Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

New Experiences

on September 6, 2007

We took a much needed day off on Tuesday to celebrate my birthday, to decompress from the past week’s challenges, and to just enjoy the day with the dog.

We went down the coast to Monterey and Carmel. It was a beautiful day…the fog burned off just as we arrived in Monterey. We parked near the Aquarium and walked down Ocean View Boulevard into Pacific Grove, all the way down to Lover’s Point Park. There is a lovely walking/biking trail parallel to the street. However, only the bike trail is paved. The walking trail is sandy–yet another lovely new experience for Jasmine. It was a great day for a walk–sunny but cool. We stopped at various benches along the walking trail to give Jasmine a little water and a little break. We didn’t know how far she could go without tiring, so we let her soak up the views and the experience.

And oh, what an experience! Sea gulls! Seals! Other dogs! Joggers! Bicyclists! People! While Jasmine cowered at a lot of the people who passed by, she did well. She enjoyed the walk…ears back, mouth open, tongue lolling in a doggie smile. Her healthy coat shined in the sun. It was a beautiful day.

When we reached Lover’s Point Park, we were disappointed to see that it was yet another “no dogs allowed” park. I guess I understand. Many people do not clean up after their dogs. Us…we depend on that roll of blue plastic bags every day.

After walking back to the car, we headed for Carmel–a VERY dog-friendly town. People were stopping us on the street, asking about our little cutie. Dog bowls with water were out on every block. By the time we made it to Carmel, we were very hungry. We ended up at a deli in the upscale “mall” on Ocean Avenue. Jasmine was the proud recipient of some very yummy pastrami that just happened to “fall out” of Tom’s sandwich. *Ahem* We walked around town, which was a bit tough on Jasmine. She was very intimidated by all the people around, and she skitted around a bit.

After a long walk around the center of town, we headed down to the beach. The beautiful water and white white sand were really another eye-opening experience for Jasmine. She was a bit hesitant about the loss of footing in the sand, but we coaxed her down the hill and to the water’s edge. Of course, she looked exceedingly cute with sand on her nose.

We decided to head on home. We had walked quite a bit throughout the day, and all three of us were quite tired. Jasmine fell asleep as soon as she settled into her fluffy pink pillow in the back seat of the car.

It was a beautiful day…a great way to relieve the stress of the week and to reconnect. Another step to socializing Jasmine and showing her the world.

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