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Dog Days of Summer: Your Guide to Dog Parks, Bars and Bakeries

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Looking for somewhere to let your dog run free? How about spots for dog treats or to grab a beer while your pup plays?

Here in Gaston County, there are a variety of places that you can take your furry friend for some fun or for a sweet treat. Dog-related businesses and locations bring people together under the shared love that they have for their pets while giving dogs a place to socialize and make some furry friends of their own.

From parks to bars to bakeries, check out this list of exciting destinations all around Gaston County for dogs and their humans.

Kelly's K-9 Kitchen - Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

Bradley Station Dog Park

181 N. Oakland St., Gastonia

This fenced-in park can be found behind the Bradley Station transit depot in Gastonia. The park includes grassy patches, mulched areas and seating for owners along with trees that will provide shade from the summer sun.

Dallas Dog Park

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1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

Open every day from 7 a.m. to sunset, this park in Dallas features two separate fenced-in areas (one for small breeds and one for large breeds) for dogs to run and play while having the opportunity to socialize with some new furry friends.

Goat Island Dog Park

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

141 8th Ave., Cramerton

Located across the bridge from downtown Cramerton, Goat Island Park is home to a newly-renovated dog park. In addition to a playground, walking trails and disc golf, Goat Island Park is perfect for the whole family, pups included.

Grateful Paws Grooming

Liz Logan, Gaston Outside

38 E. Woodrow Ave., Belmont

This unique store in Belmont offers pet supplies, baked goods, grooming services, training and daycare for dogs. Teresa McCarter opened the cafe in 2008 because of her passion and love for animals and since then, they have provided clients with quality products and care for pets.

Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

118 N. Main St., Lowell

This cute bakery located in Lowell is home to tons of homemade treats for dogs and cats. With items like cookies, cakes, cake pops and potato chips, Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen has a great assortment of treats that your pet is sure to love.

Poston Dog Park

1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Rd., Gastonia

Found in Gastonia, this park has a fenced-in area for small breeds and a separate one for large breeds and is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. Located north of the park's soccer fields at the base of Spencer Mountain, this park has 4.5 acres of land for dogs to run freely.

Thirsty Dog

Camille Renner, Gaston Outside

508 Woodlawn St., Belmont

This beautiful Belmont business provides space for you to bring your dog to run and play while you enjoy craft beer, wine or cocktails. With 7,500 square feet of outdoor space with both off and on-leash areas for the dogs and big-screen TVs, dog owners have space to relax while their pets run off excess energy. Check Thirsty Dog’s event listings for live music and other events.

Tuckaseege Dog Park

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165 Broome St., Mount Holly

Part of Tuckaseege Park in Mount Holly, this park allows dogs to run and play off-leash in a fenced-off area that includes objects like balance beams and hoops for jumping. You can also take a scenic walk with your leashed dog through Tuckaseegee’s portion of the Carolina Thread Trail.

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