There's only so much training you can do for the New York Marathon (20 miles at the weekend) and sitting in front of a computer blogging, or whizzing around taking photos of billboards before you need a break to refresh your mind, body and soul. Fortunately there's a dog beach only an hour's drive away in Huntington Beach to help blow away the cobwebs and give Cooper a chance to splash among the waves.
It depends which beach we're at too, Huntington Beach doesn't have the hidden rocky shoreline that Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara tends to have, but it does have the big waves that surfers like and the sand can suddenly shelve away and if you're walking along in shallow waters you can sometimes find yourself waist deep in the Pacific Ocean (just ask some of my friends).
I think that's why Cooper is more hesitant at Huntington Beach and it's comical to watch him dance about as the powerful waves come crashing in, often sweeping him off his feet.
It's such a shame that Huntington Beach doesn't invest in some dog showers as they'd more than make their money with owners wanting to wash all that sand and salt of their pooches before they get back in their cars.
Anyway, it's always worth the drive, just to watch Cooper have fun and wear himself out. A tired puppy is a happy puppy.
Ahh, there's nothing like the smell of a wet dog...