Last Valentine’s Day, I received something I had been wanting for years… the go-ahead from my wife to get a puppy. The excitement of finding the right breed and reserving the pick of a future litter came with some reservations. I would soon be starting my first year at Kelley and had no idea what life would be like with a postgraduate pup. Now, I can look back on my first year at Kelley and provide the following guidance on bringing a dog to Bloomington:
Outsource the walking
Our new dog’s first month in Bloomington was right in the middle of finals and internship recruiting season, and it was difficult to get home regularly for walks. I suggest utilizing one of the many dog-walking services in Bloomington. Rover and Wag! are smartphone apps which allowed us to quickly and easily get a trustworthy dog walker (ours ended up being an IU student herself). Daycare is also available near campus. We take Grizzly to BloomingPaws a few times a week to get his puppy energy out and to allow for extended time on campus for classes and meetings. The costs for these services range from $10-$15 for a walker and only a few bucks more for a full day at daycare. The cost is well worth the freedom and peace of mind.
Take Advantage of Campus
IU is known for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the US. One of the great things about having a dog in Bloomington is the excuse to explore outside the walls of Kelley. Our favorite weekend route starts with a coffee near the famous Sample Gates and takes us through Dunn’s Woods. This area of campus is great in any season and bringing the pup is a sure-fire way to make new friends.
Go Out on the Town
Bloomington is one of the most dog-friendly places you’ll find. We never miss a chance to let Grizz tag along to our favorite lunch and dinner spots. Most every restaurant with outdoor seating welcome dogs throughout the day. Upland is one of our favorites because of the large patio and the feeling that we are not alone when we see several other dogs bathing in the sun. BringFido and VisitBloomington are great resources for dog-friendly establishments in the area.
Did Someone Say “Playdate?”
Networking is key here at Kelley. We found that there are plenty of Kelley puppers to connect with here in Bloomington. Super Bowl parties, walks on the B-Line Trail or getting muddy at Ferguson Dog Park or Karst Dog Park with Sunny have been a great opportunity for Grizzly to expand his pawfessional network. Dog puns, check.
Life at Kelley is much more than classes, assignments, networking, meetings, recruiting, or Hoosier basketball games. Bloomington offers a variety of opportunities for any type of lifestyle – including owning a dog.