I gave a bit of a gasp today when I looked at the calendar and saw that next week is the last week of August. I mean, I knew what day it was, but it hadn’t really sunk in…So in a desperate attempt to ignore the fact that summer is almost over, I started combing through photos of some of the best days we had these last couple of months…just to hang on to summer’s glow a little bit longer. These photos are from a great day spent with the dogs at Arroyo Burro Beach, a dog-friendly beach in Santa Barbara. We walked the whole length of the beach and it was…wonderful.
I’ve been taking my dogs to the dog beach ever since I first got Daisy, my Australian shepherd. I signed her up for the Good Canine Citizen class at a local pet store, and the dog trainer suggested it would be a great way to socialize her and teach her to follow me in an open space, off-leash. That was some of the best advice I ever heard. She loved it, of course, kept her eye on me the whole time as I walked along the beach, and learned to swim and ride the waves. When I adopted my two rescue dogs, Finley and Chloe, I took them there, as well, and while not as confident at first as Daisy, they, too, learned to love the beach. The following pictures are of the dogs at Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara earlier this summer, with a couple of older photos taken when I had just adopted Chloe and Finley. As you can see, I like to make them as comfortable as possible at the beach. It’s no easy task hauling three dogs, a beach chair, umbrella and bag filled with water and goodies, but I can’t help it. It makes them so gosh darn happy.
Daisy gives Arroyo Burro Dog Beach 4 out of 5 wags, because, well, because we’re all spoiled rotten from Huntington Dog Beach, which is much, much larger. The small amount of sand at Arroyo Burro makes it a bit crowded, and the abundance of seaweed means lots of little bugs jumping around your beach towel. We decided this would be a better beach for walking, rather than sunbathing. But a dog beach is a dog beach, and we’re grateful for all of them.
Look, Ma, we found dinner. Self-congratulatory nose-bump for the discovery.
We made new friends.
And one last swim before we head home.