Running from the Law: Sage's First Beach Adventure

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sage's First Beach Adventure

Lately I've been getting an overwhelming request for the same thing over and over again...

Okay already!  I hear you!  

I know she's adorable, so I don't blame you at all for wanting more.  I'm happy to oblige.

So, because you've been patient and because I love you (and because I finally got through these pictures this weekend after months of being held hostage on my camera's memory card), here are the photos from Sage's first adventure in the ocean.

Every year, Ryan and I go to the same "undisclosed" location for a week-long beach vacation and top-secret tarpon fishing.  You can read all about it HERE, HERE and HERE -- this year's post still to come).  You might also remember last year's post when it was Mally's first time on the beach.  This year, we packed up the car with both pups and were so excited to see how Sage handled the ocean.  Mally's not much of a water dog (at all), so we figured that our experience with Sage was going to be much different than last year.  

Until this point, Sage had been rather timid around water.  She'd get her feet wet, but didn't seem to have the instinctual Golden Retriever love of water.  Yet.  She was only 3.5 months old, so we knew she had time, but the sooner she became a water dog, the better.  We wanted to get her in the water without scaring her or putting too much pressure on her.  We wanted her to do it on her own.

We got to the beach Saturday afternoon, after spending the entire day/night before and that morning in the car driving.  The pups had been cooped up for a long time and they were hot and ready to run and play in the water.  Before checking into our hotel or eating lunch or anything, we headed straight to the beach.
Mally was all, "Oh yeah, beach again.  I remember this.  No problem."
Old pro.
She showed Sage how to get her feet wet and bark at the waves.
Sage was a little more apprehensive.  The waves were intimidating.  
So she laid down in the water to cool off and just take it all in.
Ahhhh.  This is nice!
Yum...salt water.
This is the life!
She was pretty content to just lay there in the puddles, away from the waves...

...until her dad decided to go for a swim without her.
That was not happening.
She did NOT want to be left behind.
And that's all it took.
Full speed, through the waves, right into the water and out to him!
No fear!
A water dog is born.
Once she got out there to him, she wasn't real sure what the do.  
She refused to swim back to the beach and leave Ryan out there in the water alone.
So they hung out for a while and Ryan told her what a good puppy she was for swimming.
Mally, on the other hand, was horrified.
How dare Sage jump in the water and leave her on the beach.
She gave her an earful.
That's what big sisters are for.
Eventually Ryan got tired of listening to Mally bark at them to come back, so they returned to the beach.
Sage got lots of praise and kisses for being such a brave puppy and jumping right into the water.
Her daddy was very VERY proud of his little water dog.
Then she ran around the beach at full speed like a mad woman!
Shaking off the water and rolling in the sand.
Telling Mally about what she was missing out on by not swimming.
And then it was right back at Ryan's side so she could do it again!
We're in trouble!


  1. Love all these photos! Isn't it funny how it just takes one time, one little push...and you may now have a water dog forever! Your pups are both so adorable!

  2. I LOVE these pictures! We have two Newfoundland/Retriever mixes (you know WATER dogs) that refuse to even get their paws wet. Not sure where we went wrong as doggie parents. Wish we lived close to a beach to try this method with them :)

  3. what a great narrative! you guys look like you had so much fun!

  4. This is so so freaking cute! I love my little Buddy's first beach trip pictures! Beach dogs are my favorite!

  5. Sage looks so funny soaking wet! OMG I love it =) And not to forget Mally - her smile brings a smile to my face every time. Great photos!

  6. Oh my goodness. CUTE OVERLOAD. Sage chasing Ryan into the water is seriously so flippin' adorable. I love it.

  7. Oh my goodness! So many photos in desperate need of framing! The one of Sage on the beach with the ocean in the background- stunning!
    I wish you'd disclose said location- it looks so gorgeous I want to run away there right now!

  8. You got some fabulous pictures!! Sage sure looks like a little water dog now! Has she figured out that she can "swim" in the bathtub yet? That's always an interesting experience. :-)

  9. Dear Sage and Mally,

    Your life is rough. I can't imagine how hard it must be to wake up, run through the sand, gallop into the water and gaze out upon crystal beaches. I'm not jealous at all.

    PS...why don't y'all come visit me?

  10. These pictures are AMAZING! Such a sweet little story, I'm glad Sage likes the ocean! And that is too cute that Mally was worried.

  11. What cuties! Sage looks so sweet laying in the tide pool.

  12. This post was written perfectly!! :) love your pooches! :)

  13. Oh good just when I thought I couldn't be more obsessed with you dogs, you do a post like this. :-) They are SO cute!! I love it!

  14. So cute! I wish our little dog was a water dog. Alas, he is not at all. He is more like the barker from the beach.

  15. Oh my goodness this is totally what these golden girls were made for. She was not having her daddy swim alone. This morning my Harley (english creme girl) was belly deep in the mud puddle with my sons. Goldens don't care what kind of water they have to be in it.

  16. Awhh, Sagey! I love it! Such a good little water dog. And I love miss Mally, she's such a cutie pie!

  17. These photos are gorgeous - Sage looks like she had a blast!

  18. Oh my gosh I am officially in love with your dogs after all of these pictures! SO cute!