Love’s Travel Stops celebrates National Dog Day with new dog parks

german shepard at loves dog park

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 26, 2019 - Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, the nation's industry-leading travel stop network, is celebrating National Dog Day this year by announcing new parks for man's best friend. The company now has more than 60 dog parks, with an additional 90 under construction - numbers far exceeding Love's original expectations.

"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."

National Dog Day is Aug. 26. 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.

Customers can find Love's dog parks here.

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."

About Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is the nation's industry-leading travel stop network with 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 25,000 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 on-site and stand-alone Speedco and Love's Truck Tire Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network. Love's is committed to providing customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit

About Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

OSU's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is one of 30 veterinary colleges in the United States and the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. The center's Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. The Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000. Media contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | 405-744-6740 |