I've written before about how we don't go back to the off-leash bay-front dog park anymore. (After The Worst Walk Ever we tried a few other times, but Rita doesn't have a perfect recall and I worried too much that she'd get in trouble with another crazy person.)
But recently we tried one of the many on-leash beaches. There are lots of beaches in San Diego where you can walk your on-leash dog - the only catch is that it has to be before 9am all year, and then after 4pm in the winter/6pm in the summer.
We hadn't tried the on-leash beaches before for a couple of reasons: (1) the hubs and Rita both like to sleep in on the weekends and (2) I didn't trust people to actually have their dogs leashed. (Rita, understandably, hates to be charged at by off-leash dogs while she is on leash.)
When the hubs took the day off work recently, we decided to get up early enough so we could head down to the beach for a nice long walk. Rita had a great time! She was happy and romping as soon as we hit the sand! We walked a nice long ways.
We ran a little bit, and walked under the pier.
She attacked some seaweed (scary stuff cuz the waves kept moving it)...
...and rolled in some seaweed.
She dug a bit.
She was a little afraid of the waves (she's used to the bay) and would only get her feet wet, but a good time was had by all.
And the best part was that over 2 different days trying this, we never had a run-in with an off-leash dog! I was shocked. I really expected folks to be breaking the law - cuz you know how people are. (The cops must actually go down there and enforce the rule every once in a while!)
We'll definitely be going back, as long as I can get the 2 of them up early enough!
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