Doxie Doodle, Surf Dog Diaries reporter, takes a walk on the wild side- a hike up past spectacular Mount Hood, past wild bad eagles, wildflowers, towering cliffs, and writes his own dog blog about life in the Columbia River Gorge.Read More
Dear Dog Diary:
Every single thing I’m gonna tell you really happened. Nothing’s made up. You couldn’t make this stuff up. What I didn’t see or live myself, I learned from my dog bro’s, my mom, my kitty sis or some other animal relative.
I am Doodle, fourth generation Ayers family surf dog. The surf dog thing started long before me – almost 30 years ago - before dog surfing was even a sport – at Dog Beach in San Diego. Before surf dog contests were even invented.
My dog mom Barb Ayers and my basset bro’s made that scene in So Cal and came home with prizes for dog surfing.
Our family surf dog hang 20 legacy was handed down, dog to dog – from Howdy to Elvis to Dude and to me. I came along in January 2012, the first doxie of the pack. I did my first surf dog contest a year later.
These are our Surf Dog Diaries, memoir stories - all real life, not fiction, not a novel - but totally novel. We are a pack of rescue dogs who found our way from sadness to surfing.
But Diary - you need to overlook my writing skills. Typing skills.
My toes are too pointy and hairy for typing. Lip flapping - talking - is for you dog people. I’m not a verbal guy.
I speak with body. My spine. My nose. My actions. My heart.
I had a little help with the writing part.
Our surf dog story is about finding your way in a world that has totally changed.
About being changed.
Big, blaring cities with wall-to-wall houses, where no one knows each other any more. That’s why we escaped to a dinky dog town in the Pacific Northwest.
We moved from Dog Beach, California to Dog River, Oregon a decade ago.
Back in Cali, beaches crowded with too many towels and tourists. Houses three feet apart sell for a million bucks. The 3-feet-apart part is why everyone hangs at Dog Beach. It’s like San Diego’s national park for surfers, dogs and dog people. Home of Mother Ocean - our old friend.
Our other old friend, San Diego River, the first river of California, is now penned in, paved over - just a glinty tinkle along the I-8 freeway, with a trolley on top, on the way to the mall. River - she floods each year, stealing back parking spaces from Fashion Valley, on her way to Dog Beach. In San Diego, being one with nature meant watching River overflow in big rains – dumping yucky stuff into Ocean at our favorite beach.
Or going to that famous zoo or safari park my mom worked for. Or camping in the desert. Or escaping across the Mexico border, surfing in Baja – which is still sleepy and old school, how US beaches used to look.
That's when our pack started taking surfing safaris. And ended up in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
We love life in small town America - Hood River, Oregon. Mosier, White Salmon, Parkdale, Stevenson, and other dixky-doxie-sized towns in the Gorge.
So Cali’s - we love you guys, but there were just too many of you any more.
We are living proof that dogs and people rescue each other every day. Together, we ride the ups and downs, the waves of life. Together, we surf.
These are the secret Surf Dog Diaries. Moments between moments.
Melting hearts of grownups, who've outgrown the magic of life. That’s our #1 job as rescue dogs. As kids.
Inside all of that grownup human species tough talk, is a little puppy. Sometimes with all the talk, you people just miss out on the best parts of life. I’m pretty convinced that’s exactly why dogs don’t talk.
We need each other - extroverts and introverts. People and puppies. Parents and kids. Windsurfers, surfers and SUPpers (stand up paddleboarders.) Grand dogs and seniors. “Domesticated” dogs, feral and wild child friends. People in small towns and big cities all over the world.
My thing is body language - not human blah blah blah words in the air.
Meaningful looks. Heavy sighs. Toes touching mom's on a surfboard ride. A gentle lick on the hand when you need it most. Long leaners - your whole bod smashed against hers, solid and reliable. Thoughtful butt sniffing. Wild bunny chasing dreams on hardwood floors on a cold winter night. Camping snores in the middle of nowhere. Farts. Big dog hearts.
Somehow in our fam, that magically evolved into dogs hanging 20 toes on a surfboard together.
For years, I rode with my mom and my two dog bro’s - all four of us on board. Hang 70!
I am a carry on bag dog - flying through air - something none of my brothers could do.
I even tried surfing with a cat once. Well, that was just weird.
These are our stories.
Come on inside.
Circle around a couple of times - find just the right spot and plop down on the rug.
For the secret surf dog handshake.
The pet business is increasing, and it’s going to continue to grow.
Pet owners are trying to find new ways to entertain and protect their best friends, so you can find many new and different toys, food, and services for pets.
People’s habits are changing. Pets are no longer left at home, and few people choose to keep them on a leash. Animals have emerging rights as well, so see what’s trending in the pet product industry.
People are more conscious about what they eat, what they put on their skin, and the products they use in their yard. We worry about the potential toxicity of synthetic chemicals and other harmful materials, so we’re informing ourselves more and choosing more natural products.
We all want to protect pets from harm. Now you can find more and more companies selling holistic cat and dog food, cat litter, natural flea and tick repellents, and toys made with natural fibers. The desire to improve the health of a pet is completely normal since they are part of the family.
There are an increasing number of pet-friendly hotels and motels because more people travel with their pets. There are apps available that can direct you to places that welcome cats and dogs. Vacation is not the same without your pet, and some people don’t like to leave them behind.
For road trips, you can get safety equipment and seat belts for your pet, so your pet won’t be running around the car, and you won’t be distracted while driving.
And, there is health insurance for your pet. This trend is expected to increase dramatically, and it can be a smart thing to do in case something happens.
No matter how much you would like to travel with your pet, sometimes that’s just not possible. If you are going on a business trip, or your pet doesn’t like to travel, you can’t just leave an animal at home while you are gone.
Luckily, you can rely on pet sitting services, at your home or at a boarding facility. Employees will feed and walk your pets, and keep them company when they're lonely. This can be a win-win solution for both you and your pet.
Adopting a rescue animal
There are millions of vulnerable dogs and cats that are striving for some love and attention, so why not make this planet a better place and adopt a rescue animal? Nowadays, adopt and rescue organizations are simplifying animals adoption procedures, making it easier for animals to find their way to loving homes.
According to ASPCA, more and more people choose to adopt rather than buy from a breeder.
There are numerous services that can help your adopted pet feel better in their new home, such as this dog training in Sydney. Programs like this can help you learn to communicate with your dog in a language it can understand.
Need a name for your new BFF? Try this dog name generator!
As much as you care about your dog, you have to be careful when it comes to quality and quantity of food. Obesity is affecting pets’ life quality, so a number of veterinary practices are opening weight-loss clinics. No kidding!
This is a growing health problem among pets, and can be solved. You can find therapeutic dog and cat food or calorie-controlled offerings that can improve pets’ health. Remember, an obese pet isn’t a happy pet, so don’t show your love through food.
Mobile pet grooming
Nowadays, people treat pets like humans. Pets can get their nails done, have stylish haircuts or even massages.
Some things you just can’t do on your own, so mobile pet grooming can be useful for both you and your pet. There are specially equipped vehicles that travel to pet owners’ homes and treat animals there. This service is perfect for older people who can take care of their pet on their own, but it could be useful for everyone, because it reduces potential stress on the pets.
Pets are family, so naturally, we want what's best for them.
Some trends cause controversy.
People tend to spend more and more on their companions, so the pet business is definitely going to increase even more in the future.