Dog's Day Out in Memphis, TN
Woofstock Memphis is part of Tennessee's Week for the Animals held annually in September. The intent of this week and other events is to help provide funding for animal services pet adoptions and to continue the work of humane rescue organizations. Woofstock is entering its seventh year in 2011, and is held at Rainbow Lake, part of Overton Park in downtown Memphis. The fundraiser provides a fun-filled daylong event featuring an animal blessing, sales of plush stuffed toys & art, also civic and humane groups. Woofstock Memphis also features a silent auction, food vendors, and live music from some of the many talented musicians in the area.
This annual dog show's proceeds benefit the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society. It is held at Nursery Park on Mud Island's Harbor Town, a nationally acclaimed urban housing development in downtown Memphis. All dogs living on Mud Island are invited to compete. There will be three weight classes and a puppy class. Prizes will be awarded for the Sexiest Walk, Rescued Dog, Best Costume, Obstacle Course, Look A-Like & Silly Pet Tricks, and there will also be a Best in Show award. Hot dogs (of course) are on sale for pets and their owners. 2011 will be the 10th anniversary of the show, which is held every year in early to mid-November.
A flat, tree-shaded area, the Shelter Run dog park offers a fenced area, with picnic tables and benches. The Bartlett Animal Shelter dog park is the only part of this suburban Memphis town that allows dogs to roam free. Owners must keep dogs walking to remain neutral, and are responsible for any injuries that a dog may inflict on another dog or on a person. Peak usage times are Monday through Friday, late afternoon to dark, and after 9:30 am on the weekends. Make sure your dog is licensed and vaccinated, and always clean up after your dog, even in other areas of the vicinity.
Since the mid-1980s one of Memphis' most famous restaurants, Central Avenue Barbecue, has been churning out slow smoked meats for locals and tourists from all over the world. The restaurant has ranked in the top three barbecue restaurants in the city since 2003 and has taken top honors in contests many times. Manager J.C. has four dogs of his own, and allows patrons to bring in their dogs that are under 40 pounds to the outdoor dining area. The city requires dogs to be on a leash in public places. However, J.C. makes some allowances. "We get mostly travelers coming through that want to bring their family pets. As long as your dog is sociable and not bothering other customers, dogs are welcome here," he said.
Local reviewers report that this is a clean, very hospitable and pet-friendly establishment. Hotel manager Jason welcomes up to two dogs weighing 35 pounds or less for an additional fee of $35.00. The Comfort Suites Memphis hotel is centrally located near the airport at I-240, at exit 18. From this location, you and your pets are only 15 minutes from several famous area attractions, including Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, the Memphis International Airport, downtown Beale Street, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is provided on a daily basis for your convenience.