I remember the family dogs of my youth, in the small town of Messina, South Africa. They all lived outside, where they ran around and got all the exercise they needed. They were well fed, received rabies shots, got into fights with neighborhood dogs and were simply part of the family.
I would have liked a dog in Minneapolis, so my kids could experience having one as a pet. But the fact that I would have to walk it in the snow, put the kibosh on that plan. Since spending time in Carmel by the Sea I can see and enjoy dogs, everywhere I go and I mean everywhere.
Carmel Beach is one of the few beaches in California that allows dogs to be off leash and they love it.
They catch tennis balls and frisbees
They are puzzled when humans pretend to be dogs.
Like humans they work up a thirst after running all over the beach and in the water, so they rehydrate at the water bowl at the top of the stairs.
After a busy day at the beach they go to the dog spa
where they are washed, rinsed and dried.
Dogs wander around town with their humans and snack on dog biscuits or quench their thirst at local merchants like this one
They even have their own fountain, which is a good thing.
Many hotels and Inns in Carmel by the Sea cater to dogs. Doris Day, the beloved movie star of the romantic comedies of the 1960’s, lives in Carmel Valley and is the owner of the Cypress Inn.
Doris is devoted to animals and loves dogs. They can, with their humans, eat, sleep and play at the Inn. They can even have birthday parties.
I do not have to own a dog at home in Minnesota. I can get my fill when I spend time in Carmel by the Sea.