Hello, it’s me Heidi, not Diane, to tell you about my recent, very wonderful Heidi-get-in-the-car trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California which is the dog-friendliest town on the West Coast, in the world, and maybe the whole universe except maybe Mars. I stayed there by the sea for five whole days.
My peoples in Carmel with me were my parents Diane and Alan and then my sister Sasha and her boyfriend Mikey. Mikey and Sasha drove up to Carmel in a separate car which was topless and later I got to ride in that red car too with my ears flying out in the air.
I went to this place once before maybe 10 years ago, which is a lot more years than that in dog years. Now I am 11 and almost-a-half years old. I am telling you this now to give you plenty of time to plan how to celebrate my 12th birthday in May (maybe you remember my 10th).
I was still kind of a puppy back in the first time, and I stayed with my peoples at Doris Day’s Cypress Inn, where many of the guests are sometimes dogs. I also went to a beach for the first time back then! I don’t like water but I found out with my nose how very much fun sand is. I ate some of this by mistake too because I was so excited.
On that trip I went to happy hour at the bar at Carmel’s Cypress Inn, where they had every kind of dog you can imagine, Great Danes even. And smaller kinds of us, too. On this new trip, I took my peoples there for a drink and the music they have there. We heard the very excellent singers Lee Durley and Ray Paul who call the two of themselves Brotherly Love. When they were singing the old song “Copacabana,” they sang the line “they fell in love” right to me, a dog!
I also went to Pebble Beach where there is golf and shopping, and also to very fine restaurants including the Treehouse. In some places people asked about me and then told us stories about their dogs, too. Sad stories and regular stories, mostly about rescue dogs like me.
Sometimes they asked about me an extra lot because I was wearing a very special scarf around my shoulders. That is because I was at the vet to have a thing removed from my one shoulder just a few days before our trip. A procedure like this is called “sugary.” So I had the sugary on my shoulder and now I am fine and the stitches are all taked out. But it made everybody especially proud of me because I am 11 years old and even after sugary doing fine and back in Carmel!
But her is the funniest thing about Carmel that weekend: Saturday was Poodle Day! We don’t have this day in Los Angeles but they have it up there every year just like Columbus Day. So more than 500 poodles were in Carmel for a parade and shopping and things to support NorCal Poodle Rescue. We missed the parade but we read about it in the Carmel Pine Cone, the newspaper they have there for dogs.
There were even some poodles dyed pink and green and clown colors like this. One white poodle had just blue ears. I don't know if they were embarrassed or not, but I like everything so I thought they were pretty, like crayons. Plus Halloween is coming so they are all set for trick or treat.
But out shopping I did meet another shepherd, a black Tervuren, which is a Belgian dog. I liked him so we sniffed butts at a store. And then we laughed a lot together in our minds about all the poodles, even though nobody could hear us.