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Dog Paradise on the "Back Forty"

Bellingham, Washington
Fully Fenced
0.25 acres
5.0594 reviews
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Hosted by Jill and Cinder L.



Fully Fenced

Fencing height (at lowest point)

6+ ft

100% of guests said fencing at this spot was secure enough to contain their dogs

Gaps or holes in fence: No gaps

Fencing type(s): Wood - privacy, Cattle with wire mesh

Fencing details: A very small dog might be able to get out of the fenced yard. Be sure to walk the perimeter to make sure it will keep your dog safely in the yard.

Designed for private play
Only the people and dogs in your booking are allowed in the spot during your visit.

Distractions seen/heard from the spot

Other dogsSometimes

Other domestic animalsSometimes

Other peopleSometimes

Private entryYes


Dog drinking water


Dog toys

Rain shelter / sun shade

Trash can

Hand sanitizer

$10 per dog per hour

50% off all dogs after the 1st dog

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Bellingham, Washington


We are located in the Roosevelt neighborhood of Bellingham. Our "back 40" is a mostly maintained lawn with several trees for shade and a covered back porch for resting. Two sides of the "back forty" are bordered with a 6 foot cedar privacy fence. The far back of the yard borders a city watershed with a 6 foot chain link fence. Deer can often be spotted on the watershed but will leave the area once you and your fur baby arrive. Please consider posting a picture of you and your dog playing on our back forty. :)


100% of guests said this spot was as clean as expected during their visit.


I am hearing about Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) cases in Oregon. I spoke to my vet who said that risk of transmission is low because there is no direct dog to dog exposure. For now, I am removing shared toys and water bowls. I know that most of our guests enjoy these features. There are often bees during the summer. There are occasional potholes, some emerging plant starts and some decaying tree trunks. The grass surface can be uneven. There are various mushrooms (depending on the time of year), a rhododendron plant, a cedar tree and a plum tree. There is about 20 feet of gravel that users must be able to navigate to enter my yard.

Host Rules

Minimum visit length
1.0 hour
Max dogs per booking
Is the host present?
I generally do not meet my guests
Additional rules

I walk the property every day looking for poop. Please clean up after your pet so we can all enjoy a poop free play area. Toys are washed about every two weeks. I'd love to meet you but also want to respect your privacy. Feel free to knock on my slider if you have a question or would just like to say hi. Please park directly in front of my house in front of the fence. Have fun!!!

Community safety rules
Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the spot.
Make sure the area is safe and secure before bringing your dog in.
Never enter a spot before your booking start time and never leave late.
Pick up after your dogs. Leave the spot as it was when you arrived.
Always review and abide by spot specific rules.
Unless otherwise stated, restrooms are not available on site.

Booking Policies

Booking Policies
Only one booking is allowed at a time at any spot and there is an enforced 30 min buffer between all bookings to ensure dogs in separate bookings do not meet.
This spot is set for Booking, which means you will be instantly confirmed for any booking you request. You will receive the address and access instruction immediately following booking.
Visits can be moved or cancelled up to 2 hours before a visit.
Visits can be extended and dogs can be added throughout the visit.

(594) Reviews

  • Jill F., Jan 7, 2024

    Always a joy to play here!

    Host replied: Cinder and I love having you. Thanks!

  • Keri P., Jan 2, 2024

    Cute little spot! Both my pups enjoyed the open space to run around in. Akira even enjoyed snacking on some of the 'taller' grass he could find along the fence. Plenty of places to sit, including a covered patio. The provided water and clean ball was awesome. Appreciate people going beyond to make sure all canine visitors are safe and healthy.

  • Lisa P., Jan 2, 2024

    Great place to play

  • Lucy M., Dec 5, 2023

    We were very impressed with the cleanliness of this lovely SniffSpot as well as the proactive precautions Jill took (providing a jug of water but not a communal dog bowl, and removing shared toys) due to the current concerning respiratory virus impacting dogs. A very pleasant place for a game of fetch or chase :)

  • Tracy C., Nov 29, 2023

    Every time we visit I am blown away by how caring Jill is! The decorations are awesome and the extra effort to keep all dogs safe from this respiratory virus is above and beyond! Thank you for all you do!!!

    Host replied: Thanks so much for your kind words Tracy. I’m very motivated by my love of all dogs!

  • Lisa P., Nov 28, 2023

    One of our fav spots inside the city 🐶

  • Carrie B., Nov 25, 2023

    My dogs (and their friends that come to join us) absolutely LOVE Jill and Cinder’s Sniffspot! The fence is secure, the yard is plenty spacious for lots of play, she generously provides a seasonal picture station. This host also took the time to consult her vet about the dog virus that is currently circulating and took extra precautions to keep her visitors safe by picking up the shared toys station, and providing jugged water and disposable bowls, in an effort to decrease the cross contamination that could be a risk at shared play spaces. The entrance is well marked and Jill is very accommodating! Thank you for having such a lovely space!

  • Jill F., Nov 24, 2023

    You can tell how much Jill cares about her guests; she had disposable water bowls to help keep furbabies safe from the respiratory illness going around. Kona and I always love our time there.

  • Matt J., Nov 21, 2023

    What a perfect back yard for dogs to enjoy. It was a little wet, but the yard is kept in great shape and not too muddy. Great doggie oasis in the city.

  • Janet P., Nov 20, 2023

    I spoke to Jill about arrangement of yard furniture. She wrote me a very quick, friendly response and changed what I commented on right away.

Meet your host

Jill and Cinder L.

Joined in September 2020

I recently moved to Bellingham to be near family. My sidekick "Lil" loves to explore our fenced "back 40" and keep track of the squirrels.

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