The dog days of summer are those long, hot, humid days that are tough on pets and their people.

Since we're in the throes of the dog days right now, having some fun with your pup will alleviate the doldrums for you both!

Here are some suggestions for what to do with your pet in Pitt County: 

1. Take your dog on a morning Dog Paddle on the Tar River by kayak or SUP board with Knee Deep Adventures on Aug. 6, 12 and 22. Participants will paddle a short distance from Port Terminal to a nearby sand bar where dogs and owners can all run, swim, and play! Cost is $25 per person; dog life jackets can be rented for $5 each. 

2. Introduce your dog to other local pooches -- and let them play together -- at Greenville's Off-Leash Dog Park, a dedicated recreational site for dogs. And you can meet other dog lovers, as well! The Off-Leash Dog Park is at 200 N. Ashe St, about a half-mile east of the Town Common and one block north of East First Street between Warren and Ashe streets.

3. Have a beer and help support the Humane Society of Eastern NC at Barks & Brews from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery, 707 Dickinson Ave. Dogs are permitted both inside and outside.

4. Enjoy nature with your four-legged friend -- and get some exercise together -- with a walk along the Greenville Greenway. The marked urban walking trail runs along the Tar River (you can park at the Town Common on First Street) and winds through neighborhoods. 

5. Take your dog out to eat at one of Greenville's dog-friendly restaurant patios. Sup Dogs is the obvious choice -- but lots of local eateries welcome your pups, including Villa Verde Dominican Restaurant and Basil's Italian Restaurant.

6. Splash around with your four-legged friend at the Doggie Pool Party -- and Doggie Swimswear Contest! -- from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Greenville Community Pool 2113 Myrtle  Ave. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Off-Leash Dog Park.

7. Treat your dog a sweet whipped cream snack at local coffeehouse Biscuit & The Bean or Starbucks locations. Just go through the drive-through and ask for a puppy treat (or Pupaccino)! And get yourself an iced coffee.

(Hat tip to Visit Greenville NC for the blog idea and photo)

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NOTE: The City of Greenville has a 24-hour leash law. Dogs are permitted off owner's property only if the dog is on a leash or under some other means of physical control.

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