Tuesday Time-out

One of my favourite days of my recent vacation, was the day we went to the beach. It’s crazy, right? Who goes to the beach in November? In Nova Scotia it’s the off-season that attracts dog-lovers the most. During the warmer summer months, with the sunbathers taking over the sand, the ocean is off-limits to dogs. Once the kids are back in school and the tourists are long gone, that’s when the puppies get to come out to play. In the winter months, the beach is one of the most fun places to take a dog. With aqua-phobic Shiva there is no danger of her being swept out in the powerful waves.

Surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones there that afternoon. Nova Scotia has quite the growing surfing population these days. The water is freezing cold, but that doesn’t seem to stop the die-hards. Canadian surfers are a hardy lot. Our little Eastern Shore seems to be making a name for itself in the world of the sport.

This particular beach is called “Silver Sands”. Unfortunately, the sand was difficult to find. Shiva had a difficult time navigating over the rocks. Well, difficult for her. They slowed her down half a kilometre an hour. I wonder if we could set up an agility course on the stones?

It probably wouldn’t be safe. It’s too bad. It would give me a slight chance of keeping up with her!

It was lovely to have nowhere in particular to be. We could just take our time, relax, and breathe in the salty air. Of course, our dog had other ideas. “Relax” isn’t really part of her vocabulary.

The original reason we went to this beach was to check out the Moose statue that is positioned on top of the cliff. It was sculpted by the same artist who created the Shediac Lobster in New Brunswick and Jumbo the Elephant in Ontario. Naturally, my curse prevented me from actually seeing the animal.

It’s a good thing the beach itself turned out to be such an amazing attraction.

19 thoughts on “Tuesday Time-out

  1. Looks awesome! We miss living close to beaches! When I lived in NY I would bike with Rio to the dog beach almost daily. We’d also go to another beach 2-3 times a week with a friend… we definitely miss that lots! Glad you got a chance to enjoy it!

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  2. What a great beach to explore! I think the surfers are nuts though….I’m shivering at the thought! Sorry you didn’t get to see the moose – that would be my luck too. I love doing “stay-cations” and just visiting places that are nearby, yet we never seem to find the time to get to. Plus, then I don’t have the worries of leaving my dogs behind. 🙂 Glad you had fun.

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  3. Love beaches. Love ’em. When my mother wintered in Florida, she could never understand why I insisted on dragging her to the beach when there was a perfectly good swimming pool right across from her condo.

    Unfortunately, this province doesn’t believe in dog-friendly anything. I’ll have to bring Our Best Friend to NS, I guess.

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  4. Ha! Even sculptured moose don’t exist fully!

    The beach looks great, though. Definitely the biggest ‘con’ about living in Calgary: being land-locked. The Bow and Elbow just don’t seem to cut it.

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  5. Love how the beach always seems to inspire calm. It’s great for my rushing brain. 🙂 Such a gorgeous beach too! Reminds me of the beaches in Norway.

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  6. This brought back memories of an idyllic November day we spent on the northern California shores of the Pacific. The dogs were running off leash and all went well until they saw a log ahead. It turned out to be a dead walrus, a long dead walrus, a very smelly walrus. Naturally they all rubbed in it. I learned to scout the area before the leashes come off.

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  7. I’ve never seen a beach with so many stones on it before. Well, then again, I live inland and haven’t been to too many beaches. It looks like a beautiful place for a walk.

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  8. What a lovely beach made even more beautiful by the perfectly coordinated dog exploring it. Didn’t you think Shiva’s coat coordinated well with the stones.

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