Dog Friendly Vacations
Shore Details wants as many family members to enjoy vacation time on Hatteras Island, including the furry, four-legged family members. Rather than board your dog at the local kennel or arrange for a pet sitter to be in your home, consider bringing your dog with you to the Outer Banks NC. Shore Details specializes in dog friendly vacations!
Advantages of Dog Friendly Vacations
Let’s review the top three advantages of bringing your dog on vacation:
- Less stress for you and your dog. Even though you are in a different house, it is comforting to know your dog is getting the best of care, since he/she is with you while on vacation. Your dog will be less likely to suffer with separation anxiety being with its own family members. You will not have to schedule drop off and pick up times from a kennel. You will have peace of mind knowing that your dog is not exposed to fleas, conjunctivitis, kennel cough or any other health issue that can happen while being boarded.
- More attentive, quality time spent with your dog. Dog friendly vacations have more relaxed schedules. With no work or school commitments, there is more time to sleep in, take a walk on the beach, go for a car ride and toss a ball in the yard of your pet friendly vacation rental.
- Easier on your pocketbook. While dog friendly vacation rentals do charge a pet fee, compared to kennel fees or pet sitting charges, the pet fee is the most affordable option financially; and giving a nod to Mastercard, time with your fur baby is priceless.
Your dog will be exposed to new sights, smells and experiences unique to the Outer Banks. Include your dog in the fun of a Hatteras Island vacation since he/she is a part of your family.
Dog Friendly Places on Hatteras Island
- Atlantic Beaches from Rodanthe to The Point of Hatteras Village. Enjoy 70 miles of sandy beaches that comprise Cape Hatteras National Seashore!
- Buxton Woods Nature Trails located sound side in Buxton. Enjoy a long walk with your dog through this nature preserve featuring coastal estuaries!
- Haulover Day Use Area located sound side south of Avon. Enjoy the beach and be entertained by the kite boarders!
- Native American Museum Trails located in Frisco. Enjoy the wildlife and plant life found along the trails of this maritime forest that borders the Pamlico Sound!
- Salvo Day Use Area located sound side south of Salvo. Enjoy a great beach area to set up for the day, especially with your dog and children!
- Waterman’s Bar and Grill located at REAL Water Sports in Waves. Enjoy sound side waterfront dining with your dog!
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore governs the laws associated with having your dog on the beaches of Hatteras Island NC. For the safety of your pet, other families and their pets and the animals that inhabit coastal North Carolina, please keep your fur baby on a 6 ft leash, clean up after your dog and never leave your dog unattended. A full list of the National Seashore requirements can be found at https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/pets.htm.
Outer Banks Pet Celebrations
- WOOFstock is a festival that features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family, complete with contests for your dog. WOOFstock also features live music, a dog photographer and concessions available for both dogs and humans. This event is held at Elizabethan Gardens. The Third Annual WOOFstock will be from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Standard admission rates for members, non-members and canine visitors apply.
- Wags and Whiskers Gala is held annually in November to celebrate the gift of animals in our lives. This one-of-a-kind event is an evening of music, dancing, buffet dinner, silent auction and an educational forum where non-profit animal organizations and the entire Outer Banks community unite to celebrate and support programs for animals and their caregivers. Coastal Humane Society, Feline Hope, Friends of Felines – Cape Hatteras Island, and the Outer Banks SPCA are the nonprofit charitable organizations in Dare County that benefit from the Gala.
More Tips for Vacationing with Pets
Taking your animals on vacation comes with an extra set of responsibilities, writes Debby Mayne in her December 2017 article for The Spruce. Have your pet checked by his/her vet to ensure they’re healthy enough to travel. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and keep their health record with you in case you are asked for it during your trip. Mayne suggests the following tips before you take you family pet on a car trip:
- Get your dog used to riding in the car. Start out with short trips and then extend them for longer periods of time.
- Take your pet around other people if he/she isn’t used to strangers. Observe and reward him/her for good behavior.
- Have a safe place for your family pet to ride. This may be a doggie car seat, a travel crate, or special harness. If you don’t already have something, discuss options with your veterinarian.
- Don’t allow your animals to ride in your lap or with their heads sticking out of the window. This is dangerous and can injure your fur baby.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with contact information, in case he/she gets separated from you.
- Have plenty of drinkable water available. Investigate getting a drip bottle that is activated by the animal’s tongue. Stop often to fill a water bowl to keep him/her from becoming dehydrated.
- Make frequent stops to let your pet relieve themselves.
Shore Detail’s experienced Vacation Services department can assist you with all aspects of a dog friendly vacation to Hatteras Island NC. We would appreciate a picture of your furry loved one enjoying their time on vacation. Life is always better… with your dog at the beach!