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Louisville Has Gone to the Dogs!

Louisville, a city with lots of parks and places to play outdoors, has gone to the dogs…literally! There are four Louisville dog parks run by the Louisville Dog Run Association, a non –profit, all volunteer organization that oversees the off-leash dog parks in Louisville. They are a doggone good way for Spot to get some exercise and to meet up with other Louisville dog owners.

The dog parks operate on fees and donations from park users and local businesses. You are required to have a 2011 dog run permit to use the parks. You can mail in your permit application or you can apply in person at Three Dog Bakery (3929 Chenoweth Square in St. Matthews) or The Trail Store (1321 Herr Lane in Westport Village).

Permits are going fast with Sawyer Park already being sold out. There are still permits available for the other parks; here are the current counts as of the beginning of May: Champions - 399 (of 800) Cochran Hill - 606 (of 800) Vettiner - 286 (of 400). You can use any park with a permit, but do need to choose one location to be your “home park”.

There may soon be a fifth park available to dog owners. The LDRA is currently working to open the Old Louisville Dog Run in Toonerville Trolley Park in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Once funding is secured for the new park, permits will become available. Check the LDRA website for updates.

If you are looking for a fun day out with your four legged friend, the Kentucky Humane Society will be having a "Dog Day at the Park" promotion on Wednesday, June 1. You and your canine can attend the game at Slugger Field and watch the Louisville Bats take on the Syracuse Chiefs. A dog agility course will be set-up outside of the Witherspoon Plaza Gate. Tickets are $3 for pups and $6 for their human companions. The first 500 dogs will receive a special doggie bag.

Having a place in the metro area to let your dog run and play is just another perk to living in Possibility City. Milan Kundera said it best, "Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."

Louisville has gone to the dogs alright, we are proud to be a pet friendly city. If you want to know more about living in the Louisville area, call Jessica Gaines. She is your local real estate expert! Listen up Louisville; get out there and enjoy a day in the park.

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