Phoenix’s First Time at the Beach

My only regret today was forgetting to bring my camera. Judi & I took Phoenix (our 6-yr-old tripawd pitbull) and Chloe (our almost-12-yr-old beagle) to nearby Samoa Beach. Because Phoenix’s history is unknown before her arrival in Humboldt Co. last September, we don’t know if she’s ever been to a beach. But we do know it was her first time at a beach as a tripawd.

And man, did she love it.

As soon as we unhooked them from their leashes, Chloe (a beach veteran) sprinted away as if to say, “Phoenix, you get to run free here!” Phoenix raced off after her friend, and it warmed my heart to see our tripawd running so fast and so well. They turned around, came back to us, and then took off again.  Phoenix kept wagging her tail, did mutliple short runs on the hard-pack sand (it was low tide), but often stayed close by us. Occasionally she stopped to drop & roll on the soft sand (not on anything gross, thank God). The only others the dogs encountered on the almost-deserted beach were two solitary beach walkers and a young man throwing a rubber ball to his large rottweiler.

The weather was cool and sunny, and we never felt the 5.7 earthquake others felt in town.

Phoenix and Chloe were glad to walk back to the truck, so they could drink water from their bowl and eat some biscuits. Then it was home for their nap.

All things considered,  a very successful first venture for our tripawd on a North Coast beach.

My first post

On Dec. 20, 2014, my wife & I adopted a tripawd named Phoenix. She is a 6-year-old (our vets think) female pitbull. Phoenix was hit by three different cars on a freeway near San Francisco around Labor Day, 2014. Rather than have a local animal hospital euthanize her, two good Samaritans transported Phoenix north about about 275 miles to a no-kill animal shelter (Miranda’s Rescue) in rural Humboldt County on California’s North Coast. Phoenix was in bad shape back then and needed to have her front right leg amputated. Nothing was known about her background, and she stayed at Miranda’s for three months before we met her and subsequently adopted her. Phoenix is a 44-pound sweetheart. As I type this, she’s sharing her big bed with her buddy–our 11 1/2 year-old adopted beagle. Phoenix loves to go on walks down by the waterfront, is very well-behaved, a watchdog without being aggressive, and is a happy tail-wagger & face-licker.