When a Dog’s Life Meets Beach Life…

As I am no longer a dog owner, watching our four-legged friends has always given me such pleasure and nowhere better to see them at their most joyous than at the beach. I was the proud owner of two Jack Russells for many years, one who loved the beach and particularly the water, the other… well…let us say he preferred rummaging in the woods.

I recall a delightful couple of hours at Cym-Yr-Eglwys watching a puppy in what looked like an attempt to tunnel his way into the centre of the earth, emerging occasionally to run round in yappy excited circles before flopping exhausted and sandy onto a towel for a well-earned sleep in the sun.

The waders, the swimmers, the diggers and the wanderers who cheekily beg for a share of the picnic have given me endless pleasure, particularly as I know I don’t have it in me now to own – or rather walk – a dog, which is much the same thing in my book.

I know not everyone agrees with me and certainly some dog owners can be particularly neglectful in reading the crowd and getting a sense of what is acceptable from their dog in company. There is also the steamy issue of ‘deposits’ and I do accept that it simply isn’t acceptable, but I was dismayed to read recently that more beaches are banning dogs or imposing restrictions in Pembrokeshire this summer.

From May until September there will be 11 such beaches where the absence of man’s best friend will be a sadness to them and their owners – and certainly to me.

The beaches with partial restrictions are Amroth, Lydstep, Tenby South, Saundersfoot, Dale, Broad Haven North, Newgale and Poppit, which will allow dogs only onto a small area.

Tenby Castle Beach will allow dogs on the slipway to the left of the beach only, but dogs will be completely banned from Tenby North and Whitesands. There are also some restrictions on some walkways, streets and car parks.  You will need to look out for signs.

Personally, I will stick to the beaches where dogs are welcome, whether signed or not.  

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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