Thursday, June 10, 2010

Truman's New Hood: Huntington Dog Beach

It's funny. Tim has been in Southern California since the 1980s. I've been here since 1992. And despite our proximity to the ocean, I bet you can count on five fingers the number of times per year we go to the beach. But that's no longer the case now that we've discovered the Huntington Dog Beach.

James & Truman at Huntington Dog Beach. (04/03/2010)
James & Truman at Huntington Dog Beach. (04/03/2010)

I don't know why we don't go very often. Maybe it's the crowds, the traffic or the parking. It seems we only go to the beach when we have visitors from out of town. But now that we have Truman, we're always seeking dog-friendly places. And Huntington Dog Beach seemed a natural answer.

Truman's first day at Huntington Dog Beach. (03/27/2010)
Truman's first day at Huntington Dog Beach. (03/27/2010)

Actually we've found that the parking at Huntington Dog Beach isn't too bad. The whole dog-friendly portion of the strip is metered for short-term, so if you don't find parking on your first pass, you'll surely find it on your second. And we've found that if you come from Golden West side, you avoid all the traffic surrounding the touristy part of Huntington Beach.

Shelley from Calgary, Tim & Sergio at Huntington Dog Beach. (05/22/2010)
Shelley from Calgary, Tim & Sergio at Huntington Dog Beach. (05/22/2010)

And Truman simply loves it. He loves walking up and down the dog section. He goes around sniffing all the other dogs, playing with some, ignoring others. Of course we always keep a few treats in our pocket so he comes back when we call him.

Tim & Truman Get Splashed at the Dog Beach. (03/27/2010)
Tim & Truman get splashed on Truman's first time at the dog beach. (03/27/2010)

But there is one thing Truman doesn't love: The water. He got splashed by a wave once, and that was it for him. Now he's always on the lookout for those waves. But there is one body of water he can't avoid: The bath we give him when we return home. Oh well Truman, you can't win 'em all!

1 comment:

beastandbean said...

Ha! That is so funny, we've totally rediscovered the beach since Greta came along too and have already been a bunch of times! Maybe someday we'll have to join forces and do Dog/Baby beach together! :)