To the Dogs 

Memphis considers area dog parks.

Memphis dog owners have panted over the possibility of a dog park within city limits for years. But a new plan might have them breathing easy.

Out of its 167 parks, the city of Memphis does not have one designated dog park where canines are allowed off-leash. But with the revamping of the parks and recreation services' master plan, a dog park is a possibility.

"We decided to update the master plan because of recent trends, such as the need for skate and dog parks," said Mike Flowers of Memphis park services. "We're looking for locations now."

Many mornings at Overton Park, dogs run loose on the golf course before golfers arrive. The area around the park's Rainbow Lake also functions as a de facto dog park, but it lacks a fence and trash cans.

"We have to go where no one will notice us," said Lisa Trentham of Good Dog Rescue.

According to current regulations, dog owners are required to keep their pets on a leash while in city parks. Those who don't can be cited by Memphis police.

Dog parks in other areas of the county charge fees and come with stiff regulations. The city of Germantown charges residents an annual fee of $40 and $60 for nonresidents and a mandatory education class.

"At a minimum, a few dog parks with a fenced area would be nice," Flowers said.

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