This week’s installment of Tickle Paw Tuesday features two videos from the Shelter Pet Project. We’ve spoken about our support of the campaign that works to spread the work about the awesome pets that are waiting for you at your local animal shelters. The two videos we picked for this week highlight what we think our dogs definitely felt about us picking up their toys, and the sweet encounters we can have in life thanks to our pets. Remember, you can find any breed of dog or cat you desire in a shelter. Many shelters are dedicated to rescuing a specific breed of animal.
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina was an incredibly beautiful day that beckoned us to partake in the freakishly warm 75°F degrees and head out to the Barkingham Dog Park at Reedy Crrek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was our first time to both the park and the dog park and we were impressed.
Your dog can really get his run on inside the four acre fenced-in dog park. You read that correctly, four acres of off-leash bliss. There are a number of seating areas inside the fence for us tired humans who might need a recharge. There is a little separate fenced area connected to the big yard that didn’t specify who it was for, but if your dog is small, or maybe needs a time out, this could be utilized as well.
On the downside, the odor de feces was strong this day, and while warm, it was a far cry from the summer heat and humidity that will soon be on the menu. Take heed, and wear some old shoes, and prepare to pick up your dog’s poop. We saw a number of irresponsible owners. We know, maybe they were tying their shoe and missed it, but we have an easy solution for this oversight. It is a given that your dog will poop in the dog park. A healthy mix of exercise, excitement, and the need to mark territory can make anyone run for the loo, so even if you don’t see your pooch do the deed, be a good sport and pick up a stray pile you see in your path. If everyone did this, the park would be poo-free and everyone could think sweet thoughts about their fellow human.
The dog parks are free, so let’s keep them beautiful and fun for all.
The Reedy Creek Park alone is a treat for all. Reedy Creek Park consists of 146 acres adjacent to the 727 acres of surrounding Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails. You can take your leashed dog along with you on your hike.
Hours: 7:30am until sunset every day!
Off-Leash Requirements: Current rabies and DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations. Dogs must wear current license and rabies tags. There are additional rules, see the photo below.
Limitations: No more than three dogs per person, no puppies younger than four months old, no aggressive or sick dogs, and no dogs in heat allowed. No food or smoking allowed. Sorry cats, only dogs are allowed in the fenced dog park.
Address: 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
Awesome fact: Mecklenburg county has six dog parks!
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Holiday Travel Tips For Pets
Feeding the Kitty on a Trip
Some cats, like Winni, don't like to eat dry food while traveling. Some cats, like Winni, don't like to drink water while traveling. These two dislikes can turn into a problem fast. To avoid your cat becoming dehydrated or ill, pack some canned or wet packaged food for your cat. Don't by shy about adding some more water to the food as they eat it, Winni lapped it right up.
Feeding the Dog on a Trip
Our guys never lost their appetite on trips, far from it. The excitement and fun of the trip seems to make them want to eat more. Be careful not to introduce new foods while traveling with your dog. Your palette should be the only adventurous one while on vacation. Stay with the tried and true until you get home, your dog (and your car interior) will thank you for it.