This summer we rented a beach house in Manzanita, Oregon (http://www.manzanitarentals.com) and this time we brought the pups!
We don’t know if Heidi, being a foster dog with little known history, has ever been to the beach before or gone swimming anywhere. Luckily Marley, our Chocolate Lab, LOVES the beach! She even knows that a particular tote bag means we’re going to the beach! At least Marley will be a positive example for Heidi and should make her feel more comfortable in this new environment.
We left our house where the temperature was going to be miserably hot to go to the beach where it was SIGNIFICANTLY cooler. Turns out I was so focused on packing all the necessary dog supplies I managed to leave behind some important items for myself. For example: 3 dog brushes, 0 human brushes. I also managed to forget a sweater or a jacket, luckily my husband shared his.
We made our way out to the beach, with all the necessary gear, to discover Heidi LOVES the beach. While Marley fixated on THE BEACH TOY, Ruffians Octopus, Heidi was impatiently waiting to run with Marley. Heidi’s new body now allows her to stay close to Marley when running, and she did run…non-stop!
Heidi was so tired that once we got back to the beach house, settled on the deck for clean up/grooming, she almost fell asleep while getting dried off. After a good night’s sleep (with no accidents) the dogs were ready for round 2.
The next day the sun came out and the pups were ready for another adventure. The pups weren’t running as fast but our friends that joined us were still impressed (especially with Heidi knowing where she started months ago). I did not expect to have such a difficult time getting pictures of her, she wouldn’t stand still!
This was our first trip back to the beach since our boy Rusty died last year. Having Heidi with us made it better for us. We were very thankful to have shared this experience with Heidi.