The new dog park and bar concept brings puppy-friendly entertainment to Alabama

(Good Dog Bar & Dog Park – Birmingham/Facebook)

We all know it – your pup has the zoomies, you’re looking forward to a night out or an afternoon, and you have nowhere to take them. Good Dog, a new dog park and bar with locations in Auburn and Birmingham, has the answer to all three problems. The new concept combines everything that dog owners love about bringing their pups to a brewery — the cold beers, ample outdoor seating and open spaces — and makes it even better by gearing the space specifically for dogs. This way, instead of being tied to a picnic table, your dog can romp off-leash and play with other pooches in an environment that is safe, welcoming, and fun for all.

Good Dog is the brainchild of owners Clint Carmichael, Jeff Hardwick and Bobby Morgan. Carmichael said the idea for Good Dog came from a need for higher quality dog ​​parks in Birmingham.

“Many public dog parks are overwhelming and unsafe,” he says. “They’re muddy, there’s little shade, dog areas and pools, and they’re unsafe because nobody checks vaccination records.”

Hardwick, who owns Pawms Pet Resort in Birmingham, noticed the same problem. He wanted to add a dog valet service to his top-notch doggy daycare and boarding facility, so he partnered with Carmichael and Good Dog was born. After creating a plan for a location in Birmingham on the Rotary Trail, they turned their attention to Auburn.

“Auburn is a wonderful dog-friendly community,” says Carmichael. “It has one of the best vet schools in the country, but there aren’t many nice dog parks. Many of The Pawms staff graduated from Auburn and have wanted to be there for a long time.”

(Good Dog Bar & Dog Park – Auburn/Facebook)

The Pawms opened a location in Auburn in 2021. Good Dog Auburn followed in April 2022, then Good Dog Birmingham opened in May. The Auburn location, as well as a soon-to-be-opened location in Tuscaloosa, is on the same property as The Pawms, so four-legged guests have plenty of space to romp and play.

Not only is Good Dog 100% grassed and fenced, it also provides plenty of shade, tunnels and even pools for them to romp around. To ensure puppies of all shapes, sizes and breeds are safe, all dogs must provide proof of vaccination before entering the park. They must also be at least four months old and spayed or neutered to participate.

In order to participate, dogs must have an annual or monthly membership or a daily pass. Day passes are $12 in Birmingham and $10 in Auburn, and additional dog passes are $6 and $5. Owners can let their pups mix and match while sipping on a selection of beer, wine, seltzer, and soft drinks. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening with your dogs, other people’s dogs, and other people who love dogs. As a bonus, one percent of all sales are donated to animal-related charities in Birmingham and Auburn, so you can make your visit extra special.

(Good Dog Bar & Dog Park – Auburn/Facebook)

After being open just a few months, Carmichael says the reception for Good Dog has been “fantastic.” There are more than 250 Good Dog members between Birmingham and Auburn, and more will join when the Tuscaloosa location opens in December. He says his own dog, a 7-year-old Golden Doodle named Callie, is a big fan of the park and particularly loves climbing the tunnels and seeing other regulars. But Good Dog isn’t just for dogs and their owners; it’s for everyone, says Carmichael.

“There’s no happier place than Good Dog,” he says. “I’ve had really bad days, and I go to daycare, hang out with a bunch of Goldens for 10 minutes, and go out with a new person. It’s therapy.”

Between breed meets almost every weekend and other events hosted by animal welfare groups and organizations around town, there’s always something going on at Good Dog. Carmichael says he’s already blown away by the community that’s been built in such a short amount of time.

“Everyone loves dogs, and Good Dog offers dog lovers a safe place to bring their dogs to play, a place to interact with other dog lovers, while also providing a way to give back to the community,” says Carmichael.

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