Over the weekend we went to San Diego. The American Library Association Midwinter Meeting was in town, and with it my parents. We took the opportunity to drive down and have a nice weekend at the beach.
The girls took the opportunity to do some dog-beach romping.
We went to Ocean Beach's dog beach, at the end of Voltaire St. This is where we went the last time we visited San Diego, before we got Goldie.
Rosie loves to lie down right in the surf.
After a long day in the car driving down the state, even Goldie was a little crazy in the water.
Nothing like a nice cool dip in the ocean.
For the first ten minutes we were there, there was a lot of running around in the water.
Rosie had an embarrassing moment when she was rolling in the sand and a big wave came in and got her.
After she shook herself off, she moved to a more secure location to finish her roll.
The end result was one happy, sandy doggie.
We could tell we had older dogs now (they turned nine in the fall), because it wasn't long before they were tired and ready to go home.
But they had a surprise in store. On the way back to the car, we stopped by the Dog Beach Dog Wash just down Voltaire St. to get cleaned up.
The dog wash is super-nice. You pay $12 per dog, which includes the tub, aprons, some basic shampoo, and towels, then you can pay a little extra if you want premium shampoo or conditioner. We did standard shampoo, then upgraded Rosie with conditioner to bring out the curl in her fur.
It's a nice way to end a trip to the beach, especially when you have a dog who likes to swim, and even more especially when you have a dog who likes to roll in the sand.