Pets on the Beach

Our readers share some of their favorite snapshots of their pups relaxing at the coast.

Tide

Courtesy of Amanda Plantamura

Tide

“This was Tide’s first time on the boat. Water is now her joy in life.” —Amanda Plantamura, Red Bank, NJ

Otis

Courtesy of Andrea McHugh

Otis

“Our dog, Otis, taken along Newport, Rhode Island’s famed Ocean Drive, just as the sun dipped into the sea in December.” —Andrea McHugh, Newport, RI

Diesel

Courtesy of Ashley Petty

Diesel

“Our golden retriever, Diesel, enjoys the sand and surf at Coral Cove—part of Jupiter Beach—as much as we do! —Ashley Petty, Jupiter Beach, FL

Dallas

Courtesy of Beatriz Dailey

Dallas

“My sister’s yellow Lab, Dallas, absolutely loves to swim, and any chance she gets she’s in the water. She definitely inherited her love for the beach from all of us!” —Beatriz Dailey, Bethesda, MD

Maisie

Courtesy of Chris and Misti Doose

Maisie

“This is our Westie, Maisie, on our family vacation in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Here, she’s taking a quick break from barking at waves to watch the shrimp boats from the beach.” —Chris and Misti Doose, Memphis, TN

Guinness

Courtesy of Christy Davenport

Guinness

“I got my Guinness from Carolina Boxer Rescue, a group that I volunteer with. He came to me as a very scared, shy boy, and it took years to build his confidence.  Now, he loves people, but he loves the beach even more!” —Christy Davenport, Wilmington, NC

Cody

Courtesy of Courtney Mann

Cody

“Taken at Picnic Island on Old Tampa Bay. It was our English cream retriever Cody's first trip to the beach. He’s older now, but still loves the water as much as he did when he was a puppy!” —Courtney Mann, Tampa, FL

Frankie and Max

Courtesy of Liz Pacileo

Frankie and Max

“Frankie and Max enjoying an evening canoe ride on Toddy Pond in Maine.” —Liz Pacileo, Ellicott City, MD

Opus

Courtesy of Valerie Kratowicz

Opus

“Opus loves to dig. At the time of this photo, he would dig a hole and then jump in it to try it out for size. Afterwards, he’d jump out and dig more, checking each time to see if he fit!” —Valerie Kratowicz, North Wales, PA

Shooter and Bettis

Courtesy of Jessica Judkins

Shooter and Bettis

“This a photo of Shooter and Bettis taken in Grayton Beach, Florida, behind a popular restaurant. They love working a crowd!” —Jessica Judkins, Aurora, CO

Chloe

Courtesy of Joanne Minor

Chloe

“My puppy Chloe on her 3-month birthday!” —Joanne Minor, Westbrook ME

 

Otis

Courtesy of Jobi Cook

Otis

“Otis was a wandering stray that we took into our home in 2008. My husband and I took him on his first trip to the beach the following year. He was skittish at first (so many new sounds and smells!) but felt right at home when he found out about the waves.” —Jobi Cook, Fort Fisher, NC

Bella and Sadie

Courtesy of Kamichia Kinzie

Bella and Sadie

“I took my girls, Bella and Sadie, on a camping trip to Homer, Alaska, last summer. They love to go to the beach, just like their owner! The sound of the surf and the trickling of the water on the rocks is simply harmonious. Just a stroll along the beach can change your outlook on life.” —Kamichia Kinzie, Kenai, AK

Gus and Caesar

Courtesy of Kristie Baxter

Gus and Caesar

“Gus and Caesar love playing on the beach at their favorite vacation spot in Duck, North Carolina. The town has pet-friendly beaches, and it isn’t hard to find a house that is pet-friendly. It’s a great feeling when you can take your pet on vacation without a hassle!” —Kristie Baxter

Aspen

Courtesy of Laurie King

Aspen

“Our golden retriever, Aspen, at her ‘happiest place on earth,’ Carmel City Beach, California, the only legal leash-free beach around.” —Laurie King, San Jose, CA

Tracer

Courtesy of Lisa Gabriel

Tracer

“Our dog, Tracer, will sit for hours watching the nets being picked up in anticipation of our return from the boat to the beach.” —Lisa Gabriel, Kenai, AK

Cruizer

Courtesy of Lou Rigsbee

Cruizer

“My dog, Cruizer, at the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I have always thought this was the cutest photo of my dog, and it was taken the day that my husband proposed to me!” —Lou Rigsbee

Marley

Courtesy of Megan Ruffino

Marley

“My dog Marley loves nothing better than playing with a ball in the waves and digging for shells.” —Megan Ruffino, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Oxford and Tucker

Courtesy of Paige Fountain

Oxford and Tucker

“Oxford and Tucker love running down the beaches of Bethany, Delaware, every summer.” —Paige M. Fountain, Annapolis, MD

Scooby-Doo

Courtesy of Rebecca Santiago

Scooby-Doo

“This is our dog Scooby-Doo chillin’ under the umbrella while my husband fishes from the shore. My husband had to stand in the sun, so Scooby got the umbrella!” —Rebecca Santiago, Fairborn, OH

Nellie

Courtesy of Sally McReynolds

Nellie

“Nellie is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and loves to hang out on the NoFo [North Fork of Long Island]. She is an adventurer!” —Sally McReynolds

Emma

Courtesy of Sherri Eskesen

Emma

“I call this photo ‘bow wow, on the bow.’ It’s of my dog Emma relaxing with me on one of our many kayaking jaunts around our home.” —Sherri Eskesen, Manasquan, NJ

Hobie

Courtesy of Lauren Gabriel

Hobie

“Hobie is my 10-month-old Boxer, a.k.a. my best friend in the world! Just like me, he is a huge beach bum. We’re a match made in beach puppy heaven!” —Lauren Gabriel, Seaside Park, NJ

Molly Sue

Courtesy of Steve and Marion Byford

Molly Sue

“Molly Sue at home in North Carolina on North Topsail Beach.” —Steven and Marion Byford, Jackson, MI

Oakley

Courtesy of Leah Wolter

Oakley

“Oakley is a 2-year-old goldendoodle whose only interest is adventure—hence the name: Annie Oakley from the Wild West!” —Leah Wolter, Raleigh, NC

Smokey

Courtesy of Cathy Marshall

Smokey

“My Sheltand sheepdog, Smokey, loves going for walks on the beach and seems to instantly get years younger upon just seeing the ocean.” —Cathy Marshall, Denville, NJ

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