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Why South End is Charlotte’s Best Neighborhood for Dogs

With local businesses, restaurants and breweries on every corner, festivals and events almost every weekend, and friendly faces wherever you go, it’s pretty obvious why South End is a great neighborhood for people. Lucky for dog owners, South End also happens to be a great place for furry friends! Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

Numerous Dog-Friendly Patios peole holding dogs

You wouldn’t like it if your dog left you at home, so why do the same? All six of the South End breweries (Unknown, Wooden Robot, Sycamore, Triple C, Suffolk Punch, and Lenny Boy) have dog-friendly patios and restaurants like Brass Tap, Tupelo Honey, and Seoul Food all have areas where your furry friend is welcome – Seoul Food even has a small dog park.

Places to be Pampered

Can’t dogs have a treat yourself day too? Well, they can in South End thanks to dog spas and daycares like Preppy Pet, Club Fetch, K9 Playland and the Dog Wizard. Thanks to Pet Wants CLT’s fresh treats and Canine Café’s special dog cakes, you can also treat your pooch to a gourmet meal.

Walks Along the Rail Trail people walking dogs

If you own a big dog in a city, a place to walk it is a top priority. Welcome to the Rail Trail: 3.5 miles of flat trail that connects neighborhoods from Uptown to Sedgefield and goes directly through South End. The Rail Trail is an easy way to get to most of the neighborhood and provides a convenient link to local businesses and restaurants. The trail is also packed with public art, providing ample photo ops for your Insta-famous pup.

Cool Summer Treats

After a long walk on the Rail Trail, you’ll want something to cool off and your dog wants the same! To help all of South End enjoy the summer, King of Pops and Golden Cow Creamery both provide frozen options for your four-legged friends as well.

Apartment Buildings That Love Pups

Finding the perfect apartment is no easy feat and oftentimes Fido can add an extra challenge. Luckily, almost every apartment building in South End welcomes dogs! Many of them even have added amenities like dogs parks and dog washing stations.

Dog-Friendly Grocery Shopping

Every Saturday morning, the Atherton Market building turns into a farmers market where local farmers and makers sell their products. If your pup is friendly, they’re welcome to join you as you shop and if they’re really being good, you can even pick them up a snack at the Pet Wants CLT stand.

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