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Top 4 Charleston Dog Parks

March 1, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, SC, Things To Do

Charleston is such a great city for dog lovers to live in because there’s never a shortage of dog-friendly activities and places to go. When my husband and I moved here from DC, we were amazed at the number of dog parks and we couldn’t wait to let our dogs Indy and Anna run wild and make new friends! We’ve tried all of the Charleston dog parks out and love them each for different reasons. Here are our top 4 Charleston dog parks:

Indy and Anna love playing ball at the Hazel Parker Playground!
  1. James Island County Park Dog Park: The JICP dog park is a huge, grassy field that opens onto 3 sandy beaches and water. Dogs can swim and splash all they want and there’s a doggy water fountain and hoses to clean them off at the end. There is also a small-dog fenced area and a few picnic tables around the park. It can get quite hot for the humans in the summer, since there isn’t shade, and bring your bug spray if you’re heading there around dusk. Don’t forget your towel if your dog is a swimmer or else your car might get a bit wet!
  2. Hazel Parker Playground Dog Park: If your dog does better in a smaller area, head to the Hazel Parker Playground dog park downtown by Rainbow Row. The park has a fenced, gravel area that you can go to any time of the day, or wait until 5pm and the fully-fenced grassy field is open for off-leash play. They have a doggy water fountain and trees around the edges of the park. It’s also in the heart of downtown, so there’s typically a great breeze from the water and plenty of gorgeous Charleston sites within walking distance if you want to take a cool-down stroll. Pro Tip: Find street parking on the side of the park instead of parking in the parking lot. You are only allowed to park in the metered spaces – the rest are monitored insanely closely and you’re almost guaranteed to get a ticket.
  3. Hampton Park Dog Run: This dog park is one of the shadiest you’ll find around Charleston, which can be quite important in the summer heat (and the spring, fall and winter heat, too!). It’s smaller than the others, but still fully fenced and with a water fountain. Sadly the grass is a bit lacking at this park, but there’s a huge parking lot and plenty of room for good games of chase and fetch.
  4. Palmetto Islands County Park Dog Park: If you’re in the Mount Pleasant area, check out the PICP dog park. Your dog will love the long fenced in grassy field where they can run like crazy! There’s a small-dog area at this park and a few picnic tables for the people to take a break at, too. This dog park lacks shade, but it’s perfect for your pup to get some energy and socializing and then you can take them for a stroll around the scenic park. Make sure to take a walk over to Nature Island while you’re in the park – you walk over a board walk to a super cool (literally) path through the trees with great marsh views.

We hope you and your dogs enjoy these dog parks as much as our crazy pups do! There are doggy water fountains at all of them, but make sure to bring a portable bowl and an extra water bottle to keep your dog hydrated as they play. And most importantly – watch your dog the whole time to ensure they are playing nicely and having a safe, fun time.

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Hate picking up poop?

June 9, 2016 | Charleston, Cool Pet Products, Deals and Promotions, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, SC

Check out our friends at Doody Calls – they’re happy to come de-poop your yard each week! Doody Calls is a great service that has partnered up with Charleston Dog Walker to offer all of our clients a special promotion deal. You will get 2 FREE weeks after your first month of service with them! Doody Calls will help you get a thoroughly clean, safe and pet waste free yard year round without any contracts. Give them a call or visit www.DoodyCalls.com and you’ll have a spotless yard in no time!

Doody Calls


Join Us For Our Puppy Social!

April 14, 2016 | Charleston, Dog Training, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do, Training

Puppy Social

Charleston Dog Walker is hosting a free Puppy Social on Saturday, April 30 from 9-10am at the James Island County Park in the small dog area of the dog park. It’s very important for puppies to meet other dogs and learn good social skills while they are still young so they can grow into well-adjusted friendly dogs. This social is for puppies who are 2-12 months old and they must be up to date on their vaccinations. Let us know if you’re interested in coming – we hope to see you there!


Local Spotlight: Dolittle’s

April 5, 2016 | Awesome Dog Toys, Charleston, Cool Cat Toys, Dog Treats, Dog-Friendly Charleston, SC, Uncategorized

Charleston is a wonderfully dog-friendly city and we should count ourselves lucky to be living in a place with lots of local businesses focused on improving the lives of our pets. We want to make sure you know about these awesome local companies so we’re starting a new blog feature – Local Spotlight. Our first local business we were so honored to be able to talk with was Dolittle’s!

DolittlesDolittle’s was founded in 1994 by Ric Sommons, starting out in the Charleston City Market and then moving to the Windermere shopping center in 1999. Ric has been expanding ever since – opening a store in Mount Pleasant and now he’s preparing for the opening of their newest store in Kiawah’s Freshfields Village. His vision for Dolittle’s was always to turn the tables on what a pet store was: he wanted to create a fun place to shop for your pets and he wanted to focus on providing pet owners with natural food.

Ric has a passion for encouraging pet owners to make the best choices for their pet, especially when it comes to their diet. He’s an advocate of feeding dogs a diet with as much protein as possible and minimizing the carbohydrates. He recommends choosing brands like Orijen and Acana due to their high protein content. Ric has become an expert on pet food by really immersing himself in the entire food manufacturing process and personally getting to know the people behind the pet food brands. He frequently travels to pet trade shows for merchandise and goes to see the manufacturing plants for the dog food he stocks. He’s been to Nebraska, Columbia, and is planning a trip to Kentucky to see the Acana dog food factory soon. He wants to ensure he’s stocking the best products for Dolittle’s clients and that he’s able to pass along knowledge about the food to his staff so they can educate the pet owners. If you stop in, they can provide you with a “Recommended Daily Feeding Amount” customized for your dog’s age, weight and activity level so you know you’re feeding them the proper amount.

Of course someone as passionate about animals as Ric has a furry crew at home. He has two cats, Hobbs and Domino, and he adopted two mixed breed dogs from the shelter, Peanut and Bobo. His philosophy on picking the perfect pet – “whatever dog pees on you!” and that’s how he formed his own furry family! He likes to have Dolittle’s help the local community – especially the Charleston Animal Society by donating food, gift cards, promo bags and helping with their fundraisers.

So what’s next for Dolittle’s? Ric says “world domination” or more seriously, he hopes to continue to “educate on the idea of natural food”. He says that he “would love to see kids getting behind the idea that protein is the way to feed your dog”. He’s also excited for Dolittle’s to start offering their own version of a localized BarkBox. They plan to create a mystery sample box for pet owners to buy – filled with great goodies from their stores that staff hand selects! Dolittle’s also offers awesome deals with things like their Dough Card, where when you spend $300, you get $25 off. When you combine that with the frequent buyer cards for most of their food bags, you can end up with a huge savings by shopping locally at Dolittle’s for your dog food.

Next time you are near the Windermere shopping center (or in Mount Pleasant by the Patriot’s Plaza shopping center, or at Kiawah’s Freshfields Village), stop in at the Dolittle’s store to pick up some goodies for your pet or bring them along to try the self-service bath! I promise that as soon as you walk in you’ll feel like you are in a heaven made just for pet owners and their pets!


Make Your Pets A Part Of Your Wedding!

February 24, 2016 | Charleston, Cutest Pets, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do, Wedding

wedding dogYour wedding day is one of the greatest days ever. You want all of the most important people in your life to be there with you. So why shouldn’t your pets be there, too?

Weddings in Charleston can be very pet-friendly, so there are countless ways you can have your pet be part of your special day. Here are a few fun ideas for ways you can incorporate your pet in your wedding:

  • Bring your dog to the cocktail hour for laughs and fun
  • Have your pets pose with you for some formal photos at the wedding or bridal photo shoot
  • Ask a special guest to walk your pet down the aisle
  • Your pet can be the ring bearer – just tie the rings to their collar
  • Let your pet join you at the reception. They may sleep after the big day or join in on the dancing!

Pets can be a wonderful addition to your wedding – after all, they are part of your new family, too! If you need someone to assist you with your pets, give Charleston Dog Walker a call at 843-580-2212. We offer pet concierge services to wedding couples, where we will shuttle pets to and from venues, chaperon them during the events, and assist in any way you need us. Don’t forget the honeymoon, either! We’d be happy to visit your pets when you head out for your honeymoon getaway to give them all the love they deserve until you return home.


Valentines Treats For The Love Of Your Life… Your Dog!

February 12, 2016 | Charleston, Dog Treats, Dog-Friendly Charleston, SC

Every day is a great day to show your dog how much you love him, but of course he deserves some extra special love on Valentine’s Day! Sadly a card or flowers aren’t going to be the best way to communicate how much you care, so what to do? Head over to one of your local Charleston pet supply stores and pick up some delicious treats! We are fans of buying local and there are a few great options for treats made by Charleston companies. Here are our favorites:

Chew Factory

  • Chew Factory chews and crisps
  • Puppy Crack
  • Charleston Chewy Treats

You should check out Charleston’s local pet stores – you can find All Is Well and Dolittle’s on James Island and Woof Gang Bakery, and  Southern Paws in downtown Charleston. Have fun spoiling your furry loves this Valentine’s Day and all year long!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Charleston Dog Walker!


Charleston ranked #38 out of 200 cities in dog-friendliness

July 30, 2015 | Dog-Friendly Charleston, SC

We love our dogs (and kitties!) here in Charleston and it’s exciting to get ranked #38 out of 200 cities across our nation for dog-friendliness. The study was based on the percentage of apartments that allow dogs. Check out the list to see how other cities ranked. And don’t forget – if your pup is lonely hanging out in your apartment or house all day, just give Charleston Dog Walker a call at 843-580-2212 and we’d be happy to come take him out for some playtime and a potty break! Dog-friendly-cities2Check out the full article here with all of the top city and states for dog-friendliness around the country! https://www.apartmentlist.com/rentonomics/top-cities-for-dog-lovers/


Dog-Friendly November Events in Charleston

November 3, 2014 | Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do

The chilly weather has stayed away so far this November – so get out there with your furry friend and enjoy it!

  • November 14 – 16 – PetSmart National Adoption Weekend – Are you looking for a new little (or big) buddy? Well go to your local PetSmart from 10am to 5pm all weekend to find them!
  • November 18 – My Shy Dog Workshop – Is your new puppy or newly adopted dog fearful, anxious, or shy? Register today for this workshop that will help teach you some techniques and strategies to support your shy or fearful dog.
  • November 19 and 26 – Awendaw Green Barn Jams – This outdoor, year-round weekly event showcases original music. You can grab some food and bring your own beverages. They ask for a $5 donation at the door and welcome the whole family, including your leashed dogs!
  • November 22 – Chili Cook-Off & Oyster Roast – Come out to the 15th annual event by the Charleston Animal Society! Get more info here and then make sure to head over to the Citadel Football Stadium from 1-5pm.
  • 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!


Dog-Friendly October Events

October 3, 2014 | Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do

This October Charleston has a bunch of fun activities that fido can tag along to – so get out there and enjoy this lovely fall weather!

  • October 15, 22, and 29 – Awendaw Green Barn Jams – This outdoor, year-round weekly event showcases original music. You can grab some food and bring your own beverages. They ask for a $5 donation at the door and welcome the whole family, including your leashed dogs!
  • October 16 – Yappy Hour – This is the last Yappy Hour for the year, so bring your dog to the James Island County Park from 4pm until sunset to listen to Whiskey Diablo while sipping some cool refreshments with human and furry friends!
  • October 18 – Dogtoberfest – Come out to Kiawah’s Freshfields Village from 1-5pm and support Pet Helpers while enjoying wine tasting, craft beer, food and pet costume contest! Get more details here.
  • October 19 – Barktoberfest – Bring out the whole family to the Wannamaker Park in North Charleston from 11am – 4pm for a dog parade, tasty German food and beer, pet exhibits and live music.
  • October 23 – Pups, Yups and Food Trucks This will also be the final Pups, Yups and Food Trucks gathering of 2014. Come out to Palmetto Islands County Park from 5pm until sunset for live music by Dallas Baker & His Bluegrass Friends, cold beverages, and food truck fare.
  • October 25 – Mutt Strut – Magnolia Plantation will be hosting a doggie-owner costume contest and four-hour Mutt Strut from 10am – 2pm. Join the fun and check out lots of pet vendors around the grounds.
  • October 26 – Running with the Hounds – Middleton Place opens it’s historic grounds for a canicross, trail run and walking event from 2 – 6:30pm.  You and your dog should register today for this great event!
  • October 27 – Hairy Winston Pet Costume Contest –  Dress your pet up and head over to the Mt. Pleasant Towne Center, outside Palmetto Grande Cinema at 12pm. Be sure to check out the 5 costume categories because there are lots of prizes!
  • October 28 – Doolittle’s Howl-O-Ween – If you need another pet costume contest to rock, head over to any of Doolittle’s three locations from 10am – 4pm for costume contests, a photographer taking pet photos, games, prizes and discounts!
  • 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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