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Dog Guide Friendly Airports
A few airports around the country have created fully landscaped pooch-parks. The following are some of the country’s most canine-friendly facilities.
In December 2004, Reno-Tahoe International Airport celebrated the opening of the Gate K-9 Bark Park. Paw prints stamped on the sidewalk outside the terminal
lead to the enclosed Bark Park just north of the baggage claim area. The park is landscaped with trees and a canopy for shade and stocked with fresh drinking
water and plastic mitts for quick clean-ups. They even have a fire hydrant for pet dogs who like to do their business the old-fashion way.
In Texas, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has a small park with a figure-eight-shaped dog walk located outside the lower level, just past the
east end of the terminal. Landscaped and lighted at night, the park has stone benches, shade trees, grassy areas, a pet-level drinking fountain and plenty
of mitts and trash receptacles for clean-ups.
The folks at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport maintain two park areas for pooches. The 2,000 square-foot Bone Yard is just outside the baggage claim
level at the west end of Terminal 4, the airport’s busiest terminal. This finced-in area is shaded in the day and lighted at night and has a bone-shaped
patch in the center filled with kitty litter and surrounded by crushed gravel. Pet owners and dog guide teams can use the park’s faucets and buckets to
cool off and the plastic mitts to clean up.
The Phoenix airport’s second pet-relief area, the Paw Pad, is located just west of Terminal 3 inside a framed archway and a fence decorated with paw prints.
This pet-relief area offers pet owners and working teams the same amenities as the Bone Yard, but instead of gravel and kitty litter, the Paw Pad has grass.
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