupid new iPhone Apple map system dumped me HERE when I asked for directions to Pine Nursery Park: Service road entrance to North Unit Main Canal off NE Purcell Blvd This is an…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 3 — Big Sky Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 3 — Big Sky Park

Big Sky Park 21690 Neff Road Good for: Residents of the East side. It’s far.  Okay, really, Big Sky is only about 5 miles from my house. I’m already spoiled by Bend, so this seemed like a very long way to drive. Ha.  The park has lots of room and two completely fenced areas, but I didn’t love the feel of it. It was flat and dry (I know, welcome to the high desert) and while Betty seemed to like…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 2 — Hollinshead Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 2 — Hollinshead Park

Hollinshead Community Park 1235 NE Jones Road(Back entrance: NE Edgewood St. & NE Ulysses Dr.) Good for: dogs who love grass and lazy owners who love to garden.This park is about 2 miles from my house. It’s more of a traditional dog park, with a couple acres of rolling grass, plus trees. It isn’t completely fenced, but as long as your dog isn’t a “runner” you can park yourself in one spot and almost see the entire park from where…

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7 Dog Walks in 7 Days: Day 1 — Overturf Reservoir

7 Dog Walks in 7 Days: Day 1 — Overturf Reservoir

There are officially seven off-leash dog hikes in Bend. I’m feeling very ambitious (read: mildly depressed, angry, and heartbroken and in need of a tangible goal) and plan to hit one “park” every morning until we’ve explored them all…Today Betty and I went to Overturf Reservoir. Overturf Reservoir 475 NW 17th AvenueStill pretty close to our hood, but far enough that I drove. The official entrance is on 17th Street, just off Galveston Ave/Skyliners Rd. Enter through this cute neighborhood…

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