Beer garden and food truck court officially opens its 800-square-foot dog park area
A keg painted yellow took the hydrant’s place as quintessential marker of a dog’s territory. It sits off-centered in an 800-square-foot canine area at the beer garden and food truck court.
Fuel 66, located at 2439 E. 11th St., officially opened their dog park Saturday afternoon. Despite Carnoske and Witter, both partners, among others, of the venue, operating a human business, the day was dedicated to canine companions.
“People bring their dogs out here anyways, so it’s nice to give them a place to play without a leash,” Carnoske said.
Fuel 66 donated a dollar for each drink purchased to the Humane Society of Tulsa, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka matched that. The Humane Society brought some of their canines — dogs in need of a forever home.
Most attendees Saturday said they have never seen such a dog-friendly place.
Lynette Baer volunteered to handle one of the Humane Society’s adoptable dogs — a sociable mixed breed with brilliant golden coat — during the event. She joked that part of him was coming home with her as his fur brushed off on her black pants.
“There’s not enough places for dogs to go and socialize,” she said. “Taking them to a dog park when they’re young can really curb aggression.”
Dozens of people brought their canine friends to Fuel 66, allowing them to sniff other dogs, compete for territory in the dog park and, in general, socialize. Some had their dogs micro-chipped and others finalized their dogs’ vaccinations.
PetsWell Pantry, a local company that makes fresh pet food and operates a food truck for dogs, was on hand to reward good behavior, even though Lien Alsup, founder of the company, said her food truck’s engine wouldn’t start on Saturday morning.
Witter, at one point, paid tribute to canines and the canine area in the form of three tennis balls. At least twice leading up to Saturday’s event, Fuel 66 played host to “Yappy Hour” and openly invited people to bring their dog friends.
Fuel 66 dubbed the day “Community Dog Day.” Carnoske said the dog-centric event would not be their last.