The Barking Deck Dog Park & Pub is coming to Greensboro
A couple is bringing a new concept to Greensboro with dog-lovers in mind. Founded by Paula and Keith Dozier, The Barking Deck Dog Park & Pub (to be located at 106 S. Walnut Circle Unit B.) is going to be what Paula calls “the Triad’s first indoor dog park and bar, mixing the off-leash play of a dog park with the feel of a neighborhood bar for a place both dogs and humans agree is a good time.”
“I think Greensboro is a really dog-friendly city, but the dog parks we have here are not awesome. And that is just dog parks in general, as they are kind of boring for people,” Paula said. “It is a huge inconvenience to go because your dog gets covered in dirt and mud and it gets into your car, and it gets all over you. I think we should give Greensboro a better dog park option. A place they can make friends.”
Paula’s dream of a perfect dog park and bar came from her Rottweiler/Australian Shepard mix Spartacus.
“He was one of the reasons I decided to go in this direction, he was my baby for 12 years,” she said of her best friend, who unfortunately passed away in January of this year. “He was the most beautiful, awkward, lovely dog.”
Paula said she used to take Spartacus to the bark park at Country Park, located at 3110 Forest Lawn Dr. in Greensboro. However, Paula’s biggest issues with the park were wasps, snakes, and spiders as well as its limited seating and a somewhat-boring atmosphere for humans. She said that dog-friendly bars are great for dog owners, but not always great for their dogs, or others who don’t like dogs.
She said that, at The Barking Deck, humans could take their canine companions off-leash to play while they hang out with friends, drink and enjoy the night out.
“The Barking Deck will be a place where there are dog people who want to hang out with dogs and meet other dog owners,” she said. “It has the elements of a dog park; they can run and play, you can throw a ball, have meet-ups with puppy friends, but also still have the comforts of a bar.”
They plan to have as many craft/local beers from the area as they can available as well some premium canned non-alcoholic beverages and prepackaged snacks. Paula would like to get a food truck rotation to come on a regular basis as well.
After searching for a location, the Doziers have found one that will meet their needs for space. On Oct. 20 and in a Facebook Live video with now “3.1K views,” Paula announced that the space they have chosen would be located in a 5,000 square-feet former cheerleading gym that “has these big, beautiful ceilings,” and a “modern, industrial warehouse-feel” on Market Street.
“If you have ever seen the Greensboro water tower, we are at the bottom of that water tower,” Paula said in the video.
Because they found their location so quickly, Paula said they are now ahead of schedule and needs the help and support of the community to raise $9,000 to open by January. They have a GoFundMe account set up to go live on Oct. 25 to help cover some of the start-up costs.
Paula said The Barking Deck will be membership-based and to be admitted; all dogs are required to be vaccinated, spayed/neutered and socialized prior to coming. (She said puppies that are not old enough to meet these requirements are the only exception to the rules.)
“I really hope the Barking Deck will contribute to making life better and easier for dog owners in Greensboro and the Triad,” she said.
Paula said The Barking Deck would also support and fundraise for local organizations “where people help dogs and organizations where dogs help people.”
“This is a place for the person who works all day and feels guilty about leaving their dog at home when they go out or someone who has a dog that is not great on a leash. They can go have a drink with their friends, but their dogs don’t really have a good time,” she said. “This would be a place for someone who wants to spend time with their dogs but not in a place where they can’t bring their people friends.”
For more information and to stay updated, shoot Paula an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow The Barking Deck on social media facebook.com/thebarkingdeck, Instagram: @thebarkingdeck and visit the website at www.thebarkingdeck.com.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.