Saturday, September 4, 2021

Labor Day Weekend on the Outer Banks with your Pampered Pet

Labor Day was signed into law as a National Holiday on June 28th, 1894 by President Grover Cleveland.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina being one of the most family and pet friendly beaches on the east coast, welcomes thousands of visitors each Labor Day Weekend.

Welcome to the Beautiful Beaches and National Historic Sites the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has to offer!

There are so many ways to Celebrate your Labor Day Weekend on the Outer Banks, there is something for everyone.

We have a page dedicated to the Outer Banks Pet Friendly Places on the Outer Banks, that you can explore. The page includes National Historic Sites, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a State Park and much more.

You will also find on our site all of the Outer Banks Leash Laws & Beach Access information with an Outer Banks Map.

In addition to making your plans for a wonderful and memorable Outer Banks Vacation, please see our Veterinarian Advice page. These articles will inform you of all the precautions to take with your pet while on vacation on the Outer Banks.  

One of the number one precautions pet owners need to be aware of is Heat Prostration. Please Do Not leave your Pet in a Hot Car.

Also please be aware of the weather and any Rip Current warnings.

The Highways and Roads are busy on the Outer Banks, please keep your Pet on a Leash at All Times.

We hope that you have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and return to visit for may years to come.

Also Have a Happy National Wildlife Day, Today!
September 4th, Celebrate Wildlife in America!
                                                                                                                

Friday, September 3, 2021

National Wildlife Day on the Outer Banks



National Wildlife Day is a day to pause and appreciate the wildlife in nature around us. In addition to being mindful of wildlife, it is also a time to appreciate the Conservation efforts and Sanctuaries that maintain habit for our animal friends. 

This little bird was hanging out at one of the Dare County Libraries, on the Outer Banks. I wonder if it was looking for BOOK WORMS? Just kidding, it was actually interested in the berries on the bush. Dare County considers Wildlife when making landscaping plans for county owned properties, and here is just one example. 

Everyone can make a difference, efforts like planting a certain kind of plant or bush in your yard can promote wildlife. Filling in any holes that you dig or find on the beach, can provide safety for people and wildlife.

To begin your quest to learn more about the Wildlife on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the following list of Wildlife related organizations maybe of interest.

Corolla Wild Horse Museum - same link as above

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
1160 Village Lane
Corolla, NC 

N.E.S.T. - Network for Endangered Sea Turtles



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's -  National Fish and Wildlife Refuges Visitors Center 
(Located at the North End of Roanoke Island) 


Jockey's Ridge State Park

https://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/home






National Wildlife Day is also a time to remember the unsung heroes, that maintain and operate wildlife rehab for injured wildlife, year round.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission keeps a searchable list on it's website of Wildlife Rehabilitators that have been trained and licensed by the state of North Carolina. These Wildlife Rehabilitators care for wild animals until they can be released back into the wild.

It is always heartwarming to hear success stories of wildlife that have been saved by wildlife rehab. To have an animal returned back to the wild to carry on in it's natural habitat, pulls at the heart strings of many.

September 4th the United States of America celebrates, National Wildlife Day.
Please take a moment to ponder the wonderful wildlife around us, that share our world. National Wildlife Day is a day to Acknowledge, Celebrate and Learn about the Wildlife around us. So, how will you Celebrate National Wildlife Day? 
                                                                                                                                           Dare Greene

Please visit our Pet Friendly Places page where you will find some information about some of the places listed above, to visit with your Pampered Pet.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Are Gardenias Poisonous to Pets?

Gardenia bushes are evergreen plants and their glossy green leaves remain year round. Gardenia bushes grow to be 3 to 5 foot in height and width. 

Gardenia bushes are used widely in landscaping partly due to their extremely heavenly smelling fragrance, when in bloom. 

I have actually seen online where there is a debate of which smells better the Jasmine or the Gardenia? I'm not quite sure who won. I would vote Gardenia.

The Latin name for the Gardenia bush is Gardenia Jasminoides.

Even though the Gardenia Bushes are very popular with people they are dangerous to pets. 

Gardenia bushes have toxic elements that can cause a number of effects in dogs and cats. If you think that your dog or cat has ingested a Gardenia flower or leaf it is very important to contact your Veterinarian or call the

 ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.
 



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

 

Today is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day!

People are celebrating the uniqueness of Ginger Cat companions around the World, today.

Ginger Cats are very unique in that 80% of all Ginger Cats are Male, much like 80% of all Calico Cats are Female.

All Ginger Cats have Tabby Cat genes in their DNA. They also have a pigmentation genetic making their fur a ginger color, much like people with red hair.

All Ginger Cats are unique, they do have traits of curiosity and brilliance. They have a reputation of being an excellent feline companion, both loving and entertaining.

One of the most famous of Ginger Cats known around the World, in the entertainment industry, is Garfield. There is also the sword  welding Puss in Boots and Morris the Cat from the 9 lives cat food, advertising and commercials.

Jim Davis the creator of Garfield is quoted as saying, "In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange."

Have a Wonderful Ginger Cat Appreciation Day! and Happy Cat Month!


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

September is "Happy Cat Month"

 


"Happy Cat Month!"  

The 1st of  September 2021
Happy Cat Month Begins! 

Happy Cat Month was started by the CaTalyst Council to make people aware of the health and welfare of companion felines.

This is the Month to Pamper your Cat, and make sure your Cat is Happy and Healthy.

So how can you Celebrate Happy Cat Month?

Here are some ideas:

1.  Schedule a Veterinarian check up for your Cat. 

2. Groom  your Cat or get a grooming appointment.

3. Get some special treats for your Cat.

4. Buy your cat a New Cat Toy.

Try to spend some extra time this month with your special feline companion. Have a Very Happy Cat Month, because National Cat Day isn't until October 29th.

Monday, August 30, 2021

The Feline Ghost that Haunts the Outer Banks

 The feline ghost that haunts the Outer Banks has left visitors and locals alike, in awe for centuries. This black and white feline appears with out warning and will gently nudge your leg, begging for attention. The cat which has no name, will arch it's back and act as if it's just a regular cat, desperately wanting you to acknowledge and enter act with it. 

So judging by my intro I'm sure your thinking, yeah so what, there's a cat looking for attention. Honestly that isn't very spooky at all, is it?

Well this cat only haunts one place, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Legend has it, that this black and white cat once belong to the Lightkeeper, of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was first lit in October of 1803, to warn Sailors out in the  Atlantic, to Beware of the coastline.

It was actually thought that in 1999, when the lighthouse was moved from the oceanfront more inland, that Hatteras Islanders, would never see this ghost cat again. But that wasn't the case. The cat remains at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, to this very day.

Ok, so there's a legend, and people are seeing a black and white cat, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Where is the spooky ghostly, Boo! Part?

It has been reported that people have bent down to enter act with the cat and all was normal, just a cat hanging out at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. But, if you were one of the ones to reach down and try to lift the cat into your arms, than you would get a big shock. 

This is because the moment anyone tries to lift the cat from the ground, it will vanish into thin air. Really Gone, Like People standing around, Going, What Just Happened? Who's pulling a Joke? Where are the Cameras? What Really Just Happened to that Sweet Friendly Feline Ghost that Haunts the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse?

No one has figured out this ghostly feline, yet. But reports continue to hold peoples attention and imagination, just as it has for centuries.
                                                                                                           


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Pet Names A-M


                                                         Pet Names A-M

                                             OB wants to know your pet's name.

                             New Names are added Often, Please see the Pet Names Page
                                                        of Pet Names A-Z 

 A Male

Ace
AL
Apollo
Anchor
Author
Axel


A Female
Alice
Angel
Annabelle
Astrid
Autumn

B Male
Baxter
Bear
Beau
Black Beard
Boomerang 
Boone
Buck
Buddy
Buster
Buzz

B Female
Babe
Bambi
Becky
Begonia
Bella
Buttercup
Betty
Breeze
Bristol

C Male
Caesar
Chase
Cloud
Camus

C Female
Cali
Charm
Cee Cee
Co-Co

D Male
Doc
Darwin
Dudley

D Female
Daisy
Dixie
Dorothy

E Male
Elmer
Elwood 
Evan

E Female
Eve
Elvira
Emmy

F Male
Farmer
Finn
Fisher
Floyd

F Female
Fancy
Fran 
Fergie
Freda

G Male
Gaylord
General
George

G Female
Gracey
Gayle
Gypsy

H Male
Hamilton
Harley
Harry
Hero
Hondo
Hugo

H Female
Hadley
Hayley
Heather
Heidi
Holly
Honor

I Male
Inky
Isacc
Ivan

I Female
Irma
Iris
Ivy

J Male
Jack
Joshua
Jonas

J Female
Jade
Jane
Jasmine

K Male
Kamron
Ken
Kick
Knight

K Female
Karma
Kate
Kelly
Kit

L Male
Lancer
Leaf
Link
Leo

L Female
Lana
Lou-Lou
Lucy
Luna

M Male
Max
Merlin
Montgomery

M Female
Maisie
Martha
Molly

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