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Puppy Central: Six Reasons Your Dog Loves the Core

Doggy bakeries, top-notch groomers, stress-free daycares and more

(1) The (Un)Official Off-Leash Park
The core doesn’t have an off-leash park (yet), but the historical McKay schoolyard is the next best thing. It’s a quiet, hidden patch of greenery amongst the vast concrete, and best of all it’s fenced in. Bring a ball and let them run free. 10425 99 Ave.

(2) Made with Love
On your next stroll down 124 St., scoot into Food Dish Wishes to treat your furry friend with homemade gourmet biscuits. Owners/sisters Tessa and Ashley Lee not only serve up decadent delights for dogs, but loving homes for cats; the shop supports an animal adoption service right inside this little gem. Here’s hoping they all get along. 10724 124 St NW; facebook.com/fooddishwishes

(3) Stress-free Socializing
The famed and trusted daycare Divine K9 & Feline is tucked just behind Oliver Square. Conveniently located for quick and easy pickup/dropoff, you can get on with your life while your pooch socializes with others and gets some exercise with a “Pack Leader” staff who are trained themselves—in animal behaviour, nutrition and health. 10552 114 St.; 780-421-7888; divinek9.ca

(4) Get the Goods
Looking to stock up on the good stuff? The helpful staff at Global Pet Foods, a Canadian-owned chain, will guide you through their dizzying selection of dog foods—from locally sourced to brand name and organic—and not to mention troves of toys. So if that old stuffed animal is hanging onto its last leg, let your pooch pick out something new to destroy. 10103 117 St.; globalpetfoods.com

(5) Fur on Fleek
Your paws are in good hands with the Edmonton Journal Readers’ Choice-approved groomers at the Pampered Puppy. All staff have completed full certification in pet first-aid and grooming, so you can just drop them off and enjoy a few hours to yourself, worry-free. On top of regular grooming services, you’ll also find supplies for those quick DIY touch ups. 10303 124 St.; thepamperedpuppy.net

(6) Just the Two of Us
Escape to Louise McKinney Riverfront Park for a peaceful walk along the edge of Edmonton’s winding river valley. This stretch of greenery is perfect for an early morning walk or run with your furry friend—and thanks to a looping pathway, dogs can literally run laps. 9999 Grierson Hill Rd.