Chunk Enjoys The Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk. Photo credit: Jeremiah Hammer
Chunk Enjoys The Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk. Photo credit: Jeremiah Hammer

Chunk Enjoys The Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk. Photo credit: Jeremiah Hammer

“A park just for your dogs?” says our friend from Africa who now calls New Orleans home. He smiles as he takes in the scene at the Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk. “Only in America!”

I smile as I wonder what he would think had his business trip to our neck of the woods been this week instead of last. Not only would he see dogs frolicking in their own park, but also, he would see, that like his adopted city of New Orleans, pooches here celebrate Mardi Gras in style.

Check out my Fave Five ways to let the good times roll with your four-legged friends in McKinney, Texas this weekend.


Great Hot Dogs Here! Photo courtesy of Tony’s Italian Beef Facebook Page

5. See A Man About A Dog – A Hot Dog that is. And, Tony is your guy. While you are out and about this weekend, make a point to find Tony’s Italian Beef at 2310 Virginia Parkway, just west of Hwy. 75. Tony’s menu boasts all manner of Vienna beef hot dog delights.   His Chicago Style dog features mustard, green relish, onions, sport peppers, pickle, tomato and celery salt, while his Texas Style offering features chili, cheese, onions, and jalapeno peppers. Click here to visit Tony’s Facebook page.


Feed The Dog amazing treats from Canine Cookie Company. Photo courtesy of Canine Cookie Company Facebook page

4. Feed The DogCanine Cookie Company – When considering tasty treats, as far as your four-legged companion is concerned, a visit to the Canine Cookie Company fits the bill. This neat place features dog treats, I mean, all-natural canine cookies hand cut into unique, fun shapes by stay-at-home moms. They also offer special occasion cakes if you’re really looking for a way to celebrate your puppy love.  While there you will see all manner of doggy bling: Mardi Gras-worthy collars, leashes, harnesses and more. The Canine Cookie Company is located at 207 E. Louisiana St. They are open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Chunk exhibits skillz. Photo courtesy: Jeremiah Hammer

3. Walk The Dog – The Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk – Located along McKinney’s Wilson Creek greenbelt, sits one of the best park spaces our city has to offer. With a total of 250 acres, the now completed Phase I boasts walking/biking trails, an amphitheater overlooking a sweet little lake, and a gorgeous two-acre off-leash, fenced area made especially for your dog. Small dogs have their own area, separated from the larger dog section, with dogs of all sizes able to enjoy a splash pad designed especially for them. Located at 2996 W. Virginia Parkway, northeast of Hardin Rd., the park is opened daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Click here to know more before you go.


Chunk enjoys Splash Pad at the Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk. Not sure if Chunk’s dog park buddy is as amused. Photo courtesy: Jeremiah Hammer

2. Jump The Dog – Dallas Dog Sports will hold court in the Show Barn at Myers’ Park and Event Center, Saturday, March 1.  This company specializes in agility training for you and your dog. If either of you aren’t quite ready for the show ring, fret not, as, according to their website, pre-agility (aka obedience training) is also available.

On a side-note, also happening Saturday, March 1 at Myers’ Park and Event Center’s Collin County Farm Museum is the popular Model T Driving Class. Class starts at 12 p.m. Participants learn historic Ford Model T driving basics with the museum’s working 1911 Ford Model T. This class is offered in two parts, with a $10 registration fee covering both classes. Call 972-548-5752 to register or learn more about this unique experience.

1. Dress The Dog – Krewe of Barkus 2014 – Sunday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. – 4 Kreweof Barkus_purple lady w_terrier_212x124_thumbp.m. (Parade at 2 p.m.) – Mitchell Park in Historic Downtown McKinney. It’s Mardi Gras McKinney style. Deck the dog in costume finery and march on down to McKinney’s downtown area to pass a good time. The theme for this year’s event is “Barkus Goes Back In Time.” Now in its 12th year, McKinney’s Krewe of Barkus event (brought to us by McKinney Main Street and The Art Institute of McKinney) sees hundreds of costumed dogs and their two legged friends parade through the streets of downtown McKinney to the delight of thousands of spectators. Children are also encouraged to enter floats and join the fun, with the parade route winding from Mitchell Park to east on Louisiana St., north on Tennessee St., then west on Virginia, back to the park. In addition to a parade, the event features vendors, booths, and interactive family-friendly events.

For a complete list of what’s happening in and around town this weekend, click here to check in with our friends at McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau. With or without your canine companion, as our friend from New Orleans says, “ Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Or, as we say in McKinney, Texas, “Have a dog-gone good time y’all!”