Without regular playtime, dogs begin to act far too seriously, resulting in piles of slobberless tennis balls, cobweb-covered leashes, and all-poodle productions of Death of a Salesman. Kindle canine cheer with today’s Groupon to Shaggy Pines Dog Park in Forrest Hills. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a one-year gold membership for one dog (a $365 value including $39 initiation fee).
- For $15, you get a 90-minute dog-park excursion including transportation for one dog to the park (a $34 value).
Shaggy Pines Dog Park accommodates cordial canines and their furless human counterparts with 20 acres of leash-free playing areas. Located in Cascade Township, the fenced park encloses such attractions as a manmade swimming pond, a large sand pile for digging and climbing, and a private playpen for small dogs and Anne Geddes models dressed as small dogs. A one-mile, illuminated jogging trail helps owners get ready for upcoming marathons and pups bulk up before auditioning for a remake of White Fang. Gold memberships grant fidos unlimited access to the park from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year, and they also enjoy discounts on dog washes, coffee, and obedience classes.
For homebody hounds, the 90-minute excursion offers a break from everyday lives including private conveyance directly to and from the park via the Shaggy Shuttle whether or not owners are at home and whether or not there’s a zany mystery to solve. While dogs engage in social sniffing, tag-along owners can hang out in lounge chairs on a deck overlooking the pond or energize with drinks from the coffee bar. Play time in the park can vary from 90-120 minutes, and the shuttle pick-up and return can make the excursion a half or full day get-away (depending on travel times).