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This Clearfork news will make a lot of tails wag

This dog is not eligible for the ‘Puptern’ position at Mutts Canine Cantina, but if you get hired for the position, you can get paid $100 to play with it.
This dog is not eligible for the ‘Puptern’ position at Mutts Canine Cantina, but if you get hired for the position, you can get paid $100 to play with it. Courtesy of Mutts Canine Cantina

Mutts Canine Cantina, a combination dog park/beer-and-wine garden that has been around for a few years in Uptown Dallas, has sniffed out a Fort Worth location as well.

The Fort Worth park will be in Clearfork, along the Trinity River in southwest Fort Worth. Note that it won't be at the Shops at Clearfork, but it will be nearby.

Mutts is described in a press release as "a dual-concept, social dog park with a communal beer and wine garden and several HD TVs" — at least one tuned to Animal Planet? — with a separate patio area featuring food options such as chicken sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes and, yes, a doggie menu.

The canine side of Mutts will, like many dog parks, have two fenced areas — one for large dogs and one for small ones — across more than an acre. The target opening date is fall 2018, but it's good to know that some shade will be provided from the summer heat.

The Trinity Trails are already very dog friendly, and restaurants along this stretch — Press Cafe, Woodshed Smokehouse and the Clearfork Food Park are all within a long walk or a quick bike ride of one another — all welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs in outdoor areas. But at Mutts, they can run off-leash.

"The Uptown location has experienced great success, so we are really looking forward to bringing Fort Worth their own place to escape with their best friend,” Kyle Noonan, co-owner of FreeRange Concepts, says in a release. “We created Mutts in order to give dog owners living in the city a nice natural environment that lets you enjoy all your favorite things in one great place — good friends, delicious food and drinks, and of course, your pup."

There are differences between Mutts and more-traditional dog parks such as Fort Woof or Z. Bonz. Differences that go behind the whole beer-and-wine thing, that is. For one thing, Mutts has Bark Rangers that pick up ... well, everything. But at a traditional dog park, you generally don't need to have a Day Pass, Monthly Pass or Annual Membership, all of which are available for access to Mutts.

Dogs at Mutts must be more than 4 months old, spayed or neutered, well-behaved, current on vaccinations and off-leash trained.

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