Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SoCal Road Trip - San Diego Edition

We loved our time in San Diego. We ate lots of good food, sniffed around the beach, visited family, and did lots of shopping. Woof woof!

Ocean Beach Hotel courtyard
My brother and I stayed at the Ocean Beach Hotel. This was our favorite sleeping spot because we had our own patio and we were steps from the beach. We walked along the beach each morning and enjoyed the warm sand in our toes and salty smelling breeze in our hair. The hotel had a great outdoor courtyard that included a fountain, grass, and lots of seats.

We loved our patio! We sun baked each day, woof.
We stopped by the Original Dog Beach two times during our visit to San Diego. The beach was a 25-30 minute walk from our hotel. This beach is the first leash free beach in the United States.

My brother and I could not pass up an opportunity to sniff and trot around a piece of American dog history. We met lots of local tail at the Original Dog Beach while mom chatted with the local dog parents.

We had to sniff out this dog's dreadlocks, woof woof!
We also visited a few dog-centric stores in the San Diego area. We first stopped by Dog Beach Dog Wash, located in the Ocean Beach district. We saw lots of dogs coming in for baths after taking a swim and rolling in the sand at the beach. Solo and I were more interested in the toys and treats section of the store. We picked up a few toys and munched on a few complementary treats before heading to another doggie destination.

We sniffed out and shopped at Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe. Solo and I really liked this boutique because of the large clothing section and the wonderful hospitality.

Ms. Michelle was very nice to us during our visit. She helped us pick out t-shirts, polos, and sweaters. She also gave us lots of treats to sample while we tried on clothes and sniffed around the store.

We left Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe with lots of clothes and big wagging smiles on our faces. Thanks Ms. Michelle for giving my brother and I the royal treatment! Woof woof!

The last store we visited was Muttropolis in La Jolla, CA. The store was filled with lots of toys, yummy treats, and stylish collars and leashes. There is a small selection of clothes but the large toy section kept us busy. My brother loves toys and had a furtastic time. The Muttropolis staff was super nice and helped my brother pick out a few toys. I am more interested in clothing and sniffed out a cool panda jacket and a Chargers jersey.

Eating at local dog friendly restaurants was a furtastic idea after lots of running around on the beach and shopping at various dog hangouts. Mom wanted to try out Cafe Chloe for dinner. We sat on the patio under the heating lamps while chowing down on roasted bone marrow. To put it simply... THE BONE MARROW WAS WOOFTACULAR! Mom ordered the bone marrow plain and it was roasted to perfection. Solo and I could not eat the marrow fast enough and spent most of the time licking the bones clean. Cafe Chloe was a delickcious spot for any canine to visit.

Roasted bone marrow for dinner, YUM!
We also hung out at Pirates Cove Coffee & Tiki Port while mom had her morning bowl of granola and cup of coffee. The ladies behind the counter gave us lots of dog treats. We really liked the treats as much as we loved seeing other dogs hanging out at this location.

In between all of our gallivanting, we also made time to visit family. Solo and I stopped by our auntie uncle's house. We sniffed around with our cousin canines and also met our human cousins for the first time.

Our cousin Hunter was very interested in our stroller.
Solo was really excited to see to his foster family again. We had fun playing, wrestling, and sniffing around with Solo's foster siblings Sam and Daisy. We also met their new foster sister Lulu Belle. She is currently available for adoption. Check out Lulu Belle's Facebook for more details.

We love this foster family.
We had a blast sniffing around San Diego and the nearby cities. We cannot wait to visit again. Keep wandering.

Stay tuned for our last stop in our SoCal edition. We wandered back up the coast and sniff out some wooftastic canine hangouts in Solvang. Woof woof!

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