My first adventures on Hampton's beaches date back to the late 70's in Montauk and they were remarkable. Still etched in my memory are dogs running on the ocean beaches, swimming in the surf and rolling in the sand. I often threw a tennis ball or a frisbee into the ocean at the prodding of a soaked dog whose owner had tired of playing fetch! I always had a dog biscuit in my pocket back in those days. Dogs were very much a part of East Hampton Village when I moved to town, I often saw a pup or two visit Dreesen's Market or the Palm for a bone. Urban legend tells a story that on the passing of the proverbial leader of the pack a funeral was held at the Palm for all the pooches, porterhouse steaks & Heitz Cabernet for all!
Animal Fair has a great article about "Pets Vacation Like Celebrities In The Hamptons This Summer!" Pets Welcome details most of the Hamptons beaches that are pet friendly. I have two additional favorites I would like to share Northwest Landing Road and Napeague Harbor, both fantastic spots to spend the day or go for a walk by the bay.
As of late the right to take your dog to the beach has been challenged and the East Hampton Star has covered the Village Board meetings about dogs on the beach New Dog Rules Before Dog Days? and of course the NY Times covered the news.
Steven Gaines spoke village meeting and was quoted in EH Patch saying "The only thing I'm really afraid of is that somebody is going to come forward and ban dogs on the beach altogether and that would be a great tragedy. That's part of our culture, that's actually part of our heritage," he said. Curbed Hamptons poll Should Dogs Be Leashed on the Beach? shows a small margin for a leash law. Now for a bit of levity take a look at Thrillist's Hamptons Dogs maybe the dogs should vote! 27 East.com explains dog law changes as posted on the East Hampton Village website.
A Shout out this week to… Tracie Hotchner a longtime East Hampton local and author of the Dog Bible. A great read and an invaluable reference work.
As Paul Harvey said... "Now for the rest of the story" Founded in 1974 Arf finds homes for over 1,000 pets a year! ARF's work with animals, within our community and throughout the organization is guided by three core values: compassion, integrity and dedication. My sincerest request is that you might support Arf's cause.
That's all for now… Enjoy your week, eat good food & drink great wine!>
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