Saturday, August 7, 2021

Social Distancing at the Nags Head Dog Park

Before you enter the parking lot for the Dare County Recreation Park and Nags Head Dog Park, located at 227 W. Satterfield Landing Rd. in Nags Head, NC, you will see a sign posted at the entrance.

The big blue "Dog Park" sign is great, letting us know that we have found our destination. But the White Social Distancing sign beneath the Dog Park sign is a supple reminder that Covid-19 is still with us. Please do maintain a safe distance from others as advised.

The dog park in Nags Head is maintained by the Town of Nags Head and opened it's gates to the public in the summer of 2017.

This dog park does not require a registration and is open and free to the public. The park hours are 1 hour before Sunrise to 1 hour after Sunset.

Nags Head Dog Park rules are posted at the park and on the Town of Nags Head's website. The Town of Nags Head has created an informative web page that not only includes directions, advanced notice of rules, but a great video of the Nags Head Dog Park. Please click on the following link for more information:

There are two fenced sections in this dog park. One fenced area is for dogs under 30 lbs. and the other fenced area is for dogs over 30lbs. Puppies under four months old are not allowed, please see all of the dog park rules at the - link above. 

Please keep your dog on a leash entering and exiting the Dog Park. 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Are Snapdragons Poisonous to People or Pets?

Yellow Snapdragons photo by Seaside Photography
Snapdragons are beautiful flowers. But before planting any plant in your yard, it is always good to know before hand, if there is a toxicity risk to people or pets.

The Latin name for the commonly known Snapdragon is Antirrhinum Majus. 

The good news is that Snapdragons are non-toxic to humans and pets.

The legend behind the name Snapdragon is actually literal in nature. The individual blooms of the Snapdragon flower have the appearance of  the head of a dragon. If you gently squeeze an individual bloom, the bloom will open in a way that resembles a dragon opening it's mouth and when you let it go, the bloom will snap shut.

Years ago people would send messages with flowers. The symbolism associated with Snapdragons is vast depending on the color. The Yellow Snapdragon represents Happiness and Good Luck.

Some people still take interest in the symbolism of flowers and there was a wealth of information on the internet, in addition to a number of books dedicated to the meanings, symbolism and secret messages sent with flowers.

The Snapdragon is a beautiful, non-toxic addition to any garden, for your Family and Pampered Pets to enjoy. Snapdragons are safe to have around dogs, cats and horses.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Green Beans - for my Dog, my Cat and Me


copyright 2021 Seaside Photography
Green beans are not only good for people, but are a wonderful healthy treat for your dog and cat as well.

Fresh or Frozen cooked Green Beans are one of the most wonderful treats. 

There are also many cooking options too, steamed, boiled, baked, grilled (if your cooking out) and the microwave (for the quick and easy cook). 

When adding anything new to your Pampered Pets diet always ask your veterinarian's advise. 

Today is the first day of the Ocracoke Fig Festival, for more information and ticket sales phone number please see: Ocracoke Island Fig Festival 2021

Kitty Hawk Dog Park

Kitty Hawk Dog Park

Kitty Hawk Dog Park
900 W Kitty Hawk Road
Kitty Hawk, NC 

The Kitty Hawk Dog Park is part of the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department.

This Dog Park is free to be used by Dare County Residents and Visitors.

Registration is required.
 Please see this link to the Dare County website for more information at Registration forms .

Kitty Hawk Dog Park Rules Sign

The Rules for the Kitty Hawk Dog Park are posted on a sign as you enter the Dog Park. There are also free doggy poop clean up bags and trash cans readily available. Water is also readily available on both sides of the Dog Park. The Dog Park in Kitty Hawk has two sections, one side for large dogs and one side for small dogs. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Beware the Oleander - Poisonous to People and Pets

White Oleander photo by Seaside Photography
Beautiful blooms are providing a wonderful array of color in yards and roadway through out the Outer Banks and other warm areas of  America. 

Among these gorgeous landscapes lays a hidden danger.

The Oleander plant is not native to North America, but has been used in landscaping form many years in the United States. The booms of the Oleander range in color from pure white to a dark burgundy red. 

Oleander is an evergreen shrub that's leaf's stay green year round. The Oleander will stay in bloom from early summer through early fall. In some frost free areas it may stay in bloom year round.

But the Oleander is just a poisonous as it is beautiful. One leaf ingested of this plant can kill a grown adult. Pets are even more susceptible. 

Due to the Butterflies, Bees and other insects this lovely plant attracts, your pampered pet may pay close attention to this plant. If you have a pampered pet that like to chase insects, like mine, please be aware of the Oleanders.

If you think that your dog or cat has ingested any part of the Oleander plant it is very important to contact your Veterinarian.

Roanoke Island Dog Park

Dare County Roanoke Island Dog Park

No street address is assigned to this Dog Park, it is located across the street from the
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
(between the road frontage on Airport Road and in front of the Dare County Animal Shelter)

Outer Banks SPCA
Dare County Animal Shelter
378 Airport Road
Manteo, NC

Roanoke Island Dog Park
The Roanoke Island Dog Park is part of Dare County Parks and Recreation Department.

Roanoke Island Dog Park is free to use by Residents and Visitors.

Registration is required. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required for registration.

Registration forms are only accepted at:

Dare County Parks and Recreation Department
1000 Wescott Park Road
Manteo, NC

Roanoke Island Dog Park & Dare County Animal Shelter

There are two sections at the Roanoke Island Dog Park, one for Large Dogs and one for small dogs. Water is readily available on both sides of the dog park and there were even wading pools to fill with water on each side of the dog park. There are also free doggy poop bags to clean up after your dog and trash cans readily available. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

The "Dog Days of Summer" 2021


The Dog Days of Summer  began  on Saturday, July 3rd 2021 and America has been feeling the heat.
This year's Dog Days of Summer will end on Wednesday August the 11th 2021.

The term "Dog Days of Summer" go back to ancient times.

The Farmer's Almanac has a wonderful article titled

Don't forget to mark your calendar:

August 3rd 


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Sunday, August 1, 2021

"The Andy Griffith Show" - Barney Fife, Realtor : still relevant today

Due to Covid19, the housing market throughout the United States, as well as the Outer Banks, has been what some would consider a housing crisis. This affects us all.

Realtors have been busier than they have in many years. Houses are selling within days. 

My thoughts went to "The Andy Griffith Show." 

The Andy Griffith Show based in North Carolina has wonderful lessons to learn in each episode. Andy Griffith, in addition to staring in the Andy Griffith Show, was a resident of historic Roanoke Island, part of the Outer Banks.

On January 4th, 1965 the 16th episode of season 5 of  "The Andy Griffith Show" aired on tv. The episode title was "Barney Fife, Realtor." During this episode, the decisions and emotions that people go through in selling and buying homes are on full display. The episode also highlights issues of due diligence and how each home has its own issues and is as individual as you.

If you have not seen the "Barney Fife, Realtor" episode, it's never too late and well worth your time. You can watch this episode through Google Play Movies and TV subscription, Amazon Prime Video subscription, Apple TV, YouTube, and many more.

This episode will be on TV Land at 5:10pm  eastern time on August 3rd, 2021. That is only a couple of days away, so mark your calendars.

A Special Thank You! is going out to all of the Wonderful Licensed Realtors in the USA. Thank you for your knowledgeable advice and understanding in these difficult times. An Extra Special Thank You to the Pet-Friendly Realtors, that know exactly what Families with Pampered Pets are looking for.

If you need a Real Estate Agent on the Outer Banks, please visit:

Currituck Annual Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic

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