For the past few months, we’ve been taking Ava to Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Singing Beach almost every weekend.
It is the perfect place to take your dog, and lots of other pups go there. It’s a long, clean, soft sandy beach, bordered on one side by a rocky slope. Dogs are allowed off leash there from October thru April and it’s one of the few outdoor places you can take your dog in the winter that isn’t waist-deep in snow.
Ava absolutely loves her beach time. It’s been a great way to socialize her with other dogs and it gets her nice and tired from running up and down (and up and down) the beach.
Some of the residents of this town don’t like dogs on the beach, mainly because of a few irresponsible owners failing to pick up after their dog. They are proposing a measure this week to cut October and April as months when dogs are allowed on the beach. I don’t live there, but if I did, I would vote against it.
This is one of the few places where dogs can just be dogs. It’s so important for them to have this time to run around with each other and have fun. Most of the time, they’re pets. But here? They get to just be dogs. (Our dog, by the way, hates going in the water, as you can see here. We’re curious to see if that changes come summer.)
Singing Beach is a great place in any season. I just hope it isn’t lost for the dogs for even more months of the year. Whenever we go now, if we see some poop, we pick it up. If any of you enjoy this beach or any public, off leash place with your dog, I hope you do the same.
All I know is, when we leave here, our girl leaves happy.