Although our dogs come up north to our cottage with us all the time, they usually have to stay at home with a dog-sitter when we go on vacations to other places. It was a Grand Adventure, then, for all of us, when we brought the dogs along to Beaver Island for our vacation.
Beaver Island is completely dog-friendly - beginning with the island ferry, where the dogs got their own tickets!
Both dogs did just great on the 2-hour ferry ride out to the island (which is in the middle of northern Lake Michigan). They were well-behaved and pretty relaxed. (It was tougher on our way home because the water was really rough that day, and they were somewhat uncomfortable about that. But still good dogs!)
On the island, we stayed in a cottage right on the lakeshore for the week. It was pretty much dog-heaven -- with the water and the woods and the turkeys and the snakes. So very much to check out!
One day, the lake was super calm -- barely even a ripple on the surface. A perfect day for swimming!
We had hoped for a dog-swimming-day and planned accordingly, packing water toys -- including one of Jenny's favorite blue floatation cushions. The dogs LOVED swimming in the "big lake!"
The shoreline of the island is mostly rocky, so it's challenging to "walk the beach" -- but there are a few bays with sandy beaches. They are very dog-friendly (unlike most of the Lake Michigan beaches nearer to home, where dogs are not allowed - even on leash) and the dogs were welcome. We were able to let them off-leash where they could walk along with us, free to explore and roam a little.
They LOVED it!
And we did our part to keep the beaches walk-able for everyone. . .
It truly was a Grand Adventure for all of us -- J-pups included.
And, as an update, Jenny is feeling much better. (She got into the trash at our cabin on the last night of our vacation. . . ) We're still waiting for her to pass whatever "interesting thing" she ate -- but she's eating again, and acting like her usual cantankerous self!