Our Bellingham founder, Barbara Browne, has explored all over Bellingham with her canine children, Luke & Buddy. Read on for Luke & Buddy’s Bellingham Tips for Dogs and their Humans! This is our personalized Bellingham Pet Guide.
Our Favorite Parks:
(Where there are special off-leash privileges too!)
Squalicum Creek Dog Park
Address: 1001 Squalicum Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
Two fully fenced dog parks, one for us big dogs and one for little pups. There is also a trail that will take us down to the beach!
Other features include: Public restrooms, playground, children’s zip line, athletic fields, basketball court and more.
Little Squalicum Park
Address: 640 Marine Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225
There’s a parking lot just off Marine Drive, with a trail that goes by the beach (the beach itself is designated on-leash only), and winds along Squalicum Creek. There’s plenty of acreage for us to romp, socialize, and explore. The area is not fenced, but is well away from the road.
Sehome Hill Arboretum
Address: 600 25th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an 180-acre park of second growth forest is located on the hill, adjacent to the campus of Western Washington University. Though called an arboretum, the hilly expanse atop Sehome is not consciously planted as an exhibit of tree species, but naturally wooded and rich in the plant species (both native and nonnative) typical of the region. The park offers over 5 miles of public trails for walking and running and, in some areas, bicycling. Unique features of the park include an 80-foot wooden observation tower atop Sehome, with aerial views of Bellingham Bay to the south. There is also a large tunnel, hand cut into rock in 1923, originally used for car traffic in the early 1900s.
Whatcom Falls Park
Whatcom Falls Park is a 241-acre (0.98 km2) park in Bellingham, Washington, United States. The falls are on Whatcom Creek, which leads from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay. The park has four sets of waterfalls and several miles of well-maintained walking trails. Most of the park is designated on-leash, but the Waterline Trail south of Whatcom Creek and west of the water treatment plant is off-leash.
Other features include: Fishing pond (for children 14 and under only), tennis courts (upper parking lot), athletic fields (upper parking lot), picnic tables and shelters, two playgrounds and more!
Fairhaven Dog Park
Address: 1717 4th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
This off-leash park is adjacent to the city’s sewage treatment plant, but we don’t mind, and there’s a big field for running and playing. There are also benches, an umbrella-covered table, and usually a big jug of water for when we get thirsty. We can walk the trail towards the bay for some nice views of the resident heron colony, but we must be leashed in this area.
Address: 1700 Old Samish Road, Bellingham, WA 98229
South of Fairhaven off Chuckanut Drive, Arroyo Park is a beautiful, forested park with a network of trails that are all off-leash. There’s a creek to splash in, a hike to a beautiful waterfall, and the trails lead upward to the larger network of Chuckanut Mountain trails (these DNR trails are not off-leash). This is a great place for a day hike or mountain bike ride if you’re an athletic pooch!
Lake Padden Dog Park
Address: 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98226
Southeast of town, Lake Padden Park has a well-established off-leash dog park at the south end of the lake. There’s a separate small dog area too! The large dog area is fenced on three sides, with access to a creek where we can cool off – and get muddy. We love the culvert that they built into a little hill that we can run through without danger of getting stuck. Restrooms, running water, picnic tables and benches round out this full-service dog park. There’s also a designated swimming area near the ball fields where we love to take a dip in the lake.
A gate at the south end of the dog park leads to the Lake Padden Trails, an off-leash trail system for those wanting more of an expedition. There’s decent signage to keep you from getting lost in this hilly, forested area frequented by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The trail around the lake itself is on-leash only.
*There are more off-leash parks and trails to explore in greater Whatcom County, but these in-city options should keep you and your pup darn happy!
Our Favorite Places to Shop
Conveniently located next to our owner’s favorite Grocery Store: Whole Foods, Mud Bay offers a huge selection of quality pet food and products. Our favorite section is the bulk treat bar!
Address: 1022 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: (360) 922-3900
Bellingham Pet Supply
Our favorite locally owned pet store with the best selection of food, accessories, and toys! Their aquarium is also fun to look at!
Address: 1701 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 393-6121
Our Favorite Places to Socialize with Humans
Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. They carry new, used and bargain books, as well as sell eBooks on their website. This wonderful 3 story bookstore is full of charm, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at the delicious Book Fare Café on the third floor and enjoy the pleasant views of Fairhaven and Bellingham Bay.
Address: 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 671-2626
Paws for A Beer
Paws For A Beer is Bellingham’s first and only dog-friendly tavern. Here, dogs with memberships can roam freely off-leash inside and outside the premises while their owners and the general 21+ public sip on refreshing beverages. We are dedicated to improving the dog-based community by offering free training courses to our members, networking with local dog rescue agencies to bring deserving dogs to deserving owners, and serve PNW beers, ciders, kombucha and wine. At Paws For A Beer, whether the dogs are on the couches or cruising around behind the bar, it’s all good. Because this is all for them.
Address: 501 Harris Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 733-7297
*There are many other breweries and restaurants in Bellingham that are excited to see us when we visit. For a complete list visit: www.bellinghambark.com; a website dedicated to us!
Our Favorite Spa
Shake & Shine
Shake & Shine offers full service grooming or you can bath your dog yourself with their self-serve tubs! If it’s hard to get your pup in the tub, you can use their convenient dog shower! Our favorite part of Shake & Shine is their doggie deli that has all kinds of delicious and healthy treats. A variety of specialty pet products are also available for purchase.
Address: 1501 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 296-5226
With our pet guide, your furry friends will have the times of their lives in beautiful Bellingham! Book one of our pet-friendly Bellingham Vacation Rentals