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4 Beaches That Are Heaven For Dogs

4 Beaches That Are Heaven For Dogs

The sun is setting way before the time limit, the cold seeps in, soaking up all the brightness, and we all tend to want to hibernate like a bear.

It’s time for a vacation; however, for us pet owners it’s hard for our furry friends to tag along to our desired destinations. As a contrast to a cold winter, many of us might prefer a warm summer, where we get to re-live the feeling of sinking our toes in the sand.

Since many beaches aren’t pet-friendly, how do you enjoy your favorite getaway this winter? Taking that into consideration, I have put together a list of beaches where your pet can run around in the sand while you’re taking a long refreshing walk.

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    1. Southport, Australia (The Spit)

    Southport beach, commonly known as The Spit, is a common destination for all dog lovers out there. In the inhabited coast of Australia, it’s a place where both canines and humans bond.

    Since it’s the start of a sweltering summer in Australia this winter, the beach is once again open for all the passionate dog lovers. The waters are calm and exciting for both dogs and humans, so it’s the best of both worlds.

    If you’re looking for an escape with your furry friend then this would a place to be considered.

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      2. Huntington Dog Beach, California

      California is a place where the burning sun and the sandy beaches are trademark. From the start of Beverly Hills 90210, to the last episodes of Baywatch, the beach culture never seemed to let us down. Their sunny and “take it easy” lifestyle has always impressed the world, making it one of the most visited destinations in the United States.

      Californians have also portrayed themselves as enthusiastic dog lovers. Huntington Dog Beach is available for all dog lovers looking to travel and enjoy a perfect summer. The low and calm tide of the beach allows your dog to waddle away while you enjoy getting a perfect tan.

      If you prefer active sports, you can visit a number of beaches not too far from the dog beach that offer high tides and an opportunity to ski and surf. If you’re looking to escape this winter, California will definitely meet your expectations.

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        3. Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK

        Chesil Beach is located in Dorset, a small county located in the Southwest of England that contains a variety of wonderful beaches. Dorset is rural and quiet, a haven for nature and fresh air.

        Although cold at this time of year, winter is still a great time to visit. The 18-mile stretch of Chesil Beach is perfect for wintry walks with the dog and, when you’re ready to warm up beside a roaring fire, head to one of the local inns, many of which are also pet-friendly.

        A total of 8 miles of the beach is separated from the mainland by a saline lagoon, known as the Fleet, which provides a rich environment for a whole range of wildlife. Chesil Beach is also known to be a fantastic spot for fishing and, in warmer months, an array of exhilarating water sports.

        If you’re planning for a traditional English experience, then this is definitely the go-to location for a wonderful, festive celebration packed with rustic charm; plus, a dog friendly beach is enough to make your furry friend’s season too!

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          4. Los Cabos, Mexico

          If you’ve watched the movie Hotel for Dogs, you probably wish that it existed somewhere on this planet. Like Hogwarts, you might think it’s just a fairy tale that never comes true. Well, in Los Cabos, Mexico you might find what you’re looking for.

          A dog paradise, Los Cabos is suited for dogs and owners to travel and enjoy their vacation in style. Most of the resorts are catered for dogs, equipped with dog spas and offering various therapies; you’ll be able to escape your furry friend if you want, and enjoy Mexico on your own.

          Your pet would be safe and pampered by the professionals from the resorts, which in some ways could be described as expensive dog sitting. However, at the end of the day, your pet would be relaxed and treated like a King while you do whatever you want.

          So, if you’re looking for some luxury travel, then take the chance and head to Los Cabos. And you won’t regret packing that large hat.

          So if you’re planning a winter vacation, why not make winter a great getaway for your furry companion as well? With various locations and interesting adventures, it would surely be a time to remember.

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

          “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

          Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

          You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

          Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

          1. Take a step back and evaluate

          When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

          1. What is the problem?
          2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
          3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
          4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
          5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

          Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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          2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

          If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

          At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

          Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

          3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

          Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

          4. Process your thoughts/emotions

          Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

          1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
          2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
          3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
          4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

          5. Acknowledge your thoughts

          Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

          By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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          Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

          6. Give yourself a break

          If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

          7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

          A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

          Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

          After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

          8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

          As Helen Keller once said,

          “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

          Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

          9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

          In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

          1. What’s the situation?
          2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
          3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
          4. Take action on your next steps!

          After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

          10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

          A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

          Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

          For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

          11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

          No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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          12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

          No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

          13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

          There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

          After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

          Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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