Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores celebrated National Dog Day by announcing that it now has more than 60 dog parks, with an additional 90 under construction.
“As more and more professional drivers take their four-legged friends with them on the road, we’ve seen great use of our dog parks,” said Lance Schmidt, Love’s director of facilities maintenance. “Dogs have become such important members of the family, so we’ve also seen strong demand from four-wheel travelers as well.”
Love’s opened its first dog park in late summer of 2018 “to extend its top-tier customer service to fury family members.”
The company decided to add a dog park to each new location and retrofit older locations due to high demand from customers. Customer engagement has also dictated design and placement of the dog parks.
Dr. Jeff Studer, from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, said dog parks are essential for healthy travel.
“Providing a safe space for dogs to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs on road trips is just as important to their health as it is to ours,” Studer said. “These parks are a great amenity by Love’s because they make traveling less ‘ruff’ for dogs.”
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has more than 490 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 24,000 people.
Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love’s has more than 350 truck service centers, which include Speedco and on-site Love’s Truck Tire Care locations.