One thing bloggers and pet parents alike have in common is that we miss our dogs, cats, and other pets when we sometimes go away and have to leave them behind. There are some that are lucky enough to be able to travel with their pet families all the time.
But there are times we each need to “get away from it all” and sometimes “it all” includes our pets. We’re pet Moms, empty nester Moms, working women – either at jobs or taking care of family, extended family, and homes. Sometimes some time with “the girls” – as we like to refer to ourselves even though we’re far past that age – is just what we need. As much as we love our children, pets, families, hubbies, and homes – they can be a lot of work.
For me, time with the girls gives us a break from all of that, giving us a chance to just relax and forget about all of our obligations. But for all that need to get away, the minute we leave our homes, we miss what we’ve left behind. In my case that means I miss “the crew” and I instantly start looking for other dogs in the deep need for a “puppy love” fix. There have even been occasions we’ve stayed at an inn or motel that had a resident dog or cat, and wasn’t that wonderful!
My recent weekend away with the girls to Maine presented a bit of a challenge in that department though. The beach we went to wasn’t exactly what you’d call “dog friendly”.
There were many establishments such as these that had water dishes outside for passing dogs though.
One of the things we love about this beach is the beautiful flowers and gardens everywhere. I still need to find some dogs to love on though! Could this be where I’d find one, a store named after our very own beagle?
No unfortunately, that was children’s toys. This place might be more appropriate anyway:
That is where we found these two cuties:
How about this place, displaying a bit of cat humor?
We did see some dogs being walked along the street. Unfortunately, it was mostly in the hot afternoon when Auntie Sheryl and I worried a bit about the hot pavement on their paws. At least we didn’t see any dogs left in hot vehicles.
We finally found the store I’d been looking for, one full of colorful pet supplies. This store was called “Junebug’s Beach House” and as it turns out, it was named after one of the proprietor’s rescue dogs. Even though the dogs weren’t on the premises, I got to spend much time looking through the wares and picking out something to bring home for the crew, which I’ll share later this week.
This is the theme for their store, which I love:
If you’re headed to the southern Maine seacoast with your dogs, Ogunquit probably shouldn’t be your first choice. They do have a dog park though, so I’m sure there is a population of pet lovers, maybe just not in the town government. The beaches are open to pets after October 1st up until March 31st, and you can find some pet friendly lodging. You might be better off checking out one of the beaches just south of that, Wells or York Beach, where we went last summer. They at least allow dogs on the beach in the early morning and evenings.
But if you do find yourself there – and it has a beautiful downtown, along with the Marginal Way walkway along the ocean (which also doesn’t allow dogs!), be sure to check out Junebug’s (this link will take you to their Facebook page) and pick up a little something for your pet crew, and hopefully satisfy your need for a pet fix as well!