Next time you leave the house for an outing, you won't have to say goodbye to your dog and see those sad puppy eyes. Instead, they can tag along. 

David Hensley and Leib Dodell founded Bar K Dog Bar in August 2018. The two opened the joyful destination featuring a bar, restaurant and coffeehouse, as well as a dog park at 501 Berkley Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri.

"All humans are welcome. We’re a bar/restaurant for dog lovers, so you don't have to bring a dog to come here," Hensley says.

If your furry friend does visit, he or she will have plenty of room to roam at Bar K.

Dogs can run free in the two-acre off-leash park staffed by "dogs-tenders." Trained staff watch over dog play and keep things clean within the park.

While staff keeps an eye on the pups in the park, owners can grab a drink, eat, watch television inside or get some work done on a laptop.

Pups can dine with their owners in the on-leash patio area.

A full menu is offered to owners and dogs. Hensley said Nestle Purina nutritionists created healthy, balanced meals for dogs.

Bar K also has an inside area where the kitchen is located. Dogs are not allowed inside, but owners can feel comfortable knowing their dog is having a fun time outside.

For the smaller canines, there's a dog park offered only to pups 25 pounds or under. There is also a dedicated play area just for 3- to 9-month-old puppies called the Puppies' Pub. 

"Dogs have tremendous power to bring people together and bring out the best in people. Building a community around that is a special place," Hensley says.

Hensley sees people from all over the world visiting Bar K.

"It is worth it because you can spend multiple hours here and really be completely entertained," the co-owner said. "The dogs are completely wiped after too."

The dogs can wear themselves out either climbing the doggie jungle gym, swimming in the pool or scaling the five-sided rock-climbing roll.

Bar K Dog Bar is open all year round.

"People have to get their dogs out no matter what time of year," Hensley said.

In the colder months, space heaters and tents are set up in the beer garden as well as on the patios. Live music and special events are offered year round. 

If events aren't already being held in the Petfinder Park, guests can reserve the space for parties.

Bar K Dog Bar is open 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.

"Everyone has different schedules and we want to be available for our guests and dogs," Hensley says.

To bring a dog, guests must either be a Bar K member or purchase a guest pass.

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