The Dog Days of Summer — in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne is definitely fido friendly. There are an abundance of places where you can dine with your dog. The Allen County SPCA has teamed up with several area restaurants for its annual Paw-Friendly Patio Program.
The program encourages people to visit the 16 participating establishments through Labor Day and enjoy dining al fresco with their pooch.
The Allen County SPCA has created the Paw Friendly Patio Pawsport, available at its office or any of the participating restaurants; it encourages people to collect a stamp from each of the participating restaurants. When the Pawsport is filled, bring it to the Allen County SPCA to receive a free T-shirt. 4914 S. Hanna Street, 260.744.0454, allencountyspca.org
Restaurants participating in the Paw-Friendly Patio Program include:
Beamer’s Sports Grill
5108 W. County Line Road N, Columbia City
Black Dog Pub
6230 Covington Road
1123 E. State Boulevard
Curly’s Village Inn
4205 Bluffton Road
Deer Park Irish Pub
1530 Leesburg Road
4001 S. Wayne Avenue
1215 W. Main Street
(Tuesdays is doggy date night)
6282 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Summit City Brewerks
1501 E. Berry Street
3975 Ice Way
8939 Lima Road
12677 Coldwater Road
614 S. Harrison Street
Lee and Karen Albright are concerned with what is fed to dogs. They have established Albright’s Raw Pet Food.
“Most people might know us from our two Fort Wayne meat and deli markets,” said Karen. (Both stores were sold to Feders Meats earlier this year). “Quite a few customers would come in asking about raw dog food and what would be inexpensive raw meat to feed their pets. We saw a strong movement toward raw food and figured we could move into this market.”
In 2016, the Albrights began manufacturing raw pet food. “Every step in the process has to be approved,” said Lee. “We created nine recipes to get to the one that we use. There are lab tests and field tests that must be done. Our manufacturing facility must be FDA compliant and even the products’ labeling has to go through a strict approvals process.”
Their product is natural and raw. Its ingredients include beef muscle, chicken breast with bone, beef kidney, beef liver, eggs, kale, kelp, cranberries, sunflower oil and some eggshells for calcium.
Their facility can process up to 22,000 pounds a day. The food is sold frozen and is available at 3-Rivers Natural Grocery, Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, Petware House, the Health Food Store and Milan Center Feed & Grain.
Green Bean Delivery delivers to individual dog owners.
“Pets don’t have a choice in what they eat, so owners should do their research and look at the ingredients of the food they are serving to their pets,” said Lee. “Nutrition is vital and we have worked a hard to produce a product pet owners can trust.” Albrightsrawdogfood.com
– Bruce Lehman
FIDO FRIENDLY FORT EVENTS
Bark In The Park
Sunday, August 5
With the purchase of a Pooch Pass, Tin Cap fans can bring their four-legged friends to the game. Tincaps.com
Dippin’ Dog Swimming Event
Sunday, August 12
All dogs with the city’s official Pooch Pass are welcome to take a swim. Dogs must pre-register for a time slot – getting an hour to practice their doggy paddle. Dog park members must also pay regular pool admission during the event. 2400 Parnell Avenue, fortwayneparks.org
Places For Pooches To Play
Fort Wayne has two dog parks the Pawster Park Pooch Playground located in Foster Park West and Camp Canine in Johnny Appleseed Park. In order to use the parks all dogs must have a Pooch Pass from the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. The annual pass is $40/dog or $20/dog for half-year pass. The pass may be purchased at the main office of the Parks and Recreation Department. Fortwayneparks.org