Update: The Mutt & The Dood

Hello, fellow dog lovers! You are not crazy; I did change the name of this blog. What was once ‘Pawsitively Adopted’ is now titled ‘The Mutt & The Dood’. Why, you may ask?

Meet Tucker!

The adorable four month old Goldendoodle pictured above is the reason why. As I previously wrote about, my fiancé gifted Tucker to me for Christmas and oh boy, he has changed the dynamic in our little family tremendously! Although I want to go on and on about the positive benefits I have seen for Jackson since Tucker joined our family, that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to explain why I have made this change.

I still have every intention to blog about adoption, rescue, tips and tricks, and to share stories on this account. However, since Tucker has joined the family, most — if not all — of my story time posts will include him! And since adopting Tucker, I have learned even more about dogs, particularly puppies.

To make a long story short: I want to include both Jackson and Tucker on this account. And I want to share information that I have learned from owning both of my dogs.

So, prepare yourselves to learn more about puppies, training, and to see these two cute faces all the time!

Story Time: My Favorite Memories From 2019

During 2019, so many things happened — both good and bad. Throughout this entire year, many memories have been made and since 2020 is quickly approaching, I think it is a great time to focus on some of my favorite memories with both Jackson and Tucker from 2019.

Car Rides

52838505_2354386181246996_8365203095411490816_nHonestly, one of my favorite things to do with Jackson is take a car ride. It is something that he absolutely loves. Usually, I will buckle Jackson in the front seat (yes, I use a seat buckle for my dog, ha!) and we will drive around. During our drives, we inevitably visit Dunkin’ Donuts for a coffee and a cup of whipped cream for him.

I’m not sure how this trend of ours began, but it is something that happens often. Throughout 2019, we have experienced many random car rides together and all have been enjoyable, leading to wonderful memories and many nose smudges on my car windows.

One Year “Adoptaversary”

February of this year marked one year since I had adopted Jackson.

It was a day full of good times, reminiscing on the rainy day that I had picked him up, remembering how much growth he has endured since coming home with me, and of course, we also had a huge number balloon to commemorate the day.

Although Jackson may be a dog, I try to make occasions like his “adoptaversary” or “gotcha day” special. And this year it definitely was!

Visiting Tennessee

Jackson visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee twice in 2019. On these trips he usually doesn’t get to do much, as we are usually doing things that are not pet-friendly, but he does get to gomoonpie on some outings!

One of my favorite memories was when we drove to the top of Clingmans Dome — a mountain in which three states meet in one area — and took in the beautiful view. Another favorite memory (probably my most favorite, actually) was when we attempted to find a beautiful valley, but inevitably failed, and ended up sharing Moonpies on the side of some random road.

No matter how uneventful these memories may seem, they are fond in my heart.

My Engagement

Prior to getting engaged, I had told Chris that regardless of what he planned for a proposal, two things were required: first, I wanted photographs of it and secondly, I wanted Jackson to be involved. In the end, he pulled it off perfectly! I actually made a blog post about this earlier this year on my separate blog.

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Although Jackson may have rolled in cow poo literally the moment we got out of the car and gotten his adorable bow tie disgusting and smelly, it was hands-down one of the most memorable moments of my life thus far. You may think he couldn’t have possibly known what was happening, but the attached photo for this memory can prove to you that he knew something was happening between his humans!

Camping/Hiking

Since I adopted Jackson, one of my favorite activities to do with him has been hiking. And trust me, he loves it too!

In 2019, we decided to go camping and of course, Jackson joined us. It was a memorable event, along with all of the other hikes that we completed. I don’t think I will ever grow tired of spending a day in the mountains with my future husband and my furry four-legged friend(s).

Jackson’s Second Birthday

Each year, I celebrate Jackson’s birthday. Like I previously mentioned, I love celebrating bdayoccasions like these! For his first birthday, we went on a hike and purchased him a cup of whipped cream. For his second birthday, we visited my parents house. His two friends were present and there was even cake (for the humans, of course!).

As with all of his birthdays, Jackson took a photo with a number balloon and this year he even wore a birthday boy bandana.

Oh my goodness… I’m officially one of those dog moms, aren’t I? And guess what? I love every second of it! And I’m sure Jackson does too. After all my pup endured when he was young, he deserves a birthday party.

 The Beach

beachThis summer, my family took a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In fact, I have a recent blog post dedicated to this trip!

This trip was definitely memorable. Not only did I make amazing memories with my family and future husband, but I made wonderful memories with Jackson as well. He may not have liked the water — in fact, I think he was terrified about why the water kept attacking him — but he definitely loved the sand. There was nothing better than walking the beach with him in the morning and the evenings and watching him run across the sand.

One of the most comical moments of this trip was before Jackson realized you cannot sniff sand like you can grass. A nose full of sand taught him a valuable lesson about the beach!

Adding Tucker To The Family

For months, I had been begging Chris for a second dog. I knew that Jackson needed a friend. Yes, he had two “friends” attend his birthday party, but one of those passed away shortly after and the other one lives with my mom two hours away from us. So, I thought he needed a friend. Or better yet, a sibling!

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However, each time I mentioned it I was met with the same response: “We can get a second dog when we buy a house”. But one day, I awoke from a nap to learn that Chris had actually contacted someone to get us a goldendoodle, who would soon receive the name Tucker and become part of our family.

Adopting Tucker has definitely been a highlight of the year. Although it has been a challenge, especially with his fractured leg, I would never wish to not have him. He has added so much to our family and he brings Jackson plenty of fun!

Here’s to wishing for even more wonderful memories in 2020!

Tips For Introducing Your New Puppy To Your Older Dog

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As you may know, a new puppy recently joined my family. Our new puppy was 9 weeks old when he came home and Jackson is 2.5 years old. Although the age gap may not be too large, I was concerned about what introducing them to one another would look like.

Thankfully, the introduction went well in my home! But after the stress of that one moment, I wanted to create a list of tips for introducing your new puppy to your older dog.

Before The Introduction

Put away toys and dog bowls.

The last thing you need when bringing your new puppy home is for any territorial aggression to emerge. If your older dog has his own toys and an easily-accessed food dish, make sure those are put away. If these items are left in the open, your older dog could become territorial when your new puppy tries to investigate.

Prepare individual spaces for each dog.

It is a good idea to provide each pet with individual space. If you crate train your pets, it is a good idea to have separate crates.

In my home, Jackson uses the living room as his individual space and Tucker’s crate is in my bedroom. By doing this, your pets can have some time away from one another, which becomes very helpful if one dog begins to get irritated.

During The Introduction

Place both dogs on leashes.

When the dogs first meet, it can be helpful to have them both on leashes. This does not mean that you have to hold them close to you, but it is wise to have them on leash in case any type of aggression emerges so you can control the situation.

Stay calm.

Dogs can read your body language. They understand when we feel stressed, and if your dog reads that stress in you, it may cause them to react similarly.

Let them get to know each other.

When you introduce your two furry friends, let them sniff each other. Let them smell all over, if need be. It may look strange and it may make you nervous, but this is how dogs get to know each other.

When I brought Tucker home, Jackson sniffed him for what felt like days!

After The Introduction

Watch them closely.

It is important to monitor your pets’ behavior when they are together. You need to ensure that are comfortable with one another, and if your puppy is much smaller than your older dog, you need to make sure that they are playing safely.

Maintain your old dogs routine.

You may have the instinct to change up your old dogs routine entirely to match the new puppy, but I would urge you not to do that. Your older dog has gotten used to the routine you have set for him and it may make him uncomfortable if you change that.

Create a new routine for your puppy.

Life would be grand if we could have the same routine for both a puppy and our older dogs, but sadly it doesn’t always work that way. For example, puppies need to be taken out way more often than older dogs do.

So, don’t feel concerned about establishing a new routine for your puppy. Tucker’s routine is entirely different than Jackson’s and they are doing very well (aside from the fractured leg, ha).

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The last piece of advice that I can offer you is to enjoy this time. Your puppy won’t be a puppy for long, and although they can be a handful, you will miss seeing your older dog and his brand new sibling getting to know each other.

And if the stress of a new puppy getting comfortable with your older dog becomes too much for you, find a dog sitter and take some time for yourself! Once again, dogs can sense your stress.

Infections, Broken Bones, And Vet Bills, Oh My!

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At this point, I am considering creating a GoFundMe account to pay for veterinarian bills (ha!). My future husband cracks the humorous joke that our local vet is slowly becoming our second home.

Here’s a brief synopsis of all that has happened over the past month:

Jackson

sick jacksonIf you have read my previous blog posts, you know that Jackson endured a stint in doggy hospital. He was deemed to have a stomach infection, which had caused his heart rate to sky rocket to 250. It was a very scary moment because they were initially unsure of what was causing this problem. But after a few hours, they determined the cause.

Thankfully, after a full 24 hours hospitalized and plenty of medications, Jackson fully recovered.

Tucker

We adopted Tucker, who you read about in my most recent post, exactly one week and one day ago. The night we brought Tucker home, we recognized odd behavior. He wasn’t playing, he was breathing heavily, and he wasn’t using the bathroom regularly. So, we took him to the vet. Turns out, switching dog food had upset his stomach. A round of sick tuckermedication and a strict diet of only boiled chicken cured this issue.

Friday, we visited the vet once again to procure Tucker’s first round of vaccinations. This was a normal, planned trip.

However, last night we visited the vet again. Tucker had fallen off the bed yesterday morning and had continued limping throughout the day. After a quick Google search, we learned that if a dog won’t put any pressure on the foot at all, it could mean that there is a break. After about thirty minutes at the vet, we learned that he had fractured his tibia. Poor Tucker is now sporting a stint and a cone for five weeks.

Talk about a rough start, am I right?!

What I Have Learned

First and foremost, I learned that caring for two dogs (especially when these dogs hit a round of bad luck) is difficult and expensive. It has been far more challenging that I ever dreamed, but I am thankful that both of my pups are alive and well.

Since I’ve had plenty of experience with vet visits recently, I wanted to provide some things that I have learned for you:

1. CareCredit is a lifesaver.

CareCredit is a credit card that you can obtain specifically for your pet. During this process, we procured this credit card. Vet bills can add up and this is a handy tool to help!

Note: If you pay off the charges within 6 months of them being applied, no interest will be charged.

2. Pet Insurance may be a good idea.

Jackson has been with me for nearly two years and I never thought pet insurance is a good idea. However, I recently learned that you can obtain pet insurance for $25 a month. Some insurance plans will cover 80% of the treatment, while you pay a deductible and the remaining 20%.

If that doesn’t sound great to you, ask me how much I’ve paid in vet bills over the past month or so!

3. Trust your gut.

The day that Jackson got sick (the stomach infection), I was about to leave for church. The church I planned on attending that day was one hour away, and I planned to spend a good amount of time in that town. However, something in my gut told me that Jackson wasn’t okay.

And thank God I listened. So, if your dog is behaving somewhat differently and your gut tells you something is wrong, check it out!

4. Better safe than sorry.

Poor Tucker spent hours with a fractured foot yesterday simply because I assumed it was a mere sprain. In the end, we did take him to the vet and he has begun the healing process. But trust me, that $40 exam fee is worth it! You never know if something more dangerous could be happening with your furry friend.

5. Pay attention.

I know that life gets busy, but always make sure that you are paying attention to your pets behavior. They cannot speak to us, so we can only determine if something is wrong by their behavior. If your pet is behaving more lethargic than usual, if he won’t eat or drink, if his bowel movements are irregular, if his breathing has changed, or anything else, make sure you get him to a vet.

Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention? If so, contact me! I’d love to learn even more about how to properly care for our furry friends.

 

 

Story Time: Jackson Got A Little Brother

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Happy Thanksgiving, dog lovers! I have got some wonderful news — news that I am beyond thankful for: Jackson got a little brother.

7901286E-0C62-4E96-BEFC-D4CFEB484E95Meet Tucker, the golden doodle. Nine-week old Tucker was a surprise Christmas present from my amazing future husband. For months we had discussed how we thought Jackson needed a playmate. When we are home, Jackson has been extremely lethargic. It’s obvious he loves to play when he is around other dogs, but he rarely had the chance to be around any.

However, after a few hours of Tucker arriving at our home, all of that changed.

It has only been four days, but I promise you that Jackson’s behavior has become more energetic and overall happy. Rather than napping the day away, he spends his time playing with Tucker… well, until Tucker passes out for one of those lengthy puppy naps.

Puppies can be challenging, but Tucker has been a huge blessing in all of our lives. So, on this Thanksgiving I am thankful for both him and Jackson.

What are you thankful for? Send me pictures of your adorable pups on Instagram for a shoutout & follow me to keep up with cute content of Jackson and Tucker!

XO,

Kels

Story Time: Jackson Got Hospitalized

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Something that I have never experienced before was a terrifying vet visit. However, nearly one week ago, I had this experience. And it honestly came a lot sooner than I thought it would. As many know, Jackson is only two years old. I didn’t expect him to have any health problems while he is still young, but it turns out that he had contracted a viral stomach infection, although we did not know this at the time.

Sunday, November 3

I awoke around 7AM, planning to visit a church located nearly an hour away from where I live. Since my fiance lives in the town of said church, we had plans to spend quite a large amount of time there that day.

However, after I got out of the shower, I noticed that Jackson wasn’t being himself. He is notably lazy in the mornings, but something just felt wrong. It wasn’t until I sat down next to him on the floor and actually began to pet him that I felt how strongly his little body was shaking. Immediately, I knew something was happening.

I contacted an emergency vet clinic and they offered to see Jackson right away. When he was initially examined, they revealed to me that his heart rate was 250. The average heart rate for a dog is 60-140, so this was not good. Immediately, they sedated him in an attempt to lower his heart rate. While he was sedated, they performed x-rays. The x-rays showed that his food from the day before had not digested and he had far too much fecal matter left in his bowels.

Since his stomach wasn’t processing food or allowing him to defecate normally, they considered that he may have an obstruction or may have eaten something toxic. After I left him at the vet, I cleaned my entire apartment, searching for anything he could have ingested — I even put on gloves and dug through my trash. But I never found anything.

The rest of that day was an emotional roller coaster. The vet continuously expressed that it was a mystery. She even contacted a cardiologist since Jackson’s heart rate was remaining far too high. I was notified that if he wasn’t better, or if we was worse, the next morning he would be referred to a neighboring city which is about an hour and a half away.

Monday, November 4

Monday morning, I discovered that he was actually doing better. The vet had plans to release Jackson to me around 2PM, and I was ecstatic.

However, after she tested his kidneys, she discovered they weren’t working as well as they should have been. And at this point, his heart rate was resting around 180, which was still too high. So, she said she would contact me later to let me know if he would be staying with them another night.

Thankfully, through God and the vet’s work, Jackson was released to me that evening. He was placed on four medications and special dog food to help his stomach. The vet revealed that, although she could not be 100% sure, she believed that he had contracted a viral stomach infection.

Today

Jackson is finishing up his medication and he is back to his normal self again. I had never been so scared in my entire life. I’ve had animals in the past, but if something happened to them they normally passed away immediately (i.e. car hit them, animal attack, etc). This was the first time that I had to sit by the phone and wait.

I felt completely powerless in those moments and it was heartbreaking. I cannot feel more thankful for the fact that Jackson got to come home.

If you are currently struggling with a situation like this with your pet, try to stay as strong as possible. Not all stories will turn out positively, but hold on to the good memories that you have with your pet and know that they have enjoyed all of their days with you.

Top 8 Tips For Camping With Your Pet

 

As a dog lover, I completely understand the desire to take our furry, four-legged friends on all of life’s adventures with us. However, when we plan to bring them along for our adventures, it is imperative that we plan accordingly.

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Recently, I took my dog camping with me for the very first time! And I learned a lot. Here are my top 8 tips for camping with your pet:

Find An Appropriate Campsite

If you plan a camping trip, try to find a pet-friendly campground. When I visited Red River Gorge in Kentucky for camping, I found a pet-friendly campground very easily. However, if this becomes a challenge, backcountry camping is always an option!

Prepare Documents/Pre-Vet Visit

Anytime you plan on taking your dog on a trip, it is important to ensure that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Additionally, you may want to bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination documentation and their dog tag.

Bring a Tie Out

Believe it or not, this is something that I actually thought to bring — and yes, I’m giving myself a pat on the back for that. A tie out can be used to tie your pet to a tree, or anything stable nearby, so they have the freedom to move around the campsite safely and with limits.

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Pack Portable Food and Water Bowls

One of my favorite pet items is the collapsible food and water bowls. These rubber bowls collapse into themselves, which makes them easy to carry with you. Additionally, you can usually find these bowls with links on them so that you can attach them to a backpack when hiking.

Remember Poop Bags

The last thing you want to do is forget the poop bags! If you forget this necessary item, your campsite will be very stinky. Plus, it is a sign of respect to clean up after your pet. Remember to #LeaveNoTrace.

Bring a Pet First-Aid Kit

Okay, this is something that I am guilty of forgetting. Sigh. Although my dog, thankfully, did not sustain any injuries on our camping trip, it is also possible that an injury could occur. Therefore, you should prepare a pet first-aid kit when you plan to go camping. Oh, and maybe prepare a human first-aid kit as well!

Plan Sleeping Arrangements

Regardless of how you generally sleep at home, co-sleeping at a campsite may be the best option. Even if your pet usually sleeps outside, there is often wildlife roaming near campsites, especially if one of your camping neighbors forgot to put away all of their food and/or trash. So, it may be safer for your pet to sleep inside the tent.

However you plan on sleeping with your pet — freely inside the tent, in a kennel inside the tent, or anything else — it is important to plan that ahead of time! Preparing sleeping arrangements before arriving will reduce some stress.

Savor the Time Together

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Regardless of where you go or who tags along with the two of you, make sure that you have fun!

 

An Open Letter To My Rescue Dog

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Last week I had no class, no work, and no internship. It sounds great, until you realize that you are an adult and everyone you know still has to work eight hours each day. So, needless to say, I spent a lot of time with my dog, Jackson.

During our tremendous amount of downtime together, I truly started to grasp how thankful I am for my 38-pound mutt. With that said, I decided it would be great to write an open letter to my rescue dog.

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I had been searching for a furry companion for weeks. After days of searching for a dog, I had found a cute Chihuahua at a local PetSmart, and I made plans to scrap together enough money to adopt him. Although that dog was adorable, something about the idea of adopting him just didn’t sit well in my heart. Later that day, I figured out why.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_25eMy mother tagged me in a Facebook post. The moment I clicked on the post and saw your adorable, sad face, I knew that you were the one. Without hesitation, I messaged the woman who was fostering you and asked if you were still available. As I spoke with her, my heart pounded in my chest from the thrill. And after a short conversation, I discovered that you would become my dog.

 

I will never know the entirety of your story. I will never know where you came from, who harmed you, who left you out in the cold all by yourself… but I do know this: you needed me and I needed you. Upon hearing the story about how you had been abandoned on a coal mine, was freezing, and how someone could easily count your ribs simply by looking at you, my heart shattered.

The day that I adopted you was pure bliss. Honestly, I was nervous. Sure, I’d owned a dog before but I had always shared ownership with my family. You would actually be my dog. I had complete responsibility for you. And honestly, those nerves turned to pure fear when I met you.

You were scared. Oh, you were so scared. You seemed as if you had been traded off by humans a thousand times before and I could see that you were not going to trust easily. I could see that you were just as scared as I was.

And with that, the weight of what I had agreed to finally sunk in. I hadn’t agreed to just adopt a dog; I had agreed to help rehabilitate a dog. No, you weren’t physically injured, but your emotional scars ran deep. But after a moment of holding onto you on the drive home, feeling you shake from fear, and then watching as you grew in excitement once you realized that you were home, I knew that everything would be just fine. 

I may not know much about your past, but here is what I do know. I know that you are a Jackson_238-pound mutt, who has suffered a lot of pain at the hands of humans. I know that you are fearful of other dogs, unless they are smaller than you. I know that it takes you a while to warm up to other humans. I know that people cannot simply pet you. I know that I have to be more careful than other pet parents when I take you out in the public eye. I know that your favorite toys are the kind that squeak, but you cannot have any toy with cotton because it will ultimately become a massacre. I know that you love to cuddle. I know that you have so much energy bursting inside of you. I know that you have so much love to give. And I know that you and I were meant to find each other.

You do not understand what I say, but I wish I could tell that you are safe now. I wish I could tell you that I will never leave you, nor will I ever let another human harm you again. I also wish I could tell you why I never let you share any chocolate with me.

Jackson, you have found your forever home.

7 Tips For Taking Your Furry Friend To The Beach

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If you keep up with my ‘Adventure Paws’ posts, you already know I took Jackson to Myrtle Beach, SC a few weeks ago. If you don’t keep up with them, you know this information now! But more importantly, why aren’t you?!

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Anyways, since our adventure to the beach, I thought it could be helpful to provide you with some tips that I learned. So, here are some tips for taking your furry friend to the beach:

Check Pet Hours

Something I had been unaware of was that the city actually regulates specific hours that dogs can be on the beach, particularly during summer months. For Myrtle Beach specifically, dogs were not allowed on the between 10AM-5PM during May-September.

If you visit the beach with your pet, it is important to learn what the beach hours are. The last thing you want to do is break the rules!

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Pay Attention to the Hotel Pet Policy

Apparently, my hotel had a policy that dogs were not allowed around the pool area. One night, I made the mistake of taking Jackson directly outside of our room. I didn’t have him close the pool at all, but we were in that area. After being scolded by an employee, I learned the important lesson of learning the hotel pet policy and adhering to those rules.

Make Sure the Sand Isn’t Hot

Just like with pavement, sand can get extremely hot. Before walking your pet on the sand, hold your palm to it for ten seconds. If your palm is burning, it isn’t safe to walk your pet.

However, if the sand is hot but you only this time gap to walk your pet, you can walk them near the water. As you near the water, the sand is moist and is no longer burning hot.

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Clean Your Pet After the Beach

After you leave the beach and you are covered in sand, you want to wash off before laying down for a nap, right? Well, your pup needs that same cleanliness! You don’t have to give them a full bath, but at least use a damp rag to clean their fur.

Be Mindful of Their Behavior

My dog had never visited the beach before, so he had no idea what to expect (obviously he can’t Google beaches!). So, when we visited, he tried to sniff the sand which caused him to gag and he attempted to drink the salt water… that didn’t go so well!

If you are taking your pet to the beach for the first time, be mindful of their behavior. Your pet will not understand where they are, so you need to ensure that they are engaging in safe behavior.

Watch Them Around Waves

Jackson despises water so I didn’t have to worry about this, but I did notice other dogs playing in the ocean. As adorable as they were, I did worry, though, about the undercurrent and the waves themselves.

If your furry friend enjoys taking a dip, keep an eye on them while they play. They can get taken under the water just as easily as we can!

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Take A Lot Of Photos

There aren’t many people who get the opportunity to take their pet to the beach. Trust me, it is a memory that you will cherish! So, take a lot of photos of your pup playing at the ocean.

You will never regret the amount of photos you take.

Adventure Paws: Myrtle Beach, SC

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I finally did it. I took Jackson to the beach. And it went… pretty great!

If you have read my blog post about taking Jackson to Niagara Falls, you already know that he does well on long car rides and with staying in hotel rooms. I am so thankful that I have been blessed with such a well-behaved dog.

However, when traveling to Myrtle Beach, I did have a couple concerns. First, I knew Jackson loved sand, but he does have a fear of water. Therefore, I wondered how he would handle the beach, which as we all know, can have some aggressive waves. Secondly, Jackson is extremely reactive to other dogs – particularly large dogs after he was attacked – and I knew there would be other dogs at our hotel and walking the beach.

The Beach

Jackson loved the beach! Loved, with a capital L. When his paws hit the sand, he would be smiling, jumping around, and behaving like a puppy again. His favorite part was running on the sand. During our morning and evening walks, he would force me to run for long distances. However, he did not like the water. When we first arrived at the beach, he was standing on the sand when a wave – a very small one, mind you – brushed over his feet, and he completely freaked out. After that, it was nearly impossible to get him near the water.

A funny moment that occurred was when Jackson had to discover that you cannot drink salt water. He began to drink from it before I could stop him, but immediately made a disgusted face and shook his head, as if saying “Nope!”. Also, he continuously tried to sniff the sand and constantly snorted because the sand would be in his nose. Learning what the beach is was such an adventure for my pup.

As I mentioned previously, I would take Jackson on morning and evening walks. The reason behind this is because Myrtle Beach, located in South Carolina, has summer hours for dogs. From May-September, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 5PM. Although he never visited the ocean during the day, he still had plenty of opportunities to get his paws sandy.

The view from our walks were beautiful, as you can see below! The sun was golden, the sand was cool, and the waves were powerful. It was breathtaking.

The Other Dogs

Jackson handled other dogs pretty well. There were a few times when he would freak out, barking and jumping around, but for the most part, it went well!

However, on that note, does anyone have any tips about how to get your pet comfortable around other dogs? Let me know! Chat with me on Instagram or Facebook.

Stay tuned for future adventures!