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Congrats, You Got A New Puppy! A Puppy Checklist For First Time Owners

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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!

White puppy in mess of paint with "New Puppy Checklist" and Wagging Around Greenville headline

Dog’s Basic Needs Checklist

  • Food
  • Food & Water Dishes
  • Bed
  • Collar / Leash
  • ID tag
  • Toys
  • Enrichment Toys
    Things that stimulate the dog’s brain and cause them to solve a problem to gain a treat reward. (Example: Filled Kong, Baked Butcher bone filled with marrow)

Traveling With Your Dog

  • Regular/Travel Crate
  • Seatbelt
  • A Seat Cover For The Car
  • Travel food/water bowls
  • Poop bags

Getting Your Dog Medical Attention In Greenville, SC

Training & Boarding Your Dog In Greenville, SC

Keeping Your Dog Groomed & Clean

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Dog Ear Cleansing Solution
  • Nail Clippers
  • Styptic Powder
    A dog’s nails have blood vessels running down into them. If you trim too much, the bleeding is hard to stop without this powder.
  • Toothcare brush
  • Grooming Brush
  • Find a Reputable Groomer To Help

Puppy Proofing Your Home

We hope this list helps you enjoy and properly care for the newest member of your family!

Where To Go With Your Best (Four-Legged) Friend On A Lunch or Dinner Date in Greenville, SC

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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.

We’ve also got a list of Places To Grab A Cappuccino with Your Pup in Greenville or Spartanburg

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5 Reasons You Should Sign Up For The Doggy’s Day Out Program In Greenville, SC

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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!

Meet Penny! Our Doggie’s Day Out Pal

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:

5 / Everyone Benefits From The Program

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.

To Follow our Doggy’s Day Out Adventures, head to the Wagging Around Greenville Instagram Account.

Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Waiting to Welcome Your Fur-baby In Greenville, South Carolina

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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.

For more Downtown Greenville hotel info, check out our sister site’s Guide To Accommodations in Downtown Greenville

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Want To Grab A Cappuccino with Your Pup in Greenville or Spartanburg?

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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.

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Upstate Animal Rescue Groups Making A Difference

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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.

My Rescue Dog and the kids
The Three Loves Of My LIfe

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?

Rescues That Specialize In Canines

Carolina Boxer Rescue helped turn this dogs life around. This is how he looked when they got him (L) and how he looked after they nursed hum back to being healthy (R).

Carolina Boxer Rescue

Carolina Boxer Rescue obtains Boxer breed dogs from shelters, and save them from being euthanized. They service the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue is a full-service rescue dedicated to providing rescue and necessary veterinarian attention for neglected, abused, and homeless golden retrievers breed dogs.

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue specializes in and services Boxer breed dogs. They provide adoptions to The Carolinas and Virginia.

Auction For A Kaws Rescue

Auction for A Kaws rescue is a Greenville based rescue. They are a foster-based organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts out dogs in the Upstate.

Carolina Loving Hound Rescue

Carolina Loving Hound rescue provides adoptions for different breed dogs. Their motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitate, Re-home or Retire”.

Lucky Pup Rescue

Lucky Pup Rescue is a foster-based rescue. They are in Greenville and require home visits for dog adoption applicants.

Now that you have your eye on a pup, you need a place to take them for a walk! There are plenty of places in the Upstate and we have a list of places in Greenville to take a walk with your new pal.

Rescues That Specialize In Felines

Foster Paws Rescue

Foster Paws is a Cat rescue serving Spartanburg & Greenville Counties. They are a foster-based rescue, that holds adoption events through local Petsmart locations.

Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue

Miss Dixie’s specializes in rehabbing and rehoming orphaned kittens in the Upstate.

Rescues That Specialize in Rabbits, Reptiles and Other Animals

Bunny Brigade

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.

Greenville SC Exotic Animal Rescue

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!

Rescues That Help Multiple Species

Day Before The Rainbow Rescue

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.

Concerned Citizens For Animals

For 40 years Concerned Citizens For Animals has been helping stray, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats in the Upstate.

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services adopts cats and dogs out to people in the Upstate. They also provide resources to pet parents who need help retaining their pets through a hardship.


Note: This list was compiled from reader suggestions and does not constitute an endorsement from Wagging Around Greenville. We recommend that readers research any adoption organization.

Have you found the love of your life through a rescue? Tell us all about it in the comments!

How to Keep Your Pet Warm in the Winter

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Go on shorter, more frequent walks.
  3. 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.
  4. Cracked paws? Coconut oil is great for massaging and moisturizing their precious feet.
  5. To prevent hypothermia, dry off your pet right as soon as they come inside.
  6. Pro tip: if you wouldn’t walk barefoot outside, your pet wouldn’t want to either.
  7. Avoid lakes, ponds, and large bodies of water.
  8. Check under your car! Outdoor animals tend to hid under vehicles during the winter, so please double check before driving.
  9. Research your pets specific breed to learn their risks. Each breed is different and is susceptible to different things during the winter season.
  10. Watch out for icy roads and pavements. Wipe their paws with a warm cloth after each walk to make sure any salt is removed.

Boston Terrier Cooper and his human.

Dog-Friendly Places to Eat & Drink in Greenville

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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.

Adorable pup at Birds Fly South Brewery!

Birds Fly South Ale Project

Fire Forge Crafted Beer

Gather GVL

Liability Brewing Co.

Unleashed Dog Bar

Grateful Brew

The Community Tap

Pour Taproom: Greenville

Quest Brewery

Brewery 85

Tetrad Brewing Co.

Mellow Mushroom

What Ales You Pub

Pet-friendly outside seating only:

Smoke on the Water

Mac’s Speed Shop

Paserelle Bistro

Universal Joint

Iron Hill Brewery

Eggs Up Grill

Willy Taco

Grill Marks – Main St. Greenville

The Lazy Goat

Did we miss a place? Send an email to stephanie@kiddingaroundgreenville and let us know. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more about dog-friendly spots in Greenville.

Things to Do with Your Pet in October (Get Those Dog Halloween Costumes Out)

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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

October 5, 2019 – 2019 Paw Festival presented by EarthWise Pet Supply (Simpsonville)

October 5, 2019 – The Blessing of the Animals presented by Midway Presbyterian Church

October 9, 2019 – NOMA Square October Yappy Hour presented by Bring Fido

October 12, 2019 – Bark For Life of Spartanburg presented by American Cancer Society

October 13, 2019 – Not-So-Spooky Puppy Pumpkin Patch presented by Dog Culture

October 19, 2019 – 5th Annual Barktoberfest presented by Universal Joint

October 21, 2019 – Paint Ur Pet – Full House presented by Full House Sportzaria

October 24, 2019 – Paint Ur Pet presented by Pet Supermarket

October 24, 2019 – Howl-a-WeenYappy Hour at the Greenville Humane Society

October 26, 2019 – Bark in the Park 2019 presented by Concerned Citizens for Animals

October 27, 2019 – Dog Day at the Maze presented by the Denver Downs Farm

What are your favorite October events for dogs and pets?