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jbatl
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Tried to search but getting a ton of irrelevant results ... Can anyone recommend a few dog friendly beaches either East End or North Shore STX? I know a lot of them prohibit dogs because of the turtles. Thanks in advance.

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Topic starter Posted : May 20, 2012 5:37 pm
Jamison
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I am pretty sure you can have your dog on any of the beaches out east, just keep them on a leash.

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Posted : May 20, 2012 5:53 pm
Stxer1
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We've taken our dogs to the beach next to the Divi Hotel. If you're looking at the Divi from the street side, we take them to the left end of the Divi and there is a very nice, long, wide beach. Nobody's ever hassled us and the dogs are on their leashes. Have fun!

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Posted : May 20, 2012 7:25 pm
rhstoo
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Cane Bay on the North Shore is dog friendly though I second the leash nomination.

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Posted : May 20, 2012 7:49 pm
speee1dy
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and please clean up after your pet.

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Posted : May 20, 2012 10:10 pm
mgpilot
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Tamarind Reef (East) does not allow dogs.

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Posted : May 20, 2012 11:28 pm
jbatl
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Thanks everyone!

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Topic starter Posted : May 21, 2012 12:43 am
watruw8ing4
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Shoy's does not allow dogs (although I've seen them there and stepped in their poop). I take my dog to the beach in between Chenay Bay property and Green Cay Marina (Chenay does not allow dogs). Dogs are supposed to be on leashes there due to turtle nesting. For the most part, I comply with a retractable leash. But my dog is small, not a digger and recall-trained, so I let her run off leash at times. If you ask my dog, she'll tell you that Ha'Penny and Cane Bay are by far her favorite beaches. And yes, I pick up every bit of her poop. Just wish others would do the same.

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Posted : May 21, 2012 12:57 pm
jostvandog
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My dog and I go to Ha'Penny or I think its actually Manchineel Bay. Also there is a beach right before the entrance to Green Cay Marina we go to. I also stroongly encourage.Too many other critters running around. also dont forget the poop bags.

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Posted : May 22, 2012 3:38 pm
Jamison
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for the people who seem to step on dog poop fairly often, do you find yourselves stepping on other things a lot too?

What would you suggest using to pick up dog poop with? plastic bags? I would think a little dog poo here and there, is less harmful then all those wasted plastic bags heading to the dump. Heck, That's why a place like Hawaii made them illegal.

You can train a dog to potty off the trail, off the road or sidewalk and off the beach too. It's not too hard.

Always keep your dogs on a leash too please. Some times it's cool to drop the leash, but in general, it can be scary when a random dog runs out of the bush and up to you.

Grapetree, Jack and Isaacs are all great dog friendly beaches, but like I said, think of the turtles and others and keep your puppy leashed.

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Posted : May 22, 2012 4:04 pm
watruw8ing4
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A little dog poop from a lot of dogs adds up. And even off-beach and off trail, on a small, hilly island, it runs into the ocean eventually. It adds nitrates to the water, as well as coliform, salmonella and giardia bacteria, which can foul the reefs and marshes, and make humans sick. As for on the beach, I had a friend who lives by a beach in Mexico and walks it daily. She developed a horrible itching on her foot. After 6 weeks of agonizing itch, she was diagnosed with cutaneous larva migrans. That's live, squirmy, hookworm larva, growing in her foot. After taking her history, Dr determined she could only have gotten it from stepping in dog poo on her walks - the only place she goes barefoot. Given the large number of dogs on the island, and the lack of proper care by many, every little bit helps. I use biodegradable poop bags (less than a nickel apiece). But the non-biodegradable ones will still be legal in Hawaii. Apparently, they think it's important to pick it up too.

The turtle eggs and beachgoers are quite safe from my dog. Just as you can train a dog to poo where you want, you can train one not to dig, not to touch, to heel, and come on command. For someone who hasn't done all of those, then yes, leashes are in order.

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Posted : May 22, 2012 5:43 pm
OldTart
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Spot on, watruw8ing4 . Dog poop here can be way more of a problem than simply a messy something to step into. Many owners not only let their dogs run free but also don't keep up with preventative medicines, shots and worming so that messy poop can be infinitely worse to your health than the person right next to you who sniffles and hacks all over you.

Jamison, either pick up as watruw8ing4 suggested or you can use a pooper scooper. They cost al of $3 max at KMart and are sold as "Litter Scoops" in the cat section. As far as disposal of poop is concerned, one can of course go haywire where "green" is concerned and "green" isn't always possible. Just be sensible. Recycle those plastic grocery bags to contain the poop you pick up, and dispose of it properly.

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Posted : May 25, 2012 1:09 pm
Jamison
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between have several large dogs, mostly fosters while living in a small town and volunteering at the pounds and shelters back home, I have picked up tons of dog crap.

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Posted : May 25, 2012 3:16 pm
BeachcomberStt
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I've seen a couple dogs at a beach kill a few chicks because the owners didn't have their dogs on a leash. It wasn't a pretty sight!

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Posted : May 25, 2012 6:19 pm
jostvandog
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i have little poop bags that are in a plastic case that attaches to my dogs leash. That way I always have them. I bought tons of them before I moved here. Not sure but try Petsmart.com to see if they have them. I find it bizarre that people are surprised that I am cleaning up my dogs mess.

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Posted : May 29, 2012 4:17 pm
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