With Indy’s car sickness mostly under control I know how important it is to try and ensure he continues to remain ‘desensitized’ to the car’s motion, to achieve this we are trying to get out and about more regularly to dog friendly destinations. (Indy did have one small hick-up recently when we took a quicker; yet windier road to our destination. Sorry Indy, mumma does feel bad about that xx)
The problem is Queensland is one pretty spread out place, not only is it the second largest state in Australia; our coastline alone stretches nearly 7,000km! It is safe to assume you may never stumble upon some amazing doggie destinations unless there is a bit of word of mouth.
Everyone already knows how much Amber and Indy LOVE a day at Sandgate. As we drive down Flinders Parade the window goes down and immediately two little Pappy noses are sniffing the air and taking in the bay breeze. Arguably, Sandgate and surrounding areas Brighton and Shorncliffe are the most dog friendly destinations around and seemingly you would not live here or visit unless you had a dog OR you are at the very least dog friendly. So it goes without question we do not mind jumping into the car every other weekend and drive 40 minutes to walk among our people!
At our last visit (Ekka Wednesday in fact) while standing there deciding which direction to walk first Indy suddenly became nervous, very nervous. So much in fact, as if in slow motion he stood up and back away to hide behind my legs. But why?
Following the direction Indy was staring wide eyed it became quickly apparent. Lumbering right towards us; eyes locked was a HUGE Tibetan Mastiff! I hope he is friendly? Thankfully he did have responsible fur-parents who appear to have worked very hard in keeping him well socialised. Even still, Indy was not having a bar of this weird looking lion dog; while Amber could not get enough; performing her happy dance and jumping up to lick his nose. Cuteness Level = 110%.
After our brief encounter, and not even thinking to capture that moment with a photo, we wandered off to enjoy our day on the bay. After a long walk and a serve of chips and the BEST calamari ever from Dave at the Sandgate Fishmonger it was time to head home. As we entered the highway my two little butterflies were already curled up and sound asleep!
It is never just another day on the bay – they met a Lion!
Tell us, where is your favourite dog friendly destination?
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