Tour Around the Bull City With a Furry Friend

Tour Around the Bull City With a Furry Friend

Jason Parker has organized a dog-friendly tour of Durham that pairs rescue pups with potential owners for a day of discovery

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Jason Parker with his dog, Atlas, at Geer Street Garden, a regular stop on his Dog Friendly Durham tours.
Jason Parker with his dog, Atlas, at Geer Street Garden, a regular stop on his Dog Friendly Durham tours.

Whether you’re looking to find a pup to adopt or just want to spend a good time out with your own dog, Jason Parker has curated the perfect pooch-happy experience for you. His Dog Friendly Durham tours are ultimately designed to unite rescue dogs with families, and typically involve meeting at Durham Central Park, pairing with a pup and touring through five to seven local, dog-friendly businesses – such as Bull City Burger, Ninth Street Bakery and Beer Durham – for drinks and eats. “No one has ever complained about being hungry,” Jason says after describing the long list of delights offered on a tour, from appetizers to burgers and coffee to beers. The experience culminates back at the park, and thus far has involved dogs from Peak Lab Rescue and Hope Animal Rescue. Growing up north of Durham on a farm, Jason always had dogs in his life, including his first family dog, Wynter, a golden retriever/chow mix. By running these events, Jason hopes to provide a service to the community as well as help would-be adopters familiarize themselves with what life would be like with a dog. “We started this company to provide valuable resources to animal rescues and shelters and their dogs,” Jason says. “The best resource that folks can provide is to find happy, healthy homes for new canine companions.”

Photo by Briana Brough.


Hold tight to your leash and check out these upcoming tours

Saturday excursions start at 1 p.m.;
Wednesdays start at 5:30 p.m.*:

  • Saturday, June 11
  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Saturday, July 9
  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Saturday, August 20
  • Wednesday, August 31
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 24

*Ticket prices range from $49-$59.