Sydney’s Takin’ In the Sights & Sounds of Nashville, TN

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Sydney’s Takin’ In the Sights & Sounds of Nashville, TN

February 12, 2014


Nashville rolls out the red carpet when it comes to places to stay and things to see for both humans and their four-legged companions.  Ninety-nine pet friendly parks cover over 3% of the county.  Now that’s a place where a Chihuahua can spread out a bit and take in the sights if you know what I mean.


There really isn’t a bad time of year to visit Music City.  Although it is a little early in the season for Nashville's outstanding outdoor events,  Art for Animals will take place this Saturday February 2, 2013 from 5 - 8:30 at Jamison Hall at the Factory at Franklin.  This event is hosted by Nashville Paw Magazine and The Nashville Paw Foundation and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Spay and Neuter Programs of the Nashville Paw Foundation.  Join special guest Mike Wolfe, star of American Pickers, for all the fun with a Live Artwork Auction, Silent Auction, Complimentry Wine and Beer Bar, and Gourmet sweets, treats and Valentines.  For more information go to or check out the Art for Animals Facebook page.


Mates, while you are in Nashville, check out “Teddy's Wagon” , The Nashville Humane Association's mobile pet adoption unit complete with meet and greet room that will be out and about every weekend.  For all of Teddy's Wagon upcoming locations visit


No matter what time of year you choose to visit Music City, there are plenty of pet-friendly places to stay, eat and frolic with the 2 and 4 legged family!



All take both dogs and cats for various pet fees

Hotel Preston - pet fee includes water bowl, treat and toy

The Hermitage Hotel – Pampered pet services include custom pet beds, room service pet menu and pet walking area

Guesthouse Inn and Suites Music Valley Drive

Hotel Indigo West End Vanderbilt – a guest review said their bulldog enjoyed the live music in the bar! 

Hutton Hotel – Pet friendly, relaxed atmosphere and eco-friendly 

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel - featuring the Loews Loves Pets program


Standard Hotels:

Baymont Inn and Suites Nashville West

La Quinta

Drury Inn

Extended Stay America

Homewood Suites


Residence Inn by Marriott  

Holiday Inn

Best Western

Red Roof Inn

Days Inn


Quality Inn

Comfort Inn  










All of these Nashville Parks have great trails, waste bags and watering stations

Centennial Dog Park – Mates, this full-scale model of the Parthenon has to be seen to be believed.  And we can frolic leash free.  There are separate areas for large & small dogs

Warner Dog Park – Single fenced area with benches for owners and a Doggie water fountain

Shelby Dog Park – Single fenced area with benches for owners.


Belle Meade Plantation allows leashed dogs on the grounds but not in the main buildings.



Jackson's Bar and Bistro – plenty of covered outdoor seating for you and your dog.  Water bowls available

12 South Tap Room - great patio seating

Calypso Cafe East Nashville – inexpensive food, great beer and fruit tea.  Picnic tables under covered porch, perfect for a rainy day.

Zumi – inexpensive Japanese food, t large porches for pooches

Castrillo's -  Pizza and a dog park!

Berry Hill Market – American cuisine, dogs welcome outside

Panera Bread – sandwiches on the patio with your dog

Star Bagel Cafe – typical bagel and coffee joint, dogs welcome

Beyond The Edge - excellent food served until 2 AM, vast choices of beer, 2 outdoor patios, water bowls available

Of special interest

Bongo Java, also known as Fido- located in the popular Hillsboro Village is a pet store turned coffee shop and restaurant. The sign was so cool that they kept the name. When you place your order you’re ‘order number’ is actually a picture of a dog that is waiting to be adopted. Some of their popular coffee drinks are milk bone, the pink poodle, the Irish Setter and the Bull Dog. Dogs are also allowed at the outdoor tables and water bowls are available.

Events: has an event calendar with all the pet-friendly events. Some of the more popular events are Wednesday Night Wags and Bark in the Park.



Nashville Paw Magazine is the go-to resource for pet related information.

Nashville Lifestyles features pets and pet friendly events regularly and holds a cover dog search every year at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Adoption/Pet Rescue/Charity Benefits:

Nashville Humane Association

New Leash on Line

Bonaparte’s Retreat - Emmylou Harris’ pet charity-adoptions

Kody’s Fund, the non-profit set up to fund spay & neuter programs

The Brown Dog Foundation supports pet owners who need financial assistance for a pet’s illness or injury.

Art for Animals is hosted by Nashville Paw Magazine and raises money for pet’s to be spayed and neutered.

photo credits: Teddy's Wagon courtesy of Nashville Humane Association, all others

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