Knoxville Named 2011 DogTown USA for the Southeast

Knoxville Dog ParkLiving in Knoxville is great for many reasons.  And now, residents have yet another reason to add to the list: Knoxville was named DogTown USA for the Southeast by Dog Fancy Magazine, making it the Most Dog Friendly City in the Southeast.

Dog Fancy Magazine is the most widely read dog magazine in the United States.  The issue which includes  the winners for the 2011 DogTown USA Competition will hit news stands on August 23, 2011.

Knoxville was selected as the Most Dog Friendly City in Southeast since it has grown into one of the best communities in the south for pets.  The city is home to many pet-friendly organizations like the University of Tennessee’s School of Veterinary Medicine, one of most cutting-edge vet schools in the nation. There also many breed rescue groups located in Knoxville, including the East TN Border Collie Rescue and Tennessee Blood Hound Rescue, along with many spay/neuter shelters and animal shelters, like the Young-Williams Animal Center and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

There are also many pet-friendly events and restaurants located in Knoxville. Among some of the most popular activities are Mardi Growl and Bark in the Park.  Mardi Growl is hosted by the Young-Williams Animal Center every spring in Market Square, the event  includes a pet costume contest and$10 rabies shots and microchipping.  Bark in the Park is a party for dogs and their owners, put on by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

Restaurants that are dog-friendly include the following: Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, Bistro by the Tracks, Soccer Taco, La Costa, Jason’s Deli, Calhoun’s on the River, and many more. For a full list of restaurants where dogs are allowed on patios, visit the City of Knoxville website.

There are also many dog parks located in and around the city, among the most popular are the Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park and PetSafe Downtown Dog Park.  Amenities in these parks include: doggy water-fountains, doggy playgrounds, and separate areas for small and large dogs to run around and play.

There are no shortage of activities for dogs and their owners in Knoxville.  Residents can take their dogs to the park or to their favorite restaurant, this is just one of the many reasons Knoxville is a great place to live.