Is This Like The Moon?
So Mom seemed ready for a new adventure. She packed
all sorts of gear into the car and even brought some things to eat…sounds good
to me! I helped her out to the car and thought it would be good to add my ball
and on another trip, my squishy alligator, and on another, the play alone two
handled ropey thing…Mom put them all in the car…that was really something and
very notable, very unusual. Mom said “This cooler is for you Winnie!” and
although it was small, I felt thankful for Mom and appreciated that she thought
So then Mom got this big rolling thing out of the
garage and put it in the back of the car…never saw it before but as all dogs
know, people are very mysterious. After that, we got into the car and away we
It didn’t take us long at all to get where we were
going. Mom did stop and read a sign that most definitely said dogs were allowed
(should say, polite dogs with their polite people are allowed. Remember the dog
pen, ummm, park!) but, we had to
be on leash and our people had to pick up if we used the bathroom. Weird sign
about the bathroom, a shovel and broom with a dog in a compromising position…I
guess it’s real clear!
So Mom drove in and parked the car…Yipeee! We’re here!
So out of the car we went. Right then, as soon as the car door opened, even
before I jumped out, I knew this was a place I have never, ever seen before. I
did jump out of the car but then, I had to stop to take everything in…it
smelled real different and I heard something really weird, not thunder, not
rain, not banging, and not all the time…It went on and on but I really couldn’t
place it and thought it was very unsettling, never stopped and really never
changed. My first thought was not to move at all…just wait right there and see
what happened…nothing at all changed…
”Ok Winnie, it’s time to unpack the car!” Mom sounded very upbeat which in itself
could be good but sometimes was really just faking me out…everything is fine,
don’t worry, I’m OK, you’re OK! Oh yeah, I’m right all over that Mom…But she
didn’t really seem to notice any difference in this place at all. So she got
out the rolling thing first and started to fill it up…first the coolers, mine
included, then hers, a chair but the weirdest chair I have ever seen, no legs!
A plastic rug all rolled up, my beloved toys and a very big bag with stuff
inside and a very big umbrella. Rain? Nope, doesn’t look like rain Mom, it’s
really very, very sunny Mom, real sunny…but as every dog knows, people are very
So, Mom picked up my leash and we started walking.
As we did, the ground started to change. First, it was regular street ground
and then, it started to feel like dirt but much more gritty, actually,
sandy…and then, there was no ground at all…only sand…and it was nice and toasty
warm…not so bad Mom. Then, we came to a spot that had something over our heads
and it was really long, nope, hey Mom, not going there!! Don’t have ta, Don’t
wanna! “Oh Come On Winnie! This is a tunnel and once we go through, we’ll be on
the beach! You’ll have fun!” Ohhh noooo Mom, not going. So I employed the
ultimate….stop, drop & roll…not going Mom.
So Mom came on over and gave me one of those sweet
fun belly rubs…but I knew…trick…she picked me up and carried me over her
shoulder and into the tunnel we went…The rolling thing sounded really loud all
of a sudden…If I wasn’t on Mom’s shoulder this would have been a time I would
have had to use the bathroom just a little…but I did control myself since I
know she would have been very mad. “Wiiinnnnnnie! Wiiiinnnnie!” Mom sounded super loud and
long…”Woooooo Woooooooo Woooooo! Yip
Yipp Yip!” Now she pretended she was a wolf…not good Mom they are predators and
don’t like unknown little dogs in their territory…the likelihood that I would
bark or howl back is more than remote…not good but very loud. As we left the
tunnel, Mom saw a guy standing there with his little guy…they were
laughing…”hey, I was just playing with my dog!” Mom seemed a little embarrassed
but she laughed too. Not me.
So, then she put me down on the sand…I took a few
steps and then…ouch ouch ouch ouch , yikes! Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch….hot hot
hot…I was jumping all around and Mom said “Hold on Winnie!! Stay right there,
I’ll pick you up!! Sorry, never expected the sand would be that hot!” Oh yeah,
me either, who knew – hot hot hot….So there I was on Mom’s shoulder again…and
when I looked around, all I could see was sand…where the heck are we? Is this
So Mom dragged the rolling thing along and we went
over a little hill and then I saw it, some big, bubbling , moving, thing…
really things, coming from the water…they came along and then just
disappeared….Holy Moley, what the heck is this now??? We’re not going there????
I did try to get away but Mom yelled at me to stop
or she would have to put me down on the sand… Holy Moley…
So on we went and finally, Mom stopped and said
“This looks like a good spot!” Really, for what Mom??? Then she tried to put me
down on the sand….oh no, hot hot hot…” Gee Winston, re-lax! It’s not hot here”
and she tried to pry me off her shoulder…no way Mom! Pop, she pulled me free
and put me down…she was right, it was hard and cool and woooaaahhhh!!!
The bubbly things are coming!!! Run Mom Run!!!!
Yikes, no where to go!!! The leash the leash!
“Winnie, calm down…come here...” when she reached
down it was like I was magnetized…I didn’t know I could jump that quick…”ok ok”
she said and took out the plastic rug and unrolled it on the sand…then the
ridiculous chair with no legs and then, the hugest umbrella I have ever
seen…she didn’t hold it but she had a thing that twisted into the ground and stuck
it inside that… Hummm, not bad, now there was shade over the plastic rug. I
just sat way back by the inside of the umbrella…”Ok Win…here are your toys and
some water from home and a little snack.” Not hungry Mom…never thought I’d say
So Mom just sat down on her nota chair and leaned
back with a big, almost asleep breathing sound…and then…”oops I forgot, how
about that sunscreen Winnie, some for your nose?” What on earth are you talking
about?? So she put some smelly stuff on herself, smelled a little like oranges
with outside flowers…weird but not bad…then, she swiped a little on my nose,
that was all I could smell. No thanks Mom. She put on her big black eye things
and leaned back in the nota chair…I waited for the next thing and really there
wasn’t a next thing…she stayed there for quite some time doing nothing…It gave
me lots of time to be nervous about the bubbling things that were coming quite
close. In all honesty it seems that they were moving slowly away from us…they
also got smaller and then bigger again and seemed to come in waves…Also, I was
getting kind of hot…not like the sand but hot from the air. Finally, Mom said “Hey Winnie, I’m
getting kind of hot” (me too) “how about a dip?” What are you talking about?
So Mom got up from her chair and came over to scoop
me up…”come on, lets go!” So she just leaned over and before I could object she
just carried me to the water…So, I magnetized myself to her and I guess she
wasn’t so ready…”ow ow ow! Winnie your full of sand…don’t grip
me!” and she held me from under my belly on her arm…”Sheesh Win, this should be
So in the water she walked and then she put me
down…I AM SHORT! And I could barely feel the sand under me…the water was moving
and the bubbly stuff was behind me but you could see them coming in front…I
just started swimming and really had no idea where to go…”Hey Good Dog Winnie!
You’re swimming!” Great Mom…”Come on, lets go this way!” and Mom walked
away…Well of course, I got real worried and swam right after her…then a really
weird thing happened…one of the bubbly things just came up and kind of carried
me right over to where she was…who knew, certainly way not what I
expected. “Woo Hoo Winnie!! Body
Surfing! Pretty good buddy!” Well,
so glad you are glad…but what the heck is that??
So Mom reached for my collar and kind of guided me
around and kept me right there with her moving around. Really, not bad at
all…So we spent some time out there and then Mom turned around and said “OK,
how about a snack…lets go back to our spot.” So as we started to head back, I
took just a little slurp…Yak, Yak, cough, blah, blah, yak!!!! Super Super
salty…what the heck…Mom said “Hey don’t drink the water. It’s not like the pool
- you will get real sick Winnie. This is for swimming, not drinking.” No
When we got back to our spot, Mom took two towels out,
one for her and one for me - Very thoughtful. We dried off and then Mom
reminded me of the snacks she brought along…Sounds pretty good right about now
and she gave me some of the right water to drink…So we sat together and looked
at the bubbly things….”Hey Winnie that was pretty good about you body surfing!
The waves are pretty fun as long as you use the buddy system and stick
together…Wait until everyone hears what you can do!” So I took a long look at,
I guess you call them the waves. They
didn’t seem so bad anymore. As a matter of fact, the whole thing isn’t so bad as
long as you are prepared…now the ginormous umbrella makes sense, so does the
plastic rug but I’m not sure about the nota chair.
In thinking about it, I’m really glad Mom decided
to bring me along today. All the sand, water and waves are really a lot to get
used to. I think the next time we should do pretty well… I wonder if Mom would
give me a ride in the rolling thing?