Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cooper meets the Pacific Ocean - makes a big splash...

Today we had an early start so we could get to the beach with Cooper when it was still nice and cool.
Cooper's first beach visit to Sycamore Cove beach
We headed off following our friend Barry and Cooper's play-mate Ginger (unfortunately Dot and Loki have had enough of Cooper's exuberant nature already), to Sycamore Cove.  
Sycamore Cove Lifeguard hut in Ventura County
Sycamore Cove in Ventura County, California
It's a California beach just outside Malibu and Los Angeles County, in Ventura County, which means that dogs are allowed on the beach.
Cooper's first steps on his first beach visit to Sycamore Cove
Saying that, lots of people do take their dogs to beaches in L.A. County, but 'unofficially'.
Cooper takes to the water on his first beach visit
I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I think we're actually living here in L.A. and we get to go to the beach so much more easily than when we were living in London. Also here it seems so natural to be going to the beach, especially when the sun is shining and you see all the surfers in the ocean.
Cooper getting used to the Pacific Ocean - he's such a good puppy
I practically live in shorts and a t-shirt here, whilst in the UK I always had a coat to hand just in case of the unpredictable weather.
Shaking off his first Pacific Ocean soaking at Sycamore Cove
Anyway, Cooper seemed to enjoy the sand beneath his paws and wasn't at all phased by the crashing waves.  
Paw prints in the sand as Cooper races up the beach after Ginger
To be honest, he adores Barry and loves to pester Ginger, so I'm not even sure he registered he was on a beach really.
Cooper and Jason frolicking on Sycamore beach on his first visit to the Pacific Ocean
We got there at about 9.15am and high tide was 10.43am, so there were lots of waves to splash through as we raced up the beach.
Charlie and Cooper at play in the waves at Sycamore Cove
Cooper's first beach visit - looking like a drowned rat
There were other dogs, lots of kids and even people fishing on the beach, so it was the perfect place to get him used to being around people.
A very sandy puppy on his first beach visit
We tried him on his long leash which meant lots of fun untangling Cooper and Ginger every five minutes or so.
Cooper smirking on his first beach visit
I think we can safely say he enjoyed himself.  There was lots of digging in the sand, splashing amongst the waves and let's say Ginger deserves a medal for what she puts up with (she loves it really though).
Cooper's first play-date at the beach
As it was nearing high tide it was good to know that Cooper was safely on his leash and wouldn't be swept away in the current, which was quite strong.
Where's Cooper gone?
Now where's Cooper disappeared too?  Ah, there he is...
Making waves with Ginger on Cooper's first visit to the beach at Sycamore Cove
I'm sure by next time we'll have him swimming in the ocean, as we know how much Cooper enjoyed his first time in a swimming pool.
Waves breaking at Sycamore Cove
With one very satisfied and tired pup, Charlie, Cooper and I drove on our way back home down through scenic Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
This wet dog will need a bath when he gets home
Let's just say, a nice brush and a bath awaited Cooper when we got home.
Cooper and Jason in Hollywood take a bath
As I was wet, sandy and in my trunks already, I thought I'd join him (to make sure he washed behind his ears)...


The Hunky Gardener said...

Great pictures. I love the bathtub photo! You are such a good daddy!

Jason in Hollywood said...

He's totally spoiled and he knows it, but he's our boy!

Rusty said...

Nice! I live close by Sycamore Cove, we go in the winter, you get the place all to yourself, except for a few surfers, on cold days. I actually enjoy the beach more in the winter! I have 4 five pound dogs who love the water, but you have to be careful, there are sea lions that drop by occasionally and they have been to known to catch smaller dogs. If the life guards are not watching, the dogs go off leash when the place is deserted (wink wink). Bring your coats, blankets, firewood and charcoal and lighter fluid. There are fireplaces there. And don't forget the burgers and hot dogs!

Jason in Hollywood said...

thanks for the advice about the sea lions, i thought I'd seen some there in the ocean before.

I always try and take Cooper nice and early in the morning so it's cooler and quieter (and less chance of being a lifeguard on patrol).

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