Woof of the Week! Carmel News: What to see & do with your pooch.

“All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!”  

June 22

Winnie here…

Time to share another great place to take your human for a walk when you visit Carmel. You already know about the great off-leash Carmel Beach which is heaven on Earth for pooches like me since we don’t have to drag our people along behind us. But there’s another great place you may want to wag you and your human’s tails. It’s like a stroll through a forest Shangri-La… (I have no idea what that means, but my human said to use it anyway.)  Anyway, the bad news is that it is an on-leash park, but even if you have to drag your person behind, it’s worth the trip.

It’s called Mission Trail Park. It starts or ends, depending on where you start or end, across the street from the Carmel Mission, or at the end of Mountain View St. just a couple of blocks past the Forest Theater, which is a couple of blocks from Ocean Ave and downtown Carmel. It’s a happy paw path through a forest of all kinds of trees and vegetation with a creek and critters and… so many places to snoop and sniff!  You’ll meet lots of local pooches and their people, so don’t hesitate to stop and visit. Some of our older local primates may go on a bit and need to be muzzled, but they are harmless, and are usually good for a treat or two!

Until next time, wherever you may be…

Have a DOGGON good time!

“Oh what a beautiful morning / Oh what a beautiful day /
I’ve got a beautiful feeling / Everything’s  waggin’ my way…”
Enjoy the day! Tomorrow is a promise to no one.

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“All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!”  

 Winnie here…

My human wanted to write a cute and funny Woof of the Week, (which wasn’t particularly cute or funny). As your Editor-in-Chief, I tossed him his leash and told him to wag his flabby tail outside while I put paws to the peddle and get down to business.

I just came back from the beach with my human. Early mornings on Carmel Beach are a little bit of terrific. Reminds me of the theme song from “Cheers” (and if you don’t know “Cheers”, ask a well marinated human.)

Anyway, the Cheers theme song goes…

You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name.

Well, early morning beach people may not know every human’s name, but they sure know the name of every local blue-blood, mixed breed and mutt, like moi!

For those of you planning to visit Carmel, if you want to get the real poop on our pooch paradise from the local noses, then get thee to the beach between 8th Street and 13th Street, somewhere between 7 and 8 AM.

Which bring me to a bone I have to pick. And not a tasty one!  This “Woof of the Week” page is supposed to be “All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop”.  But Carmel Beach is becoming all the poop that apparently isn’t fit to dispose of in one of the many trash cans above the beach!

PEOPLE! What did you think was going to happen to that bag of poop you had the courtesy to pick up with one of our cute doggy bags, but then left to marinate on the beach? Did you really think some Carmel Chamber of Commerce Poop Fairy was going to fly by and deposit your bag somewhere in Never Never Land??

I can assure you that if it was the other way around, and we had to clean up your poop… Need I finish the thought?

Sorry to rant, but we have plenty of trash barrels on the walking path above the beach. You need the exercise at least as much as we do. Why do you think we take you for walks every day? So please handle my poop with care and deposit it in the beautiful trash receptacles up on the walking path just waiting for you… and me.

‘Nough  said. Until next time, wherever you may be…

Have a DOGGON good time!

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“All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!”  

Have to admit, our first “Woof of the Week” was more  a “poop that wasn’t fit to scoop.” One of our readers, Miss Dinah Soares, a magnificent Neapolitan Mastiff, informed our editorial staff that in her experience the Mission Ranch patio was not the most, “dog-friendly” place. The Mission Ranch folks are afraid canines will scare the meadow full of shepoodles. (I know, they call them sheep, but we know the truth!)

We will not even mention the possibility that there may be some humans who want to go there without their BFFF. How dare we even suggest…

But now for some good news. Most of the wine tasting rooms in Carmel are very friendly to our four-legged family members. One we particularly like is Carmel Road on Lincoln, just off Ocean Ave, across from the Library. They specialize in Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, and also produce a Pinot Grigio, Riesling & Rose of Pinot Noir. They also carry the yummy wines from Drew Barrymore! So stop in, have a sip and chat with Sophie. (Check her out on our Staff page. Quite a gal!)

And for a great deal, see our Carmel Dog Walk page on this website where Carmel Road is on the list, offering two complimentary “Reserve Tastings” of up to 5 different wines!

 

All for now. Until next time, wherever you may be…

Have a DOGGON good time!

Previously in…

“All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!”  

To kick off our first Carmel news “Woof of the Week”, let’s look at one of the first stops you and your pooch should make when visiting Carmel: The Visitor Center at Carmel Plaza.

The Volunteers who man and “woman” the Visitor Center are wonderful folks, if a bit pooch-goofy. Always healthy treats for your BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever, if you haven’t been paying attention!)

You’ll have to excuse the construction dust as they are updating the Plaza and plan to have it all beautiful and new before Thanksgiving. Plaza Restrooms may still be under renovation, but there are a couple of very nice “porta-trees” nearby to satisfy primate and canine.

Now to important Carmel news you and your pooch need to know. The Visitor Center has just received a wonderful map of all the walking paths and trails around Carmel. One of our favorites is the path along Scenic Road above Carmel Beach.

Here, your dog can take you for a stroll on a flat walking trail with fabulous views of Pebble Beach to the North and Carmel Point and the Frank Loyd Wright house to the South.  Humans must be kept on leash on the path, but hop down one of the staircases to the sand and surf and you and your pooch can run wild – though don’t go too crazy or you may have to be muzzled!

Back on the path above the beach, keep walking around the point and you’ll come to Robinson Jeffers’ famous Tor House, built stone by stone by the poet himself. Keep walking and you’ll come to a hairpin turn with a magnificent view of Point Lobos and the Carmel River lagoon and State Beach. For you old movie buffs – or young buffs of old movies – the house behind the grape-stake fence at the tip of the hairpin turn was the hide-away for Jean Arthur, the actress who starred with Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Gary Cooper in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.

If you don’t have a clue about the above films, but remember Dirty Harry – and if your furry companion hasn’t worn you out – keep going around the lagoon and you’ll come to Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch where you can sit on a patio, guzzle some yummy libation, watch the sun set… and maybe catch a glimpse of the “Mayor” himself.

Insider scoop! The Mission Ranch offers a magnificent view of a meadow full of sheep. But do not be deceived! For in fact, you will be gazing upon a new breed of designer canine – a cross between a sheep and a poodle, the shepoodle!

All for now. Until next time, wherever you may be…

Have a DOGGON good time!

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