Dog's Day Out in Louisville, KY
Okay, so karaoke and dogs don’t usually go hand in hand, but what could make a night of crooning better than your Basset howling along to your stellar rendition of Elvis’ Hound Dog. Longshot Tavern has plenty of reasonably priced drinks and a paw-friendly atmosphere which makes it a welcoming hangout for those within dog walking distance. The greenhouse attached to the front of the bar may seem a tad quirky, but just like your bulldogs underbite, certain things just add character! For karaoke with your K-9 go on Tuesday night and be sure to say hi to Larry the Karaoke Master. Only he and Fido will know your true singing skills.
Sure you can watch the game at home on your big screen, but that hardly compares to sitting in the stands with your trusty pup and a cold brew. Twice a year, Louisvillians jump at the chance to head down to Dog Days at the Park, where you and your pooch can cheer on the Louisville Bats from the VIP (Very Important Puppies) section. Early arrivals get a special doggie bag. Meet other pet owners, take a romp through the dog agility course and munch on a giant pretzel -- really, what’s not to love? Game dates are April 26 and June 1 and the ticket cost is $6 per human, $3 per dog.
Don’t leave the most important family member at home when you visit Louisville, just book your stay with Inn at Woodhaven bed and breakfast. Your fluffy friend will thank you! Enjoy southern hospitality, lovely gardens, beautiful rooms and large porches where you can relax and read while your puppy relishes the scenery. Or for an extra treat, schedule an in-room massage for yourself from a licensed massage therapist. Be sure you ask for the dog-friendly Derby Room or Rose Cottage. You can bring up to two dogs of any size for $10 per animal. The house pup Phoebe is waiting to welcome you!
An evening romp in the woods with your dog might be the single best way to enjoy a Friday night. Just 15 miles from downtown Louisville, Jefferson Memorial Forest boats 6,218 acres of towering oak trees and beautiful woodland surroundings. Bring your dog anytime, but specifically on April 15 when this urban forest will be hosting Howl at the Moon, a special guided tour for you and Rover. Be sure all dogs are on non-retractable leashes and their best behavior. Meet up is in the Horine Reservation and the fee is $6 per dog.
While this Irish pub is known to visitors as a great place to order bangers and mash, the locals know it as a top-notch place to sit back and people watch on the patio. Fido would probably agree since servers are quick to bring him a water bowl while you are enjoying the libations and surroundings. Let’s face it, all things taste better in a beer garden -- why should dog water be an exception? Locals give this watering hole two paws up for its great laid-back atmosphere, making it the ideal location to share a lunch/dinner with your favorite pal -- regardless if they have two legs or four