Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | March 22, 2010

A Spring day at the beach

My girlfriend and I took my dog Sammy to the beach yesterday. It was an unseasonably warm sunny day for late March. It was the first time I’d ever pulled into Sandy Hook and didn’t have to pay a parking fee. The toll booths were closed; the season was yet to begin. We took off our shoes, walked onto the beach and took Sammy off the leash. I cannot begin to tell you the pleasure we derived from watching Sammy take off. She ran through the surf, jumped into the freezing water and chased seagulls with enough enthusiasm to make us believe she might actually catch one. Of course she didn’t, but that didn’t stop her from trying.
There were other people there, many with their dogs. Sammy made friends and ran around with her new playmates. The enjoyment we derived from watching her have so much fun was similar to that feeling you get when you watch your kids enjoy the playground or an amusement park ride. I could feel her energy as she ran at full speed in pursuit of the seagulls. We sat and had a picnic lunch right there on the beach. Sammy at our side munching on her bone. Later on we walked again. With the sun at our backs, the ocean to our right and the dunes to our left, we walked down that beach letting our feet and our toes dig into the cool soft wet sand while feeling like we were protected and insulated from the rest of the world. Sammy was running up ahead and we stared at her as she ran into the setting sun.

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  1. Beautiful day love the dad,love the dog lucky lady. l

  2. The beach never runs out of its magic. It touches everyone’s hearts even that of a dog. Great post.


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