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Frequently Asked Questions about joining us at the beach!
1) What are the dates for BBH13?
BeachBound Hounds will officially start on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:00am. It will end after the Blessing and Memorial Service on Sunday, September 29, 2013. For early arrivers, we always try to feature something fun and exciting to do- plans will be announced as the event approaches.
2) I've changed my plans and will not be attending. Can I receive a refund for my registration?
Although most events do not offer refunds, we will refund your registration fee (minus the PayPal fee) until July 1 every year. After that date, the funds have been spent in purchasing the imprinted materials and other items.
3) Then if I can't receive a refund, can someone else pick up my bag? Or can you mail it?
Yes, you can ask someone to do that for you and the bags will be marked as picked up. We don't offer to mail bags because they are large and heavy. Trying to mail bags after the event would create a problem and cost us quite a bit in shipping.
4) What about transferring my registration to someone else who can go in my place?
Not a problem either BUT we require them to fill out the registration form. Otherwise, they will not be in our database and won't be given the items they'll need once they arrive. Just email the staff should this situation arise and we'll be happy to help.
5) How are the registration fees used?
Greyhound Crossroads is a non-profit Greyhound adoption group run strictly by volunteers. No compensation is kept for the staff from the registration fees collected. All funds are used to purchase materials, rent the building and equipment, copy the program book, etc. Any funds left over after the expenses helps to support our adoption work for the rest of the year.
6) What does my registration include?
With each paid registration you receive one imprinted Welcome Bag that comes stuffed with goodies donated by our generous sponsors and supporters. You also receive all items that have been purchased to give you throughout the weekend, including contest prizes, raffle supplies, Memorial Service gifts, and necessary supplies for the free seminars and activities. Your registration gains you admission to all activities for the four days except a few special opportunities with a fee attached, like CGC Certification. Those activities usually involve more expensive supplies or a registration fee, and are clearly designated as "fee required".
7) Are dogs really allowed at all of the events?
YES! The only exception is eating in any restaurant other than the approved locations at Barefoot Landing. All organized events at the Sea Mist allow your dogs to attend with you. If there is an exception for any reason, that will be clearly posted. Please consider your own dogs and their ability to relax and attend with you, however, and make other arrangements if they might cause a disturbance for the presenters or others around you.
8) What are the rules on taking dogs onto the beach?
The City of Myrtle Beach allows dogs on the beach all day long between September 15 and May 1. Between May 1st and Sept 15th, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach between 9am and 5pm. That's why our event has always been held after that date. Myrtle Beach State Park is not within the City Limits and therefore no rules apply. Obviously dogs must never be allowed off-leash on any beach or outdoors at any BBH activity.
9) Are there any locations where dogs absolutely are not allowed?
Yes, two specific places. In Myrtle Beach it's against the law to have dogs inside pool areas. Please plan to walk around and not through these areas with your dogs. Also, the shopping area Broadway at the Beach is very public about their No Pets policy. They are well-known for their security guards approaching unknowing visitors with dogs and firmly escorting them off the property immediately.
10) What if I need a vet or doctor during our stay?
For needs which are not true emergencies, we have at least one vet on call who attends the entire weekend. They don't have the equipment for a true emergency however, so in those cases you should go immediately to the closest facility. We always include a page in your program book at the back which gives contact information for human and dog emergencies or assistance.
11) Why am I asked to register before I call the hotel?
This is for several reasons. First, only registered families have clearance to stay in the hotel buildings we have paid to reserve for the weekend. This is only fair to all of the families who HAVE registered. Families not on the approved registration list, but who have reserved a room at the hotel, may be bumped to other buildings to make room for those who have completed their requirements. That may mean those unregistered families find themselves in one of the off-beach hotel buildings that do not take pets. Please be responsible and help GC be able to afford this event by paying your fair share to register and completing the process.
12) I have dogs other than greyhounds, can they come too?
Of course! We've had everything from a tiny Chihuahua puppy just weeks old to Mastiffs. Just please remember that this is primarily a Greyhound event. Most of the contests are geared toward special features of our breed. Naturally, all dogs that attend must be comfortable in crowds and friendly to others.
Have other questions not answered in this FAQ? Write the staff and ask!