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Friday, March 6, 2009

Sandy Paws: Dogs at the Beach

Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. -- Roger Caras

Ah, dogs. Any human who's ever had the pleasure of having one own them will happily tell you the fascinating con game their four-legged friend embodies. What? It's 4 o'clock and I usally eat at 5? Time to walk meaningfully around my friend until he succumbs to my charms, and more importantly, to feed me. Huh? Watching TV without scratching my ears? May as well walk back and forth, making faint whiny noises until I get pleasured. What's that noise? A car passing the house? Time to bark like a burglary is imminent.

The truth is more and more people can't live without their pet dogs. And that means more and more are taking vacations with four-legged friends in tow. The problem is many places either don't accept pets (although this is changing with demand), or impose restrictions on pets in public places.

The following is a short publication about leash laws in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, courtesy of a friend:


As fellow pet-lovers, we at United Beach Vacations would like to welcome you and your dog to Pleasure Island! We have lots of tips and great advice to ensure that you and your pet have a great time. First, let’s get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way. There are places dogs can’t go at certain times of the year. But don’t worry, because we’ll follow that up with some great places that dogs CAN enjoy!

CAROLINA BEACH-Dogs are allowed on the beach from November 1 until February 28. During these times, your dog MUST be on a leash, and you must have in your possession a container to pick up dog waste.

KURE BEACH-Dogs are allowed on the beach only from October 1 until March 30. During these times, your dog MUST be on a leash, and you must have in your possession a container to pick up dog waste.

OK-now that we have that out of the way, see below for some great places that you and your pooch can enjoy together:

FREEMAN PARK: This area is located at the north end of Pleasure Island. With a $10.00 day pass, you can bring your 4-wheel drive vehicle (and your dog!) onto this beach. Dogs are required to be on a leash from April 1 to Sept 30. From October 1 to March 31, dogs are allowed off leash as long as they remain under voice command and the owner is within a reasonable distance from the pet. For more please visit

FORT FISHER STATE PARK: This is a state-owned park located at the southern tip of Pleasure Island. A $10.00 day pass and a 4-wheel drive vehicle gives you access to beach fun for you and your pet. Dogs are allowed at all times but must be on a six-foot leash.
For park hours and more info:

CAROLINA BEACH STATE PARK: This is a beautiful 700 acre park with miles of trails through many different natural habitats for you and your dog to explore. There is no cost to hike in the park, and doggie waste bags are provided for you to use. Dogs MUST be on a leash at all times. For park hours and more info go to

OFF-LEASH FUN: There are two off-leash dog parks in the area where your pooch can make new friends:
In Carolina Beach, check out the fenced in dog park located in Mike Chapell Park on Dow Road. For more info call Carolina Beach Parks and Rec at 910-458-2977. In Kure Beach, check out the Gurney Hood Barking Lot located on the corner of K and 7th Ave. For more info go to

We hope you enjoyed this edition of The Pooch Post, and have a great time here on Pleasure Island with your best buddy! If you have any questions, please call our office.

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