Of Dogs and Beaches

DixieDogDear Owners,

Thank you for taking me on your vacation to the beach. I hope you noticed how well I behaved as I might want to go again some time. Might I suggest more rest stops along the way? I had to keep my legs crossed half the time and besides that, the rest stops were the best part of the trip as that is where I met other interesting dogs.

I liked the beach and once I got used to it, the sand felt really good on my feet. I felt like running a mile if I had not been on that pesky leash. I could not help it that it that sand stuck to my paws and I tracked it inside. I had never seen an ocean before. It sure is big. Those waves kept coming up and licking at my feet making me jump to get out of the way. I didn’t think it was funny and didn’t appreciate your laughing at me.

I did not understand why I could not go on the beach at the State Park. I didn’t want to climb the stupid sand dunes anyhow, but the sugar-white beach might have been fun. Anyhow, I’m glad I did get to go on a picnic and bark at the birds and that other dog. Next time remind me to bark at the park ranger.

I liked the lighthouse that we saw, even though I could not climb up the stairs inside the lighthouse. That many steps would probably be too many for me anyhow. I had enough trouble learning to climb upstairs and downstairs in the condo. However, there were a lot of puddles outside the lighthouse that I waded in while you were trying to take pictures. You didn’t mind a little mud on the car seat did you?

I liked the marina and all the fishing boats we saw. I liked running up and down the boardwalk. And a lot of people stopped to say how cute I am. That is something I never get tired of hearing. Too bad we could not go in the seafood restaurants. Couldn’t we say I am a service dog and sneak in next time?

At least I did get to go to Five Guys and eat burgers on the sidewalk patio, or rather watch you eat burgers. Next time order me a burger too. Having only water at these “pet friendly” places gets old. Not even a dog treat? In my opinion, all restaurants should be pet friendly – not that I’m biased.

Why did I have to stay home and take a nap the day it rained while you went to see a movie? I like Star Wars too. You could hold me on your lap if anyone was worried about a little dog hair on the seats. It’s a dog’s life, going on vacation and being barred from half the attractions.

I did not like the thunderstorm at all. I’ve never heard such loud thunder. I’m glad you let me get in your bed and hide from the lightning. I guess it sounds louder when it rolls across the water with nothing to stop the sound. Sorry you did not get to go on the dolphin tour the next day. I’m sure you didn’t mind staying at home with me, though.

I really do like the pet sitter, but I like going places even more. I’m a “go dog.” I do not mind riding in my doggy car seat and taking a nap while you are driving. The motion of the car makes me so sleepy I can’t keep my eyes open. I would really rather drive the car, but I only have a dog license and not a driving license.

Anyhow, I want to go with you the next time you go somewhere. Start checking for pet friendly places.

Your dog,
Dixie
©2016 Sheila Moss
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About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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