New Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Attractions: August 2021

Posted by Billy Francis

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This year, the dog days of summer bring a whole host of new adventures. You and your pooch are invited to order specials from a dog’s dream coffee shop, cool off under a fire hydrant fountain, and walk a long and winding trail together at these new dog parks and pet-friendly openings.

Chiefy Cafe

San Diego, CA
“Thanks a latte!” Photo by @sdfoodiegram

Chiefy Cafe is a dog-friendly coffee shop named after the owner’s best friend, Chiefy. In his own words, he’s “just a pup who had a dream of opening the best coffee shop in my hometown of San Diego.” See for yourselves if he got the blend right at this new Gaslamp Quarter hangout. Formerly Moe Beans, the revamped and renamed coffeehouse offers a variety of tasty eats like sandwiches, wraps and açai bowls, plus free treats for Chiefy’s canine regulars.

Paw Park

Axton, VA
Fido takes center stage at this dog park. Photo by

Thanks to the help of volunteers and local organizations, Paw Park at Smith River Sports Complex is now open to the public. Virginia’s first wild and natural dog park covers 2.5 wooded acres and can be explored on a loop trail. Along the way, your pooch can channel her inner Olympian and be the star on the podium, play on agility equipment and join you for lunch at the shady picnic tables. The code for Paw Park’s gate can be obtained from the local SPCA with proof of canine vaccination. If you want to keep exploring the region, pay a visit to another new natural space, the Woodland Trail at the Spencer-Penn Centre. This winding pathway welcomes leashed dogs to enjoy its natural gems including a place to meditate, a family space, an education station and a butterfly observation deck.

Club K9 Dog Bar

Louisville, KY
"I thought I was supposed to pee on the hydrant!" Photo by

After two years of planning and preparation, Club K9 Dog Bar has finally opened its doggy doors to the public. Louisville’s newest and coolest canine hangout contains over an acre of outdoor fenced space and a vast all-weather area that will be heated during the winter months. Patrons can order beer, wine or a cocktail from the bar, while pooches play underneath the refreshing spray of fire hydrant- and tennis ball-shaped fountains. Before hopping in the car, Fido can rinse off in the dog wash station.

Retriever Brewing Compound

Allentown, PA
Ready to retrieve a cold one. Photo by

If you like retrieving beers as much as Fido enjoys retrieving tennis balls, you’ll love Retriever Brewing Compound. Named for the new owner’s favorite dog breed, this former wedding venue will be showing off its new look to the public for the first time on July 30. Spanning 5.5 acres and boasting a giant beer hall, a pool deck and pub, three patios and a beer garden, there’s ample space to sample draft beers and enjoy a bite to eat from the rotating food trucks. Leashed dogs are welcome (and encouraged) in most areas of the compound. You can even commemorate your visit with a Retriever Brewing Compound leash.

Kirkland Pop-Up Off-Leash Dog Parks

Kirkland, WA
“This place is popping!" Photo by @k9ascent

The best things in life can be temporary, like the City of Kirkland’s pop-up off-leash areas. Part of a Summer Action Plan to provide the region with temporary park amenities, the fenced fun began at Juanita Beach Park in June. The temporary dog parks have proved so popular that a fenced space has been added for August at Snyder’s Corner Park. The grassy area is divided into two sections, one for small and another for large dogs.

Ruby Beach Brewing

Jacksonville, FL
Donuts, dogs and draft beer? Sign us up! Photo by @rubybeachbrewing

When Ruby Beach Brewing closed its Jacksonville Beach location in early 2020, the owners never expected it to take this long for the new taproom to open. Although the brewery’s popular beers have been available in the meantime from local pet-friendly taprooms like Kanine Social, the long-awaited downtown brewery will finally be open for business on August 5. Leashed dogs are welcome to chill on the patio while their owners try one of 23 different varieties of beer on draft.

Do you know of any new dog parks or pet-friendly attractions opening this month? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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