Dog Days of South End

Dog next to sign

Dogs are people, too. Spend any time in South End, and you will find shepherds jogging the Rail Trail with their owners, Frenchies lapping up puppy ice cream at Golden Cow and chihuahuas on tabletops on the Suffolk Punch patio. Since Governor Cooper signed SB290 into law on July 30, dogs and cats are also allowed back inside brewery taprooms (starting September 1, after a near-2-year hiatus). So Rocky can join you and lounge on the cool floor while you sample drafts.

Breweries are only the beginning for places where dogs are welcome in the neighborhood. Many South End businesses, public spaces and services cater to customers on four legs as well as two. It’s a dog’s life here, and it’s pretty grand.

Dog next to black fountain

Dog-Friendly Patios

Branch out from the breweries; bring Coco to restaurants like Leroy Fox, Futo Buta, The Waterman, Brass Tap, Tupelo Honey and Seoul Food: all have outdoor areas where dogs are welcome. Max and Lola Bodega, named for two resident lab mixes, has a dog-friendly yard (and fountain: see pic). The newly opened Flower Child welcomes pets on their sunny patio, too.

Paws for Service

If Shadow needs pampering, a variety of spas and daycares are on hand. Consider daycare/boarding spots (many of which include grooming services) like Preppy Pet, Club Fetch, K9 Playland and Carolina Doggie Playland. For the discerning palate, try Pet Wants CLT’s small-batch food and Canine Café’s special dog cakes.

Trained Up and Healthy

When it’s time for Boomer’s vet visit, South End Vet Clinic and Long Animal Hospital (includes emergency care) are in the neighborhood. And if the new puppy in your life needs some obedience tips, try The Dog Wizard.

Park It

Active dogs need a place to exercise, of course. Take Buddy for a jog along the Rail Trail: the linear park that connects neighborhoods from Uptown to Sedgefield goes directly through South End. The Rail Trail is an easy way to traverse the neighborhood. It is also packed with public art, providing ample photo ops for your Insta-famous pup.

Insider tip: Join the public Facebook group Dogs in Charlotte to have a forum with other local pet owners–and a non-stop stream of adorable pooch pics! Or follow #dogsofcharlotte on Instagram for another source of Queen City pups looking cute on camera.

South End really does open its (doggie) doors to all kinds. Find all your needs in this South End directory of pet resources.