For my husband and me, it has always been important that our neighborhood be a good fit for everyone in our family, including our dogs. If that is important to you be sure you enlist the help of a Dog Friendly REALTOR®. It’s not hard to discover that. Simply google your possible candidate; follow her to her social media sites and scroll. Dog lovers are pretty obvious. For example, you’ll find more pictures of my dogs than of my grandchildren.
To know about the dog friendliness of Pine Knoll Shores, all you have to do is walk around the neighborhood. Regardless of the season or time of day, you’ll almost surely see people out walking their dogs. Pine Knoll Shores requires dogs be on leash when out and about so you don’t have to worry about your safety. If you’re coming from an area where leashes and “pick up” is not required, you may wonder what those little (often blue) bags are you see people carrying in their leash-less hand. Those are dog waste bags, and those of us who love our dogs consider them a “badge of honor.” It says, “See, I’m a responsible dog parent.”
Recently my family and I sold our house and moved into a rental home temporarily. Our borrowed home does not have a fenced in back yard for our dogs to play and run. Proving Plato’s saying “Necessity is the mother of invention. A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem.”, we checked out the Pine Knoll Shores Bark Park. We were thrilled to discover The Pine Knoll Shores Canine Veterans Memorial Park, a wonderful, safe, fenced in area very close by, where our dogs could run and play off leash.
Around 2010 a group of Pine Knoll Shores citizens approached the town Board of Commissioners and asked for a dog park. The Board approved the concept and provided a space behind town hall that had formerly been used for yard debris. The citizens formed an LLC called Pine Knoll Shores Bark Park Club, LLC and raised the money to build the park. Eventually the town assumed responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of the park and today it remains as a town Bark Park where all citizens and visitors are wecome to bring their dogs.
The park is separated into spaces for small dogs and large dogs. Each side has a bench for humans to sit and a water bowl and water source. There is a convenient receptacle for dog waste disposal. There’s also a public bathroom facility right next door but be warned it is closed for the winter months, as is the water source. We carry a large bottle of water with us, a couple of “blue bags” and a few paper towels to wash out the bowls for our dogs. We’ve been taking our dogs as often as we can fit it into our busy schedule and we’ve been so pleased to discover that everybody is being very responsible about pick up and keeping the space clean.
For many of us, our dogs are our children. Just as we once looked for kid friendly neighborhoods with good playgrounds, schools and other children, today we insist on a dog friendly neighborhood. A dog friendly REALTOR® can point you in the right direction.