Last weekend we jumped in the car with Beau and decided to go the beach. On beautiful sunny days we have the luxury of being only half an hour from a stunning beach. Except, life with a dog means you need to do a little more research when making a day trip. Our favourite beach doesn’t allow dogs during specific months, so a quick Google and we were soon heading to Durdle Door with a dog and a very excited boy.
Our journey to Durdle Door took us across the Poole chain link ferry and via the grounds which become the home to Camp Bestival next month. It really is a stunning part of Dorset and one I highly recommend you visit if you ever find yourself this way.
As we arrived Clara and I decided it would be the day we let Beau off his lead for the first time. He had just finished all his vaccinations and we were keen to start working on his recall. But first we had to walk down a steep hill and many steps to get to the beach. M and Clara reached the bottom of the steps first, with ease. My journey down took a lot longer as every single person that passed Beau wanted to pet him. Which was lovely that they thought he was so cute, but many didn’t recognise that he is actually very nervous of adults and several times I had to stop him leaping towards the cliff edge.
Once on the beach I took a deep breath, looked at Clara and let Beau off his lead. He was free and loved every single moment. His recall was good and we only had one anxious moment when he decided to race off to play with a passing Cocker Spaniel.
Whilst Beau played, M filled his beach bucket with pebbles and danced over the stones. It was lovely to sit back and watch my little family. Moments like this are what I managed I’d enjoy many years ago when I used to think about the family I would create.
After a couple of hours we headed back to the top for a quick snack and some Pokemon Go. M managed to catch an Onix, which he has been desperate to catch since the game came out. I was so pleased for him, despite him reminding me every day that I am yet to catch one.
I am looking forward to exploring more on our return to Durdle Door in the Summer. It’s great to know it’s a beach we can take Beau on all year round.