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Dog Days of Vacation

We love our 4-legged companions. They’re part of the family! So whenever possible, we take them on vacation. Easier said than done, right? Despite the fact that there are a growing number of hotels, restaurants and attractions that accommodate animals, it’s hard to ascertain where your faithful companion will be welcomed. So, where in Virginia Beach can we go together?

Some of our favorite places:

  • The Beach! Year-round, there are oceanfront places you can take your leashed dog. However, between Memorial Day and Labor Day dogs are only permitted on the beach at the north end (above 42nd Street) and south of the resort area in Sandbridge, before 10am or after 6pm. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between these two areas when the resort area is busiest. Pet parents must clean up after their furry friends.
  • The Boardwalk! This great attraction is open to well-mannered and leashed dogs year-round, but only 6am-10am during the summer season.
  • Parks: First Landing State Park has beautiful trails and swimming areas year-round for leashed dogs. Plus, if you’re looking for an RV park or campsite, few places compare in both price and scenery.
  • Out for a bite to eat. Many beachfront decks allow diners to invite their four-legged companions to join them in their outdoor seating areas.
  • Or for a drink. Many local microbreweries welcome furry friends to hang out with you on the grounds and patios. Please use a designated driver to make sure everyone leaves safely.
  • Shopping. “Luna” will love a stop at the Old Town Virginia Beach Farmers Market or the Shore Drive Farm Market. On early Saturday mornings, you’ll see many dogs enjoying this time with their humans. Give.Treat.Love is sometimes there with cool water and tasty vegan dog treats for purchase.

For the safety of your pet, please remember the following:

  • Hot pavement can burn paws.  Be mindful about the temperature on which they’re walking.
  • Bring a lot of cool fresh
  • water for your pet to drink. Ocean (salt) water is very dangerous to dogs.  It can cause dehydration, vomiting and intestinal pain.
  • NEVER leave your animal locked in a vehicle by itself. Even a 70-degree day with the windows cracked can be lethal to an animal (or human!) within minutes.
  • Keep your dog leashed, in your control, and be attentive. Please don’t let your dog approach another dog without the owner’s permission. Just because your fur-ball is friendly doesn’t mean the other dog welcomes the company.

We hope you and your pet have a safe and pawsome time in Virginia Beach!

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