Dog Days of…Spring!
We’ve reached the 70’s! I have packed away the sweaters and I am ready for spring, how about you?
MY favorite thing about the beginning of spring is it’s time to frolic with the dogs! There’s no better excuse to get some fun and some exercise than taking a walk with your four legged friend near or on the beach.* The sun is shining down, the water has a chill but it’s fine for wading in bare feet. Everyone is cheerful because they know winter is near its end, the daffodils are already in bloom as are camelias. Windows are open for some fresh air. Charleston is new again!
But back to the dogs. I’ve just got two cats right now and any cat owner can attest they just are not the type of animals you can put a leash on and hit the outdoors for some air and exercise. However, I am a lucky aunt to many a friends’ dogs and I take every opportunity I can to whisk them away for warm weather adventures. There is a lowkey little “Bark Park” on the Isle of Palms. It’s not much more than some patches of dirt and grass in a large fenced in enclosure with a separate run for smaller dogs but everyone there is always friendly and the dogs do what they do- just play. It’s on 29th Ave. behind the Rec Center. That’s closest to my house so it’s my favorite. But there are dog parks all over the area. I will say if you are ever new in town anywhere, a dog park is an instant ice breaker. There’s always a conversation starter when you’re surrounded by playing dogs.
The IOP park is closest to where I live, but there are several area dog parks. James Island County Park (there is a lake area for the dogs), Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and Palmetto Islands Park in Mt. Pleasant each have dog friendly areas. I’ve never lived in such a pet friendly city before!
Nothing beats the beach though. I have never seen a happier dog than a dog that gets a few miles out and smells the salt water and suddenly is aware of where he/she’s going. THAT is a happy dog.
*Every beach has its own policy about dogs- there are leash laws, hours of dog friendliness, necessary dog licenses, etc. and only a few of our rental properties are pet friendly so check before your bring your dog.