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Sonny’s Summer Vacation.


–by Gloria Yarina


owners invited Sonny to enter with us. Silly Willie’s is the town’s pet boutique, so it was our favorite family store. It was stocked with duck bullys, animal greeting cards, unique gift items, and dog smells to pique Sonny’s curiosity and fulfill his entertainment quotient.


IT TOOK US TEN YEARS to take one of our dogs on vacation with us. When we decided to go with our oldest boy, Sonny, my husband, Dave had visions of his little man as his first mate, sail- ing side by side enjoying the ride. We could see the excitement in Sonny’s posture when we placed him on the boat for a test. That’s just how it happened. About two hours after we


arrived at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, Dave strapped Sonny into his life jacket and off they went to comb the seas for fish and adventure. This was our second trip to New Smyrna. We wanted to return when we found out just how dog- friendly it was on our first trip. I stayed behind at the Inn to relax and read, alternating


between the dog appropriate tiled floor in the room and the fenced courtyard outside our room. When the boys returned we went out to dinner at one of


the many dog-accommodating restaurants. Norwood’s welcomes humans and canines with a huge front covered porch area. Dogs are treated to a shiny stainless steel bucket of icy water. The next morning we were delighted with our first break-


fast at the Inn since Sonny was able to join us. Their sumptuous Signature Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 10:00 am daily. The menu changes and ranges from gourmet pancakes to French toast, eggs cooked your way, bacon, biscuits and gravy. Don’t forget to try the Almost Famous Shrimp and Grits, now a permanent fixture on their Sunday morning breakfast menu. After our meal, we headed to the Smyrna Dunes Park


Beach for some exercise. For five dollars, Sonny had fun running in the sand and swimming in the cool water. We had a ball watching the dogs shaking the wetness off their coats in unison. Around the outdoor shower were tons of dog bowls, and dog- gie bags. We discovered Heavenly Café for lunch, where a cup of


yogurt with a dog biscuit on top is a menu item. We opted for their famous Lobster Roll. Something yummy for everyone. Strolling along the shops of historic Flagler Avenue, shop


www.TheNewBarker.com All of the shopping made us hungry, so we headed for The


Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill right on Flagler Avenue for dinner. We enjoyed our meal on the deck, while Sonny had fun people watching. The menu, described as a fusion of flavor and fun, brings the taste and culture of great surf shops from around the world using local produce and protein. We arrived back at our room satiated and dog-tired from the day’s activities. On Saturday, we all visited the New Smyrna Beach Farmers


Market at Old Fort Park and City Hall. The grassroots associa- tion has been a mainstay of the town since 1991. It’s dog friendly and open every Saturday from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm. That night, we dined at That’s Amore, a fine Italian restau-


rant. The atmosphere and food were molto bene. It even inspired us to watch the movie The Dogfather. Finally out of energy, our little pupster was happy to sleep.


He was such a good traveler and everyone was so accommodat- ing. We are looking forward to taking him on another Florida journey soon.


ABC News named the Black Dolphin Inn in their top 10 list of B&B’s. Fourteen guest rooms are appointed with vintage furni- ture, fine art, eclectic accents and modern amenities. The innkeepers are emphatic in expressing their love of having dogs stay with them as guests. The three story, single structure waterfront inn features 9,000 square feet. Located on the shores of the Indian River, the property also has a fishing pier with overnight docking for boats. Owned and operated by twin brothers Scott and Brett Smith, their vision for the Inn is, “It’s always about taking care of our guests.” All dogs and cats are welcome, regardless of weight or breed with a maximum of two pets per unit. The designated pet-friendly rooms are located on the first floor, each with private exterior entrances. BlackDolphinInn.com. Mention The New Barker when making your reservations. U


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