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Tyler, the next dog friendly city?

A dog sits in an owners lap during lunch out. (Source: Raycom Media) A dog sits in an owners lap during lunch out. (Source: Raycom Media)
Business owner takes her dog to work with her. (Source: KLTV staff) Business owner takes her dog to work with her. (Source: KLTV staff)

It's a smelly job, but someone's got to do it, especially if you aren't. A group called the Dog Scouts of America cleaned up dog poop at Rose Redmund Trail Wednesday night.

It's no surprise dogs have been all over that trail, but it's the other places our furry friends are showing up that symbolizes a big movement in the City of Tyler. It’s a movement to become more dog friendly.

Dogs are taking over Tyler and the city is taking notice. "She wanted permission to pick up the poop, well, yeah. Go ahead. Please do," Gary Lynch, with Tyler Parks and Recreation, said.

The voluntary clean-up effort, named the "Poop Patrol," is just one example. As cities across Texas adopt dog ordinances allowing pets on patios, though Tyler isn't one of them yet, the movement here has begun.

"The animals and also the music and the food, you know, things have become more progressive in the last few years and so yeah, it's being more accepted," Melvin Gregory, the manager at Lago Del Pino, said.

Lago Del Pino even started a dog friendly brunch menu served on Sundays so pets and their people can both enjoy the food. No elbows or paws on the table, though! "We wouldn't allow any of the animals to disturb any of our other guests, just in the same way we wouldn't allow other guests to disturb guests around, they're guests as well," Gregory explained.

Whitney Simpson owns Twenty Two Ten, a clothing boutique, where you will often find her dog behind the register. "I think that a dog is part of a family and it shouldn't be something that you feel like you can't take places with you and they should be able to travel with you and go shopping with you and eat with you if they want,” Simpson explained.

The Market even has a spot for dogs and owners to rest. "And it's really nice because like down in Austin people get to take their dogs everywhere and here some people are kind of skeptical about it," Simpson said.

Skepticism is turning to acceptance and the city has future plans for a dog park. "I can't really promise that it's a high priority for the city right now because of financial issues, but it is on the books to be built sometime in the future," Lynch explained.

Right now, there is also no city ordinance about picking up after your dog. That could also be in Tyler's future.

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