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A harbor pug

Steven and Shelby went on an adventure today. We had lunch at Betty's Burgers. This casual burger joint serves a fantastic patty. They're located right inbetween two streets, so there's plenty of traffic around the dog friendly patio. Some would consider this a drawback, but when your loud toddler stays upbeat because there's a car or truck driving by, the traffic's a feature! Unfortunately, we heard rumors that downtown Santa Cruz prohibits dogs. I was surprised, and to tell you the truth, I wasn't sure how to confirm the information. Steven and I decided not to chance it, and the family split up. Steven and Shelby went back to the house by way of beach, and Vin and I went downtown.

Here's some photos Steven took of Shelby at Santa Cruz Harbor.

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The way back traverses several beaches separated by rocks at high tide. All the beaches connect at low tide. But this was high tide and Steven and Shelby had to run to beat the waves to keep from getting wet. At one point, Steven was splashed up to his knees in water, but he picked up Shelby to spare her a cold splashing. Pug and man proceeded without incident back home.

My visit to downtown Santa Cruz was nowhere near as eventful.

August 24, 2009 | Permalink


It looks beautiful there. Have a great vacation.

Posted by: Gretchen | Aug 24, 2009 7:48:52 PM

Shelby's such a good model! I love how she's gazing out at the sea. Hope the weather stays nice for the rest of your vacation!

Posted by: April | Aug 25, 2009 7:51:13 AM

...Well there ya go , I guess , the family
that tours together has a more exciting adventure !!!!
The view looks just lovely...have a wonderful vacation !!!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 25, 2009 7:52:29 AM

Yes, it all worked out.

And I did find Santa Cruz's dog policy.

It's disappointingly strict, for what is typically a pretty dog friendly state.

Posted by: Winnie | Aug 25, 2009 9:09:04 AM

Well, that will definitely keep me out of Santa Cruz! "Love me love my dog." More to the point...want my money? Welcome my dog!

Posted by: Traci | Aug 25, 2009 12:34:47 PM

The two shots of Shelby looking out at the
boating and docks are beautifully composed.
Glad your family is having a Vacation before
the Holidays come. I see Vincent's head of
hair is nice and growing out--no more cradle
cap or other worries. He is such a big little boy now -- how is Shelby doing with
her Nanny duties? Love and keep posting adventures. Thanks.

Posted by: Jade | Aug 25, 2009 3:43:05 PM

I love the picture of Shelby looking out at the water! You can just picture the story going on in her head! I'm glad Man assisted Pug so Pug didn't have to get coldly wet!

Posted by: kmillar | Aug 25, 2009 3:47:42 PM

Traci, we were totally caught off guard, especially since the people of Santa Cruz seem to really love dogs. There's plenty of outdoor activities for dogs, but I've never seen a place that bans them from public areas. Makes it hard to see the sites. It was a great vacation, but I think next time we'll want to find some kind of doggie day care in Santa Cruz for the days that we want to see the Boardwalk, Wharf, or Downtown.

Posted by: Winnie | Aug 28, 2009 8:26:20 AM

My dog is soo funny because it is like she knows i am taking the picture and poses just right!

Posted by: Anna | Sep 8, 2009 4:06:28 PM

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