i hate suitcases. suitcases mean mom and dad are going away. they start whispering to each other while they put their clothes there and they ask each other if they left the money for lesley and say things like don’t let on to millie. it means i have to stay at home. i love lesley but I hate being left behind.
but one day they got the suitcases and picked up my bed and said come on millie and i went with them. dad said i should write this although i can only type small letters. we border terriers are highly intelligent but without opposable thumbs we can’t do the shift key and type at the same time.
|i dared coco to photo-bomb|
her mom and dads wedding pic
she wanted that beach cause dogs are welcome there and she was right. ive seen beaches like spanish banks which is a bad trick to play on a dog cause it looks flat but its really mud up to my shoulders but the beach at manzanita is beautiful…more sand than ive ever seen not many people but lots of dogs and we could run as far as we could and make friends with dogs we liked the vibe of or stay away from the ones we didnt.
we could also dig without getting yelled at to stop digging and mom and dad took my leash off and said something about it was good not to worry about bylaw guys coming around.
on in the water's fine |
he said. i don't think so
some dogs actually go in the ocean. some dogs are nuts. dad threw my ball into the water and i had to tell him to get it himself. my kind digs. we chase foxes and bark at their burrows until the hounds show up. we dont do oceans. but other dogs like big black labs and wheaten terriers and retrievers love it and it looks like theyre having great fun leaping into the waves and coming out and waiting until they get near people before they shake off. mom thinks thats cute but when dad took off his shoes and tried to get me to follow him i got as far as my knees and realized he was tricking me and ran back before the water came any closer. and i don’t even have knees.
|no worries about
waiting in the room |
or being tied up outside!
theres a store called four paws on the beach that has lots of dog toys and treats and most motels say yes to us and dont worry if we get on the furniture. i hear mom and dad talk about the oregon coast like its really a special place to go-and for a dog, theres noplace on that coast more special than manzanita.
Note from Millie’s Dad: Manzanita is a two-hour drive west of Portland, Ore.: you can get there via US 26, turning south at the junction with US 101 north of Cannon Beach; a “nicer” route is a bit longer, along SR 6, through the Tillamook State Forest and the town of Tillamook (stop at the cheese factory and the winery); turn north on US 101 and follow the signs.
While there, we stayed at two motels: the San Dune Inn and Sunset Surf Motel. Both are very comfortable and dog-friendly (people friendly, too) and our room at Sunset Surf had kitchen facilities. San Dune is an easy walk from the beach and Sunset Surf is right across the road from the beach.
About Millie's Dad: Drew Snider is a career communications professional with over 30 years in journalism and corporate communications. He created and hosted the travel show "Destinations" on CFAX Radio in Victoria, British Columbia, an outgrowth of his life-long passion for travel.
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