Somerville: A Vibrant Neighborhood Guide!

Somerville: A Vibrant Neighborhood Guide!

We couldn’t be happier to open our first daycare facility in the vibrant community that is Somerville! We are lucky enough to be located right across from Union Square; an epicenter of amazing places to eat, drink and shop local unique businesses. There’s an infinite amount of places and neighborhoods to check out, so we’d like to introduce ourselves to the area while highlighting some of our favorites!

Union Square

Our new home! Union Square is home to an array of restaurants, bars and small businesses you won’t find anywhere else. The Independent is a Union staple and has been serving the neighborhood amazing drinks and upscale pub favorites since 2001. Right next door is Brass, another fine option for American fare. If you need a quick tune up or a new bike altogether, head over to Somervelo for local expertise. If you’re looking for a well-curated neighborhood record store, look no further than Grooves for your vinyl fix. In the mean time, drop your pup off for a full or half day of daycare so you can eat, drink and shop knowing your pup is also having a blast!

Davis Square

Only a 15 minute walk from Union, Davis Square is home to several Somerville institutions and fantastic places to eat and shop. It can get fairly packed on the weekends, so your best bet is to explore on an off day and give yourself plenty of time to roam and explore. If you’re looking for unbelievable BBQ in a unique Southern-style setting, head down to Redbones on Chester St. The Somerville Theater is a historic venue to catch a movie or a small concert while enjoying some amazing architecture. For a healthy dose of childhood nostalgia, head over to Comicazi and check out their impressive collection of new and vintage action figures, comics and pop culture memorabilia you may have forgotten you needed. Let’s not forget our friends over at JP Licks as well; stop by to grab yourself a cone and some Cow Paws dog-friendly ice cream for your pup!

Porter Square

Centrally located between Cambridge and Somerville, Porter Square has a dynamic mix of big and small businesses, restaurants and conveniences. With its own stop on the T’s red line, Porter is easily accessible and a great place to start when exploring what Somerville has to offer. The main shopping center has everything you may need on an errand-filled Sunday, from the curated hardware and housewares at TAGS to the unique selections at independent Porter Square books. If you’re craving authentic and filling Mexican food, you can do no better than Anna’s Taqueria; located diagonally across from the T station. Christoper’s is a fantastic American bar and restaurant adjoined with it’s own live music venue (Toad) where you can catch an array of jazz, folk and other acts on a nightly basis.

Somerville is an ever-growing destination for some of the best eating, shopping and sightseeing Boston has to offer. Among the countless options available as a Somerville resident or visitor, there are just as many for our four-legged friends as well! Few areas of the city are as dog-friendly, so it is with great excitement that we open our first doggie daycare in this wonderful part of the city. We offer both full and half-days of daycare from 7am-6pm weekly, including an option for transportation to and from daycare. Stop by our 4,000 square foot location, located right outside of Union Square at 230 Somerville Ave. with your pup today!

See you soon,

-Elliot’s House



Best Dog Walks in Boston!

Best Dog Walks in Boston!

Winter may be perpetually coming in everyone’s favorite HBO show, but thankfully in Boston it’s time for spring. After this never-ending winter of our discontent we can finally open up the windows, turn down the heat, kick off our snow boots, and become reacquainted with the beauty of Boston when it’s not covered in inches of filthy snow. Finally, the snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, and it is time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of some of the best dog-friendly walking trails in the area.

Belle Isle Marsh
1 Bennington St.
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 846-7418

Belle Isle offers free parking, lots of open spaces, numerous trails, and all on-leash dogs are welcome! This is a beautiful spot to bring your pup.

Prospect Hill Park
314 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02154
(781) 314-3475

Longer hikes and a spectacular view of Boston are some of the reasons to make a trip to Waltham for this one. Leashed dogs only.

Stony Brook Reservation
Turtle Pond Parkway
Hyde Park, MA 02136
(617) 333-7404

This is the place for when doggy needs to take a dip! Stony Brook features a stunning walk that will make you feel like you left Boston far behind. Again, don’t forget your leash!

Neponset Trail
Dorchester, MA

Formerly a train track, this is a very cool place to walk your best furry friend. Nearby parking is available.

Castle Island
William J Day Blvd and Head Island Causeway
Boston, MA, US 2127
(617) 268-5744

This 22 acre urban-park is fun for the whole family, including those whose tails wag while on a hike. Stunning views!

Minuteman Bikeway
Cambridge, MA

This is another re-appropriated train track! Nearby parking available.

Gore Park
East Cambridge, MA, US

On-leash dogs are welcome to this East Cambridge park.

Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA

Sometimes a general area walk is what you want. Harvard Square is fun for people and pets alike! Enjoy the street performers, walk the manicured lawns, and if you need something to read pop into the Harvard bookstore. Dogs are welcome!

Ed Leathers Community Dog Park
Skilton Ave and Medford St
Somerville, MA, US

This fenced-in dog park is especially great for smaller dogs. The ground is gravel, not mud, which is obviously a huge benefit to choosing this one. When you’re done here make sure you stop into JP Licks for refreshing treats for you AND your puppy. (J P Licks, 4A College Ave., Somerville, MA 02144- featuring Cow Paws, a cool treat made especially for dogs.)

Nunziato Field Dog Park
Summer St and Vinal Ave
Somerville, MA, US

Sometimes there is nothing better than a fenced in dog park to let your buddy go off leash and run until he or she drops. A tired dog is a happy dog. Make sure you remember to bring your own water!

Boston Public Garden
Newbury St and Arlington
Boston, MA, US 2115
(617) 723-8144

Probably the best known walking spot in Boston, but also my favorite, is the Boston Public Garden. Swans, flowers, people-watching: the Gardens have it all! This is a fantastic spot to walk your dog. (And I once got Albie the best sweater at a little dog store on Newbury Street.)

So get those leashes out and go enjoy the sunshine with your dog! What spots do you like to go to, Bostonians? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see you there!

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