Connections: Dog Beach

You’ll see them driving by, cars stuffed to the roof with toys and excitement. Sometimes they hang out the window and sing you the song of their people; happy dogs on the way to the beach. They can barely contain their energy as they burst fourth from their family cars. If a regular dog park is a day in the..park, then a day at Dog Beach (aka Kruse Park) is the mind blowing Doggie equivalent of DisneyWorld.

The connections between dog and owner is far stronger than the leash that sometimes yokes them. The connections among various dogs and owners is a delight. What a glorious way to pass a day with your best buddy.

I usually go down and take candid shots of dogs playing in the surf but this morning I went down to take ‘connected’ portraits. I saw a lot of love passing both ways from either end of the leash.

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”
– Woodrow Wilson

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
– Will Rogers


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger A. Caras

This should get you to Dog Beach


Just a note..should you chose to visit us, pack it out. There is no magic poo fairy and no tide to wash it away. Dogs are social animals with rules they strictly abide by. If your dog understood the human rules he would be embarrassed by such bad behavior. Truly, this dog beach thing is a tentative test and there has been opposition to it from the beginning so, seriously, don’t drive 200 miles to check it out, let your aggressive anti-social dogs run loose and then leave the poo behind. Stay home for with behavior like that we all will lose this gem.

“Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx



17 thoughts on “Connections: Dog Beach

  1. Lovely pics, what a clever response to the challenge. I sat on a dog beach for an hour or two last summer and it was very entertaining, especially when we noticed that almost every one of them had to stop, sniff and wee on the same small pile of seaweed just above the tide line.

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      • Yes, and it’s also the intense community of the people which doesn’t raise the need for pets like in highly developed societies.

      • Is it the community of the people or rather is it the people in this particular community having expendable income to care for a ‘frivolity’ like a pet?

        I see your point though, on the face of it it is sad that people feel they must turn to dogs for companionship and comfort instead of other people BUT the reality is that other people can be cruel, disloyal, demanding, stab you in the back..etc.etc. Dogs are easier. They are unconditional love. They are your own portable cheering section that adores you. Your family will adore you sometimes but your dog will always adore you no matter what you did that day. Their joy in the simple things such as a run on the beach are a tonic for the soul of weary humans.

      • It’s not THAT simple. Here a lot of people die every year because of dog-bites! On Bali it’s even a bigger problem.

      • I guess I’m stumped by what you are getting at then. My understanding of what you said (and I’m human I do err I may have misunderstood) rephrased I thought your first point was if people were more connected to each other they would not need the indulgence of pets. This point came after what may or may not have been a statement to pique my interest about a culture that eats dogs.

        My intent in this blog and this post is to simply show what life is like for some people here in West Michigan, Muskegon in particular. Our dog beach draws pet owners from all over Michigan and Indiana. You will find, however, that I am quite capable of understanding complex issues even from places that aren’t West Michigan. I was lucky enough to be born into poverty in a first world nation. We are able to control the rabies problems that result from dog bites. I understand that is not true in other countries. We are blessed. I grew up in the country and have a painful real experience of the harm a pack of abandoned/wild dogs can do.

        I am sensing that you do not like dogs. That is a perfectly valid feeling/belief however I may not be the person you need to talk to about this.

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