Love’s Travel Stops adding dog parks for canine road trippers

Love’s Travel Stops is adding dog parks to make road trips easier on our puppy passengers.

Love’s Travel Stops is adding dog parks to make road trips with our pups a more pleasant experience for everyone.

The Oklahoma City-based company began the dog-park project in 2018 with four original locations in Charleston and Lenoir City, Tennessee, and Dillon and Orangeburg, South Carolina,

Each park is 50 feet by 100 feet, and includes double air-locked gates for pet safety, waste disposal stations, and on off-leash area. They are clearly marked in the parking lot and open to both professional truckers and the general traveling public at large.

Dog O’Day learned this news through Heavy Duty Trucking.

“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,” Lance Schmidt, Love’s director of facilities maintenance, said in a press release. “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 the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, is a big fan of dog parks making travel easier for our canine companions.

“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 in a press release. “These parks are a great amenity by Love’s because they make traveling less ‘ruff’ for dogs.”

Love’s has more than 470 locations throughout the US and Canada, providing a familiar sight for travelers on the highways and interstates.

They are a longtime sponsor of NASCAR team Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 Ford, and are the jersey sponsor of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Given that many truckers have canine companions along for the ride, and pit stops are especially necessary when traveling across the country with dogs, these Love’s dog parks are a welcome addition to an already-welcome roadside location.

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