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Hi my name is Cindy and I'm the owner operator of Vero Beach Pet Sitters!  I occasionally post topics of interest for pets and their owners in Vero Beach Florida.

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Saturday, January 05 2019
There's an abundance of pet-friendly spots in Indian River County!

Including restaurants! 

Sebastian Bark Park

Dogs and their owners find much to celebrate in this facility at 245 Keen Terrace, including watering, sally-port entries and a small and large dog section. Sebastian’s Bark Park boasts shady, covered picnic areas, drinking fountains, handicap parking and a scenic walking trail around the lake.

Parking is free and open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Randall A. Miller has been bringing his dog, Ruby, to the Sebastian Bark Park for years.

“I love gathering with friends and letting our dogs play here. It’s a well-maintained park,” he said.

Vero Beach Dog Park

Hugging the lush shores of the intracoastal waterway, this green space is run by community volunteers with maintenance costs at about $50,000 annually, all with private sector dollars. The park includes separate small and large dog areas, doggie drinking fountains, a shaded seating area and lots of space.

“I oversee the Vero Beach Dog Park newsletter, which has 500 subscribers," Chandler said. "Recently, we had a fundraising event there, Bark & Brew, which brought over 2,000 people and over 800 dogs."

"We also have fundraisers at our monthly Sales for Tails events and at a springtime soiree at Costa D’Este," he added. "I’ve met people who actually choose to winter here because of the dog park. It’s a tremendous asset to our community.”

Local resident Gus Curren walks his dog, Lucy, a hound mix, to the Vero Beach Dog Park daily.

“It’s the most beautiful, clean, safe place," he said. "At times, there are over 50 dogs at the park, and they all play happily together. The vibe there is very friendly.”

Other dog parks

Along with the Vero Beach and the Sebastian dog parks, there are two other dog parks in the county.

A 2-acre park affiliated with the Humane Society, 6230 77th St. Vero Beach, costs $50 annually to be a member, and the 4-acre Dogs For Life Park, 1230 16th Ave., Vero Beach, is devoted to improving the quality of life for people and dogs through training assistance dogs and pet therapy dogs.

Osceola Bistro

Osceola Bistro owner Christopher Bireley said he pays a permit each year to the city to be pet-friendly.

"It allows us a section on the restaurant patio, about four or five tables, where we welcome pet owners and their dogs," he said. "We’ve even had a cat or two the past few years. We do keep a few doggy treats on hand. Being pet-friendly helps the economy of our area.”

Patio Seafood Tavern

Since people often vacation with their pets, Bill Brown, owner of Patio Seafood Tavern, has an area designated at the restaurant's outside patio for diners and their dogs.

“I think it’s great when customers bring their dogs to the outside patio," he said. "If you’re on vacation with your dog, we’re a good place to dine."

The restaurant is about to become more friendly toward furry friends with a dog menu.

"It’s going to be a fantastic menu," he said. "We’re talking ground sirloin, some type of rib eye bone, grilled chicken. It will be fun.”

Grind & Grape

Grind & Grape’s co-owner Ashlee Wykoff notes, “People love bringing their pets to enjoy the live jazz or blues music at night on our patio. It’s good for Vero especially beachside because people walk their dogs around the Farmers Market on the weekend, and then come by our patio for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.”

Capt Hiram's Hotel

Restaurants aren’t the only businesses to accommodate pet owners. In Sebastian, Capt Hiram’s Hotel offers lodging for travelers and their dogs.

Hotel manager Karen Lufkin said the business takes one or two dogs per owner up to 60 pounds.

"We greet them at the desk and give them a little goodie bag," she said. "So even though the city won’t allow dogs in Capt Hiram's restaurant, we’ve been a pet friendly hotel for about four years now.”

More pet-friendly restaurants

In addition to these pet-friendly locations, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce also recommends the following restaurants: Riverside Cafe; Mulligan's Beach House; Sammy’s Mediterranean Restaurant; Waldo's; Casey's Place; Bamboo Patio at Costa d'Este; Chive Patio; The Barefoot Café; the patio at The Kilted Mermaid; Bungalow Bar; Sunset Café on U.S. 1; and Village Sandwich Shop in Sebastian.

About the top five spots

Sebastian Bark Park: 245 Keen Terrace, Sebastian; 772-228-7054
Vero Beach Dog Park: 3449 Indian River East, Vero Beach; 772-234-2824
Osceola Bistro: 2045 13th Ave., Vero Beach; 772-569-1299
Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County: 6230 77th St., Vero Beach; 772-388-3331
Riverside Cafe: 3341 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach;(772-234-5550

Read More at TC Palm

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Wednesday, January 02 2019
New dog behavior program to be demonstrated at Sixth Annual Bark in the Park Event 1-12-19

Bark in the Park

What: Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County annual Bark in the Park

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12

Where: Riverside Park at 3200 Riverside Drive in Vero Beach

Cost: Free admission and parking

Information: or contact Maria Springer at for vendor information. 

A new dog behavior program called Play Dogs Play offered at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be showcased this year when the shelter sponsors its seventh annual Bark in the Park.

This fun-filled, free day for dogs and their owners is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. 

Demonstrations of the Play Dogs Play program will be 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Development director Sara Smith said the Play Dogs Play program teaches dogs’ social skills, evaluates and reduces challenging behaviors and helps shelter dogs get adopted more quickly.

Program demonstrations will feature shelter dogs led by trained shelter volunteers, under the direction of Marcel Goncalves, pet behavior and enrichment manager.

“Most of the dogs we have at the shelter don’t come with any history,” Smith said. “Marcel has developed a whole behavior program that allows us to see how well the dogs interact with one another and what type of personality they have. We feel it makes our dogs more adoptable.”

Bark in the Park is one of three large fundraising events sponsored by the shelter each year and raises about $30,000 for shelter operations. All of the funds raised help the shelter care for the 7,000 homeless pets in Indian River County. Dogs available for adoption at the shelter will also participate in a meet and greet with prospective owners and go home the same day.

Dogs, their leash-holders and family members share the fun in the park, visiting with vendors and playing with other canine companions.

This year, there is an expanded “kid’s zone” with craft activities for children.

Other activities at Bark in the Park include a dog lure course; a demonstration by the world-famous Disc-Connected K-9 Frisbee team at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; performances by Ultimate Air Dock Jumping Dogs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and a demonstration from the Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers at 2 p.m.

Vendors will offer a variety of dog supplies as well as pet-themed shirts, gifts, jewelry and more. There also will be refreshments.

Local community organizations will distribute information about their services throughout the area. Donations of dog food will be accepted by the Love for Paws Sanctuary—a local pet food bank.

Read More at TCPalm

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