Coco Pop: A Doggie Meet-Up

A good friend of mine dedicated Mondays to posts on her pet rabbit, Mario. Sadly, Mario has passed and so has “Mario Mondays” but I’m going to adopt her idea and designate Mondays for a weekly pup post. A few years ago I went to my first “Runners Meet-Up” and met some awesome people who have since become good friends. Some might find it strange to meet a bunch of people from the Internet who you’ve never met in person before. I found it a great way to make new friends.

A few friends complained that I posted too many photos of Coco on Instagram so I created her own account. Through her account I discovered a community of pet owners equally (if not more) obsessed with their pets. A good number of them live in the Bay Area, and one of them organized an “Instagram Doggie Meet-Up.”

This was a little different than the Runners Meet-Up because I had no idea who the humans were but I decided to go for it. The meeting place was at Crissy Field, so if it didn’t work out, we could always venture off on our own for a long walk.

The designated meeting place was at the Beach Hut. From there we would go on a pack walk across Crissy Field to the Warming Hut. It would make for about a 3-mile round trip walk.

We ended up having a delightful time! There were about 20-25 dogs - doodles, shih tzus, labs and more!

Along the walk we made stops at the beach. Coco wanted to be off-leash but I didn’t want her running into the ocean. The big dogs enjoyed the water while most of the little dogs just watched.

We continued walking and as we got closer to the grassy area, she seemed more tired (less hyper) so I let her off her leash. She was tired enough not to chase after the bicyclists, but still had enough pep in her step to make her way to the front of the pack (always has to be front).

We stopped at the grassy area where the pups got to chase each other around and the humans tried to organize a group photo, but wasn't very successful.

By the time we got to the Warming Hut everyone (canines and humans) was hungry. We attempted another group photo then stopped for lunch.

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Coco caught her second wind and started getting crazy. I was getting tired (not good with a race the nex day) so we said our goodbyes and called it a day.

It was a fun day to enjoy the sun, sites and make lots of new friends! We are looking forward to the next one!