I convinced my pawrents to move near the beach, and I imagined us taking long walks while watching the sunset. However, my dreams were dashed when I discovered that most Florida beaches prohibit dogs. But I was determined to enjoy walks and sunsets with my pawrents. This is the story of how I found a way, despite the “No Dogs” signs, and how I kept “No Sand on These Paws.”
My parents and I recently moved to a condo near the beach from our house. The move was somewhat distressing for me. My mom kept putting all my toys into boxes, and I couldn’t understand why. This occurred shortly after my dreadful experience of having to wear a cone of shame, which you can read about here if you missed it. However, after settling into our new home, I became thrilled about being close to the water and was eager to explore!
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Not Your Average Ground Dog
I’m not your average ground dog when it comes to restaurant etiquette. Instead of sitting on the floor, I prefer to sit in my stroller so I can see what’s happening around me. It’s much cleaner that way! However, there was one instance when my mom forgot my stroller, and the server insisted that I sit on the floor like a regular dog due to health regulations. I hated to break it to him, but I am probably cleaner than most of the people there.
When I saw the sign that read “DOGS PROHIBITED ON THE BEACH” on all the beaches in the area, I was shocked. As I’m not a ground dog, I assumed they were referring to other dogs and not me. Additionally, there was a flashing sign that read “No paws on the sand” as you drove into the area.
I found it easy to follow this rule! My pawrents and I go for walks to the beach, and my dad carries me down to the shore. We sit there and watch the sunset together, and I get some good rest before heading back home. By the way, officer, there’s no sand on my paws, so we haven’t broken any rules as far as I can tell.
St. Petersburg Area Dog-Friendly Beaches
I haven’t had a chance to visit a dog-friendly beach yet, and I’m not sure if I’d like to. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to remove sand from my hair. Also, I’m pretty sure my mom would give me a bath after that. I’m not a fan.
My pawrents keep discussing wanting to test my swimming abilities and see my reaction to sand and water. Although I am content with being carried, I suspect they may eventually try to coerce me into swimming.
If you’re planning a beach day with your pawrents in Florida, it’s important to know which beaches will welcome you and which ones don’t. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a list of a few dog-friendly beaches.
- Fort Desoto Dog Beach -This is a state park, and they have sectioned off part of the beach for dogs. It is $5 a day to enjoy the entire park, including the dog beach.
- 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
- North Clearwater Beach -They have a designated part of the beach assigned for dogs and their pawrents. There is limited parking available.
- 752 Eldorado Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767
- Pass-A-Grille Dog Beach – This is a pretty part of St. Pete Beach, but the dog beach is separate from the main beach area; it is over on the bay side. There are pay-to-park options available.
- 1-199 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
I absolutely love our new home! The balcony is my favorite spot to lounge and see the boats passing by. Although I have requested my pawrents to buy a boat for me, they seem to find it amusing and laugh it off. I do not understand what’s so humorous about my request.
Let me know below in the comments if you have been to the beach recently and if you are allowed to put your paws/feet on the sand.