Dogs Allowed

Seven Pet-Friendly Places to Visit Now

Owners of the Sunflower Café, 2834 Azalea Place, claim they serve "food that heals." Sometimes, that healing definitely involves keeping our dogs near to our hearts — and meals. The cafe's staffers say they "absolutely love all the sweet lil' pups brought to their dog-friendly patios" but remind that only service dogs can be brought inside the restaurant.

Several of the café's vegetarian and vegan menu items could be shared with leashed canines, especially those dogs who enjoy brown rice, fresh veggies or select fruits. Note that the café is closed on Sundays.

One prime Nashville area for eating buddies who happen to be canines are restaurants located off 12th Avenue South!

Casual dining spot Urban Grub, 2506 12th Ave. S, with outdoor seating as well as a covered gazebo, is a dog-friendly location. The back patio offers dog water bowls. The restaurant's staffers indicate that dogs really enjoy the salted ham croutons (normally served on salads to people) for special treats.

The Edley's Bar-B-Cue 12 South crew at 2706 12th Ave. S looks forward to doggie guests and even sells branded dog collars and shirts.

At Burger Up, 2901 12th Ave. S, the beef is sourced from the Steven Lee family at Triple L Ranch in Franklin, along with other like-minded suppliers at Porter Road Butcher. In addition, the restaurant serves as many items and ingredients as possible provided by surrounding area farms and suppliers in Tennessee. It's these high-quality foods at Burger Up that lead to pet owners sharing a few worry-free burger nibbles with their dog companions.

For times that "ale you," craft brewer Smith & Lentz Brewing Company at 903 Main St. welcomes leashed dogs on the patio, which has umbrellas and dog water bowls.

For doggie events, camp, boarding or grooming, there's Camp Bow Wow at 470 Craighead St., where four-legged customers are more than welcome. Camp Bow Wow periodically teams up with Craft Brewed to host Yappy Hours at which all leashed dogs can celebrate with their humans.

Camp Bow Wow offers a second chance to sick and injured dogs in need through the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing urgent medical care funds to dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills.

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