Sunday was pretty glorious here on the Island. There was very little wind and the temperature reached around 16 degrees. We always try to take the dogs to a new walking spot on days like these. We harnessed up the dogs and hopped in the car, heading off to the west side of the Isle of Wight. There’s a lot of farmland and forest on this side of the Island but we decided that it was perfect weather for a trip to the beach.
Luckily, the Isle of Wight is incredibly dog-friendly. Some of the most popular beaches have dog restrictions between May and September. Having said this, you’re never more than a 15-minute drive away from a dog-friendly beach on the Island. We chose Brook beach because it was low-tide there at the time we took the dogs out.
Betty’s first beach trip.
This was actually Betty’s first trip to the beach and I wasn’t sure how she would react. The boys both adore the beach and visit regularly in the summer. Because we only got Betty in February we hadn’t had decent enough weather to get her out there until Sunday. Betty can overheat quite quickly because she is black and it was quite warm on Sunday, so we took our trusty collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water with us.
When we first got onto the beach it was quite busy with holidaymakers. We kept the dogs on the lead and walked further down the beach, where traffic thinned out a bit. We let the dogs off their leads and had a stroll down the beach with them. Barry and George had a lot of fun running off and exploring but Betty tended to stay close to my heels until she found her bearings.
It wasn’t long before Betty was off exploring with the boys and I actually struggled to keep up with them! Betty has an issue with her legs which causes her to drag her feet on the floor. This means that her feet are often scabbed and tend to bleed a lot. I think she loved walking on the sand because it was much gentler on her paws. It’s hard to tell when she’s happy because she’s never once wagged her tail, but I think she approved of the seaside!
Eventually, we all plucked up the courage to have a little paddle. Lord almighty was it cold! George was the only one to get fully soaked, and even that was by accident. A wave crashed over him and in his shock, the only thing he could think of doing was sitting down. Thus I had one very wet, confused pug sat down in the freezing cold sea. The water was up to his chin. Barry did have a little dabble, as he usually does, but the sea must have been too cold for him to have a proper swim that day.
I actually really enjoyed this trip to the beach and was sad when we had to leave. We had only planned for an hour-long walk and so did not have any water or treats with us for the dogs. When we got home we decided to have a barbecue in the garden, which meant that the dogs could sunbathe some more on the grass. The sun totally wiped them all out and we didn’t hear another peep out of them for the rest of the day.
Sunday was the first day of my no-spend month and I think it went pretty well! It prompted me to get out of the house and get active, all without spending a penny. We’re due some more good weather this weekend, so we plan to take the dogs back to the beach. This time we’re hoping to make a day of it. We’re going to pack a picnic, toys and a bowl of water for the dogs.
What are your favourite things to do on a bright, sunny day? I’d love to hear what you get up to!