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...and then Shelby peed on the sand castle

The good news is that Steven and I will probably look back and remember this weekend as one of our most fun excursions with Shelby. The bad news is that I didn't get any photos of the most hilarious parts. Sorry shelby pug fans, you'll just have to believe my text accounts of our epic visit to Carmel.

With no obligations on Saturday, we packed water and snacks and drove down to Carmel beach for some family fun. Shelby joined us for lunch at the very dog-friendly Village Corner restaurant where dogs are welcomed on the patio. Before we left, a little girl came by and asked to take Shelby's picture. She managed to get a shot with Shelby licking her nose.

After that we headed down to the beach. Shelby was excited! The only thing I can compare it to is the South Park episode where Cartman finally makes it to Casa Bonita, and because the police are chasing him, he experiences everything in about 1 minute. That was pretty much what Shelby did when we took off her leash at the beach.

She immediately found a little dog about her size to play with. They around around each other in circles, chasing and out manuvering each other.

In the two minutes that followed, she...

  • found a boy who was digging a hole in the sand, butted right in and helped him dig the hole
  • played chase with another little dog
  • helped a mother and duaghter dig a hole for a their sand castle, but then peed on the sand castle. We were really relieved that the mother took it with a great sense of humor.

As we walked down the beach, Shelby met and played with the dogs she came across, including a tiny little pug puppy named Savannah out for it's first visit to the beach.

It all happened so fast that I couldn't get any photos of Shelby util she settled down and started to play with Steven on the beach towel.
Rolling around with Steven

And then of course, there was the sun bathing...

All that action makes Shelby start panting.
Panting at Carmel beach

Of course, she fell asleep early that night.

Steven and I are still chuckling over how cute she was during this visit, noting that visiting the beach is a lot more fun with her around.

November 5, 2007 | Permalink


Oh why no pictures? I would have lurrvveed the photos especially since the commentary was so funny.

Posted by: Tricia and Fubsy | Nov 5, 2007 6:48:07 AM

Sounds like most pugs I know, they are all so lively and that is what makes them so enduring to our hearts. Not a day goes by that my daughter doesn't call me with some little escapde that her Apollo has got himself into, wheather it's chasing her ferrets around the house, or getting a scolding by the alpha dog of the house (tiny 4lb Adrian the female Chihuauhua)because he accidently sat on her to get as close as possible. He loves her and thinks he is her protector, even tho she could take the leg off a grown man. It is my dream to own LOT'S of Pug's and Chihuahua's, maybe I'll set up a rescue for them here in Wichita, Kansas.

Posted by: Briana Mitchell | Nov 5, 2007 8:35:23 AM

How fun! Our little Gus loves the beach too. We just moved away from San Francisco up to Portland, so the beach is over an hour away now.

Glad you had a fun day!

Posted by: coral | Nov 5, 2007 9:28:19 AM

yup...I get what you're saying...not speed reading,but speed events too much to do and too little time to do it all!!! I can picture it in my mind...our Teddy "speed" events too!!! Always glad to see them with so much happiness they just can't get it all out fast enough!!! I'm pea-green with envy about the beach...it's now almost winter in my part of Canada...and thoughts of the beach are about 7 months away once again...rock on Shelby...

Posted by: Ann Crago | Nov 5, 2007 9:35:23 AM

thats our favorite south park episode.

our gussie likes to sunbath too.

Posted by: The Zoo | Nov 5, 2007 11:00:51 AM

You both are really good role models for pug owners. They are extremely social animals who love their "pack leaders". Shelby is very fortunate that she gets out so often to "clown around"... Good job!

Posted by: Mary | Nov 5, 2007 2:41:41 PM

Shelby is the best! Always good for smiles and to brighten my day. As I have said before - I check every day hoping to see her lovely mug. And thank you so much for turning me on to the Owned by Pugs calendar. I received mine today and am now ordering more - they are amazing and for such a good cause!!

Posted by: Rachel | Nov 5, 2007 3:28:05 PM

What a ray of sunshine this blog is! And that was MY favourite South Park episode, too. I hope Shelby gets to enjoy many more beach adventures.

Posted by: Miss D | Nov 6, 2007 12:32:56 AM

When you have the time -- you guys should stay for a night or two at the Cypress Inn. It is ultra dog-friendly and great fun.

Posted by: betty | Nov 6, 2007 1:52:13 PM

Just wanted to say how much I love your site. I stumbled upon it about a year ago and am now officially addicted! My family has three wonderful pugs (Helen, Joseph, and Homer) and we can really appreciate what joy pugs bring into your life!!

Posted by: Emily | Nov 9, 2007 6:13:10 PM

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