Off-leash Leisure

 

Named after the only Hillsboro police dog to be killed in the line of duty, Hondo Dog Park is a 3.75-acre expanse of pristine romping ground. In honor of the fallen German shepherd, dogs both civilian and professional frolic off-leash in the grass while their owners meander along the bucolic, .17-mile walking path or just grab a bench and observe. The even-plane park features three perfectly manicured areas: a main playground for dogs of all sizes; a space designated especially for smaller, timid dogs, where pugs and Chihuahuas can scamper free from bully breeds; and an all-weather area that can be enjoyed year-round. While exact numbers of rollicking Rovers are tough to track, the Hillsboro Dog Association estimates that between 150 and 300 dogs visit per day during summer months. And in true community fashion, Hondo remains immaculate thanks to volunteer cleanup efforts. (4499 NW 229th Ave; Hillsboro)

Hangouts for Hounds

When it comes to mingling with like-minded animal enthusiasts, dog devotees dig Yappy Hour at Urban Wineworks. Not only can owners relax over a Willamette Valley pinot from Bishop Creek Cellars while their dogs get acquainted, but each edition of Yappy Hour, held on the last Wednesday of the month, has its own theme (e.g., food, fashion, general health) with special guests promoting pet-friendly goods and services. Urban Wineworks staffer Annie Davis, who has been the point person for Yappy Hour for the past few months, notes that the arts-and-crafts component of these canine klatches has become increasingly popular. “For Thanksgiving we constructed pilgrim hats, and the buckles were made from the dog’s own paw print.” (407 NW 16th Ave; 503-226-9797; urbanwineworks.com)

Wine is fine, but Portland’s known as Beervana for good reason, with more brewpubs per capita than any other spot on the planet. For a more casual get-together, survey respondents had high praise for all three Lucky Labrador Brewing Co locations, where thirsty locals can tip a pint of Super Dog Pale Ale in the patio with their tail-wagging comrades. Bottomless bowls of water also are available. (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, plus two other locations; 503-236-3555; luckylab.com)

Fond Farewells

 

To whom do you turn when Rover has crossed over—or is ready to? Dignified Pet Services not only offers affordable cremation services and helps its customers commemorate the life of pet companions (including horses) with an array of memorial options such as urns, lockets, and photo shrines, it also offers the comfort of a homey “family room” for when the time comes to bid your friend farewell. (Euthanasia can only be performed by a veterinarian, and Dignified Pet staffers can recommend one if necessary.) “There used to be that awful void between taking your pet to the vet’s office and receiving the cremated remains,” says Michael Remsing, who opened the Tualatin-based business in 2000. “We allow people to experience a pet’s last moments.” Tissues provided. (503-885-2211; dignifiedpetservices.com)