A Dog’s Life

by Nov 8, 2021Around Town, North Brunswick

Dogs have it great in Leland, thanks to an abundance of dog-friendly businesses and services.

It’s no secret that Americans love their pets, and Leland-area dog owners are certainly no exception. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, Brunswick County continues to welcome more residents of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties to its coastal communities. And there’s good news for the area’s many dog lovers: From restaurants to parks to a variety of pup-centric services and offerings, Leland is brimming with dog-friendly places sure to get those tails wagging!

Outdoor Dining
Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a casual meal or to share a few drinks with friends, Leland has a variety of dining options that welcome dogs on their outdoor patios.

One such place is The Joyce, located in the Villages at Brunswick Forest. Known as Leland’s friendly neighborhood Irish Pub, The Joyce offers a wide selection of traditional homemade Irish dishes and a broad range of beer. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the patio, and they are as well at Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar right across the street. Specializing in fresh steamed and raw seafood, Shuckin Shack serves up an extensive menu of delicious food and cocktails in a casual, furry-friendly atmosphere. The Villages at Brunswick Forest is also home to Pizzettas Pizzeria, a restaurant dedicated to serving traditional and savory Italian dishes to the Leland community since 2012. Dog owners can sit outside on the patio to enjoy Pizzettas’ renowned specialty pizzas and pasta dishes.

If you’re in the mood for traditional American cuisine, head over to Local’s Tavern on U.S. Highway 17 within the Cross Creek Commons shopping plaza. Here, pups can tag along while owners enjoy cold beer and tasty food on the outdoor patio. For a taste of regional American seafood and true Southern hospitality, guests with leashed dogs are welcome to sit out on the patio at Cape Fear Seafood Company, located at the Village Shoppes at Waterford. This award-winning restaurant offers everything from shrimp burgers to fresh-catch saltimbocca. For coffee-loving dog owners, Leland is also home to two Port City Java locations, one at Waterford and the other within the Villages at Brunswick. Both locations offer locally roasted coffee and baked goods and have patio seating to accommodate man’s best friend.

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Dog Parks
In addition to its wide array of dog-friendly restaurants, the Leland area also offers residents and their canine companions a variety of recreational areas and green spaces to enjoy together.

Located off U.S. Highway 17, Town Creek District Park consists of 35 acres containing ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds and a dedicated off-leash dog park where pups can socialize and run free. Head over to Founders Park, formerly known as Leland Municipal Park, which is the town’s first park and is located at 113 Town Hall Drive. Here visitors can enjoy nearly 8 acres of green space, picnic tables, benches, a gazebo, playground and a 0.6-mile paved multi-use path perfect for dog walks. Leland is also home to Northwest District Park, located at1937 Andrew Jackson Highway. Dog owners can enjoy a bit of fresh air while exploring this 35-acre park with their pup, which includes multiple sports fields, tennis courts, four picnic shelters, a playground and 8 acres of green space perfect for a game of fetch or frisbee toss.

There’s also Brunswick Nature Park, a 911-acre nature preserve located off River Road in Winnabow. Dogs are welcome to join their owners and explore the many trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic viewing platforms overlooking the wetlands and vistas or explore the waterways using the park’s kayak/canoe launch site.

Grab the leash and take your dog on a stroll along the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. Located opposite the western banks of Eagles Island on the Brunswick River off N.C. Highway 133, Riverwalk Park encompasses 28 acres and includes a fishing pier, educational pavilion, observation deck, an over-marsh waterfront boardwalk and a picturesque 2/3-mile woodland walking trail.

There’s nothing a dog loves more than to take a drive around town with their owner and spend the day side by side. That’s what makes the dog-friendly drive-throughs around town so wonderful. Most banks have dog biscuits ready and waiting to hand out to Leland’s four-legged passengers at the drive-up window. If your pup has a sweet tooth, take a trip over to Starbucks and ask for a “puppuccino” to be added to your order. This delicious, dog-friendly treat is actually just a small cup of whipped cream. Not to be outdone, Leland’s Dunkin Donuts also offers free small cups of whipped cream for canine companions — just ask for one the next time you visit their drive-through with your pooch in tow.

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Doggie Daycares and Boarding
Whether it’s for a few hours, several days or even a few weeks, leaving your pooch in the care of others can be stressful. That’s why Leland’s dog-loving residents will be happy to know there are two great options when it comes to pet boarding and daycare facilities.

Magnolia’s Bed and Biscuit on Village Road is a luxury pet resort and daycare that offers overnight boarding and full-service grooming. Dog owners will feel confident that their pups are in good hands with amenities such as live webcams, daily progress reports, a bone booth available for a call from mom and dad, and even movie nights every Saturday featuring animal stars and treats for the furry moviegoers.

On Ploof Road just off U.S. Highway 17, Leland Pet Resort provides convenient pet care with a focus on fun and safety. Dog owners can drop their pups off for a day of play in the resort’s climate-controlled indoor play yards or shaded outdoor yards with artificial turf and splash pools. Overnight accommodations include tempered glass suites and elevated beds to make sure your pup feels comfortable while you’re away. The resort also offers a full range of grooming services to satisfy even the stinkiest of pooches.

Beth Sheperd, owner of Salty Dogs Training, offers private lessons in Brunswick County and group classes at Leland Pet Resort. Her training is designed to meet the needs of each individual dog, from puppy basics to agility to competition obedience or just learning how to be a great family member. Classes are focused on building positive relationships between owners and their pups.

From routine wellness checks to more pressing medical needs, Leland’s animal hospitals provide top-notch veterinary care to man’s best friend.

Since 1991, Leland Veterinary Hospital at 508 Village Road has served northern Brunswick County as a state-of-the-art medical facility offering preventative care, surgical and dental services, pain management, grooming and more. Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital on Brunswick Village Road welcomes dogs, cats and even exotics and offers preventative care, digital radiology and in-house lab work, behavior modification and boarding. Capeside Animal Hospital at 58 Waterford Business Center Way is a full-service facility providing wellness and prevention services, dentistry, surgery, diagnostics, boarding and grooming.

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Pet Adoption Agencies
Not a dog owner yet but looking for a furry companion to add to your family? These Brunswick County animal adoption agencies can help you find your new best friend: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services at 429 Green Swamp Road in Supply, Paws Place Dog Rescue at 242 George II Highway in Winnabow and Southport – Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) at 3376 St. Charles Place in Southport.

Leland’s canine residents are always looking good and smelling fresh, thanks to these local grooming facilities. Peachy Kleen Grooming at 112 Village Road NE in Leland, Splish Splash Dog Wash at 2013 Olde Regent Way Suite 180 in Leland, Sit. Stay. Spa. At 110 Old Fayetteville Road NE in Leland and Petsense Leland at 1215 West Gate Drive in Leland.

Photography by Laura Glantz