Written by Lotus on Saturday, 17 of August , 2013 at 11:04 am
Item 29 on my Summer 2013 Bucket List is “Take Your Pet on a Trip.” I don’t have my own pet, but I do have a lot of dogs I watch from time to time. For the last week or so one of my “god-dogs” Auggie has been staying with me. He’s a dapple mini dachshund. He’s a great travel buddy because he’s small and low-maintenance.
Auggie is named after the city of St. Augustine, FL. Coincidentally, it’s also where I went to college. Obviously, we have a special connection. St. Augustine is the first city in the U.S. (so, pipe down, Jamestown) and is on the beach. Sadly, Auggie has never been to his namesake city or to the beach! I decided to drive us to Rehoboth Beach, DE for a a day. I found a pet-friendly hotel (The Breakers) and found a few pet-friendly restaurants (Hobo’s in Rehoboth and Gilligan’s in Lewes).
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the boardwalk or on Rehoboth Beach. However, the nearby Dewey Beach does allow dogs before 9:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.
Even though we couldn’t go on the beach, we did walk along Rehoboth Avenue. Many of the shops were ok with me bringing in Auggie since I was able to hold him and because he’s well-behaved. (Ok, he was also really tired.) A few favorite stores are Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy, Olde Salt, which sells knick-knacks and clever signs, and Critter Beach, a pet store that sells doggy ice cream, clothing and other pet items. I got Auggie a Hawaiian-print bandana and a dog biscuit shaped and iced like an orange creamsicle.
I’m really glad Martha Stewart’s Summer Bucket List included this in addition to other trip ideas. Bringing a pet really adds a different dynamic. It’s important to go to a pet-friendly location because you don’t want to ever leave a pet in your car during the summer months (or spring in hotter climates).
Final note: Why are so many northerners into eating French fries on the beach? Plus they load them with cheese, crab meat, vinegar and other toppings. It doesn’t seem like good beach food. This is a trend I don’t get at all.
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