Let's take Fido to the beach
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/02/19 Topics: Comments:
You're ready to take the kids on a get-away or you're looking for the right solo retreat. But, Fido is looking at you. Instead of the kennel or hoping your cousin is available to dog-sit, whisper one of most canine's favorite words (up there with treat and walk)... BEACH!
And where better than Ocean Shores and the North Beach. This is about as dog-friendly as you can get. Take Fido and head to the ocean.
Just in case, if this is the first time for a beach trip, you may wish to plan a day trip to Ocean Shores. Most dogs absolutely love it, but check to be sure the sand and surf is for them.
Once you've made this test-drive, now you're on target to enjoy your beach-y fun. Look for dog-friendly lodging. Plan to take your dog with you and not alone in the accommodation.
You'll find off-leash beach areas. Keep an eye out for loose dogs, just in case. And a long leash is recommended.
When the sun is out, remember short-coat, light colored dogs and if Fido has a pink nose (or sans hair), they can burn like humans. There's sunscreen designed for dogs, so have it available. And your hairless wonder, a t-shirt is in order. When colder and wetter, adjust accordingly.
Try to keep your dog from drinking salt water. Have water available and also a first-aid kit (just in case of a cut paw).
Ocean Shores has dog-friendly shops including doggie day care, grooming, doggie gifts and even a new self-dog wash. Dirty Dogs is now open and gives you the opportunity to get rid of the sand. When that embeds in hair, it scratches and irritates skin. That gives way to rashes and salt water may damage the coat.
Dirty Dogs supplies the wash tub, shampoo, combs, brushes, hair dryers and towels. It's available for all size dogs.
Now, you may say the magic word... BEACH!
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0685 – 09/02/19
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