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Welcome at the First Water Park for Dogs

Wet Wags

Sparkling pools with geysers? Check. Waterfalls? Check. Diving boards? Check. Poolside cabanas? Check.

Sounds like a fun water park to take the family, right? Wrong. These are all features of the Bora Bora Club – the first water park in the United States exclusively for dogs. The park opened at the Paradise Ranch Resort in Sun Valley, Calif., early in August, and soggy tails have been wagging there ever since.

Not only can pooches play below waterfalls and geysers – or jump off of diving boards and docks if that’s their thing – but more adventurous (and coordinated) surf-furs can take surfboard and boogie board lessons.

KABC-TV reports that Paradise Ranch Pet Resort was the first cage-free boarding facility in Texas when Kristyn Goddard opened it 15 years ago. In 1997, she and her husband moved to Southern California and opened the resort there. The water park’s Los Angeles area location has already made it popular with celebrities like Nicole Richie, Rihanna, and Shaquille O’Neal, whose pooches have all gotten their paws wet, according to KTLA News.

Goddard said the idea for the water park was sparked by her own dog. “She loves to go to the beach, she loves to get in the water, she loves shallow water, swimming…you know, dogs just love the water. So we just decided, why not? A water park for dogs,” she told KABC-TV.

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Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

3 Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

 

Dog at Town of Duck Beach, N.C.North Carolina is lucky to have more than one or two dog friendly beaches. Even though there are many places to take your pup, there aren’t as many offering an off-leash option. These three are a few of our favorites, from the top of the N.C. coast to the bottom, for letting your dog roam free – if only for a little while.

Before you get going, be sure to check out 5 Things You Need for a Trip to the Beach with Your Dog.

1. Town of Duck Beach – 1200 Duck Road, Duck (map), 252-255-1234

One of our favorite dog friendly beaches is the town beach in Duck. Not only are dogs allowed on the beach year-round, they’re also allowed on the beach off leash year-round. All the town asks is that you clean up after your pooch and throw waste away instead of burying it or throwing it out to sea, and we’re more than happy to oblige.

Fun Fact: Duck Beach was ranked by FIDO Friendly magazine as one of the “Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches.”

2.Dog at Topsail Beach, N.C.2. Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach (map)

Another favorite beach to take our pups to in North Carolina is Topsail Beach. While it’s not a year-round off-leash beach, it’s close: A leash is required mid-May through September, and the rest of the year dogs are allowed to romp freely in the surf – under good voice control, of course.

Fun Fact: Avid dog owners and beachgoers call Topsail Beach the most beautiful pet friendly beach on the East Coast.

3. Oak Island Beach, Oak Island (map)

Oak Island Beach is the southernmost N.C. beach that allows dogs year-round. Dogs are allowed off-leash from October 15 to May 15 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Like Topsail Beach, good voice control is required when you don’t have your dog leashed-up.

Fun Fact: Most of the Brunswick County beaches surrounding Oak Island are also dog friendly.