We have a cozy little cottage at the beach where we like to escape whenever city life starts to take it's toll. And like us, the boys love going to the beach to experience the great outdoors.
The only downside to the beach is the traffic on the roads so we have to keep them chained up for their own protection. However, we bought sturdy metal pegs that screw into the ground and come with long cables that attach to the peg and the dog's harness, so they do have a lot of room to maneouver in the yard.
The boys love going for long walks in the morning and generally wake us at about 6:15 a.m. to be let out and to go for a walk. The only downside to this routine is, if you've had a couple of drinks the night before, you really don't want to be getting out of bed at 6:15. However, that is the responsibility we undertook when we decided to get two dogs, so one or both of us hauls our butt out of bed and takes the boys for their walk. But you know, once you get out there in the cool morning air with the dew on the grass and the only sounds being the birds and the sound of your own footsteps, you realize how lucky you are to be able to experience the peace and quiet that comes with the morning sunrise at the beach.
It's amazing how much energy the boys have when they get to the beach. They can walk, or should I say run, for amazingly long distances in the grass and on the street as they eagerly explore new areas. Of course, they are diligent in marking every rock, street sign and wooden post along the way. Their absolute favorite place to run is on the beach itself, where the sand is like white flour and stretches on forever, the dunes rise in the back and the water slowly laps onto the shore. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on our beach and the signs are prominently posted. However, at 6:15 in the morning, there is no one on the beach, so we have snuck them on a couple of times and let them play to their heart's content. The other day, however, we did run into another dog owner who told us that the beach patrol were really getting sticky about people sneaking their dogs on the beach and the fine was $250 per dog. For me, that would be $500 - a lot to pay for the little guys to have some fun. So, unfortunately, these little morning treks will be confined to the soft green grass in the park and the weaving roads that run through the little beach community. The nice part is that the boys are quite happy to simply explore the community, run in the park, and spend the remainder of the day sunning themselves on the deck and napping.