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Millie Bush Bark Park in West Houston

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Having some fun in the Millie Bush Dog Park in West Houston

Having some fun in the Millie Bush Dog Park in West Houston

Millie Bush Bark Park

The Millie Bush Bark Park is a portion of the vast George Bush Park in western Houston, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, it is the very first dog park in all of Harris County. It is one of the numerous Harris County Precinct 3 parks. At one time, this park received the "best in the nation" rating from Dog Fancy Magazine.

Sign pointing to the Millie Bush Bark Park

Sign pointing to the Millie Bush Bark Park

Park Name Honors a President and His Dog

George H.W. Bush is honored with a bronze statue of his likeness in Sesquicentennial Park. This particular park has a sign that shows some of the history and facts regarding the 41st President of the United States for those who may not know such things. He was there for the dedication ceremony of this dog park.

There is also a sign with a likeness of Millie, the English Springer Spaniel of George H.W. and Barbara Bush. Millie spent 12 years with the Bushes.

Did you know that Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush was a New York Times bestseller? It is true! It came out in 1990 and was a number one bestseller in the nonfiction category. Proceeds of this children's book went to a nonprofit literacy organization, which was one of Barbara Bush's main objectives, that of literacy when she was the first lady of the land.

Amenities at the Millie Bush Bark Park

  • The parking lot has enough space for 100 vehicles! In comparison to some of our other dog parks, this is fantastic!
  • 8.68 acres of the 15-acre site is fenced off into two distinct off-leash areas where the dogs 20-pounds and under are kept separate from those 20-pound and larger.
  • Fencing is double-gated to help protect any furry Houdinis who might be prone to escape.
  • Picnic tables are outside of the fenced areas as no food is allowed inside of the off-leash areas.
  • There are crushed granite walking trails outside as well as inside of the fenced parts of this dog park.
  • Benches and covered pavilions provide seating.
  • There are vast grassy areas for dogs to run and play.
  • Large pools in the large and small dog areas provide lots of aquatic fun for dogs as well as the people watching them play.
  • There are plenty of water fountains, fake fire hydrants, trees, and dog waste bag dispensers as well as trash cans on site.
  • Three washing stations outside of the fenced areas are there for people who wish to bathe or hose off their canine friends before taking them home.

What Fun!

My husband and I have driven past this dog park many times visiting other places such as Freedom Park just down the road. Indeed, there are many things to see in the expansive George Bush Park!

It was cloudy and did rain a bit on our weekday visit, so because of that, the park did not have that many dogs and human visitors. The dogs that were there, however, sure had some fun!

To sum up our experience, I will leave you with some photos taken that day, and they make me smile. How about you?

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Millie Bush Dog Park

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for your thoughts on what makes it to Discover or other niche sites, and what does not. I guess we will figure it out over time. I enjoy featuring the different parks down here.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your daughter. We are choosing not to eat turkey and the regular offerings this year. We haven't made up our minds yet, but I am sure it will be pleasing to both of us.

If you are lucky, you can catch posts in the feed. You must click on them to read them, and then hit the back button to get to the post again where the comment section is below the post in the feed. It is a bit more work, but doable.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 18, 2020:

This seems to be your only article that hasn't morphed into no- comments- allowed- land. So I'm putting another one on. Will also post it on AH & FB again.

Doesn't make sense that having a lot of articles on parks would prevent this one from being accepted by Discover. After all, if one is an expert in any field, they're going to write mostly on that subject, and your subject is parks and places of interest to tourists, gardening, etc.

Do they think you're going to throw an article on changing the oil in your own car into the mix to break it up a little? Everyone who specializes in a particular thing on this site, which they encourage, is going to write about that specialty many times over. Dah.

Must read your instructions about commenting over again. Didn't work for me this time, so I must have done something wrong. Will check them again.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving! Me and daughter will pass that day quietly also, but with the usual foods, of course. Stay safe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

The reason that you could still comment on this article, is because it did not make the cut to Discover. One editor wrote to me that I had too many articles about parks. As to the comments, some people think that they might be restored at some point, but I have not heard any confirmation of that. I surely hope so!

Happy Thanksgiving to you too. It will be a quiet one on our end. Stay safe!

C E Clark from North Texas on November 14, 2020:

Looks like a peaceful place to rest while one's doggie has some fun.

Getting harder and harder to find an article that allows comments. Was hoping to bring some attention to one of your many delicious recipes for Thanksgiving.

Did management ever get around to explaining why they are ending comments and maybe I missed it?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband, too! Hope it is a wonderful day for you both even if we must all not have a houseful of guests as usual. Hopefully next year will be better.

Posting this on AH & FB.

More than 1800 people died in the U.S. from Covid this past Wednesday! I hope a solution is found soon. Stay well . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

That book, Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush, was fun to read. Thanks for your comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 24, 2020:

I remember Millie and her book and love that there is a park named in her honor!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Smaller dogs usually live longer than the larger breeds, assuming there are no interfering health factors. I can well imagine that Millie led a pampered and much-loved life. (Smile)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Many people treat their pets as members of their family. We have these dog parks, doggie daycare centers, etc.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

Hello MG Singh,

Yes, that would be quite a distance to travel! (Smile) I am glad you liked this article about the Millie Bush Bark Park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

Yes, dogs and their owners love this space.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Even people without dogs can enjoy these parks if yours are anything like ours. You can still hike through them and enjoy the ambiance. I think that taxpayer dollars are well spent!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 09, 2020:

Twelve years is a long time to have a pet. I bet Millie had steak for breakfast everyday? LOL Another fun place to walk your dog. Thanks again for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 09, 2020:

I thought the English had a reputation for being very fond of dogs, but I am learning from your articles that dogs getter a better deal in Houston. We have the occasional dog agility course, but I have not noticed dog parks over here.

MG Singh from UAE on April 09, 2020:

I have two German Shepherds and it would be great to taken them to the place you describe. But not possible as I am far away. Great article Peggy.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2020:

A truly vast terrain of lushness and beauty. A paragon of space for dogs ... a dog-lovers dream, I imagine. The pond is so blue!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 09, 2020:

We have quite a few dog parks in our little county. To some it is a waste of taxpayer money. To us dog lovers, it makes perfect sense.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

It is fun to see dogs running and playing in this as well as other dog parks in our area.

Lorna Lamon on April 09, 2020:

A lovely idea and a great space for all the family to enjoy with their dogs. I wish we had more dog friendly spaces as we usually have to visit parks very early in the morning, or keep your dog on a lead. These animals bring so much joy and it's lovely to see them having fun in this wonderful park.