Jack’s First Time at the Ocean!!!!

Ever since we got Jack I have been wanting to take him to the ocean, but something kept getting in the way.  We know he loves sand because of our time in Utah and we thought a dog friendly beach would be a really fun day with him.  Weather didn’t cooperate while we were in Oregon, so the first chance we got we decided to go to a beach in Charleston.  It didn’t take long to find out which beaches were dog friendly and we settled on the Island of the Palms County Park.  We thought the off season policy was morning and evening off leash was OK, but I have since learned that really wasn’t the case.  That probably explains why some dogs were on leash and others were off.  After doing more research it looks like Kiaweh Island has specific off leash times and areas.  Next time I will go to the city site rather than relying on third party websites.

Seasonal Dog Leash Area: From the Critical Habitat Area west of Beachwalker County Park to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club.
March 16 – October 31 Dogs must be leashed at all times.
November 1 – March 15 Dogs are allowed to be off leash.
• Dog Use Area: Dogs are allowed off leash year round in the designated “dog use area” located between the eastern boundary of the Beach Club and the Ocean Course pedestrian access provided they are under control. Off leash stipulations: The owner must remain with their pet and have in their possession a leash. Pets must be leashed if requested by another beachgoer or by Beach Patrol.

We weren’t really sure how Jack would do so we found a stretch of beach without any people and put him back on leash whenever other dogs walked through.  This worked OK and he had a good time especially sniffing a crab body he found and running up near the grass.  He didn’t want anything to do with the water, although he wasn’t afraid of it.  Like Timothy Lake he just wasn’t interested.  The best part of the day was when a couple brought a 4 month old puppy by to play.  They had a blast running around in circles and Jack was the first one to call it quits.  If you have met Mr. Energy Jack you know how rare this is.  We got some awesome pictures and Lee made a great video that I wanted to share with you.  Wonderful experience and well worth the 45 minute drive each way to get to the beach.


Heading to the ocean


Surprising number of people on the beach


Lots of flat space to run around.


Seriously look at that happy face


This was the picture I wanted !!!


First time drinking from a doggie water fountain. Once he figured it out he lapped it up.

If that wasn’t enough we decided to stop and see Kyrston on the way home so Jack could meet her dog Finn.  We have been introducing people to each other, saving the dogs until last but it turned out really great.  Jack and Finn got along really well which will make things much easier if we spend long days with them.  Plus it was fun for Finn who has been a little cooped up with new baby.

So happy everyone was buddies


Finn was happy!

Nice doggie day and good for everyone.  Super relived it all worked out.

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4 thoughts on “Jack’s First Time at the Ocean!!!!

  1. Hey Folks. Love your blog and have been a reader since day one. Just a minor suggestion. Don’t let your puppy drink from public
    fountains or courtesy bowls provided by well intended businesses. You’re exposing the pup to other animal’s bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Instead just BYOB!

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