Hickory Withe draws an eclectic group of dog-lovers who want the privacy and space of outdoor living without being too far from the big city. This Memphis suburb lacks many of the traditional commercial amenities, like fast food restaurants, for the sake of space. Large homes on large lots and tracts of ground make this a place for dogs to roam a bit as long as they don’t upset the neighbors. This is a community that values its neighbors. The local residents often host potlucks and chili cook-offs to help neighborhood causes, including the Fayette County Animal Shelter. This animal shelter advertises as a no-kill shelter, and is a popular temporary home for dogs and puppies found in need from all over the state.
Arlington is less than seven miles from Hickory Withe, and has several parks with green spaces to experience. The Sports Complex in Arlington features hiking paths to enjoy with a dog on leash, and places to barbecue or eat a picnic lunch with a four-legged friend. Residents with dogs from Hickory Withe make trips to the environs of Memphis (34 miles south) for veterinary visits and other trips to restaurants and shopping centers. There are also several dog parks less than 25 miles away in some of the small towns and communities.
The Midtown neighborhood in Memphis is located 34 miles west of Hickory Withe, but the drive is definitely worth it for Overton Bark Park. This fully fenced enclosure gives midtown Memphis dogs a chance to run and play leash-free. The entire dog park has 1.3 acres of mulch-covered space for exercise and socialization. Smaller dogs have their own separate fenced area. Dogs have water fountains, and human companions have benches from which to watch their pups. The dog park supplies waste baggies for those necessary cleanups, and is open from sunrise to sunset.
Germantown is 21 miles south of Hickory Withe. Forgey Dog Park is a fully fenced space for dogs to run and play sans leash. Smaller dogs have their own separate space. The dog park’s ground is mostly grass. There are drinking fountains specially designed so a dog and his person can take a drink at the same time. Human companions have benches to sit on while watching their pups. Doggie waste bags are available at this dog park. The city requires registration and an annual fee to use the dog park. Nonresidents have to pay a higher fee. All applicants must also watch a safety video. This dog park is open from dawn to dusk year round.
The neighborhood of East Memphis is approximately 35 miles south of Hickory Withe. The Memphis Dog Park (within Tobey Park) is a fully fenced dog park that has two areas for pups to run and play leash-free. The large dog area has one acre of mostly grass for dogs to sniff out a pal or two. There are pieces of agility equipment to add to the exercise and fun. The smaller dogs have a half of acre just for them. A few benches are positioned along the perimeter of the dog park for the human companions. Doggie waste bags are supplied by the dog park. There is no water on-site, though, so you’ll need to bring your own.
Collierville is 19 miles south of Hickory Withe. Collierville offers people and their dogs places to stay and visit. The Days Inn & Suites welcomes up to two dogs of any size for an additional charge of $10 per dog per night. Hampton Inn rolls a red carpet out to you and your pups for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Hampton Inn allows up to two dogs under fifty pounds. Collierville also has a couple of dog-friendly places for a person with a sweet tooth. City Hall Cheesecake serves up a variety of freshly baked cheesecakes. Patrons may eat their cheesecake at dog-friendly outdoor tables. The Donut Hutt is another option, offering freshly baked donuts for you and Fido at its dog-friendly outdoor tables.