Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Dogs on the beach in Dubai

Through a face book group I discovered a legal dog meeting on the beach that runs every Friday morning. it's operated by the Lama Club at Jebal Ali on the road to Abu Dhabi.

We arrived and set up on the beach with the other dog owners, to discover we were in the wrong place. The police arrived on the beach, but didn't say anything to anyone, but still, knowing we were on a public beach with Bob made me uncomfortable, so we packed up and quite literally moved 100m's around the corner to the private club.

The beach was lovely, we had access to a cabana, toilets, show, picnic table and chairs in the shade and sun loungers, all for AED 50 each and Bob was free.

We arrived at 7am and left at 1pm, there was a gentle breeze and Bob was able to swim in the sea, drink fresh water and lie in the shade, while we had a picnic breakfast, read our books and chilled.


The sea was as still as the lakes at Al Qudra, where we can now confirm Bob picked his rash and weight loss from, as he didn't react to the sand on the beach and has been slowly putting weight back on. He was however sick, he vomited up his breakfast after drinking the salty sea water, but he soon learnt not to.

We met some lovely people on the beach, including this cheeky girl, Cleo, who licked my head while I was snoozing and tried to join me on the sun lounger.

Bob got a little impatient with me also, wanting to go for another swim but not on his own.

My only complaint was the quality of the sea. It is at the entrance to the new palm, that work stopped on a good few years ago and there is no tide, the water is pretty much sitting still and the sea floor was quite muddy and slippery, but I had my beach shoes and it didn't really seem to bother Bob too much.

We'll be going again next week, assuming the temperatures aren't over 40c, last week was 36c. I'd much rather pay AED 100 for Peter and I and know that a) Bob isn't going to pick up anything nasty and b) we don't risk being find for having Bob off lead in a public area.

10 comments:

  1. wow that is a hot temperature. It sounds like bob had a great time. #animal tales

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  2. Bob just loves being outdoors, regardless

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  3. Hi Suzanne, how nice of you to be able to take Bob to the beach, especially after he picked up a bug at the lakes. Your photos are making me sweat just looking at them.

    Bet Bob misses you when you are away.

    xx

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    1. thankfully we use such amazing kennels, they have so much space and really love Bob and look after him well

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  4. It looks like he had a lovely time, it does sound like it was very hot though! #animaltales

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    1. We get there very early, there is plenty of shade and fresh water, this week we managed till 11am

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  5. Waaaaay too hot for me - after along cool spring it has heated up to 30 degrees in the polytunnel and I nearly passed out working in their briefly! I am glad Bob is better and you have found somewhere for him to swim again. #AnimalTales

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    1. we are loving the beach, we take a picnic and can swim in the sea also, it means we can make a full morning of our trip and keep cool ourselves

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  6. Loving the pics on your blog and thanks for sharing. My Labrador also loves the water and sometimes, I think he is a fish! He loves swimming in the ocean and digging on the sand! His favorite is lying on the golden grains with a huge umbrella to shield his eyes from the sun. My Lab used to be quite fat and it was only when we decided to spend more hours exercising and putting a weight on his "shoulder" to control his weight that things begun looking up! If you need to find out what putting weight on the dogs entail, visit this great site: http://dogsaholic.com/training/how-to-put-weight-on-a-dog.html

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