OK, I will admit it. When it comes to having a dog’s life, I have had it pretty good. I’m not going to lie.
I lived my first two years of life in Denver, CO and it was really nice. Beautiful blue skies, fresh mountain air, lots of off-leash dog parks and walking trails, farmers markets, and lots of people. Every weekend was a new adventure – Winter Park, Breckenridge, Vail, Telluride, Glenwood Springs, Alamosa. You named it, my mom and I went there! I was a traveling dog and I thought I had it pretty good.
But then I hit the motherload. In the fall of 2011, my mom decided to move back to Northern California to be closer to her family. And by Northern California, I mean Monterey County. And by Monterey County, I mean Carmel-by-the-Sea. Otherwise known as Dog Nirvana. Heaven for furry four-legged creatures. Ocean breezes and salt water. Foggy mornings and sunny afternoons. And did I mention all the kelp that a growing dog could eat? Oh, yeah. Motherload, for sure.
As we come upon the five year anniversary of my being a Carmel dog – and the same year in which the city of Carmel celebrates its centennial, I figured it was a perfect time reflect on this town that I have come to love so much!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Carmel, it is a charming artists’ enclave that is fraught with eccentricity. We are a town that doesn’t have street addresses, requires a permit for residents and visitors who want to wear high heels, and tried to ban ice cream cones for the sake of keeping the sidewalks clean. This town also loves its trees – often leaving in-demand property house-free all in the sake of saving an oak tree or building a home around a tree.
And this is a town that seriously loves its dogs. From full-time residence dogs like myself to those visiting with tourists, all dogs are welcome and loved here. Even my mom says that when she dies, she wants to come back as a Carmel dog.
I mean, what other town that is only one square mile in size with roughly 3,200 residents has over 25 pet friendly hotels and inns? And over 40 restaurants, bars, coffee houses and wine tasting rooms that welcome me and my furry friends?
And the piece de resistance? The Carmel beach. This is one of the few remaining off-leash beaches in California and it is where you can find me almost every morning. This beach is where my inner Moon Doggie comes out – I swim out with the surfers, riding those waves onto the beach where my mom is anxiously waiting for me, I run up and down the beach in eager pursuit of my cherished ChuckIt Ultra Ball. And I love to walk home from the beach, parading up Ocean Avenue with my soaking wet fur, and love to hear the comments like “Look at that happy dog” as we make our way home.
So I am taking my love of Carmel and will share it with you all, both residents and visitors alike. Come see Carmel through my eyes and learn how you can have a pawtastic time in our town!