March 23rd is National Puppy Day! San Antonio is a great place to welcome a four-legged family member into your home. The city made the list of top 100 U.S. cities with an acceptable dog park-to-human ratio.
McAllister park holds a dog park. A visit this week included dozens of dogs. The canines of all shapes and sizes, along with their humans, took advantage of the warm, Spring weather.
“It’s just amazing how many people are dog lovers,” said 11-year-old Madison Herrera.
The dog lover and her brother Coen, along with their pooch Pepper, visit the dog park twice a week.
It’s is one of 11 city-run parks.
“I know I could spend time with my dog at home but I’m just glad that I could spend time with my dog at a dog park too,” said Madison.
The number of off-leash dog parks earned San Antonio the 53rd spot in the Trust for Public Land’s 2018 report of how many dog parks are available to residents ranked by city. We have 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.
For 8-year-old Coen, a chance to play with Pepper plus other dogs is a win-win.
As for his girl, Coen says Pepper has grown since her puppy days.
“I remember when I first got her. She was so tiny and she was skinny that I could pet her,” said Coen. “I really love her. She’s really cute and she’s a fatty sometimes.”
That love is shared by thousands of others in the Alamo city. The dog parks offer them a chance to share their passion with newfound friends.