It's funny how our lives have changed since getting Charlie. We spend almost all of our free time thinking about what we can do for or with Charlie. She's still a very shy dog so we want to create experiences for her that will encourage her to be brave and confident. So when we find a dog-friendly restaurant, park or public space, we're there! Our friends Derrick and Amy told us about an 0ff-leash dog beach in Santa Cruz. It's nice and small so it's easy to keep track of your pup. Charlie loves chasing other dogs so she had quite a day running around in the sand. She's not quite sure yet about going in the water but we think the more we go, she'll want to try it out one day!