Dogs at Schappacher Park

Dogs at Schappacher Park
Dogs at Schappacher Park

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Heat Wave Finally Over?

Have we beat the heat? Hard to tell. Anyway, today was the first night in a long time I was able to visit one of the parks. Went to Cottell. Took Nanook and had a grand old time. Think it's about time to visit a new park though, just because I need to discover more of Southwest Ohio. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Update on Cottell Park for Pet Owners

I am happy to say I finally discovered the doggie bags at Cottell Park. They are located near the portable toilet by the Veterans' memorial.

Now if only there were more trash cans located around the track. Oh well, I can dream, can't I? :)

Voice of America (VOA) Park

Though I enjoy the parks Warren County has to offer, I am fond of Voice of America park in neighboring Butler County. Instantly, I felt welcome as I entered the park. A patron was quick to point out that Nanook was an "Indy dog," which is correct, he's an Alaskan Malamute, just like George Lucas's dog, Indiana, so hats off to that park visitor.

Everyone at the park seemed friendly. Most people wanted to stop and let their dog "greet" Nanook. The park itself is pet friendly. There are baggies to pick up "stuff" all over the park and plenty of trash cans. I consider trash cans to be a premium because who wants to walk a long distance with warm smelly stuff in hand? Not me! The park path is clearly marked in small increments. The park boasts a 1.4-mile track.

Fishing is just one of the many amenities the park has to offer. There are too many to name here, but for more information, please visit

Sunday, June 26, 2011


The picture shown below is of Schappacher Park (not Cottell).
photo taken of Schappacher Park.

Cottell Park

Cottell Park is located at the corner of Snider Road and Irwin-Simpson Road in Deerfield Township. The historic Snyder House sets in the middle of the park. Locals tell me that at one time, groves of trees dotted the landscape, and back then, visitors would go on hayrides on the property.

Suburban homes now surround the park, making it not quite as natural a setting as Corwin M. Nixon Park but still worth your while. And part of its charm is its convenient location. The park track measures one mile, which makes it easy to record your distance.

The park boasts a quaint pond, a play area, tennis courts, and a veteran’s memorial, among other amenities. The last time I was there, the park advertised summer movie nights on the lawn on Fridays. For more information, please visit

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Schappacher Park

Tonight, we visited Schappacher Park in Deerfield Township, Ohio. This park has a dog run, picnic area, and playground area. It contains a water fountain for dogs, but the last time we used it, it was not functional. Perhaps it is being repaired.

Although a smaller park, it does provide a nice contained area in which for dogs to socialize. There is a nice little stream that runs through the park.

If you are visiting the park from out of town, please note it is located not too far off of Mason-Montgomery Road.

For more information, please visit
Photo of park in Mason, Ohio. Taken during summer.
Photo of park in Mason, Ohio taken during summer.
Photo of lake taken at park in Mason, Ohio during the summer. Ducks are present in the foreground.

Parks and Pets

I am owned by three wonderful dogs: Nanook, an Alaskan Malamute, Sparky, a Schipperke, and Cocoa, a Chihuahua. Since Nanook joined my household, I have been checking out local parks. I am quite pleased by the quality of Ohio parks. And so, my dogs and I have decided to present reviews of Buckeye Beauty--southwest Ohio's parks!

Recently, we visited Mason, Ohio's fabulous Pine Hills Lake Park and Corwin M. Nixon park. Because the two parks are situated next to each other, I am unable to tell which park I took a picture of. But know this, both provide wonderful scenery.

Nanook, Sparky, and Cocoa found both parks to be pet friendly. For example, Mutt Mitts were available along the path for pet owners to dispose of...well, you know. And, Nanook was very excited to see three bunnies and several birds on our walk. Maybe a little too excited. The only thing that might have improved our visit would have been a doggie water fountain. But all in all, I can't complain.

Park benches were located at various points along the trails, as were picnic tables in certain areas. Also, there are play areas for children as well as a covered picnic pavilion and arboretum. Fishing is also permitted in certain areas, though I do believe a license is required. For more information, please visit