A house on the beach is my idea of heaven.
It was Steve’s birthday recently, so as an experience gift we had a few days at the beach. This place ticked pretty much all our boxes, a humble pet-friendly beach shack across the road from a dog-friendly beach and in a very quiet spot. Literally, out the front gate, walk past four houses and there’s the path to the beach. There were only two other things I could’ve wished for – a view of the beach from the house and no stairs for Willow (she has trouble with stairs because of her arthritis). While there weren’t any houses on the other side of the street, you couldn’t actually see the beach because of all the trees – not that I’m complaining about there being trees! Not really.
The pups always come with us on holidays, unless we’re holidaying separately, so I’m always on the lookout for good pet-friendly accommodation. And when I say pet-friendly I mean they’re allowed inside, none of this outside only stuff. Our furkids are part of the family and as such have access to all areas of the house. Plus they want to be where we are and vice versa.
One little tip for those of you who also like to travel with their furkids – we always take extra sheets and a quilt cover to protect the furniture and bedding. It helps keep fur off and reduce the clean up before you leave.
Our days pretty much went like this:
Get up when we felt like it – no alarms!
Go for a walk on the beach with the pups and have a swim
Head back for a lazy breakfast
Go for a bit of a drive in the beautiful hinterland, and stop for lunch somewhere
Get back and have a nap/read/relax
Head back to the beach for another walk and a swim
Get lulled to sleep listening to the sounds of the ocean
As you can see, it was pretty tough. The pups loved it, and were exhausted by the end of each day! They love going to the beach, even if they’re not that keen on the water. Fergus will go in a little way, but we’re lucky if Willow will get her paws wet. Mostly she keeps just above the water line. She hates it when we swim too. She stands on the edge of the water keeping guard and looking worried until you come out. We always take turns swimming so the pups don’t freak out too much.
Another plus to a few a days on the beach is that walking on the sand is great for building the muscle in Willow’s back legs. Doing less exercise during chemo meant she lost of lot of strength in her back legs, so since finishing we’ve been building her up with hill walks and trips to the beach. She has arthritis too, so the low impact of the sand means we can build muscle without stressing her joints so much. Swimming would be fantastic exercise for her too, but since she refuses to go in the water, always has even as a tiny puppy, that one’s a bit tough.
What kind of holiday do you like?