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Dakota had her first beach day on Thursday!  She LOVED it - she ran around like crazy and played in the water for hours with Swarley, her BFF :)  I only wish the dog area was bigger - it was only about 100 feet long, marked between two snow fences.  There was no one there but us so it was ok, but it's probably pretty cramped on the weekend.  If you are looking for something fun to do with the pups, definitely hit up the beach!  They will love it!

Anyways, here are some pics!

Dakota and Swarley in the water

Soaking up the sun

Swarls, handsome fella!

Back at the house...this is what they do when they're too tired to run but still want to play!  It's so cute :)

 

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There's nothing like a dog on the beach.. heaven on earth!! Great fun photos

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NICE photos!  Looks like Dakota had a grand time!

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I would imagine a big clean up job when back home. Bathing two big dogs, one of whom has long hair! I remember as a kid I loved the beach, then as an adult when I had to do my own cleanup afterward, I hated it. The kids enjoyed the beach I'm sure, but not the baths afterward.

One reasong I love the blackwater rivers of S. Georgia, is that they have sandy beaches, but fresh, clean water. Unlike the red rivers of middle Georgia, the black water rivers do not have any real silt in them unless at flood stage. They are lazy slow water rivers, and mostly sand river beds.

The term "black water" is a little misleading. When you first see them, they are the color of used motor oil and most people think they are yucky. But, the black is the reflection of the sunlight off the surface. Dip a clear glass into the water and hold it up and it looks like weak tea. Normal iced tea is far darker. These waters are found in swampy areas and the color comes from the tannic acid in the water from the decomposition of the vegetation on the ground in the woods. Of course in times of low rainfall, the water darkens, and in times of higher rainfall the water lightens.

I once took a 1 gallong plastic milk jug and filled it with river water from the Alapaha River which is east of us and took it back up to Virginia when I was living there to show them what it was really like. I later let it sit on the counter top to see what would settle out of it. Nothing to really note.

Because of the low PH content of the water means that when you come out, you don't have a sticky feeling on your skin when the water dries. If you get sand on you when you are wet, when you dry off, it brushes off easily and most falls off just by activity.

Just think of black water as Mother Natures version of sun tea.

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Rick.. I like it..

Mother Nature's SunTea..

thanks "Mom"

I lived in Tulsa for a spell way back in the 'agos'. The river banks were red mud.. and the color never would come out of bathing suits or towels..

Some of the cleanest water and prettiest beaches I've seen are on the Gulf Coast of Florida..Destin, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze.. just gorgeous..

I remember a little girl came to visit from Iowa.. she took one look at the sand and said

" Ooooo Snow" 

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I can see the tour ads now, come to Sunny Florida and enjoy the Sunshine and the Snow that won't melt!

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Love the photos! Looks like they had a blast. Also looks as if you had the beach "doggy" area all to yourself. That must have been nice. Private Beach - What beach is this?

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How awesome!  Steve loved the beach when we went.  I need to take him again, but it's over in SF and about an hour and a half drive without traffic.  Did Dakota do any swimming?  Steve will wade in but goodness, if his feet can't touch ground, he's bolting out of the water!

I love the tired play of mouthing/pawing "come here, I want to chew on you, but I'm too tired to move!"

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What a great time! Friends and the beach! Everyone looks so happy!

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It was a lot of fun!  Rick, the cleanup for her was not too bad, I can't speak for Swarley but I'm glad I don't have to deal with all that hair!  The worst part was getting the sand out of her eyes.  It was a bit breezy at the beach and her eyes were all red when we got home.  It took about 15 minutes of repeat eyedrops and a wet washcloth to get all that goop out.  BLECH! 

Jess she does swim!  She loved it that my friend and I were in the water with them.  We waded out to the last sandbar and Dakota and Swarls would have just kept swimming out if we didn't call them back!  I think she assumed the next place she could touch was just a few feet away like it had been the whole way out lol.  I'm sure Steve could learn to like swimming!  It just takes some patience, practice and a lot of encouragement :)   

Rhonda we were at Wasaga beach, it's on the southern part of Georgian Bay.  We had the area to ourselves most of the day, it was great!

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It would seem like Swarley and Dakota would elope away if it weren't for the parents being around XDDD

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This question is kinda related to water. Should I keep my Athena out of the wading pool till I get her ears posted next week? She just got them trimmed about a week or so ago. Im worried about getting them wet or does that hurt?

 

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I think in general for stitches you're not supposed to let them get wet.  I would wait until they are out and the ears are healed, just so you don't run the risk of infection from any bacteria that is in the water. 

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What an awesome day you all had at the beach!  We had a beautiful dog beach when we lived in Muskegon, Mi but we didn't really go because people were very irresponsible with their dogs and I never really felt comfortable.  

Unityspirit: I wouldn't let her in the water with the stitches in or when they are posted.  You don't want the incisions to get infected or an actually ear infection.

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Oh, what a fun day!!  Wonderful pics.