Last weekend we explored an area fairly close to home. We took our puppies (dogs) to a beach in San Diego. The beach was a little unique in that one side of the beach welcomed the regular beach goers and the other side was a total off-leash dog park. I had never seen so many happy dogs. The dogs were able to be off leash and let run in and out of the water. So many of the big dogs were able to run and greet other dogs and people. We even had a mid-sized dog come to our lawn chair staked-out area and sit on Michael’s lap. I was so cute. The dog parent came over to call her dog off Michael’s lap, but she was quite happy where she was.
Along with watching the four-legged creatures play in the water, the two-legged types got to play in the water too. The ocean area just off beach for the dogs is shallow. I’m not a very good swimmer, but loved watching my cousin Shelby and Michael jumping the waves and playing in the water. My aunt Marla and I just hung out in the ocean where we could touch the sand while watching Shelby and Michael bouncing in the waves. I had carried Bella out in the water while standing there, but because she hasn’t spent a lot of time in the water she was a little nervous so I took her back.
When everyone was done hanging out in the water we retired back to our lawn chairs to “people/dog watch!” It was so fun to sit and watch the interaction between dogs and people. I was surprised that there weren’t any dog fights and was in awe of how many dogs played together.
We stayed a while, but knew it was getting time to leave when the water was getting closer and closer. The tide was rolling in. The decision to leave was unanimous since there were a few of us walking around with “lobster-looking skin.” Shelby was the one with the most red, which was very painful, but after some vinegar and TLC she felt a lot better. She’ll remember her stay in Southern California for so many reasons, but hope the sunburn won’t be the main reason.
The trip to the beach last Sunday was very fun and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has dogs. It’s a great form of socialization for both dogs and their owners.