We’ve long been a fan of the Shoalhaven and when the local council goes to the trouble of producing a dedicated dog-friendly holiday guide, is it any wonder?
The hot and humid days have been getting to Harry and he’s been very lethargic of late.
We thought a trip to the beach might liven him up and so we made our way to Botany Bay, where dogs are allowed off-leash at Kurnell’s Silver Beach.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the dog-friendly beach at Sirius Cove, Mosman. One of the few spots in Sydney where dogs are allowed on the sand and in the water, so surely the perfect place for a playdate with an old friend?
It has come to our attention, thanks to some less-than-subtle comments from family and friends, that our dog is becoming a little stout around the middle.
Since Harry trembles with longing when he’s in the vicinity of food (Him Indoors is much the same actually), I often find myself wanting to over-compensate for any neglect in his past by sneaking him extra treats here and there.
However, while some portliness is forgivable in his golden years, we want our mutt to live a long and healthy life and have therefore been trying to curb the flow of treats and encourage more vigorous exercise.
A trip to the beach is one of the best ways to get Harry’s heart rate up and so we decided to give him some off-leash action at Greenhills Beach, near Cronulla.
Him Indoors recently read somewhere that dogs yawning at the same time as their owners is a sign of empathy and affection.
Keen to put this theory to the test, he has since spent many an evening sitting in front of Harry and repeatedly flexing his jaws like a Hungry Hippo. It was enough to bore us all senseless, so when Harry finally rewarded his efforts and gave a yawn back, there was much rejoicing from everyone in the household.
It was in this new cocoon of familial love that we set off on our first holiday together.
For Harry, a car journey is one of life’s great joys (so much so, in fact, that he regularly tries to jump in the back seat of any car that stops in the street) therefore it was only fitting that our first holiday would be a road trip. The chance to watch the world go by, wind whipping back his ears… it’s bliss for a mutt in the prime of his life. The two-hour drive down the coast to the Shoalhaven also provided ample opportunity for Him Indoors to remark upon the marvels of being loved by a dog…
About an hour south of Sydney, the coastal village of Coledale in the northern Illawarra boasts some highly popular off-leash sands. Sharkey’s Beach, Coledale allows dogs to romp around at all times of the day and is also a popular local surf spot, for those with dogs who like to chase the waves. Just off Lawrence Hargrave Drive, it’s expansive enough to get in a decent walk but far enough from the road to appease over-anxious new dog-owners like Him Indoors, who has taken on the role of responsible dog parent with gusto.
I’ve been visiting this beach for several years now and, I’ll confess, have longed for the day when I could bring my own dog. Our first experience didn’t disappoint.