Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Portrait of Sydney

Sydney was the 1st Place winner of Vol. 3 of the Pampered Pets Guide Annual Outer Banks Pet Photo Contest. Sydney was two years old at the time and photographed on the oceanfront in the Town of Duck, NC by Kristi Midgette

Other winners portraits posted prior and see on our blog are:
The water color portrait of Neelix the Vol. 6, 1st Place winner
blog post March 22, 2009  

Also the acrylic portrait of 1st Place winner of Vol. 5, Kodiak.
blog post March 24, 2009
Being a 1st Place winner, Winner's will receive a 16 x 20 beautifully hand painted watercolor (matted to size) Custom Pet Portrait by Outer Banks Artist Lee M. Mansfield of the Hemingway Gallery in Seagate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Portraits do not match the winning cover photo, as all winners are allowed to submit a photo of choice, for Artist Lee M. Mansfield to use in creating their custom portrait. If you have not read our blog about Outer Banks Artist Lee M. Mansfield please see blog post March 8, 2009  

Friday, July 10, 2009

Barker Brunch is Today!

"Barker Brunch is Today!"
Friday's 10:30 - 12noon
May 22nd - September 11th
All you can Eat!
Doggie Breakfast Buffet
Over 20 different organic, natural treats & goodies.

Outer Barks
located at 1171 Duck Road
Scarborough Lane Shops
Duck, NC

Outer Barks is celebrating it's 10th year! come join the celebration & don't miss the 10th Annual "Happy Yappy Hour!"

Every Wednesday in season from 4pm - 6pm

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Doggie Island Pawgaritaville!

Pawgaritaville! Doggie Island theme Party Today! Party is Absolutely FREE to All Dogs & their Humans Every Thursday from 2pm - 4pm ALL SUMMER LONG! Island Theme Party, Costume Contest,Free Pawgaritia's at Puparazzi! Pet Bow-tique located in the Phoenix Shops in downtown Manteo

and don't forget to mark your calendars for.........

"Barker Brunch" on Friday! May 22nd - September 11th All you can Eat! Doggie Breakfast Buffet Over 20 different organic, natural treats & goodies. The time scheduled for this Fun Outer Banks Pet Event is 10:30am to 12noon. at Outer Barks located at 1171 Duck Road, in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck, NC.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

3 Outer Banks Pet Events Today!

The 10th Annual "Happy Yappy Hour!" is today and takes place Every Wednesday through September 9th, 2009, from 4pm - 6pm.

The schedule will change during the spring & fall of the year.

The World Famous, 10th Annual "Yappy Happy Hour!" is held at Outer Barks, located at 1171 Duck Road, in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck, NC.

This family fun pet event includes complimentary treats such as frozen Doggie Daiquiris & Arf D’ouevres for your pampered pet. There will also be (refreshments and munchies) for the humans inside the store at the same time.

Paw Painting Art. There is so much going on at Happy Yappy Hour it is hard to list it all. 

OB's Outer Banks Adventures takes him to the
Whalehead Club Currtituck Heritage Park in Corolla, NC
from 5:30pm - 7pm Today!

Also at the Whalehead Club Today!

WINE FESTIVAL - Every Wednesday afternoon, 3 to 7 pm
Leashed Pet Welcome

OB will be…… July 15th
Town of Manteo Waterfront by the Gazebo in Manteo, NC
from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

July 22nd
Greater Coastal Canine Academy
111 Fox Knoll Drive, Unit 4Powells Point, NC
from 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oceanfront Weddings with Pets in the Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC

Oceanfront Weddings are so beautiful sunrise or sunset. The Atlantic Ocean is a great backdrop for you special day. The town of Kill Devil Hills knows the importance of having the whole family present, included the beloved family pet, to participate in your dream wedding.

There are 29 public beach accesses in the town of Kill Devil Hills, NC and of those, 19 have fixed-stand lifeguards. There are no fees associated with to use of these access.

However, to have a Wedding with Pets, you must observe the Beach Assess Pet Laws. § 94.06 ANIMALS ON THE BEACH. Between May 15 and September 15 of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. unless being used to aid a handicapped person. 

At all other times, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beaches except upon a leash and under the control of owner or handler. Kill Devil Hills is a very Pet Friendly area of the Outer Banks & the reason for the time restrictions is for the safety & well being of your pet. Heat Prostration can Kill, Please be aware of your pet’s environment & keep lots of cool fresh water on hand.

Blog photograph of actual wedding with pets on the oceanfront in the Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC provided by Shelley Chamberlin Photography

Monday, July 6, 2009

Wedding with Pets at the Whalehead Club

Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla
 photo by Brooke Mayo Photography
The plush lawns at Currituck Heritage Park are situated on 39 scenic pet friendly acres of sound front property in Corolla, North Carolina.

It is the ideal site for weddings. The Whalehead Club, built in the mid-1920's remains one the most spectacular landmarks on the Currituck Outer Banks. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is located in the shadow of the (1875) Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

Currituck Heritage Park is filled with live oak trees which are perfect for capturing that timeless photograph of your wedding.

For wedding packages and complete details, visit the Whalehead Club online at 

article by Vickie L. Schreffler, Marketing Manager 

Blog photograph of an Actual Wedding with a Pet at the Whalehead Club provided by Brooke Mayo Photography

Sunday, July 5, 2009

"Summer Phobias & Treatment Options"

Coastal Animal Hospital-Kitty Hawk

The summer is a wonderful time for pets and owners alike. However, along with the warm sun and surf, come a lot of people.

The summertime sees the Outer Banks population swell with thousands of vacationers who come to the coast to enjoy the beautiful beaches.

It is also not uncommon to see numerous canine patients who are stressed out and exhibiting inappropriate behavior, such as compulsive property destruction, hiding, inappetence or even seizures.

Usually, these episodes are initiated by loud noises such as boisterous partygoers, fireworks, airplanes, sirens and thunderstorms. Some dogs, just as people, are more sensitive to external stimulation such as excessive or loud noise.

Often, this additional stress compulses some pets to exhibit inappropriate behaviors. Unfortunately, there are limited therapies, short of building a soundproof room in your house-which would be the ultimate sign of love.

Most doctors prescribe their nervous patients, a small supply of a sedative to be doled out on an as needed basis. These work well and provide sedation for several hours. The downside to these is that they often take 30-45 minutes to take effect and timing bottle rocket explosions and thunderstorms can be difficult.

Often we will have owners preemptively give Fido a sedative if we know severe thunderstorms are forecast or a busy weekend is upcoming, such as the fourth of July.

 Another popular class of drugs used for treating stress in dogs and humans alike are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). These drugs work by increasing the amounts of the naturally occurring serotonin in the brain, which has a calming effect. These work very well and have little or no sedative effects so the dog is able to function while taking them.

The downside is that it can take up to 30 days for the drug to achieve therapeutic levels so it is best suited to dogs which have persistent anxiety problems, such as separation anxiety, inappropriate urination or some forms of aggression.

When leaving these dogs unattended at home, it is beneficial to leave a radio or television on. This creates a calming distraction, as well as blocking lower level noise, so your pet does not hear every small pop and yell outside the home.

 A companion dog also helps dissipate any stress. Most of the dogs we see for nervous conditions are single dogs left home alone for extended periods. If you have any questions about your pets physical or mental health, please feel free to contact one of the many friendly, local veterinarians. Have a fun and safe summer! 

 Stephen M. Samson DVM 
Coastal Animal Hospital 

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