Chewy — Beach Boy

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Various Dates — Various Beaches in San Mateo and Sonoma Counties, California

Labs and poodles are both water dogs, so you would imagine that a labradoodle like Chewy would love the water.

Kind of.

He loved the beach. That’s for sure. We didn’t let him swim in the ocean because much of our coast has a murderous undertow. You go out. You don’t come back in. But he loved to run on the beach and chase sticks of driftwood and splash through the shallow wave-wash. And roll in the sand. And eat the small crabs that would wash up. All he could eat.

We did let him swim at Lake Tahoe, but guess what? The great water dog didn’t like going into the water. Swim? Not so much. The Muse would coax him in with a stick to chase. After a lot of coaxing he’s wade in, get the stick, and bound out of the water and bring it far up the beach. “That’s enough,” he’d say. “My stick,” he’d say. “I’m done,” he’d say.

But run? Oh he would run. Fast. Like the wind.

Once in a while he’d pose.


(To be continued…)

(Various cameras and lenses. Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Erica Wilson says

    We didn’t call him Sonic Boom Chewy for nuthin’! What a lovely Man he was. Well remembered, and still well loved.

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    • Definitely a pleased pup. This was after several hours of romping in the sand, rolling in the sand, and eating all the crabs he could eat. And you can tell by looking at him that he still had energy to spare.

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