By Tucker Baackes
Greetings, humans! It’s your favorite canine here, checking in with my latest dlog update. (Get it? dog blog? Try to keep up, guys — your brains are bigger than mine, though I have some thoughts on quality over quantity when it comes to this particular match up.)
A lot has happened around here since I last last checked in from Martha’s Vineyard. My best human, John, moved from Philadelphia, another one of my past dlogging destinations, to Los Angeles, and he brought me with him — duh! My mom took the news hard and spent a lot of last summer dramatically hugging me and weeping while looking at my puppy pictures, but I reminded her that she spends about eight or nine months of the year out of the country — shouldn’t I get to do some traveling too? Plus, I like to be a pup that’s hard to get. If she wants to spend more time with this hot hunk of cocker spaniel, she’s just going to have to spend a little more time on the West Coast. Guess what? It’s working!
After some requisite time in Tucker Town — my new name for Los Angeles — mom planned a pup-friendly road trip from San Diego to Palm Springs, so that I could show my Aunt Kat and Uncle Ian around California a bit more. I guarded the car for hours while they packed up, and was pretty disgruntled with my seating arrangement when we first hit the road. Nobody puts baby in the middle back seat! But we quickly dropped Ian and his bags off at LAX so that I could have half the car to myself. Or maybe it was so he could visit friends in San Francisco and mom and Kat could have some girl time. I can’t remember the details.
Our first stop was Huntington Dog Beach, less than an hour after leaving Koreatown. My mom had been warning Kat about my usual modus operadi at dog parks, which is to stare at other dogs antagonizingly, look bored, and glare at my human for bringing me to such an awful place, so I decided to show her who was boss by having a totally great time.
At one point I trotted right off our towel and straight into the sea, and my mom nearly fainted, since I’m normally not a fan of swimming in non-pond water. What’s that about teaching old dogs new tricks? HA! I even sniffed a German Shepard AND a dachshund! I laugh in the face of canine-themed colloquialisms!
Mom was so happy to see my acting like a “real dog” she was nearly crying, and she promised to bring me here lots and lots in the future since it’s so close to home my new home. I was highly insulted to learn that dogs aren’t allowed on the Huntington Beach Pier, but I got revenge by shooting it constant dirty looks while we had lunch at Sancho’s Tacos and I greeted more of my fans — also known as the general public.
Then we hopped back in the convertible and hit the Pacific Coast Highway top down till Laguna, just a thirty minute drive away.
Believe it or not, dogs are not allowed on the sand in Laguna Beach during the day from June 1st until September 16th — we were just a few days ahead of the deadline. Had we been there before 8am or before 6pm I would have been welcome on a leash, but we chose to simply stroll along the cliffside path of the Heisler Park instead. After, we cooled off with frozen yogurt at Active Culture, where everyone fawned over me as usual.
I wouldn’t exactly say it was eating trash out of the garbage bin or terrorizing aquarium fish at Petsmart, but our drive to San Diego was pretty cool.
An hour and a half later we hit San Diego. I insisted on none other than a fully pet-friendly rental, and mom delivered with a stay at one of Luv Surf’s Mission Beach apartments. She told me we’d be moving into an even swankier pad after two nights in this one, and that we’d be spending our four days in San Diego checking out the best dog-friendly restaurants, beaches, and shops that this city had to offer. I told her you bet we will.
In the meantime, I got down to the important business of appearing in each and every one of mom’s photos of our Island Court pad. Mission accomplished, just about.
Not only do Luv Surf rentals allow dogs, they specifically cater to them — I rolled up in Mission Beach to find a sweet bed (used only for naps, since obviously I only accept human beds for overnight slumbers), a fresh set of toys, doggie bowls and treats, a leash, and a detailed list of local spots sure to be Tucker-approved.
I made myself right at home.
That evening, we strolled down to the beach, where thanks to our Luv Surf guide we knew I was welcome on a leash after 6pm. Mom and Kat split a sneaky bottle of sparkling sangria (no glass is allowed, technically) while I kept a keen eye out for party poopers and posed for Snapchat fame.
It had been a long day, and I was dog tired. (Go ahead, make your jokes.)
Over the next few days, I fell floppy ears over paws for San Diego. Mission Beach is almost as adorable as me. Almost. Have I mentioned how many people compare me to a stuffed animal every day?
On our last day in San Diego, Ian flew down to meet us for the drive to Palm Springs, and I was pretty relieved — gotta have that boy and girl balance even, if you know what I mean. Otherwise we’ll just be listening to Spice Girls and indie women’s rock from the 90’s the whole car ride.
But anyway. Ian and mom went on the roller coaster at Belmont Park, and I was not happy about it. Not that I don’t love hanging with Kat at the ticket booth but I mean, are you kidding? You’re going to go and have all that human fun without me, after this beautiful trip we’ve spent together? Rude. I punished them by yelping and barking at the roller coaster the entire time they were on it.
So, yeah, that was San Diego. Mom says she’ll be writing a post of her own to fill you in on all the details like where we ate and where we stayed and what we did and all that blah blah, but I think I covered the important stuff. And by that, I mean me. Obviously.
Till next time,
That dog is ugly as sin.
Rude AND inaccurate, Jen.
Sorry for expecting travel posts out of a travel blog… The 37 photos of your dog belong on facebook.
As someone who travels with my dog, I appreciate learning about dog-friendly destinations!
Thanks Leigh. I know pet travel is a huge niche and I’m thrilled to get to tap into it every once in a while!
Thanks for your feedback Jen. I always do my best to incorporate the feedback of my readers, who I am ever grateful to for sharing my travels with me. However, it appears you are in the minority here. There are dozens of comments on this post and all but yours are positive and enthusiastic. Traveling with a pet is a very popular travel topic and incredibly relevant for a travel blog.
Also, my Facebook has WAY more than 37 photos of my dog.
I didn’t say that tips on traveling with a pet were irrelevant, but narrating as your dog on top of the plethora of photos of him is too cheesy to stand.
Hoping this is a joke and that someone can’t actually be this awful..
Unfortunately it seems from her repeat comments on this post and others Jen REALLY does not like dogs on her travel blogs.
If my dog didn’t get carsick, I’d so do a similar Dog Travel post on my blog, not to spite Jen, but to add to the conversation.
Thanks Lili. Having gotten a ton of information for this trip and other potential ones via blogs that wrote about dog travel, I really appreciate them and wanted to contribute a few of my own!
LOVE YOU, TUCKER. ALWAYS. FROM, Stranger* 🙂 or Admirer
Tucker loves you too 😉
I am going to have to consider creating some dog friendly holidays for my dogs around the UK after reading this! The only problem with living abroad is not being able to take the dog with me ;(
I’m definitely much more excited about exploring California now that I have a puppy copilot than I ever was without him 🙂 Maybe your dog will do the same for you and the UK!
First, I love your earrings in the rollercoaster pic. Second, Tucker is as adorable as always. San Diego actually looks like a place I would enjoy, and I love how many dog-friendly options they have! I had never heard of Luv Surf before, but it sounds awesome.
Luv Surf really MADE our trip to San Diego. I would love to go back and stay at one of their places again!
He is EVERYTHING! Currently living at Workaway in Hungary with 6 dogs, two are puppies. IN LOVE!
So cute! Okay actually Tucker is really really far from a puppy — he’s eleven! — but in my mind he’ll always by my puppy 🙂
Great post Alex! Living in San Diego I always try to find new places I can take my dog to. Can’t wait to hear about the dog-friendly restaurants you tried!
I’m jealous 🙂 I couldn’t stop commenting what a great city San Diego would be to live in.
Tucker, very nice post dude.
I’ll pass along the kind words 🙂
Aww sweet Tucker! I’m happy he’s enjoying life at the West Coast! 🙂
He and my dad are loving it… they are two peas in a pod!
Hey Tucker, this is Lily, aka “Little Butt”, aka Sonja’s pup. Yeah, so looks like you have the same problem I do, with your mom always running around the world and only paying attention to you like 95% of the time when she’s around. Rude. We deserve at least, like, all of the time, right? My mom says she’s taking me on a vacation this weekend, but we’ll see. I don’t know. If I got stuck in the middle seat like that, I’d be super pissed. -LB
LB, I feel your pain. Enjoy the vacation, and don’t forget who’s in charge! — Tucker
Three things: Tucker is incredibly cute and an awesome writer 😉 Your photo at Laguna Beach gave me massive nostalgia as I have a photo from that same spot, taken almost 5 years ago!!! and lastly, your watermelon earrings are the best!
I really liked Laguna! I need to return for longer someday. And tragically, I lost one of those earrings since that photo was taken. Devastating! On the hunt for another pair…
LOVE all of Tucker’s posts! Another great one. That is one fantastic dlogger!! My puppy brother, also Tucker, is very jealous of Tucker Baackes’ internet fame.
Amazing dog naming skills, Emily! And thanks!
What an adorable pup! He looks so happy!
Aw, thanks! When he’s happy, we’re happy!
Aw, I love Tucker posts, especially when they’re about my hometown! And Belmont Park! I used to ride that roller coaster all the time when I was little 🙂
Ha, I rode it twice in four days! In my defense we were staying about a stone’s throw away 🙂
I wish my dog would sit down and pose for pictures like that. He looks like he loves the camera!
Oh my gosh, we can’t take a picture without him throwing himself in front of the camera. It cracks me up. I think he likes the attention!
Tucker is a bit better at traveling than my dog it seems; my dog starts shaking any time we pack him up in the car with all of us, and when we do little hikes or nature walks he drags behind so we have to carry him. He’d happily stay at home every single day. But it seems Tucker is quite enjoying himself!
Ha, aw, poor bubby! Yeah Tucker loves being in the car, which I think is pretty crucial to traveling with a pup!
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right? My 10-year-old dog generally hates other dogs too but you’ve given me hope that things could somehow still change!
I couldn’t believe my eyes at that dog beach — he was acting so out of character, it was adorable! Swimming, playing… who was this dog?!
I love Tucker posts! He’s gorgeous and hilarious and his chilling on the bed photos are adorable. I often take my dog on little roadtrips and his excitement when he gets out the car to explore a completely new place is so heartwarming (embarassing dog-mother here). Though as a British pooch I don’t think he’ll ever make it quite as far as San Diego… 😉
Yes! It really is amazing to see the world through their eyes. Embarrassing dog mom here, too 🙂
I thought this was cute and super creative. Thanks for shaking it up a bit!
Thanks Natalie! I have to give credit to Kristin of Camels and Chocolate for the dlogging idea 😉 Her pup writes for her occasionally too!
Hey, Tucker, thanks for the cruise through so many of my favorite (and nowadays, terribly missed) places and things to do (like wine on the beach).
(like SECRET wine on the beach)
It’s always better when it’s secret 😉 Tucker says you’re welcome!
Ignore that first comment and keep the Tucker posts coming! He’s as cute as a button 🙂 I’m so inspired to do my own dog-trip with my parent’s cockapoo, Mulligan. I think he would just soak up the beach all day long 🙂
Thanks Amanda! Appreciate everyone else leaving me some love so I don’t have my proverbial tail between my legs here…
Tucker! What a great post! This is making me wish I was bringing my pup, Luke, on the road with me tomorrow. Unfortunately, he’s not as much of a trooper as you. He doesn’t like being left behind (I’m sure you can relate!) so he just cries and cries whenever he’s left alone. I’ll be in San Diego at the end of the month, so I can’t wait to check out some of your recommendations 😉
Aw, little Luke! Perhaps you can send a postcard 🙂
This post was one of the funniest and cutest Ive ever read! I could actually hear sweet Tucker behind all these words! You nailed it Alex! I hope you enjoy Brazil
Thanks Cate 🙂 I talk to Tucker a lot and I definitely like to think he talks back…
As Tucker’s agent he asked me to tell you the pictures you added to his dlog were acceptable. He did notice there were a few too many without him in them and wants make that does not happen again.
Let me know how he feels about the most recent edition that came out today — my people will talk to his people.
OMG I love your Tucker Posts! He is such a cute dog. Please keep these type of posts coming!
Thanks Lili. I’m pretty much obsessed with him, so they are in no danger of stopping 🙂
Keep the dog friendly travel & Tucker’s posts coming! He is adorable! We always struggle to think of dog friendly vacations! We are driving to San Diego with our dog this weekend to visit a friend with a dog and we were looking for things to do so these posts were useful. We’ll be dinning at one of the Patio Group’s restaurants or Shades & I never thought of doing a beach rental there so thank you!
Enjoy Lori! Highly highly recommend Ocean Beach dog park too… it was basically how I picture doggie heaven 🙂
Wouldn’t mind more Tucker’s Tales than actual travel posts. Kidding!
Gawd, I just love this dog 🙂
Hopefully I’ll have some new ones to share after this summer’s adventures 🙂