So earlier this week my oldest friend Mel came into town from school and a recent semester studying abroad (yayy!!) and we decided to have a coffee+dog walk date. So she brough Gemma, her family's wonderful year-and-a-half old black-and-tan hound (wooooo!!!) and I brought Finn and we went to Fort Funston. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Fort Funston used to be a bunker, which we have lots of around here on the Pacific Coast, and is now a fabulous park where dogs can be taken off leash. It is full of sand dunes, ice plant, wind-blown cypres and sand stone cliffs, and you can wander down to the beach, which stretches for San Francisco south to about Pacifica, during low tide. It's divine; I love it there, and so do the dogs. Just check out the photos a google images search does (which is that link :)
And so commenced Finley's first beach day! And she had a great time-- she is soooo much better at walking on a leash than she was a month ago! It's impressive. I never have to pull her to get her moving and she happily walks along zigging and zagging and getting tangled in everyone's legs as she investigates them.
We also saw Karen and Bailey! Hi guys, if you read this! It was great to run into them-- we met briefly at the last corgi walk and Bailey is such a nice dog-- he didn't mind Finn jumping around like a cricket in his face. He is also a Giant's Fan (YES) and I enjoyed watching him play with other, big dogs! He was sooo fast and really held his own. Hope we run into you two again soon!
Finley sitting in this amazing piece of drift wood!
Mel trying to get both of them to sit for a treat so we could take a photo-- not happening! hehe. We wanted to try to get them to sit close so the difference in their size, but similar black and tan coloring, would show! they were a great pair. And check out the coast behind her-- it was a gorgeous, pre-rain afternoon.
Finn in the wet sand-- she laid down and just hung out a bit like that! I'm convinced she is going to be a water dog.
In the water!!! Which totally surprised her! But she handled it well-- she didn't freak out, tuck her ears back and refuse to return. She scampered out but then came back! I was so proud. She splashed around me (I was in tall rainboots) in a circle and seemed to like it. I hope she does! She's kind of leaning against the tide in this, which I thought was smart. It must pull much harder on smaller, low-to-the ground creatures.
Playing :) Gemma was really nice with Finn-- she's such a good dog! Mel's family always has great dogs, though, and Gemma is no exception! I was happy to finally meet her!! <3
And of course-- my little digger.
Dig, dig dig! the whole day through!
Gemma and her beautiful tide reflection and Finley's barely-visible one (she doesn't have enough legginess! her reflection is almost touching her tummy. haha)
And, lastly, Gemma (who held still! yahh), who is so handsome (b/c pretty sounded too flimsy for her) and expressive-- look at her!!-- and her ears-- I LOVE her ears. Mel had a hound dog named Dixie before Gemma, and she also had luxurious ears. They're so expressive and floppy! Do your ears hang loowww...
And one of my new favorites: