We all love family trips, and for many, traveling with the family dog makes the trip complete. All of Northwest Arkansas, including Rogers, is increasingly dog-friendly so you have a growing number of options for your trip.
A little bit of pre-planning will go a long way into making your family trip to Rogers with Fido a fun-filled success.
Getting your records straight
All four of my pets are microchipped and I highly recommend all pet owners do the same. This is especially important when you’re traveling out of town. ID tags and collars are great, but they can easily get lost. A microchip (with updated contact information) is the surest way of getting your beloved pet back if it gets lost.
Make sure to update your pet’s vet records as well as immunizations. You will need to carry these records with you to be allowed to take your dog certain places. Also be aware that some pet-friendly locations have different vaccination requirements than what might be required in your area. For example, our dogs have to have bordatella vaccines more often when they are boarded around other animals.
You will also need basic records in case your dog gets sick or injured. The Animal Emergency Clinic of Northwest Arkansas is in Springdale, which is just down the interstate in Rogers. It might be worth getting established with a Rogers-area vet if you plan to visit Rogers frequently with your dog. Many have late hours in the evenings in case you need them.
Finding places to stay
You are in luck when it comes to finding places that will let you bring your pet. This list on Arkansas.com provides links to all the pet-friendly hotels throughout Rogers. You have options ranging from the luxury Embassy Suites NWA and Aloft Hotel, both which are near shopping and eating areas, to several campgrounds and RV parks around the gorgeous Beaver Lake. I found several other options in between such as Staybridge Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott as well.
I encourage you to call the hotel directly during their regular business hours to verify their most updated pet policy and if possible, to make your reservation.
Places to go, places to eat
While you’re in Rogers, I know you’ll find many fun activities and places to eat. Rogers has a growing number of patios that allow dogs to join their human family members, such as Brick Street Brews in Historic Downtown Rogers, and Einstein Brothers Bagels near the Pinnacle Hills Promenade (they have doggie bagels!).Places such as Andy’s Frozen Custard offer a free pup cup of frozen yogurt with your order and Bliss Cupcakes has doggie cupcakes.
I asked my friend Eleanor Evans who runs the Awkward Paws Pet Sitting Service about great places to take your pets in Rogers. She mentioned several opportunities including the parks and trails systems. Cambridge Park is accessible and easy to navigate and Murphy Dog Park is another great place. At Murphy you will be required to give a donation to the park to enter but it’s well worth it. It is well shaded and has plenty of water on hand. Eleanor advises leaving the dog treats out of the park, however.
One last thought is that you will find places where you can’t take your dog. So what to do? I talked to one of the owners at Phenom-A-Dog in Rogers and they offer boarding and doggie daycare services. You are welcome to make an appointment to take your dog there for the day, but be aware that doggie daycare is only available Monday through Friday and boarding is available every day.
I hope you and your dog enjoy the trip to Rogers. If you share pictures on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #RogersRocks to share your fun adventures!