If you live in Knoxville or Oak Ridge you’re lucky to live in a community that cares about it’s canine citizens. Knoxville is home to a number of dog parks spread throughout the city and county, while Oak Ridge is following suit by constructing it’s first dedicated off-leash dog park this year. If you’ve never been to a dog park with your furry family member before, it’s time to check one out! Here is our guide to Knoxville and Oak Ridge’s dog parks:
1. Charter Doyle Pet Safe Dog Park - This park was recently opened in 2011 to serve South Knoxville’s residents by providing a safe place for their dog’s to play on 2 acres of land within Charter Doyle Park at 5100 West Martin Mill Pike. The area is well-shaded by mature cedar trees, and even boasts two separate areas for large and small dogs, complete with a dog water fountain and waste stations.
2. Dogwood Park - Opened in 2007, this was Knoxville’s first public dog park located within Victor Ashe Park in the Western Avenue area. It features a 1 acre off-leash area complete with a puppy playground that includes hill structures, a jump, and a tunnel. This dog park was named the country’s Dog Park with the Best Setting in a Dog Fancy Magazine article.
3. Holston River Petsafe Dog Park - This park recently opened in 2012, located within the Holston River Park. It’s a two-acre dog park that features separate areas for large and small dogs, a fire hydrant, and dog water fountain, conveniently located to serve East Knoxville residents.
4. PetSafe Downtown Dog Park - A well used one-acre dog park located in the downtown Knoxville area that opened in 2010. Complete with small and large dog areas, human/dog water fountains, and even an infiltration system that prevents pollutants from entering nearby First Creek. The entrance was specially designed to complement the surrounding downtown buildings.
5. Tommy Schumpert Park - This is another nice dog park in the North Knoxville area of Fountain city. It’s unique in that it has a pond and dock specifically made for dogs. The local Dock Dogs club practices here, and you’ll often see dogs enjoying swimming and fetching sticks. This park is also divided into two separate areas – one for small dogs and one for big, along with the pond area separately fenced off in case your dog is not a swimmer.
When visiting a dog park please remember to follow a few simple guidelines to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time. Cleaning up after your pet, making sure your pet has a collar, and supervising your dog’s actions will help to ensure a successful dog park trip. Hope to see you out there!
The colder weather is coming, but that’s no reason to stay inside. If you’re living in Knoxville, Tennessee, you’re lucky enough to have some wonderful scenic places to take your dog walking this winter. So put on your coat, grab your gloves (hands get cold when you’re holding a leash!), and head out into our Knoxville parks, greenways, and natural areas to have some fun with your dog! Here are 5 great places to take your dog walking.
1. Sequoyah Park – This park runs along the river, and is easy access from downtown, located in the beautiful neighborhood of Sequoyah Hills. The park boasts large open fields, multiple access points to the river, and plenty of other pet lovers who will be out with their pups. This is somewhat of an “unofficial” off-leash dog park. Although there are not any enclosed areas, many people with well trained dogs will walk with them off leash. Every once in a while animal control does show up, so be sure you have a leash on you. If you’d prefer more of a trail walk, you can also access the Sequoyah Greenway from the park which is a 3+ mile nicely graveled trail running through the neighborhood.
2. Tommy Schumpert Park - This park located in Fountain City gives dogs and their owners several options for exercise and fun. A 3+ mile paved greenway runs throughout the park as a great choice for running or walking with your pet. There is also a wonderful dog park area that has separate areas for large and small dogs. There is even an area that has a pond and dock specifically made for dogs! This park is well used, and you’ll find many dogs to play with in the evenings and on weekends.
3. House Mountain - House Mountain gives you the best opportunity for some real hiking in Knox County. There are several easy loops in the park, but the most popular trail is the more difficult, steep trail up the mountain. The mountain rises to over 2,000 feet and is the highest point in Knox County. From the top you’ll enjoy some amazing 360 degree views over Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Be sure to bring plenty of water for your dog (and yourself!) on this hike.
4. Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge - Seven Islands is a 300+ acre wildlife sanctuary open to use by the public. This is an amazing natural space with miles of trails, open fields, woods, access to the water, and beautiful views of the river. Many well-trained dogs use this area off-leash due to the sprawling open areas and fewer people. You’ll likely see plenty of wildlife including birds, deer, rabbits, and other small animals in the area, so be on alert if your dog is a chaser.
5. Ijams Nature Center – Ijams is a great place to take your dog walking on-leash, while still exploring the woods and other wild areas. You’ll find multiple trails, including some very interesting features such as a loop around the quarry, and a wooden walkway right along the river. You can also connect to the Forks of the River natural area for a bit more secluded walking with easy access to the river, more miles of trails, and large fields.
I hope these 5 options give you inspiration to get out there and enjoy the outdoors that Knoxville has to offer. Your dog will thank you!
With so many choices out there in different sizes, colors, and shapes, choosing a dog bed can be quite a difficult choice. It can be very confusing to choose the bed best suited for your dog’s needs when stores and catalogs are filled with different options. When you do make a choice, normally the bed you choose is a combination of your personal taste, your dog’s needs (age, size), and how your dog likes to sleep.
Instead of leaving this important decision up to chance, consider the 3 “core” choices when selecting a bed.
1. Price – Dog beds can range from $10 to hundreds of dollars depending on the size, fill, and type of bed.
2. Stuffing – There are 4 main options:
* Polyfill – the bed contains tubes of polyfil made out of recycled plastics that act of separate sections that move with your dog for comfort
* Box spring – good support just like a human mattress
* foam – a classic approach or specially made for orthopedic support to conforms to your dog’s body
* combination – found in highest priced mattresses for the most comfortable option
3. Style - There are 5 main styles of beds:
* Classic Canine Bed – look like a mattress for people with plenty of room to stretch out
* Bolster or Nesting Bed - soft sides and cushioned bottom covered with a soft and cozy material
* Snuggle Bed – round, oval, or square-walled beds covered with something like suede or fleece
* Orthopedic Dog Bed – extra support with special foal made for dogs with arthritis or joint problems
* Travel Bed – integrated with an attached stuff sack allowing for easy and portable travel
Info and pictures courtesy of Jasper and Zoe’s Blog
If you’re like us you’re hoping that the 4th of July is not going to be a complete wash-out this year in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. You’ve got bar-b-ques to have, fireworks to watch, and lakes to swim in; while Waggy Tails has plenty of dogs to walk and belly rubs to give. So let’s hope the rain holds off for some July 4th fun! Whatever your plans may be, it’s always important to keep a few pet safety reminders in mind to ensure your pets also have a comfortable day. Here they are in no particular order. Seven ways to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July!
1. Have your Pet Properly Identified – Now is a good time to double check that each of your pets has an ID tag with their name and your phone number clearly visible. If you pet has a microchip, consider a small tag identifying him/her as a micro-chipped animal.
2. Watching the Fireworks? Leave your Pet at Home - Pets don’t appreciate crowded, loud, unfamiliar places, such as where you may go to watch the fireworks. They are more likely to freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is never a good option either.
3. Keep the Alcohol out of Reach - A pet that drinks alcohol can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, and possibly even die. Beer is toxic to pets the same as any other alcoholic drink.
4. Don’t Use Insect Repellant or Sunscreen on Your Pet – Unfortunately what isn’t toxic to people, is not necessarily not toxic to animals. Using repellant or sunscreen on your pets can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy.
5. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times – Even if your pet is used to being outside, the 4th of July is a time to consider setting them up with a safe and secure indoor location. Fireworks can cause pets to panic and break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified state.
6. Keep Glow Jewelry Away - Dogs love to chew plastic, and while glow jewelry might be cute, it can cause big problems if a dog decides to eat it. Ingestion may cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, and intestinal blockage.
7. No Firework Use Around Pets - Keep the pets inside while you break out the sparklers or other small fireworks at home. They can result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, as well as containing toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
If you live in Farragut, Tennessee and are the proud Mom or Dad of much loved dog, then you’ve got some great options for getting out and about with Fido. Make plans this weekend to spend some fun in the sun with your dog. Let’s take a look at 4 great options for dog friendly activities in Farragut.
1. Concord Dog Park – Located at 10909 S. Northshore Drive in Farragut on 4 acres of land, this is the perfect dog park for dogs of all sizes and activity levels. You’ve got separate fenced-in areas for both large and small dogs to play in. If your pooch is a water lover, there is a canine swimming area complete with a dog jumping dock and access ramps to the water. If you prefer to stay on dry land, there are walking trails, and both stone and grass run areas. Ready to take your dog home after a long afternoon of fun and don’t feel like getting the car all muddy? There is even a dog wash station for your convenience.
2. Go Shopping! – You’ve got both a Petco Animal Supplies (169 Brooklawn St.) and a PetSmart (11134 Parkside Drive) in Farragut, which give you plenty of opportunity to expose your dog to the sights and sounds of a store, while picking up some of their favorite toys and treats. Our favorites are the deer antler bones. The dogs love them and they last much longer and are much safer than rawhides.
3. Get a Sweet Treat – Just out side of Farragut, you’ve got a Bruster’s Ice Cream in the Cedar Bluff area. The great thing about Bruster’s is that your canine friends can enjoy a cool refreshing treat right along with you. They give FREE Doggy Sundaes to each canine visitor that stops by the store. With plenty of picnic tables and umbrellas for shade, its a great after dinner activity to enjoy with your pet during the summer months.
4. Hike the Greenways – Farragut is home to 4 greenway trails that connect many of the neighborhoods and parks. Turkey Creek Greenway is a popular choice that runs 1.6 miles of tree-lined asphalt trail connecting with Anchor Park. Grisby Chapel Greenway is another option providing a longer trail length at 2.25 miles of asphalt trail.
If you live in Farragut, Tennessee I hope you’ll take advantage of these 4 wonderful ways to include your doggy family members in your next outing. Taking off on summer vacation or stuck at work late (we hope not!)? Waggy Tails is here to be your dog’s, or cat’s, “fill-in best friend” while you are away. Check out our pet sitting and dog walking options.