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National Dog Appreciation Day

You’ll never find a stronger bond than what you have with a good dog.

Our dogs are always there for us when we need them, and often when we don’t.

They watch us leave for work from the window near the door, and there they are – waiting, tail wagging – when we return. Dogs endlessly offer us their loyalty and, in return, they ask only for a little affection, and maybe some treats. They are our most reliable friends. Whether they’re saving lives, offering much needed comfort, faithfully serving their country, waiting for just the right family, or just lazily warming the couch, dogs deserve a day of national recognition for all that they do.

And today is that day.

August 26th is National Dog Appreciation Day. This special day has been officially celebrated every year since 2004. It is not only a day to pay tribute to your own best friend, but also to recognize the plight of abandoned dogs all over the country.

On National Dog Appreciation Day, we witness the efforts and hard work of our courageous service dogs.

We spend a little extra time with the trusty old family dog and we raise awareness for often unseen or unheard shelter dogs everywhere.

Take some extra time today to appreciate your little buddies.

You don’t have to be a dog owner to participate. You can volunteer your time at a shelter or animal adoption center.  Leave a cool bowl of water at the sidewalk for passing pups to have a drink, or spoil the pooches in your life with some extra special treats from Three Dog Bakery in Forty Fort.

And if you’re thinking about becoming a dog owner, please consider adopting.

In honor of good dogs everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of some of NEPA’s best dog parks.

Check out these local dog parks:

  • Abington Dog Park / Hillside Park

    Bring your buddy along to play with friends at this beautiful Clarks Summit Park. The Abington Dog Park located within Hillside Park features wide-open, fenced areas for dogs to run and play. Kick back and relax on one of many Adirondack chairs or benches as your pup makes new friends. The park also regularly hosts pet-friendly events.

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  • Connell Park

    Stop in with your pooch at this Southside recreation complex. Connell Park comes alive in the summer with little baseball players and kids with popsicle-stained lips and dogs. This dog park features a large, fenced-in area with various surfaces for running, jumping and climbing.

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  • Garden Village Dog Park / West Pittston Park

    This adorable, hidden dog park in the heart of West Pittston offers seating areas and a safe and secure dog entry.  The adjacent playground and basketball courts provide a lot of stimulation for playful dogs. The Garden Village Dog Park also features tires and a little fire hydrant .

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  • Hollenback Dog Park

    The popular Hollenback Dog Park is a favorite haunt among Wilkes-Barre’s finest pups. The clean, safe park features two separate, fenced-in play areas for big and little dogs.

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  • W. Leroy Lewis Dog Park

    There are few dog parks that can boast being part of one of NEPA’s most spectacular natural areas. The W. Leroy Lewis Dog Park inside the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area can do just that. This large, secure park offers plenty of seating and picnic tables.

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