My Beach Bum Doodle swam solo on Wednesday. Somewhere between dragging the umbrella and beach chair to the car I realized Jaxson and I have never had a true “Mommy and me” adventure.
He’s 19 months old now, and the beach sounded like the perfect destination for my #dolphindoodle…
THINK ABOUT IT –
I spend quality time with Harley every week when we travel to the MUSC Children’s Hospital. We hang out for hours together and always end our work day with a little ice cream.
So Wednesday was Jaxson’s day.
Their interests and approach to water play is distinctly different –
- Harley is a “hokey-pokey” wader – he sticks his left paw in, he sticks his left paw out #yougetthepicture
- Jaxson prefers the dunk tank method – #allin…
Taking Jaxson by himself allowed him to enjoy all the waves he wanted…
The Isles of Palm Beach is never really crowded. Leashed dogs are welcome all day long providing they remain on a leash.
I use an extremely long leash at the beach. Jax has plenty of running/swimming room, yet I still have access to him…
His energy is endless…
He couldn’t get enough of those waves, but I sincerely believe he liked playing in the water with the children the best…
We took many breaks under the umbrella, drank multiple bottles of water, and ate plenty of fruit (blueberries and sliced apples).
He didn’t want to leave, but I didn’t want to keep him out there in the sand and sun too long.
There are no photos of
cabana girl me dragging my stuff because my dear sweet nephew carried most of my gear. #whataman
slept snored all the way home. He and Harley greeted one another as if it had been years and he ate a hearty dinner.
Despite my efforts to keep him hydrated, giving him plenty of breaks between water romps, he still ended up with a mild case of beach diarrhea.
WHAT IS BEACH DIARRHEA? –
Beach diarrhea is quite different from the average diarrhea your dog gets from eating something he should not have. Typically, dog owners report beach diarrhea to being a very liquid, projectile diarrhea that seems to just shoot out of the dog’s rear end. This form of diarrhea happens quickly and is caused by the salt water pulling fluids from the intestinal tissues (osmotic effect). It can be diagnosed based on the history of the dog being at the beach and can be confirmed by having the dog evaluated for hypernatremia ( a sudden increase in sodium). Source: pethelpful
Since he’s that “all in” swimmer, I haven’t quite figured out how to prevent this from happening. He’s not actually “drinking” the water, but I am sure when he’s diving, weaving and bobbing in and out of the water he’s “consuming” it.
We’re on a bland diet of spaghetti and ground chicken right now. No treats, a little rest and plenty of fresh water.
As much as he loves the beach, I don’t want him to suffer each time he goes. I need a consult with the Doodle Doc to map out a remedy.
For now, we’ll give the beach a break and rely on our memories…
Have the best weekend ever – I am – I’ll tell you all about it Monday!