As a great American, George Clinton, once said:Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yay-bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yay.
In other words, the heatwave days are here.
With temperatures in the 90s and enough humidity in the air to turn walking into a paddling pool, Memphians need relief. And for many people, relief is most relieving when it comes in the company of frolicking legs and restless tails.
Of course, the presence of dogs in controlled spaces will likely always be an exception rather than a given, due to liability and health concerns. But in recognition of the human-canine bond, and knowing that many people consider their pets to be family (especially in the wake of a pandemic shutdown that has kept everyone cramped for a long time to come. part of the year), local places and businesses are increasingly accepting dogs.
So here are five places where bipedal-quadrupedal cooperation is encouraged – places for animal lovers who consider “dog” a synonym not just for “friend” but for “four-legged fun.”
Memphis Botanical Garden
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday in July, the botanical garden at 750 Cherry Road extends its opening hours and celebrates the “Dog Days of Summer”. Typically, the attraction’s 96 bucolic acres of daylilies, dogwoods, dwarf cypresses, and other wonders are off-limits to dogs, but during these overtime visitors can bring their dogs on a leash.
Garden Executive Director Michael D. Allen said the “Dog Days” program was started several years ago “to expose our garden to more and more people who may not know us, including including, but not limited to, the younger ones who can have dogs, was very well received We probably get 40 or 50 dogs a night, with their “parents” or people.
Regular admission prices apply. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.
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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
Generally speaking, dogs love the outdoors. It is therefore logical that Bass Pro allows dogs on a leash to accompany their hunting-fishing-hiking-biking-etc. owners in the main shopping areas of the huge waterfront complex. (Dogs are not allowed in the bowling alley, restaurant, hotel, or other dining areas.) Will Fido scold at taxidermized bears? Will Fifi sniff out the living alligators? Bring them to Bass Pro and find out!
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit stores.basspro.com.
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Shelby Farms in the backcountry
The proliferation of local public dog parks – the so-called “Overton Bark”, for example – offers revealing evidence of the expansion of pro-pooch consciousness in Memphis. However, most of these parks are the size of a Chihuahua compared to the marmadukean dimensions of the Outback, which the Shelby Farms website describes as “a mixed-use area that offers over 100 acres of open fields, ponds and unpaved trails for off-leash fun.! ” Features include a doggie bowl water fountain and a dog wash station.
Open daily, “from sunrise to sunset”. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/for-dogs.
“We could advertise on the website that Faulkner was coming back from the dead to do a book signing and that wouldn’t get as much attention as our dogs,” said Cheryl Mesler, co-owner of Burke’s Book Store, a woman. 146 years old. -Former Cooper-Young business which is one of the city’s most animal-friendly historic retail establishments. “People love their puppies.”
Mesler talks about the ‘puppy of the day’ photos that are posted regularly (if not, in fact, daily) to the Instagram and Facebook accounts of Burke’s, which is one of the most pet-friendly retail establishments and history of the city. .
“Any dog that comes in we take a picture of it and it becomes the puppy of the day,” said Mesler, who said well-behaved dogs are always welcome to sniff around the store as their owners search Grisham and Austen. , not to mention “Lassie Come-Home”, “The Call of the Wild” and “Marley and Me”.
Burke’s canine tradition began with one of the establishment’s past owners, the late Harriette Beeson, arriving to work daily with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chocolate Chip. The tradition continues not only in the store’s pro-Fido policies, but in the slogan printed on Burke’s latest tote bag, which reproduces a relevant observation by Groucho Marx: “Apart from a dog, a book is the men’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read. “
Call (901) 278-7484 or visit burkesbooks.com.
What better place to rest your dogs (canine companions) and dogs (sore feet) than at one of the many craft breweries and beer bars in Memphis? Most of them are suitable for dogs, but the rules may differ. For example, Wiseacre’s location on Broad Avenue allows puppies both indoors and outdoors, while Wiseacre’s new downtown area welcomes tail lovers on the outdoor patio only. The I Love Memphis Blog is one of the online sources that provide listings of local breweries, as well as information on business dog tolerance levels.
Visit ilovememphisblog.com/brasseries. The site also lists many cafes and restaurants in town that have dog friendly patios.