Sam and Jack Take Dog Beach in Coronado

Sam had never seen the ocean, and since we’re hanging out in San Diego, it was time. I was waiting for a friend to get out of a meeting in Coronado so I took Sam and his dog, Jack, down the road past the Hotel Del, all the way to the end, where there’s a popular dog beach.

Sam loves the water, but has only played in rivers and lakes. Which happen to not have crashing waves or shorelines that ebb and flow. He was disturbed by the tide’s comings and goings, and by disturbed I mean he’d be standing there, looking hopeful at all that enticing water, and then the tide would come rushing in around his legs and he’d do a backwards leap onto drier sand so perfect it was like something out of Pixar.

Once he figured out the ebbing and flowing was a constant thing, he reoriented his curiosities toward the beach, and the smorgasbord of friendly dogs to play and run with.

Sam and Jack Take Dog Beach in Coronado

He got closer to the water than this, but not much.

Jack, however, took a different approach upon arrival. Jack is more strategic than Sam, and rather than bounding into the (terrifying) surf, he tucked himself next to a lifeguard tower and got the lay of the land.

Sam and Jack Take Dog Beach in Coronado

Jack the puggle, plotting.

I didn’t get any action shots of Jack, though he did have a great time romping with his cousins, pugs and bulldogs. He kept far away from the dogs Sam was interested in, like this retriever named Alex:

Sam and Jack Take Dog Beach in Coronado

The sand was flying.

But then it was time to go home.

Sam and Jack Take Dog Beach in Coronado

Sam giving the Pacific one last shot.

We’ll go back, but I’ll hold off on that doggie surfboard purchase.

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  1. Emilie Vardaman June 12, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I may head to San Diego in late August. My dog has to stay on a leash, though, because she’ll take off and come back … whenever.
    Know an affordable dog-friendly motel?
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    • deonne June 12, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Emilie – San Diego is great for dogs, even those who need to stay on leash. Lots of dog-friendly parks and beaches. I’m afraid I don’t know any motels that take dogs, but there have to be some. Maybe search

  2. Susi June 12, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    W ell, that was fun! Xian is jealous, not to mention me!

    • deonne June 12, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Susi – I wish you two could have joined us!

  3. Manisha June 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Those are some awesome photos, Deonne. Is it something new you are doing or is it just the awesome CA sunlight?
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    • deonne June 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Manisha – Thank you! Combo of the California sunlight and some enhancement on my part. I wanted to accentuate the warm, beachy vibe.

  4. Susi January 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    These make me smile, too. Many grey days here in CT!

    • deonne January 16, 2015 at 6:51 am #

      Susi – Thanks for the comment because it made me reread this and, yes, smile. Cheers to sunnier weather!

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