Cloud 9 Relaxation
FAQ about Pets
Q: Is there a fenced in yard?
A: No, fences would ruin the views for people. You’ll see.
Q: Do you have a dog kennel?
A: YES, we have a 10 x 10 ft fenced kennel with a dog house, if needed, in the yard close by Cloud 9 Relaxation Home (out of the mountain view siting). It is is in the shade most of the day but we have a tarp for the top when too sunny. We also have a dog house upon request. At Heavenly Hideaway cabin you can request a 6 x 10 ft fenced kennel with dog house.
Q: Do you have a gated deck? A doggy door?
A: The deck of Cloud 9 Relaxation Home is magnificently huge. Two strategically placed child proof gates or upside down chairs MAY keep little dogs on it. The Heavenly Hideaway cabin deck has a built in gate and wrap around deck. Keep the back door open and your dog can go in and out without you. No doggy doors here.
Q: Are any other dogs on the property?
A: No. Your dog will be the ALMIGHTY of the Hill unless another renter has a pet, then we will tell you where the dog party is.
Q: Have you ever had a misbehaved dog?
A: Yes, one pet owner of a little dog thought it was OK to close him up in the bathroom. Well you can guess what he chewed on and scratched. A damage fee was accessed for refinishing the door. Another time, a dog got a hold of the dolly in the little person toy drawer and ripped its head off. Replacement was found on Ebay for a damage fee. Bring your own pet toys and for that reason, we don’t allow puppies.
Q: Do you allow cats? They are pets, too.
A: If you have ever seen someone start to swell up, get watery eyes and sniffles with just the dander of an absent cat, you would know why we can’t allow cats.
Q: Do you have ticks?
A: Yes, we have wood ticks and deer ticks. The tick season is predominately April-October. Another good reason to bring your dog brush and go over your pet’s fur when coming in from a hike. Our local Fairview Animal hospital vet says, “The best way to prevent ticks is with a monthly treatment applied between the shoulders of your pet. A popular and effective product is Frontline Plus.”
Q: Where can I take my dog for recreation?
A: You know the BEST place for you and your dog? Right here on Cloud 9 Farm. Play, swim in Peterson Pond, fetch in the open fields…just be happy that you brought your beloved pet to enjoy the mountains together. You will love all the hiking trails through the woods that you can take your canine on. On leash or off leash…it’s up to you.
Or as one renter said, “I just want to wear my dog out hiking so he doesn’t wake me up at 5:00 am for once!”
Here are some other pet-friendly places:
The NC Arboretum is 25 minutes away, off the Blue Ridge Parkway Parking and is $8 per personal vehicle (free the first Tuesday of each month.) They have more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Dogs on leashes are permitted on the grounds, but not in some garden areas.
Hours: Open daily, weather permitting, except Christmas Day, April–October, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. November–March 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Biltmore Estate Allows Pets
George Vanderbuilt had a dog named Cedric, a St. Bernard. Take your pooch to see him (his statue) outside of Cedric’s Tavern and toast pet friendly hikes on the estate with a Cedric’s Pale Ale while you sit around the green listening to music at Antler Village. You can’t go in the Biltmore House, of course, but “yes” to the beautiful grounds with a leash and baggies.
Fresh air for you and your pet…why not show your dog the highest mountain on the east coast by following the Blue Ridge Parkway north for 45 minutes from Cloud 9? Dogs are allowed on leash on over 100 different trails.
Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest allow dogs on the hiking trails. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but are only allowed on two short walking paths—the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Why? The Great Smokey Mountains National Park has prohibited dogs in the backcountry since the park was first established in the 1930s.
We thought their reasons made sense and also a precaution here at Cloud 9. Here are a few:
– Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by a dog can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a dog and may not venture out to feed.
– Pets may become prey for larger predators such as coyotes and bears. In addition, if your dog disturbs and enrages a bear, it may lead the angry bear directly to you.
– Dogs can also encounter insects that bite and transmit disease and plants that are poisonous or full of painful thorns and burrs.
Charges: $35/stay small dogs under 25 lbs
$50/stay dogs over 25 lbs