Serving as a suburb to both Raleigh and Durham, the town of Garner, North Carolina was officially founded in 1905; however, its history goes all the way back to 1751! It’s no surprise that Garner has not just one but three different sites registered with the National Register of Historic Places. Garner is also known for being the hometown of both Scotty McCreery, winner of American Idol, and Chris Culliver, an NFL player. With lots of small town charm and the amenities of having a big city so close by, Garner’s a great place for families.
Don’t forget, though: your canine companion is part of the family, too, and Garner’s a great city for your dog! While there isn’t a ton to do with your dog within Garner, there are numerous attractions located within twenty miles of the town, no matter which direction you head. There are also several veterinarians to choose from in Garner, so you and your family can pick one who’s the best option for your dog. There’s also an emergency veterinarian hospital, and while no one wants to think about an emergency involving their pet, it’s good to have a plan. Visit Garner for the best of both worlds: small town charm, big city feeling.
In the heart of Garner, in the Northside neighborhood, you’ll find the dog-friendly restaurant Kraftys! This local joint serves up delicious burgers, but they aren’t just limiting themselves to beef burgers! While beef is on the menu, Kraftys also offers delectable turkey burgers and veggie burgers. Fido can dine with you at an outdoor table, if you want to bring him along for the fun. He’ll need to stay on his leash while you eat, and good behavior is mandatory. Can you resist the puppy-dog eyes your pooch will break out once he gets a whiff of your burger?
In western Garner’s Whispering Pines neighborhood, take your dapper dog to dine with you at Mojo’s Grill. Mojo’s Grill offers a wide variety of food, so there’s sure to be something that everyone will like. Try the wings, or if you want something different, give the gyro a go! Fido can join you at any of their outdoor seating; be aware this seating is limited, so you might want to call ahead to see if the restaurant is very busy. He’ll need to stay on his leash the whole time he’s there, and he’ll also need to be on his best behavior.
If you’re wanting to take your dog to socialize with other playful pups, head about fifteen minutes northwest to Raleigh’s Carolina Pines Dog Park. This bark park is sure to be a ball for your dog! With two separate areas, Carolina Pines separates large, rambunctious dogs from shyer, smaller dogs, giving your dog the opportunity to make friends he feels comfortable around. Water is provided for your dog so that he doesn’t get overheated. You’ll want to bring along waste disposal bags, and you might even want to bring a toy or two.
About twenty minutes east of Garner is East Clayton’s appropriately named East Clayton Dog Park! This large dog park has plenty of room for even the most energetic dogs to run around and get some off-leash exercise. You’ll want to bring along some water and waste disposal bags, but make sure to leave your dog’s toys at home. None are allowed in the park. Children under twelve years old also aren’t allowed in the dog park as a safety precaution. East Clayton Dog Park is open from sunrise to sunset, so you can have fun on your schedule.
Raleigh’s Oakwood Park, which is home to Oakwood Dog Park, is located about twenty minutes away from Garner, and it has plenty to offer you and your furry friend! With plenty of water to drink, tons of toys to play with, and a whole lot of space for your dog to run around, it’s impossible for your dog to not have a pawesome time! There are two separate areas of this dog park, just like most other dog parks. Seating is also available for pup parents if you need to take a rest. Have a barking good time at Oakwood Dog Park!