You decided to add a new puppy to your family? Congrats! Deciding to adopt or buy a new pet is always a big life decision. Puppies and even adult dogs can be a lot of work, and we have a checklist of helpful resources to get you started!
Springtime inspires everyone to want to dine outdoors, and it’s the perfect time to bring your dog along! There are so many dog friendly places to grab a bite, and Wagging Around’s Melanie is going to help you narrow your choices down.
Are you looking for a fun way to do good in the Upstate? Do your kids constantly ask for a pet dog, but your just not sure if it’s a good fit? We have all the info you’ll need to decide if a Doggy Day Out is something you should sign up for right away!
1 / Dogs Are A Huge Responsibility
How many times did you hear that as a child, or have you said that as a parent? It’s true, and sometimes making the right decision for you or your family is a hard one, when puppy snuggles are involved! The good news is, you can still get some snuggles in, and be helping a rescue pet find the right fur-ever home.
The Greenville County Animal Care facility offers a program called Doggy’s Day Out. This is a great way to teach your kids what goes into owning a pet, but with training wheels.
2/ Help Find Your Furry Friend A New Home
Volunteers could come to pick up a dog and take them to most places where you would take a dog if you had your very own. Doing this accomplishes several things:
Lets you get those puppy snuggles you crave!
Allows the dogs to get a break from the rescue facility and have some one-on-one attention from someone for an extended period of time.
It allows Greenville Care to learn about the dog and its behavior away from the shelter. Often, the fear and anxiety of being in a shelter don’t allow their true personality to shine through. This makes it hard for the shelter to place the dog with the right owner.
While you and your new best friend are out on the town, they will have a special vest that indicates they are available for adoption! You could potentially meet their new family while you are showing them off around town.
3/ Signing Up Is Easy
Due to COVID -19, the process now requires an appointment, but it’s still so easy to sign up! You’ll just need to call Greenville Animal Care and set up a time to pick up your Doggy Date. Pick-up times are between 9 am – 10 am, and your Doggy Adventure is a 2-hour window of time.
Once you arrive they will pair you with the perfect pup, and after going over a few things, you’ll be on your way!
Somethings to help you prepare for your Doggy’s Day Out:
Go over the Doggy’s Day Out Program Manual to familiarize yourself with what is expected. It answers most of the questions you might have about your upcoming adventure.
Figure out how you will secure your Doggy in your car. Preferably on a seat with an adult holding the leash or secured in the back of an SUV or a crate.
As a safety precaution during COVID-19, they ask that you bring your own water bowl for your Doggy’s Day Out. This can be as simple as a clean plastic food storage bowl or a stainless steel pet water bowl from a dollar tree. Don’t forget to bring some water; most public drinking fountains are turned off due to COVID-19.
Greenville Animal Care will supply the rest. They will send you on your way with a leash, poop-collection bags, treats, and a report card to provide info from your adventure.
4 / So Many Places To Explore With Your New Friend
The possibilities are nearly endless! The only restriction is that your Doggy’s Day Out Companion must remain on the leash at all times, so unleashed dog parks are prohibited. Other than that, go have fun! You can take your new companion to places like:
Parks & Trails – Paris Mountain State Park – The Swamp Rabbit Trail – Falls Park – Holmes Park – Trailblazer Park
WindowShopping – Home Depot – Pet Smart – Lowes – Downtown Greenville – Open-Air Markets
I’m sure it goes without saying that spending time doing good for others makes you feel good too. Even though we had to bring Penny back to Greenville Animal Care after our time with her was up, my kids were glad to have had the time with her. We plan to go back as often as our schedule allows us to do this again!
Penny was an amazing dog, and we know she will find a loving home with people who will give her all the permanent snuggles she deserves! Head to the Greenville Animal Cares Website for more info about Penny and all the other available pets.
Are you planning a trip to Greenville, South Carolina, and you need a place to stay with your four-legged family members? We asked readers for places they recommend in the Upstate where Fido will feel welcome too!
Pets are a member of a family, but sometimes traveling with them can be a logistics issue. There are plenty of Greenville hotels that accomidate dogs, and other pets. The city of Greenville is super dog friendly, so pack your bags and get ready to enjoy an adventure with your four-legged bestie.
Looking for a place you can grab a much-needed boost of caffeine, from a place that has a walk-up window or a drive-thru? We’ve scoured the Upstate for the places that you can do just that! And, possibly grab a treat for your four-legged coffee companion too! There’s definitely no shortage of locally-owned shops in the Upstate.
Are you looking to add a new family member to your home during quarantine? If you have space in your heart and home for a special new member of the family, animal rescues are a great place to find a new pet and they don’t just help dogs and cats!
The best dog I’ve ever known was the first pet I got after leaving my parents home. I went with my best friend to an animal shelter thinking I wanted a Boston Terrier just like Roxie, my friend’s dog. At the rescue facility, all the dogs were barking for our attention. Except for one.
I’ve joked that he knew he was coming home with me that day and figured the extra effort was not needed. A little blonde rat terrier named Phillip stole my heart that day and spent the next 14 years by my side. He was with me through five moves through three states, heartbreak, the birth of my two children, and more. Sadly he passed away recently and that little rescue dog will always have a special place in my heart.
Aside from local animal shelters, there are local non-profit groups that rescue animals, rehabilitate them if needed, and adopt them out. Some are even breed-specific if you have a certain breed in mind.
Rescues aren’t subsidized by taxpayers, so adoption fees might be a little higher than at the local animal shelters. These non-profits are also a great opportunity for your family to give back, by fostering a pet while a “fur-ever” home is found for them.
WAG is your resource for all your pet-related needs! Did you see this peek behind the scenes at a local animal shelter?
If you are looking for a pet that is probably not going to deliver you candy in the spring, Bunny Brigade rescues, rehabs, and rehomes domestic rabbits. They work closely with Izzie’s Pond to find fur-ever homes for floppy-eared friends.
GSCE specializes in almost any pet appropriate animal that is not a dog or a cat. If you are in the market for a snake, ferret, parrot, lizard, tarantula, or another exotic animal, they are the rescue to contact!
Day Before The Rainbow rescues animals from high-kill shelters and fosters them out while they are found a home. The rescue also works with animal control to help when animal hoarding events happen and animals need to be helped.
Greenville is known for random winter snow falls and bitter winds. It be tough on the people, but it can be even harder for pets! Our philosophy: it’s better to be prepared for the harsh weather than risk getting uncomfortable and possibly life-threatening frosty paws. Here’s a few tips to help keep your pet warm this winter.
Temperatures under 32-30 degrees F may be a risk. Be sure to limit your dog’s time outdoors and provide extra layers if possible. Please keep cats inside.
Go on shorter, more frequent walks.
Keep them hydrated. The dry air can be harsh on their bodies, so offer a lot of water to keep them feeling good. Make sure their food and water isn’t frozen.
Cracked paws? Coconut oil is great for massaging and moisturizing their precious feet.
To prevent hypothermia, dry off your pet right as soon as they come inside.
Pro tip: if you wouldn’t walk barefoot outside, your pet wouldn’t want to either.
Avoid lakes, ponds, and large bodies of water.
Check under your car! Outdoor animals tend to hid under vehicles during the winter, so please double check before driving.
Research your pets specific breed to learn their risks. Each breed is different and is susceptible to different things during the winter season.
Watch out for icy roads and pavements. Wipe their paws with a warm cloth after each walk to make sure any salt is removed.
You’ll be amazed at how dog-friendly Greenville is! If you’re looking for a place to eat and relax, here’s a list of dog-friendly spots. Don’t be surprised if they already have a water bowl out waiting for your furry friend.
Looking for something fun to do with your pet in October? From painting your pet to Dog Halloween events to not-so-spooky pumpkin picking for dogs, here’s what’s happening in Greenville for you and your pet!
Don’t miss our Wagging Around Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest & Giveaway!
Dog Halloween Events and Other Pet Related Events for October