Washington on the Brazos invites dog lovers to enjoy our state park. This marks the first year of our admission-free Bark in the Park event – to be held on Saturday, September 28. Presented by DogWatch Hidden Fence of HoustonBark in the Park offers special pet-related activities. The Park will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. with activities taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring their dog (on a leash).

Activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include:

  • Several rescue organizations will be onsite with adoptable dogs.
  • Various vendors selling pet related products. Food truck for the humans.
  • Pet portraits.
  • Texas Historical Commission staff will host three talks on the historical dogs of Texas.
  • Reptile Hospice & Sanctuary of Texas will have information and animals onsite.
  • Training Sessions.
  • Police Dog Demonstrations.
  • The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will talk about responsible pet ownership.
  • A 2K Dog Walk will be marked around the park.  
  • Contests with prizes. Owner/Pet Look-a-like, Longest Ears, Tallest/Shortest Dog, Best Costume, Cutest Dog, Best Trickster!
  • Large plastic pools of water will be located throughout the Park for the animals to play in and drink and poop bags will be provided for responsible dog-owners to help pick up after their pets.

The Presenting Sponsor, DogWatch, Hidden Fences of Houston, provides Hidden Fences that create an “invisible” boundary to keep your pets safely in your yard and away from places you don’t want them, such as gardens, swimming pools and driveways. With a Hidden Fence, your pets can run, play and exercise so they stay happy and healthy.

This inaugural event is hosted by the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association and the Texas Historical Commission. Other sponsors include the Red Velvet InnK’s Mutt Hut and in-kind donations from HEB, Brenham Tractor SupplyMiracle Farm and Turner, Pierce and Fultz Ace Hardware.

If you are coming from out of town, consider staying at the Red Velvet Inn in Navasota! The B&B is pet friendly with a large fenced back yard for them to play in.  Also, a percentage of all room rentals is donated quarterly to various dog rescues.

Regular admission fees apply for Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. Dogs are not allowed on the Farm or inside any of the buildings.

Washington on the Brazos is located on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas. Located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105.   From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12.  

For more information on Bark in the Park or other events at Washington on the Brazos, visit http://www.wheretexasbecametexas.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/364098670956538/