Darci The Dog

Adventure Pup, Conway Area Humane Society

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Everyday is a new adventure for Darcie. With the Mt. Washington Valley being so dog friendly, Darcie gets to go everywhere her ‘paw-rents’ go, and make new doggy friends.


Starting with grabbing coffee at The Met coffee house. She’ll sit with family while they enjoy a breakfast sandwich at the outdoor tables surrounding The Met, and overlooking Schouler Park! Dogs are welcome in the park, and you’ll find many playing frisbee and catch with their owners.

Schouler Park is a dog-friendly space to play fetch with your pup in Mt. Washington Valley!


From Schouler Park, Darcie takes her mom exploring throughout the trail network in Whitaker Woods. Located just outside of North Conway Village, Whitaker Woods is perfect for cross-country skiing in winter and long walks in the summer. It’s a favorite of many local and visiting dogs. You’ll find dogs walking with their owners, following them on bikes or helping to keep their owners motivated for a trail run.

And after so much physical activity, there’s no doubt your dog will need some water. Darcie’s best kept secret is the watering trough at at Rotary Park. On the southern end of North Conway Village, you’ll see an unusual stone sculpture at the turn of Depot Road. What once had practical function during the horse and buggy days, this stone sculpture was a tub that gathered water for horses to drink from. Far from the horse and buggy days, this historic tub is now a piece of public art with practical uses as well. Dogs can find reprieve from their thirst in the bowls found at the base of the sculpture. To read more on the history of this watering trough, click the link!
Grab a drink at Darcie's favorite watering hole in North Conway, a historic watering trough once used for those traveling by horse!


A stop at Four Your Paws Only, just outside of North Conway Village features a 20-foot treat bar. There you’ll find handmade cookies and treats that are baked fresh and made with human grade ingredients. Each cookie is hand cut, and individually decorated by hand.


Certainly Four Your Paws Only offers great options from treats to pet food, human’s have to eat too, which is why Darcie finds herself at Black Cap Grille regularly with her owners! The restaurant’s patio is pet friendly and dogs always get their own water bowl. Darcie’s mom recommends the mussels and, so does Darcie, because most of the time her mom ends up sharing the bread with her!


A day like this spent in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire is a day in dog heaven. There is so much to do in the valley to keep one’s four-legged family members entertained; from river trips to doggie daycare, to pet-friendly lodging and walking trails.

Whitaker Woods is one of many dog-friendly trails throughout Mt. Washington Valley.


Of course Darcie realizes that not all dogs are as lucky as she is to have a safe and welcoming home. Which is why she is a regular supporter of Conway Area Humane Society. Every year this non-profit hosts Trails for Tails where pet owners and pet lovers raise money and bring their dogs to Whitaker Woods for a fun filled day!

Darcie is also an avid supporter of Little Angels Service Dogs, located in Bartlett, NH. Little Angels is a non-profit dedicated to partnering service dogs with the disabled. It's dedicated to providing the highest quality dogs to assist in the daily lives of its recipients. It cares for dogs from birth and trains them through an extensive process at its "Sky Valley" ranch, in Bartlett.

Mount Washington Observatory is another non-profit that Darcie loves to support. The work that this non-profit does in weather and climate research and education to advance the understanding of Earth's weather and climate is so interesting to Darcie. And of course, one of her favorite hikes is to the summit of Mount Washington, where the Observatory is located!


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