Rawco takes on Venice Beach & Santa Monica
After our breathtaking journey down the PCH, we arrived in Santa Clarita at the Pavan residence. My cousin Michael and his wife Joanne welcomed us into their Cali life with a cozy bed, the best home cooked ribs I have ever had, and a greeting from an adorable 80 lbs of wrinkles.
Tucked in the suburban hills of Santa Clarita, it was so nice to get a taste of real California living. Mike and Jo have two amazing kids, my cousins Tommy and Kenzie, and Ozzy the English Bulldog. The Oz man is gearing up to be Rawco’s first American ambassador, when Rawco comes to the states.
Riding in Style
We spent a day resting and recouping and then, hit Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Mike insisted we swap our Jeep Cherokee for his black Mustang Convertible.
So there we were, top down with two bulldogs in the back pulling up to the boardwalk.
The beach itself is not dog friendly but the boardwalk and patios definitely are. On your travels up the strip you will pass many spots that you can relate to at least one movie or famous “hang out”.
Muscle Beach, the skate park, and the basketball courts, all places that fueled some of the best athletes from Arnold to Dog town and Z -boys. Then there are all the musicians and entertainers working the streets and showcasing their amazing talents. You can float down the boardwalk to your own soundtrack.
Touring with two bulldogs meant many stops and bum scratches by all the boarders and beach bunnies. So we needed an entire day to get from one end to the other. Because dogs are not allowed on the beach, make sure to pack ample water and make frequent shade stops.
You can also give them a good hose down in the beach showers. By keeping them cool and well hydrated, they were able to do the entire strip right down to Santa Monica Pier and the famous Ferris wheel.
We ended our day off by enjoying a cool pint at the Ye Old King’s Head pub on Santa Monica Blvd.
The patio is extremely dog friendly and the service is wonderful, especially on the side of the patio they call the “Bulldog Bar”.
Venice Beach and Santa Monica are places not to be missed by any two legged and four legged traveller.
More family fun and Bulldog adventures to come…
Be prepared to see lots of scenic shots, happy bulldogs, and so much more as Rawco takes on California.