The Dog Days of Summer
It’s no secret that our pets are a very important part of our lives. Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and it’s been said that time with cats is never wasted. They are loyal companions, always excited to see us, and their love is unconditional. For some people, their pets are simply children in fur pants! If you would like to find some fun new ways to enjoy the lazy days of summer with your pets, then we have some great ideas for you.
No summer is complete without a trip to the beach, and the City of Huntington Beach wants you and your dog to enjoy the surf and sand together! Huntington Dog Beach is located between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street. Here, a beautiful one-mile stretch of our coastline is dedicated to dogs and their owners. I spent a few hours there last week and it was amazing to watch dogs of all sizes play together in the water. Just like people, there were some dogs that seemed to pounce right into the surf, while others pulled back their paws as soon as that white water hit them. Like all new experiences for your dog, please take it slow and keep them leashed during their first experience. You are also responsible for picking up after your dog, just as you would be at a public park. Visiting dog beach is also budget friendly, as there is no charge for the beach, and parking is just $1.50 per hour. There are also two dog-friendly hotels nearby, the Hilton Waterfront Resort (approximately 4 miles) and Shorebreak Hotel (approximately 1 mile) to welcome you.
If you are planning on visiting the Disneyland Resort during the summer, your pets can also enjoy The Happiest Place on Earth at the Disneyland Kennel Club. These facilities are near the Disneyland main entrance, and availability is on a first-come, first served basis. For $20.00 per day and with proof of all current vaccinations, your dog or cat will be safe and secure while you explore the Magic Kingdom. Please remember that all pets must be picked up at the end of the day, and that you should stop by throughout the day to visit and walk your pet.
One of my favorite places to eat is Lazy Dog Café, and it’s also a favorite place for dogs! They have a beautiful patio, complete with a fire pit and bougainvillea-draped trellises, and dogs of all sizes are welcomed out there. Lazy Dog Café even has a menu for their canine customers, offering a delicious chicken breast or beef patty, and you are welcome to bring your own treats for your dog. They also keep fresh bowls of water outside at all times. The patio is open during regular dining hours, and there are three restaurants in Orange County (Orange, Huntington Beach, Irvine) for you to enjoy.
Some people say that the “dog days of summer” are the hottest and most miserable days of the year. However, I say that if you have your dog with you during every day of summer, they are always the most wonderful. WOOF!