If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dogs On The Beach

I come from a long line of beach-lovers.  Genetically we're not well-made for the sun but that doesn't stop our love of the shore.  Often you will find us on the beach in the off-season.  There is something about the solitude and the vastness of the ocean that works magic on my soul.

My pug-loving sister, my grandmother, and her constant companion Fifi, many years ago

I love the companionship of dogs on the beach.  I love long walks; to walk on the beach; to walk with dogs; and particularly to walk with a dog along the shore.

Some dogs love the water (Pupzilla not-so-much) but even when they don't, I've never met a dog that didn't enjoy being at the beach.

We were lucky to find a nice hotel, right on the beach, that allowed dogs.  There were plenty of rules but we were happy to follow them.  Pupzilla got a balcony and she and I watched all the dog activity from afar.

Pupzilla doesn't play nicely with other dogs so we need to be extra careful when we are around canine friends.  I was happy to see so many people obeying the leash law the first few days but once the beach got deserted, most people felt the rule no longer applied.  This curtailed our activities a bit.  

There were also some "big dogs" on the beach.  I love horses.  I've never been an accomplished rider (although always wanted to be) but I thrill at the sight of a horse.

Four big dogs on the beach

Our own Pupzilla enjoying the beach


Mom said...

Looks like a great beach and you must have all had a terrific time. I spent the end of September/early October in a dune shack again this year. A bit stormier than it looks like the weather where you were. I sure wish I'd had a nice big dog to keep me company on walks along the ocean and on the dunes. No dogs allowed in the shacks though. A National Park Service rule. Since the Park Service--at least some members--would like nothing better than to get rid of the shacks, everyone tries real hard to obey the rules.

jo(e) said...

I love seeing these photos. I love beaches off-season -- and especially in the early morning or in the evening, when there aren't many people about.

Annie said...

Hi Brigindo,
Great photos. The beach is my second favorite place to be, after mountain trails deep in the woods. Our favorite beach is a National Wildlife Refuge, and our second favorite beach is unwild Daytona Beach. Your beach looks gorgeous.

Julie said...

Yes, yes, yes! The beach...dogs...and horses! Three of my favorite things. I love the pictures. Pupzilla is gorgeous. I love those soulful eyes.