sPAW City

spaw city indoor dog parkThis could be good: an indoor dog park called sPAW CITY has opened in Ballston Spa. From the blurbage on its Facebook page:

Total of 4,750 sq ft in a climate controlled late 1800's post and beam 2 story barn right on the beautiful banks of the Gordon and Kaydeross Creeks in Ballston Spa, NY. When the weather is just right we have over 60 windows to open. Ahhh smell the fresh air...
2,000 sq ft of social space, coffee bar with seating and free WiFi if you just want to hang out with your "lazy" dog and socialize in a low key way. Yappy Hours, Parties, rentals and special events will be held.
2,750 sq ft of safe open play space with an abundance of toys and play equipment.

Here are photos of the space, the price info (starts at $8 for 2.5 hours for one dog during week days), and rules for the space. There's a grand opening tonight (Friday) from 5-8 pm with free entry.

The people behind the dog park are Keith and Amy Augustine from the gourmet dog treat company The Lazy Dog Cookie Co, according to its Facebook page.

We've thought for a while that someone should open a place like this in one of the many empty big box spaces around the Capital Region (but an old barn works, too). It could be useful during the winter or when it's been raining for days. A good dog is a dog tired from walking or playing.

photo via sPAW CITY Facebook

Find It

sPAW City indoor dog park
101 Ford Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020


I like their list of rules for the dog park. Especially about educating owners regarding dog behavior... It's amazing how owners see dogs wrestling, playing, and being a little loud, and think that dogs are fighting. There is a huge difference between two dogs playing and two dogs fighting.

Great idea -- but it I can think of spaces other than empty big box stores in the area. Finally a use for all these shuttered Catholic churchs dotting our communities Reuse for St. Patrick's in Watervliet?

This is a great idea. The dog parks in the winter aren't that great when there's no snow (like this year - the year of the mud pit!), and there are so many nice Saturday afternoons in July when it's just way too hot for my German Shepherd to be outside. Like the iPad, I invented this idea in my head a long time glad someone else brought it to fruition. Now it would be nice to see one in Albany!

Now that I have a dog and the weather's getting cool, I was really looking forward to taking him to this place. But it appears that they have gone out of business already.

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