Love’s Travel Stops is celebrating National Dog Day this year by announcing the addition of more dog parks. The company now has more than 60 dog parks with an additional 90 dog parks under construction.
National Dog Day is Aug. 26. Love’s opened its first dog park in late summer of 2018 to extend customer service to furry family members. The company decided to add a dog park to each new location and retrofit older locations due to high demand from customers. Customer engagement has also dictated design and placement of the dog parks.
“As more and more professional drivers take their four-legged friends with them on the road, we’ve seen great use of our dog parks,” said Lance Schmidt, Love’s director of facilities maintenance. “Dogs have become such important members of the family, so we’ve also seen strong demand from four-wheel travelers as well.”
Dr. Jeff Studer, from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, said dog parks are essential for healthy travel.
“Providing a safe space for dogs to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs on road trips is just as important to their health as it is to ours,” Studer said. “These parks are a great amenity by Love’s because they make traveling less ‘ruff’ for dogs.”