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My canine companions for these excursions were my two geriatric pugs, Buddha and Chubbs (above). Buddha is 13, originally from Brooklyn and has lived all over – from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Richmond to Newport, RI, DC to Virginia Beach and a few places in between. Chubbs is 11 and originally from Rhode Island. We adopted him when he was about 5 and he has been a joyful addition.
We live at the Oceanfront and like to take the pups across the way to the boardwalk. With plenty of mileage to roam, lots of people to pet your pooch, and numerous watering holes – human and canine – along the way, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a great spot to take your best friend. There are some seasonal guidelines, which you can check out here.
A new addition to the Ocean Front, The Green Cat welcomes humans and canines alike. With water bowls out back and dog treats for purchase inside, this smoothie bar and market are a great spot to refresh.
After a quick drive, we visited the recently opened Bayview Farms Park. This park has shade, copious parking, and the dog park has separate areas for small and large pups. When we visited, there were only larger dogs playing. Buddha and Chubbs think they are big dogs, so we joined the others. While chatting with some other dog owners, I learned that the First Landing and Cape Henry dog beaches are worth a visit.
Our next location was the Ghent Dog Park, located in Stockley Gardens in Norfolk. The dog park offers a nice fenced in area in a lovely residential part of the city. And the proximity to dog-friendly Colley Ave can’t be beat. You can’t help but notice the dog bowls outside many of the shops and businesses. Feeling a bit peaked and parched, we stopped at the Skinny Dip Yogurt Shop to pick up some Doggy Dips for Buddha & Chubbs. Other spots along Colley welcome your four-legged friend to join you on their patio, such as the Green Onion, just down from the Skinny Dip.
image | Ghent Dog Park
Wanting to go beyond our regular haunts and stomping grounds, we ventured to the Dismal Swamp Trail in Chesapeake. This set of trails is great for running, hiking, biking, and exploring with your dog. Be sure to read and respect the guidelines and rules when out in the relative wilderness. Bears abound in this area and an unleashed pal could provoke an unnecessary visit from Chessie.
After sussing out Chesapeake, it was time for another treat. I don’t know if they do this at every location, but the Starbucks in Kempsville located across for Acredale Vet Hospital offers an item not listed on the menu – the Puppy Latte, aka Barc-a-ccino.
After such a day out, it was time for a bath. Motley Mutts offers both grooming and self serve bathing for your dog. We don’t have a bathtub in our home, so we typically bathe Buddha and Chubbs in the shower or take them to a groomer. Chubbs is not a fan of bath time, as evidenced by his mad face in the tub.
Needless to say, after this great adventure they both slept well….and yes, they snored.