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5 Best Dog-Friendly Charleston Restaurants

October 4, 2017 | Charleston, Charleston Restaurants, Dog-Friendly Charleston, SC, Things To Do, Uncategorized

5 Best Dog-Friendly Charleston Restaurants

5 Best Dog-Friendly Charleston Restaurants

One of the best things about living in Charleston, South Carolina is the number of amazing dog-friendly restaurants in the area. Dogs are just like a family member and that means lots of Charlestonians love to take their pups along to the places they love to eat! Here are some of our favorite places, out of so many dog-friendly Charleston restaurants in the area, that my family and I take our dogs to. If you haven’t been to these amazing restaurants, we highly recommend that you try out every single one of them! Dining out with your four-legged family member is a wonderful way to spend time with your dog and enjoy the amazing Charleston weather.

Taco Boy in downtown Charleston is the perfect place for you to relax with your pup with a delicious drink!

1. Taco Boy

Taco Boy has two locations, Folly Beach, South Carolina and in downtown Charleston on Huger Street. They both welcome dogs, and the downtown location has a bigger outside seating area. Taco Boy even has fans for you and your dogs to help brave the hot summer days. Always ask for fresh water for your dog so they won’t catch any germs.

2. Lost Dog Cafe

Lost Dog Café is located on Folly Beach, South Carolina. The food is a delicious breakfast and lunch spot, and the most importing thing is it’s pet-friendly. When you bring your fur family members along you can enjoy the outside seating.

 

Enjoy the dog-friendly patio at Fuel in downtown Charleston.

3. Fuel

Fuel is located in downtown Charleston. If you love fish tacos just as much as I do, you’ll adore Fuel. Fuel is one of our favorite restaurants because they have an amazing outside seating area.

 

4. Home Team BBQ

Home Team BBQ has three locations: downtown Charleston, West Ashley, and Sullivan’s Island. Their BBQ is absolutely amazing! We also highly recommend getting their award-winning Mac and Cheese!

 

Enjoy the sound of the water with a cold drink and your favorite dog at Reds Ice House!

 

5. Red’s Ice House

Red’s Ice House is located on Shem Creek and they have a second location in the Bohicket Marina near Seabrook and Kiawah. They are both dog-friendly with great outdoor seating. They have delicious burgers if you are super hungry and want something filling. Red’s Ice House also hosts fun dog-friendly events all throughout the year, so check out their Facebook page for all the latest events!

Try All Of The Dog-Friendly Restaurants

These are some of our favorite dog-friendly Charleston restaurants out of tons in the area to take our fur babies to and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! We know your pup will enjoy getting out for some socialization time and that you’ll have a blast at these delicious dog-friendly Charleston restaurants!

 

 

Charleston Dog WalkerCharleston 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!


How To Choose Between A Friend, A Boarding Facility, Or A Pet Sitter

March 10, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Sitting, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

When you are heading out of town for a trip that you just can’t bring your pet on, it can be a tough choice to figure out who will care for them while you’re away. Most people do one of three things: have a friend or neighbor take care of their pet, board their pet, or have a pet sitter care for them. There are pros and cons to each option and it’s important that you consider these when you make your decision about who will be caring for your pets. After all, they are your furry babies and you want the best for them!

Friend, Family, and Neighbors

Pros:

  • This is often the cheapest option, which can make it appealing.
  • You know them already and they probably know your pet, so you already trust them.

Cons:

  • You can feel like you are a burden by asking them to help. They also might not keep you updated with how things are going and you could feel like you’ll come off as intrusive and like you don’t trust them if you ask, so you end up just worrying.
  • Your pet is probably not going to be their priority. To them it’s a favor and they still have their regular life to lead. If they don’t have other pets then they also may not truly realize the potty break routine that your pet needs.
  • It’s unlikely that they have been trained to handle an emergency situation with a pet. Do they know what to do and where to take your pet if something were to happen?
  • They probably don’t have a backup plan in case something comes up (have to work late, unexpected emergency, etc.) and they can’t get home to your pet.

Boarding Facility

Pros:

  • Not too expensive
  • This is a great option for the friendly, energetic dog! They can play with their dog buddies throughout the day and get lots of exercise.
  • A lot of facilities have cameras so that you can even watch your dog online.
  • Good boarding facilities will require their staff to be trained in emergency care.

Cons:

  • Despite requirements for updated vaccines, it’s extremely common for pets to come home with kennel cough and other illnesses.
  • Pick-up and drop-off hours can be limited at night and on weekends. This means that if you need to leave too early to drop off your pet or if you get home too late to pick them up, you’ll have to pay for an extra night of boarding.
  • Most boarding facilities are not staffed 24 hours a day. Typically, pets are kenneled at night and then the facility is closed and unattended for the night.
  • It can be hard for some pets to adjust to being alone and kenneled overnight (especially for those who like to curl up in bed with you!).
  • Some dogs just aren’t social and don’t enjoy being in a doggy daycare environment, which can trigger fights and aggressive behavior. They would be stressed out and would much rather have been home with their normal routine.

Pet Sitter

Pros:

  • Your pet gets to stay home in their own environment and can stick to their normal routines. The pet sitter will come a few times throughout the day for potty breaks, play time, exercise, and feeding. They typically also offer an overnight option where a sitter will stay the night at your house with your pet for cuddles and love all night long.
  • Your pet gets individualized care and all of the attention is focused on them.
  • A good pet sitting company will require that their staff are trained in pet emergency care so they know what to do in case of an emergency and how to get your pet immediate help.
  • You can expect to receive updates with pictures after every single visit from the pet sitter so you always know how things are going.
  • Your pet won’t be exposed to other dogs who could pass along illnesses.
  • There’s no need for you to drop off or pick up your pet – they’ll be home waiting with a smile when you get there!
  • The pet sitting company will have a backup plan in place in case your sitter has an emergency and cannot do the visit, that way your pet always gets their scheduled care.
  • Pet sitting is a job for the person you hire – which means they take pride in providing your pet with the best possible care.

Cons:

  • Pet sitting can be more expensive – but you also get what you pay for. You are paying for individual care from a professional where your pet is the top priority.
  • It can be stressful trusting a stranger with your house and pet. It’s very important to do your homework before hiring a pet care company. Read online reviews, call and talk to the company to make sure you feel comfortable, and make sure the pet care company insists on a Meet & Greet so you can get to know them first.

You have lots of choices when you need care for your pets, but it’s really important to think through the pros and cons of each option to ensure that your pet is in good hands. If you’d like to hire a pet sitter, check out Charleston Dog Walker – we’d love to care for your pets!

 

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!


Are You Heading Away for Memorial Day?

May 18, 2016 | Holidays, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

Memorial dayMemorial Day weekend is only a few days away and we hope you have something fun planned with your family, friends or loved ones to celebrate! If you are thinking of heading out of town for the long weekend, or even just for the day, schedule your pet care with Charleston Dog Walker to make sure your pets are covered. Don’t wait much longer, though, because spots are filling up fast!

You can request services by scheduling online or calling us at 843-580-2212. Happy Memorial Day!

 


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!


Travel Safely With Your Pet Over the Holidays

November 8, 2014 | Helpful Tips, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

pet travelThanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year and these days lots of pets are tagging along with their humans for all of the yummy festivities.  It’s very important to make sure that they are safe and secure in your vehicle, so check out these great travel tips.

  1. Buckle your dog.  You can get a harness for fido and buckle him in like everyone else in the car.  In the event of a car accident, your pet can can become a projectile.  Don’t let your pet or you get hurt – buckle up!
  2. Crates are best. If your car is big enough and your pet is small enough, crates are the way to go! This keeps your pet secure and creates a comfy space for them during the ride.
  3. Take lots of breaks.  Everyone needs potty breaks, so make sure to stop along the way every so often.  If your dog is still young, try to avoid rest stops – lots of dogs stop there and can pass along diseases when waste isn’t picked up.
  4. Enjoy a pet-friendly hotel.  When it’s time for bed, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels that you can stay at – check out this great website that can help you plan out your whole trip!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


Curious Pets of the Month: Sarah & Cookie

July 2, 2014 | Curious Pet of the Month, Uncategorized

Cookie and SarahMeet Sarah (left) and Cookie (right) – these cuties are always a joy to visit and definitely show their appreciation!  Cookie is one of the happiest dogs I know and she always has a big doggy smile on her face.  When she hears the word “walk” she can hardly control her wiggly butt from all of the excitement!  Sarah is a pretty kitty with a big personality – at least when it comes to meal times!  She is very friendly and enjoys the occasional petting session once her belly is full.  These girls are also aspiring pet models – they love to bask in the sun for pretty photos.  Cookie and Sarah are such fun ladies to hang out with and definitely have sunny outlooks on life!


Curious Pet of the Month

November 6, 2013 | Curious Pet of the Month, Uncategorized

Sweet PeaMeet Sweet Pea

She’s an adorable Pit Bull mix with the perfect name to match her personality!  Sweet Pea loves to lounge around and watch TV during the day, but her passion is belly rubs.  Once you start, she’ll love you forever!  Sunny days in the backyard are one of her other favorite things – she loves to find a warm spot in the grass and roll around on her back.  Dogs sure know how to live it up, and Sweet Pea is no exception.  And if you are one of her pals, she’ll always reward you with kisses and cuddles!


The Curious Paws Mobile!

May 22, 2013 | Uncategorized

Awesome news – we’ve got our very own fancy Curious Paws Mobile!  Hopefully it will be coming to your neighborhood soon 🙂

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