It’s 23 PAWS! I love writing about Charlie and posting photos of him, so participating was a no-brainer, obviously (oh yeah, and I think Eat Pray Tri is awesome, so happy to participate for that reason too!!)
This month, I thought I’d write about Charlie and my adventure at the beach on Saturday. A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a massive small-dog meet-up that happens every Saturday at one of the SF beaches. Supposedly, over 200 people show up every week with their small dogs and all walk from one side to the beach and back together. The dogs play and have their own little party.
It sounded pretty neat. I read the website before I left. For a very informal meet-up (I think it just started as a few friends meeting with their dogs), there are some very specific rules–
1) Dogs MUST be under 20 pounds (Charlie weighs 19-20 pounds, so just barely makes it).
2) No leashes allowed (they want the dogs to be free to roam).
3) No treats allowed (so the dogs don’t get distracted).
4) Only happy, friendly dogs allowed (duh).
Good to know…I would have brought treats. Anyway-
We got there a little late on Saturday….and of course, in typical SF fashion, the entire City was 75 degrees….except for the neighborhood with the beach where it was cold and foggy! But the fog was actually very pretty. Charlie didn’t mind. He LOVES the beach and was thrilled to be there.
And my friend was right– there were almost 200 people there!
All the new dog-friends made Charlie pretty excited…
And basically, it was one big dog party. I’m trying to socialize Charlie a little more because he’s sorta indifferent and scared about other dogs lately, so it was good for him to play. (we had some not-so-good experiences with a few not so nice nieghborhood dogs lately…) And since it’s 23 Paws, I’ll just post his friend-playing-etc photos. I feel like I’m posting photos of my toddler from his play group- ha, kidding!
And he of course, came home wet, sandy, tired, and happy…..and so did I
Questions for ya–
If you have a dog, do they prefer playing with dogs their own size or smaller/bigger dogs? Charlie likes dogs that look like him…too small and he’s not interested…too big and he’s a little scared.
Do you think your town/city is dog-friendly? SF is…you can bring dogs into just about any store. BUT- it’s really, really hard to find an apartment that allows dogs.
If you could get any breed of dog, what would you get? I now love Cockapoos because of Charlie, but I’ve always wanted a golden retriever and I think a goldendoodle or labradoodle would be terrific too.