I'm a rookie to this dog game.

We got our English White Lab, Bo, in very late August last year. My kids methodically wore me down, giving me a comprehensive list of every family on the SouthCoast that adopted a dog during the pandemic. Basically, my wife and I would be monsters if we didn't bring a dog into the Rock family during this worldwide crisis.

Since Bo was still a peanut last August and September, we never had a chance to bring him to the beach. Bringing a dog to the beach was really one of those scenes I pictured in my head when I was contemplating getting a dog.

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I always pictured going on a family walk with the dog. I'd have a stick that I'd throw. The dog would run and fetch the stick as we continued to walk, and he'd run it back to us. Once in a while, I'd throw the stick into the salty waves. The dog would leap with joy into the ocean, retrieve the stick and repeat until he was exhausted. He would, of course, thoroughly shake the sand and salt off of himself before getting into the car and going home.

Great scene, right? But I don't know of any beaches on the SouthCoast that actually allow dogs. Gazelle says he thinks Horseneck Beach in Westport might allow it right now while it's still the bitter end of the off-season, but once people return to the beach, all bets are off.

When we talked about it on the air this morning, we got a bunch of calls for beaches that you can't bring dogs, but none for beaches that are actually dog friendly.

Where are the dog-friendly beaches on the SouthCoast?

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