Nothing beats a lovely, fall day at one of the many parks in any of the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, Illinois communities. Whether you want to pack a picnic lunch and bike to one of the parks taking one of the miles and miles of bike trails, or stroll to a neighborhood park just two blocks away, it’s easy to see why so many people love the area. Our four-legged friends love the area too, and you can see it in the wags of their tails and friskiness in their play. Want to live somewhere where pets not only have plenty of places to roam, but the best medical care and daycare centers around? Edwardsville and Glen Carbon may be your dream come true!
It’s not just about where you live, but also about your way of life. So many of us have made our beloved pets members of our family. They travel with us when running errands and often are treated to salon services more regularly than we treat ourselves! Having a community that embraces outdoor living at its best, which includes an overall acceptance of our furry friends, is an added benefit to living in the Edwardsville area. Plus, there are many amenities in Edwardsville that offer boutique-like benefits for taking care of your pet at affordable, “small town” prices. Here are some qualities that make Edwardsville and Glen Carbon a pet-owner’s haven!
Outdoor living at its best. Move over, urbanites! It’s not just the big cities that have dog parks! Glik Park in Edwardsville as well as Miner’s Park in Glen Carbon both have very nice dog parks where leashes are optional. Glik Park offers a larger, fenced-in area where your dog can play with other dogs safely, leash-free, while the Miner’s Park area is smaller although large enough to play catch and enjoy the fresh air. Both Edwardsville and Glen Carbon have parks and recreation links on their websites where you can find more information on the two dog parks as well as the many other parks online.
Edwardsville and Glen Carbon offer bike and walking trails that are often accessible from the many neighborhoods and subdivisions, making it easy to get outside with your pet(s) and exercise. Thanks to the Madison County Transit (MCT) Trails system, many abandoned train lines have been paved and turned into pedestrian and bike trails, offering residents and visitors alike more than 85 miles of scenic trails to enjoy. It’s a beautiful way to spend time with your pet and enjoy the changing seasons.
Pet lovers also enjoy the benefits of the outdoors when shopping and dining in downtown Edwardsville. Pull up a chair at one of the many restaurants in the downtown area that boasts outdoor seating. While you’re enjoying a cup of coffee or tasty lunch your pet is able to cool off in the shade by your side. And don’t forget to visit Goshen Market every Saturday morning from May to October, offering fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, crafts and more. You may see just as many pets as you see kids at this fun, family-friendly bazaar held downtown by the Edwardsville Courthouse.
Only the best for our pets! There are many pet options for veterinary services, groomers and more in the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area. Do you prefer to wash your pet but would like to avoid the mess? Try Four Muddy Paws where they have a separate room with many walk-in tubs for your pooch as well as hair dryers. You can either do it yourself or have one of their professionals help out. They also offer homemade treats, dog food, and so much more. There’s even a new shop in downtown Edwardsville, Whisker Bones Supply Company, that is a dog bakery and shop with exclusive treats for your four-legged friends.
Need a boarding service for your pet? There are many to choose from in the area. Traveling Tails offers a “no kennel” approach for pets, with doggie daycare, grooming, and more amenities. You can even watch your pet via live video streaming if you miss them while they are away. There are too many choices for reputable, quality dog groomers and boarders to list here, so it’s always best to ask around to find out which one would suit your pet the best. Only you know what’s best for your pet.
Not only does Edwardsville and Glen Carbon offer plenty of parks and green-space for their residents, it offers lovely homes in historical districts with large yards and overgrown trees where pets can play. Newer communities also offer quality-built modern homes with lovely yards, tree-lined sidewalks, and friendly neighbors. It’s so nice to have so many options for a family home, making memories with our pets along the way.
If you or a loved one is looking to relocate to the Edwardsville or Glen Carbon area, please contact me for all of your real estate needs at 618-978-2384. I’d be happy to share more information on the abundance of wonderful places to go and things to do in the area. Whether you are already a pet owner or would like to be, you can’t beat the Ed/Glen communities!