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Is your off-leash area one of the best in the country?

The new list of “Top Ten Dog Parks in the USA” from PetVR.com includes my local off-leash area at Warren G. Magnuson Dog Park in Seattle. Frankly, I was surprised. We are so frequently overshadowed by the much larger, more pastoral dog park at Marymoor across Lake Washington, I usually end up defensive when I read these lists. Now, I’m just curious. I love my park and feel pride about making the grade, but I do wonder about the criteria. There is a one-acre park on this list. I’ve never been to the Bea Arthur Dog Park in Norfolk, Va., so I am prepared to stand corrected but that seems pretty small to be among the best in the country. (Also, don't get me wrong, I love Maude!) Do you agree with these selections? Has your go-to park been neglected or earned an accolade it doesn’t deserve?

In other dog park news, Baltimore will open it’s first city-backed dog park this weekend (with four more off-leash areas in the works). According to a post at ohmidog.com (a website created by a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Baltimore Sun reporter), Locust Point Dog Park will feature “a giant dead tree, shaved of its bark and set atop large rocks, stump and all.” I love the sound of that; we know dogs adore perches. Of course, it’s also going to provide an irresistible marking target.

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

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