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Best Place to Get Your Dog Caked in Mud

Ackerman Dog Park

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Ackerman Dog Park

55 Sycamore Ave. West Ashley

The dog run at the James Island County Park is the best in town. Big and roomy and airy, it has lots of other dogs and their happy humans. It's a little slice of heaven if you have four legs and like to splash in the water. Depending on where you live, though, James Island can be a trek. So we go to Ackerman Park in West Ashley. It's convenient and neighborly, with lots of dogs, and teenagers trying to impress each other at the skate park next door. Grass is scarce at Ackerman, though. Often it's a giant mud hole. Not good for the interior of the car, but the dog's plenty happy to race and ramble in the mud. Some things are more important than clean detailing.

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