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My hound’s an Instagram star

To find dog-friendly spots in Eastern Massachusetts, take a look at these pups with active social lives and social media accounts to match.

From top left: Harley, Stella, Smoochie, and Bayleigh.
From top left: Harley, Stella, Smoochie, and Bayleigh. (Harley by Stephanie Bitzas; Stella by Lauren Dobish; Smoochie by Mariana Lopes; Bayleigh by Brittnay Wilburn)

Find some fresh inspiration for outings with your best buddy by following the escapades of these popular pups on Instagram.


@stella_mini_doodle/ Followers: 3,200+

This 1-year-old mini goldendoodle’s teddy bear-like appearance may be the first thing that catches your eye, but her Instagram is more than just adorable — it features a variety of dog-friendly locations, from beaches on Ipswich Bay to city parks. Stella’s owner, Leanne Kollias of Woburn, says, “It started as a fun way to share our fur baby’s adventures, and for our friends and family to see what was happening in the world of Stella.” Some of her favorite places to play are Underground at Ink Block (beneath Interstate 93 at Traveler Street, between South Boston and the South End), Peters Park in the South End, and the MarketStreet Lynnfield shopping center.



@englishsmoochie / Followers: 1,500+

Hopkinton State Park, Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, and Callahan State Park in Framingham are top picks for Smoochie, a friendly 3-year-old English bulldog from Milford. When he’s not digging for rocks or paddleboarding, he can be found with his owner, Mariana Lopes, at the mall. “The moment we pass by a [shop] door, he tries to get in,” Lopes says. “He loves attention.”


@harley_dane_ / Followers: 1,400+

Harley, a “majestic” and “funny” (according to her owner) 1-year-old Great Dane from Southie, loves to meet other dogs at Cat Rock Park in Weston, Middlesex Fells Reservation in and around Stoneham, and Victory Road Park in Dorchester. She enjoys making “zoomies” by running in circles, finding sticks, and splashing around in the ocean. “I call her a water buffalo,” says her owner, Stephanie Bitzas. “She frolics in the water more than anything.”


@baybaythegolden / Followers: 650+

Golden retriever, mythical sea creature, or both? Bayleigh, who lives in Jamaica Plain with Brittnay Wilburn, loves nothing more than swimming, and her Instagram shows it. Her favorite places for a dip are Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, and Crystal Point Conservation Area in Haverhill. Says Wilburn: “They all have trails that give her a long walk to tire her out, and swimming spots where she can be the mermaid dog she thinks she is!”


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Love to take pictures of your pup having fun around town? We’d love to see them. Share your favorite photo of your dog at one of the locations featured in our guide to dog-friendly fun, or any other location that welcomes them, and we may post it in an online follow-up. E-mail your photo to with the phrase “dog gone fun” in the subject line. Be sure to include your dog’s name and where the photo was taken. Or you can share photos with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and hashtag them #GlobeDogs.

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