Sunday, January 10, 2010

Trip to Carmel, Dog Friendly Town

Once again, Happy New Year, my friends!!!  I do hope the year 2010 will be happy and prosperous for you and your family.

Every year the short days right after Christmas and New Year, my family take drive trip to nearby California or vicinity resorts.  My wife and I took my wife's mother to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 2008.  In 2007, we were in Tokyo and Beijing, etc...  It is partly due to my family being away from home countries not having nearby or reachable family member to visit, feel a little bit lonesome in comparison to those who are born here in the US.

This year, we decided to take our White Snowy Dog, Xue Er to the #1 dog friendly city, Monterey, Carmel, CA.  We heard from our dog's instructor in Pet's Mart that Carmel is always selected to be the dog friendly city.  He told us that any restaurant has dog's menu and you can take your dog to any shop.  The beaches are leash free area like huge dog park.

There are several ways from San Francisco to Monterey, Carmel.  I always love to take CA-1, Pacific Highway, which runs along Ocean Coast Side.  Since our 10 months white cutie, Snowy Xue Er, has motion sick problem, we planned to take several stops before hitting Monterey, Carmel.

There were several public beaches on Pacific Highway, CA-1.  But my wife and I were surprised that we came across the beaches which banns to take dogs into.  There were almost no exception "No Alcohol, No Smoking, No Dogs".  Since we did not expect this, it was great surprise.  This is why "Dog Friendly Town and Beach, Carmel" is very important for dog lovers.

Being too early to check in to our hotel, we continued to drive to Ocean Avenue, Carmel.  Driving down to the beach entrance, there were so many people who take their dogs.  We felt very happy.  Walking down to the beach, we found lots of dogs were running around.  Big dogs, small dogs, young dogs, old dogs...

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Happy New Year to you too, Shaw - have a very successful and happy 2010.

Glad to see you all had a good time down at the beach - it's difficult keeping public places clean I guess .. but glad that you found one beach!

All the best - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

Thank you for coming and thank you for your first comment in 2010. We had excellent time in the beach. If you like dogs, Carmel is the place you should visit.

Let's have prosperous 2010.

Best personal regards,
Shaw Funami
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