Yoga for dogs was followed last weekend by dog surfing on southern California’s iconic Huntington Beach.
Over 65 dogs hit the waves for the Surf City Surf Dog event last Sunday in a bid to raise money for what the organisers call “dog-centric charities”.
The dogs are separated by weight class (to keep it fair) and include all types of canines from pugs and bulldogs to golden retrievers and labradors.
All dogs, whether they win or not, receive a ‘pawticipation’ medal for their efforts.
The contest is now in its seventh year, attracting competitors to Huntington Beach from all over the US. Quarantine regulations make it difficult for Australian dogs to enter, but they may be able to watch the replay.
Participating dogs (or ‘pawticipating’ – the event is studded with puns) wear cute little miniature life vests as they mount surfboards and ‘hang 20’ to compete in a fully-fledged surf competition.
The weekend-long event also included a doggie fashion show, a ‘yappy’ hour (groan!) and, for the more contemplative and supple type of hound, dog yoga.
Huntington Beach is perfect for holidaying dog owners. Known for its canine-friendly hotels, resorts and restaurants, it has been named “DogTown USA” by Dog Fancy Magazine – an honour indeed. Dog friendly hotels include the Shorebreak Hotel and the Hilton Waterfront Resort.
With 16 kilometres of wide-open, white-sand California beaches, Huntington Beach is a destination of choice for leisure and business travellers (four-legged and human). For more information see www.surfcityusa.com. It only takes ’arf a minute.
Edited by Peter Needham