4 p.m. The Peabody Memphis
Check in to The Peabody Memphis, a historic pet-friendly hotel in the heart of downtown. When you leave your car with the valet in the motor lobby, have them point out the dog-relief station located there so your pup can have a potty break. Once you enter the lobby, you’ll notice the luxurious details from the enormous fresh flower arrangements to the piano player that have made The Peabody “The South’s Grand Hotel” since 1869. The lobby’s centerpiece is the fountain where five mallard ducks swim every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. after walking the red carpet during the March of the Peabody Ducks (more on that later.) The hotel also rolls out the red carpet for #PeabodyPets. Fido will be welcomed with a duck-shaped treat, water bowl and waste bags at check-in. The Peabody welcomes pets up to 75 pounds for an additional fee of $100. Nightly rates start at $169.
Dogs let loose at Overton Bark dog park.Photo by Facebook.com/overtonbark
5 p.m. Overton Bark
Once you’ve unpacked and settled in, grab Fido’s leash and take a 10-minute drive out to Overton Park in Midtown. This 342-acre area not only houses the Memphis Zoo, The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis College of Art, but also a dog park called Overton Bark. Let your furry companion run off any pent-up energy from your travels and meet new friends off-leash. The park has separate areas for large and small dogs and offers obstacles for them to play on. Watch your dog from one of the shaded benches, or take part in the fun with a game of fetch. The dog park has water fountains where your pup can rehydrate, and a clean-up station in case he gets muddy paws.
Nothing like a cold brew with your best friend.Photo by @buffy.slays.memphis
6 p.m. Beer and Barbecue
Once Fido’s had his fun, head over to the Cooper-Young neighborhood, also in Midtown, and Memphis Made Brewing Co. Your dog can belly up to the bar inside and enjoy a “Dog-Weiser” water while you try local craft beer like the Cat Nap IPA or Junt Cream Ale. Challenge a new friend to a game of cornhole out back, or snap an Instagram-worthy photo with your pup in front of the "I Love Memphis" mural (don't forget to #BringFido! Depending on the day you visit, there might be a food truck selling snacks or a band playing live music.
"Please, please fall off the table!"
Photo by @king_joshiekins
Everybody knows you can’t visit this city without sampling what many consider to be the world’s best barbecue. Memphis-style ‘cue is slow-smoked in a pit and then either served with dry rub spices or wet with barbecue sauce. Take Fido on a short walk from the brewery to the covered front deck at Central BBQ, and indulge in their award-winning smoked meats. Your dog will be in hog heaven with all of the delicious smells and the thought that he might snag a fallen meaty tidbit. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a slab of ribs, smoked sausage, pulled chicken, beef or turkey; you’ll leave satisfied. Just be sure to start off with a heaping pile of nachos topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, two types of cheese, jalapeños and a dusting of dry rub seasoning - it’s a Memphis thang!
Your tour will have human and dog guides! Photo by Facebook.com/uptowncarriages
7:30 p.m. Uptown Carriage Tours
Explore Memphis in style on a dog-friendly tour with Uptown Carriage Tours. Pre-book the Cotton Row Tour and let them know you’ll have your dog with you. They'll arrange a pet-friendly carriage to pick you up at The Peabody. This 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride includes visits to Court Square, the South Main Trolley Line, Memphis Park and Cotton Row. Almost all the carriages have a dog on board, so your pup will be in good company. Ask your driver to time the tour just right so you can watch the sunset over the mighty Mississippi at Memphis Park. The Cotton Row Tour costs $65 and lasts around thirty minutes. Uptown Carriage Tours offers several other dog-friendly tour options, in case you can't make this one.
Your pup will love The Green Beetle’s patio. Photo by @2patiopups
9 p.m. South Main Street
If you’re ready to hit the town, take the dog for a leisurely stroll to South Main Street. Memphis will be abuzz with the sounds of blues and rock music coming from the juke joints on Beale Street, the clanging of the trolley, and the unmistakable smell of charcoal and meat wafting out of The Rendezvous’ alley. Stop in at The Cheesecake Corner for a slice of decadent pecan pie cheesecake to savor on one of the pet-friendly tables along the street. For a nightcap, make your way to Memphis’ oldest tavern, The Green Beetle, which opened in 1939. The stiff drinks are popular among locals, as is the bar fare if the aforementioned cocktails sneak up on you. Sipping at one of the sidewalk tables makes for excellent people- and trolley-watching, and Fido will likely see other four-legged barflies, too. When you return back to The Peabody, your bed will be turned down and ready for you to rest.