Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beneful Dream Dog Park Opening Day!

Yesterday, the Beneful Dream Team unveiled its first Dream Dog Park, and we were there! The $500,000 dog park makeover in the Atlanta area was all made possible when Pat McNeely and his dog Koda were named Grand Prize winners in the Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Park Contest and provided the inspiration for the renovation.

No dream dog park is complete without features that provide both fun and function, like this doggie-sized drinking fountain.

Or this giant bone-shaped ramp with tunnels. That's Koda resting in the shade underneath.

A closer look at the lovely Koda, a Siberian Husky, on this hot day at the Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek -- near Atlanta, Ga.

Next, we had the chance to chat with Jason Cameron, TV design personality and head designer for the park renovation. Cameron talks about some of the park's most interactive and unique elements, including the bone bridge and water splash pads.

Cosmo says agility features are a must for a dream dog park. Cosmo gives the "tire" a test run.

And then there was the water feature, our favorite for hot Atlanta summer days!

Truly interactive, the water splash pads are enjoyed by dogs, kids and grown-ups!

And a great place to grab a drink... the ultimate dog bar!

Another nice feature is the separate small dog area, with scaled down versions of the splash pads and tunnels.

Poodle siblings share some refreshment in the small dog area!

It was a fabulous day, and all made possible because Pat McNeely entered the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest a year ago. We had the chance to chat with Pat, too.

Now in its second year, there's still time to enter this year's Beneful Dream Dog Park contest. From now through June 21, the contest invites dog owners to get creative and answer the question: If you had $500,000 to spend to create the ultimate dream dog park, what would you do? The Grand Prize includes a half-million dollar makeover of your community dog park, a $10,000 cash award and one year supply of Beneful brand dog food. So get dreaming and enter here!

Thanks Beneful for an amazing opportunity to share the adventure. We feel a house is not a home without a dog, and a dog park is not complete without plenty of dogs and humans to share the adventure. Dog pawty ON!

For more photos from our adventure, visit the To Dog With Love Facebook page.


  1. What an amazing place!!! everbody looked so happy,Pasihugggs

  2. Oh Wow! we need to have a Tweetup there soon!

  3. That is one amazing dog park!

  4. The park looks like so much fun, I can't wait to try out the splash pad!

  5. That is the coolest dog park we have ever seen
    Benny & Lily

  6. Wow!! We need one of those parks, that's pawesome!!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  7. Awesome! Will be worth the trek from Dacula, I think. . . thanks for sharing -k

  8. Beneful Dor Park is a nice play. Had I lived near the place, I will take my pet dog for some pet and master bonding. Both of us need exercise. The place is also a social spot where people to people interaction as well as dog to dog interaction are encouraged. People are social beings and dogs too are social beings. dog boarding cleveland

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  10. This is amazing. This is definitely the coolest dog park I have ever seen. I can't wait to bring my dogs.

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  11. My dog Indy and I are finalists in this years contest! Please go vote:

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