For Valentine’s Day, the other M and I drove up to Santa Barbara specifically to visit Arroyo Burro Beach (a.k.a. Henry’s Beach). This beach is special because it allows dogs, both on and off leash. We’ve been wanting to take Ruby for a long time so it was really a gift for all three of us. She got to play in the sand and the ocean with other dogs (two things she’s never experienced before, to our knowledge) and we got to relax and take a mini vacation. Everyone wins!
At first, she was a little unsure so we stuck to sniffing rocks.
Did I say sniffing? I meant climbing.
Then she started to loosen up a bit and have fun. Look at that puppy smile!
We went a little closer to the water…
And then a little closer…
NOPE! TOO CLOSE! Ruby is not a water dog.
We stayed safely on the sand for the rest of the afternoon.
Then went to our hotel and promptly passed out from all the excitement.
We made a spontaneous return to the beach the next morning because Ruby had such a great time sniffing and digging around. She even made some dog friends, which is a big deal for her because she isn’t super social.
It was low tide and the water wasn’t as scary. We climbed more rocks and sniffed every single one of them.
After a while, we gave the water another try…
But she still wasn’t feeling it.
So we chased some birds instead!
Then went home with a very happy, very tired little pup.
If you ever make the trip to Henry’s Beach, you can have peace of mind knowing it now comes endorsed by these two humans and a beagle.