Yesterday pup and I ventured to one of his favourite beach retreats to practice his retrieving skills and to play in the ocean surf.
At this time of year Sycamore Cove in Ventura County is much quieter, especially if you get there in the morning.
Saying that, it still seems to be a popular spot for filming and a production crew was setting up for some location shooting on the beach, although Im not sure if it was for a TV show or a film.
Cooper literally bounded down out of the car when we arrived and raced onto the sand down to the shoreline. It's safe to say he remembers the place.
It's amazing to see how differently he plays now that he's a big strong eighteen months old Labrador, compared to his very first visit when he was only a seventeen week old pup.
He's far more confident in the water and was desperate to splash through the waves, although the strong tidal current made him less eager to go for a proper swim.
It was a beautiful morning at the beach and we timed it just right because when we were driving home along the Malibu coastline the mists started to roll in, which was an uncanny sight (and salty taste) in the bright sunshine.
It's wonderful to watch him scamper about in the surf with such abandon and there's nothing quite like being besides the crashing waves of the ocean on a clear day to clear your head.
We only managed to lose one frisbee at sea, but Cooper didn't seem to mind and he really didn't want to leave, even though he was exhausted.
I look forward to many more trips to the beach in the coming months with Cooper, as it's such an antidote to his countless daily walks around the neighbourhood and hikes up Runyon Canyon (which are great, but can get a bit repetitive).
Blues skies, hot temperatures, a sandy beach and a happy dog, what more could you want from life...