Great Surf Session! Now What?
Wow,that was cool! Now what?
You're either tired and totally stoked because your Surf Dog caught a few awesome waves or you're just tired and frustrated because your Surf Dog didn't seem to get it. Don't give up.
There's always another day to try again.
You got a good workout and so did your pooch!
Now it's time to chill!
First you’re going to want to catch your breath and dry off!
Remove the CFD from your Surf Dog and let them shake it off.
(Do it here, or they will do it in your car)
I usually towel of my Surf Dog right away, especially on the colder days.
I also bring a towel and eye rinse to clear the salt water out of my dog’s eyes. She doesn't care for the feeling of the salt water drying in her eyes. She loves getting them rinsed and dried.
Be sure to have plenty of water for them as they can dehydrate easer than you think. If you see them drinking the salt water, they are probably thirsty. Do not let them drink the salt water if you can help it. The salt water will dehydrate them more and upset their stomach.
I will usually will get packed up, then rinse both the CFD and the surfboard in the ocean so we don't take to much sand home.
We had a great surf Session and it’s time to head home.
Be sure you’re leaving with everything you brought!
Dispose of any litter and or dog waste into the proper waste containers.
Try to leave the beach cleaner than when you came!
LEAVE NOTHING BUT PAW PRINTS!
Always leash your dog on the way to your car. All it takes is one little thing to spook your Surf Dog into traffic to give you nightmares for the rest of your life!
When we get to the car, we load the surf Dog first to get her out of harms way and to let her rest.
Load and secure the surfboard and gear.
If there are showers and/or a rest room close by, you can rinse off and change there. If not, you can do what I and most Surfers do and rinse and change by your car. I take a 1 gallon orange juice jug filled with hot water. I leave it in the car in the sun to stay warm.
When I get out of the water, It's usually still hot.
I pour it over my head, then work my way down to my feet to rinse off the salt water and sand. I wrap a towel around my waste and change in to dry shirt and shorts.
Sometimes a few of us will stop for coffee or breakfast and chat about our surf session. You make some great friends when you're surfing with your dog!
Believe it or not, you’re not done yet. On to Chapter 12.