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Curious Pet of the Month: Jackson

May 6, 2014 | Curious Pet of the Month

JacksonMeet Jackson – an incredibly lovable yellow lab who will make you smile every time you see him!  He is always so excited when he gets visitors, especially if they are there to play.  He will happily show you his bone and his ball… and then will hop all around until you choose which one to play with!  He is excellent at fetch and doesn’t even mind when you ask him to sit before he goes to get the ball.  Jackson is also a very curious guy who likes to take slow walks so he can smell everything he sees.  Our favorite thing about Jackson is his sweet disposition – he always has a smile for you and is thrilled to be your buddy!


Is Your Dog a Dog Park Dog?

May 2, 2014 | Helpful Tips

dog park Charleston is a very dog-friendly city and there are tons of places, like dog parks, that you can take your pups to play. But is the dog park really a good idea for all dogs? Here are some basic tips that you can use to decide if the dog park is a good outing for you and your pup:

  1. Don’t bring a dog that is under 4 months old. Puppies less than 4 months old have likely not been fully vaccinated, and they’re extremely vulnerable to potentially deadly contagious diseases, such as parvovirus. Skip the dog park at this age and find some fun puppy socials to attend instead!
  2. Skip the park if your dog is naturally shy or easily overwhelmed. A dog park can be very stressful for shy dogs. If your dog has unpleasant experiences with other dogs—if they bully or fight with her, intimidate her or just play too roughly—she might decide she doesn’t like them. She could start growling, barking, snarling, snapping and lunging to drive other dogs away, and even biting if they approach.
  3. The dog park is not the place for undersocialized, fearful, anxious or aggressive dogs. Many people mistakenly believe that dogs who fear or dislike other dogs just need more socialization. However, if your dog is fearful or nervous around other dogs, exposing her to the hectic environment of a dog park will only worsen her problems. Similarly, if your dog is aggressive toward other dogs, visits to a dog park might exacerbate her behavior and put other people’s pets at risk or ruin their enjoyment of the park.
  4. Make sure you’re able to give your dog your full attention. It’s vital that you monitor your dog the entire time you’re at the dog park so you’re always aware of what he’s doing. This ensures that you can step in if there is trouble brewing and helps you make sure your pup is having a good, safe time.

Dog parks can be tons of fun, but they also are not the right fit for all dogs… and that’s ok! It’s much better to keep your dog happy and safe than force them into a situation they won’t enjoy. If you want a bit more information about dog park pros, cons, safety and preparation, check out this great article.


Bark-Friendly May Events

May 1, 2014 | Events, Things To Do

April showers have brought the May flowers… so get out and sniff them!  You won’t want to miss any of these fun pet-friendly events in the Charleston area this May!

  • May 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Awendaw Green Barn Jams – This outdoor, year round Wednesday night event showcases original music. Try a wood fired pizza, the grill or fresh local oysters in season and drink your own libations responsibly. They ask for a $5 donation at the door and welcome the whole family, including your leashed pets.
  • May 9 – Dog Jog – Pet Helpers invites runners and dogs of all skill levels to come out at 6pm for a 3 mile walk/run around beautiful Hampton Park. Dog jogs will begin at Palmetto Brewery and will end with live local music and craft beer at Palmetto Brewery’s Loading Dock Series.  Click here for more info about this fun event.
  • May 10 – Leslie McCravy Memorial 5KRegister today for Pet Helpers’ upcoming 5K memorial run, which starts at 8am on Folly Beach. The event will begin with a 5K Run/Walk, followed by a 1 mile Fun Run/dog jog for kids and families. After the race, participants will enjoy an awards ceremony and celebration, which will include live music and a silent auction.
  • May 11 – Dog Day at the Joe – Who doesn’t love dogs and baseball games?  This is your perfect chance to show your love of both.  Bring your pup along to the game and watch while the Riverdogs play the Savannah Sand Gnats.  Get more info and tickets here.
  • May 15 – Yappy Hour – We’ve waited through all of the cold winter months for Yappy Hours to start up again and the wait is finally over! Head out to the dog park at the James Island County Park from 4 – 8pm and listen to Soul Fish Duo while sipping some cool refreshments.  Can’t wait to see you there!
  • May 22 – Pups, Yups and Food Trucks – Reward yourself and your pooch after a long day at the office! Bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy live music by Dave Landeo, cold beverages, and food truck fare at Palmetto Islands County Park from 5 – 8pm.  Get more details here.
  • June 1 – Bark for Your Brew – Come out to the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park with your pups for a craft beer tasting!  There will be over 30 beers for your sampling pleasure and the Riverdogs game will follow the sampling.  Get more info and your tickets here – $25 includes beer sampling and your game tickets!
  • Ongoing Events: Meetup Groups – check out Meetup to find people around Charleston gathering with their pups.  Here are some current groups and you can always start your own!


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