Beach Visits


"..first thing, get solid ID tags... Dogs can get hypnotized by the endless rush of waves, blinded by the glare, and deaf to your calls.

"Dogs have keen vision, but it's better in dim light than bright light, which can nearly blind them...

"Bright sunlight can also mean sunburn for eyes and pink noses and the skin of white short-haired dogs... for sunburn protection creme, see www.doggles.com...

"To entice your dog to return to you move quickly, keep doggie snacks in your pocket...

"Keep a pile of old towels in your car to scrub the coat well. He'll like this as dried salt itches...

"Bring plenty of fresh sweet water.. and offer it to your dog frequently...

"Dogs who are not used to ocean swimming should be introduced to waves on a calm day. Water that pulls and pushes is unsettling at first and the smallest waves can knock dogs off their feet and tumble them...

"..if the hot sand is too warm for your bare feet, it's too hot for your pooch's. His poor pads can burn and blister...

"Wet rocks are extremely slippery and razor sharp from barnacles. I always keep a first aid kit in the truck..." (Fillmore, Ann. "On the Beach." Whole Dog Journal, Aug. 2003, 101-2).


Colby Glass, MLIS