Happy Dog by PoolIf you’re a canine in Knoxville, Tennessee, you’re lucky to live in a city that is becoming increasingly pet friendly by the year.

With activities like the Mardi Growl Parade and Bark in the Park, and a continually growing supply of local dog parks, Knoxvillians are committed to their furry family members.  Today we take a look at the Fountain City area of Knoxville to see what this part of town has to offer it’s canine and feline citizens and their families.

Where can I walk my dog in Fountain City?

Fountain City has a number of parks, greenways, and dog parks that are great options for getting your dog out for some exercise.  If you’re looking for a fenced-in dog park specifically made for socialization and play with other dogs, the PetSafe Dog Park in Tommy Schumpert Park is going to be your best option.  There are two off-leash areas, with one for dogs 30lbs and under, and the other for dogs of any size.  The section for dogs of any size includes a mulched walking trail and a pond with a dock made for dogs to go swimming.  If you’d like to do on-leash walking after romping around in the dog park, you can also easily connect with the Sterchi Hills Greenway for a longer excursion.

If you’d prefer a park for exercise on-leash, Adair Park is a nice option that includes a 1.1 mile paved loop winding through open fields lined with trees.  You’ll have plenty of activity to watch with a playground for kids, several stream crossings, and soccer practice or picnics often going on.

Just up Tazewell Pike from Fountain City, Beverly Park gives you the option of a 0.6 mile paved loop, or a 1.4 mile nature trail loop.  The nature trail winds along a junior golf course and then splits off to encircle a grassy meadow and large pond.  It’s a great hike in the spring to see wildflowers and watch for birds.

Where can I buy dog and cat food and supplies in Fountain City?

Fountain City has two general pet stores centrally located just off Broadway.  Pet Supplies Plus has a good selection of anything you might need for all of your pets, including food, treats, beds, toys, bones, leashes, and much more.  Pampered Pets is another option that is locally owned and shopping there is a great way to support a local small business.  They also offer a variety of pet items, with some great dog clothing options and speciality toys and treats.

Where can I take my dog or cat to the vet in Fountain City?

Whether it’s time for the annual checkup or your furry friend is under the weather, having a relationship with a local vet is extremely important.  In Fountain City you’re got a couple of options.  Fountain City Animal Hospital  and the recently opened Just for Pets Animal Clinic are two options centrally located.  I can also personally recommend Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic as they are my personal vet for my 3 dogs.  They are about 15 minutes up Tazewell Pike in Corryton.Happy Afternoon Golden Retriever

What apartments are dog and pet friendly in Fountain City?

You’re got a few great options if you’re looking for an apartment that is dog friendly in the Fountain City area.  Spring Meadow Apartments in the Whittle Springs area accepts up to 2 pets under 35 lbs.  They have a nice lake area and plenty of grassy spaces.  Another option is Legacy Pointe Apartments in the Norwood area.  They welcome up to 2 pets, including large breeds up to 85 lbs.  However they do not accept “aggressive” breeds.  The Bluffs at Beaver Creek are one more complex in the area that are also pet friendly.

Where can I find a pet sitter or dog walker in Fountain City?

Luckily you’re already in the right place! Waggy Tails Pet Sitting + Dog Walking provides pet sitting and dog walking services in Fountain City.  We have a variety of pet sitting visit lengths and walk lengths to fit every pets’ needs and every pet families’ budget.  We’re a perfect option for pets without access to the outdoors during the day.  Instead of feeling guilty while you’re at work, or rushing home during your lunch hour, we offer daily dog walking services.  We’re also available for when you go out of town.  Rather than carting your pets to the unfamiliar surroundings of a kennel, keep them safe and happy at home.  We’ll visit with them up to 3x per day, making sure to take them to all their favorite trees in the yard and tucking them in with a treat. To get started lets schedule a meeting to get to know you and your pets, and from there we can set up a pet care or dog walking schedule.

Did I leave any thing out?  What’s your dog’s favorite spots in Fountain City?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!