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Pawsitive, northern living

Affordable living. A great university. A close-knit community. Great places to eat, drink and socialize. These are just some features Prince George offers, and I’ll be writing on none of them in this article.

This one is for our four-legged, bone burying, tail wagging, furry pals.

“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”

I can’t, for the life of me, remember where I first heard this quote, but it really resonated with me. It’s true, no? I think any dog owner would tell you how much their pup means to them, and how their life would be so drastically different without them. I think it’s safe to say that most dog parents would go above and beyond for their fur-child. I know after a short 2 months, **cough—cough—10 weeks—2 days—4 hours—36 minutes—cough—cough**, with my pup Mars, I’d do pretty much anything for him.

dog playing

Mars is always ready to play at home in the backyard.

Someone recently told me, “Your dog’s got 10 to 15 years on earth, make them the best years of their lives.” I believe Prince George is a place where you can make that idea a reality.

Off-leash dog parks

I’ve seen it lots in other cities. A large, square area, surrounded by a chain link fence — A “dog park”, they call it. In my opinion, it’s more of a large dog prison. A pooch deserves more!

Prince George’s two main off-leash parks, Moore’s Meadow Nature Park and Ginter’s Meadow, are huge. They’re wide open, worked into trail networks, and they’ve got a ton of trees, creeks, and smells begging to be discovered.

Both of these parks are very central, so you won’t find the commute much more than 5-10 minutes from anywhere in the city.

dogs playing on hill

Mars, Chief and Maya, roaming the hills of Moore’s Meadow.

Lakes and rivers

Does your dog like to swim? Has your dog tried to swim? Well, living in a city placed at the intersection of two rivers, with lakes inside city limits and out, you’ll soon find out. Prince George really is an ideal place for your pet to become one with the water!

dog river

Dog community

Beyond the parks, the trails, the rivers and lakes, lies the best part about being a dog owner in Prince George. The people. Having all this space to roam with your dog lets you socialize just about as much as your furry companion. Instead of hunching over that chain link fence, watching your pooch jog laps, you’re able to trek with them and meet all the other pups and owners! Acquiring dog friends has been the best experience, for both Mars and me. Seeing Mars recognize other dogs and build those bonds is great, and it makes for some pretty entertaining evenings and afternoons.

two dogs playing

Mars and Loki “sharing”.

I hope, wherever you are, you’re able to give your pooch the awesome life it deserves. As a proud dog owner myself, I know you want to…

However, if you’re feeling like your city isn’t supplying the open-field, excited-to-run-beyond-belief, oh-wow-there’s-a-creek, just-keep-swimming, SQUIRREL, lifestyle your dog’s craving… Maybe it’s time to move up and try on Prince George.

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