Cheepsus at seapoint beach

Seapoint Beach: Dog Friendly Beach In Maine

Great news! Seapoint Beach is dog friendly once again. So if you are looking for a dog friendly beach in Maine, you must visit Seapoint Beach. This beach is awesome!

Cheepsus at seapoint beach

Summer Season Is Over

To be honest Seapoint Beach in Kittery, ME is dog friendly all year round. However, during the summer season from June 15th through September 10th, dogs were not welcome between the hours of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. But as the summer is over – no more rules.

We were at the same beach back in April, when Cheepsus was just a little puppy. He was around 5 months old then. So last Sunday, September 10th we decided to visit this beach once again. This weekend was less intense compared to previous weekend when we did Mount Roberts trail.

small Cheepsus at seapoint beach

Back in April, it was his first visit to a beach, but he really loved it. We liked that we were able to keep him off leash pretty much all the time. His obedience was quite good, even though back then we had just started working on his recall and other more complex training.

As Cheepsus was and he still is very friendly, he enjoyed meeting new dogs and new people. So the beach is a very good place for dogs to socialize.

small Cheepsus on a path

Experience From This Trip

As probably you can guess, Cheepsus loved this trip to Seapoint Beach. This was the first time he went into the ocean. The first time when we visited the beach in April, he stayed away from the water. But this time he wasn’t afraid anymore and he tried. Of course, he tried to drink salty water, which he did not like at all.

However, he enjoyed playing with other dogs. There was a big gang of maybe six or seven puppies and dogs. So Cheepsus joined them for a play on the beach.

Before Winter Comes

We are planning that we will visit Seapoint Beach at least couple more times before the winter comes. It is a great place where you can keep your dog off leash. Where they can play with other dogs. Or they can just run and get crazy on the beach. Moreover, there is plenty of space to play with a ball.

Perfect beach for a day out with your best friend.

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Cheepsus on the summit

Mount Roberts: Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in New Hampshire

If you are looking for a dog friendly hiking trails in New Hampshire, we have one more trail suggestion for you. In my previous post about Arethusa Falls, I said that I have to do this hike as it is named after me.lake winnipesaukee

It is easy-moderate, but very well marked hike through a forest with some great lookouts overseeing Lake Winnipesaukee.

 

About Location

Mount Roberts trail starts in the Castle in the Clouds complex, next to the Riding in the Clouds. You can park your car on the right just after you enter the complex. If this parking spot is full, you can drive further towards the Castle where you will find plenty of parking space.

The beginning of the trail is just behind horse barn. Look for directions as it is clearly marked on multiple poles.

Our Experience

As I said I really wanted to do this trail as it has the same name as I do. To be honest, I don’t know why it is named like this, what is the story behind. However, then there is a mountain and trail with your name, I think you have to do it.

So the trail was on our to-do list, we were just waiting for a good weather. A perfect day that is not too cold, and to too hot. Saturday during long labor day weekend was that perfect day. It was a sunny warm clear day. The weather was perfect for a hike.

We arrived at the complex around 9:40 AM. Quickly changed our shoes, packed all necessary stuff, and we were on our way just before 10 AM.

As I said it was labor day weekend. However, it was still quite early on Saturday morning when we started our hike. Probably that was why we met only 4 people when going up. All of them were going down already. I have no idea when they had started their hikes, as it 4-5 hours return hike.

The Trail

Majority of Mount Roberts trail goes through a forest with some openings that offer great views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The trail is well marked, very easy to follow. When we did it, it did not have any obstacles that would be difficult to pass. There are some rocky parts on the trail, but the rocks are quite big and will be easy for your dog to climb or walk on.

Diana, Cheepsus and I marked this trail as easy-moderate.

The Summit

 

Cheepsus on the summit

Mount Roberts summit is a bit disappointing. It is very narrow, with an obstructed view towards some other peaks. I wanted to make it to the summit so I would have a photo with my name. But I totally understand if you would do only 3/4 of the hike. Cause the views of Lake Winnipesaukee are really great, but you don’t have to get to the summit to fully enjoy them.

view from the summit

Start Early

It was really great that we started the hike early enough. As we met only 4 people on the way up, we were able to keep Cheepsus off the leash almost all the time when going up. Which he really loved. And it was a very good opportunity to practice recalls, and his ability to track us. We definitely recommend to come to the place and start your hike as early as possible. It’s worth it as your dog will be able to enjoy freedom, and you won’t have to worry about other people.

Cheepsus and lake winnipesaukee

Bring Enough Water

Don’t forget to bring enough water for yourself and your dog. Even though the day wasn’t too hot, but Cheepsus managed to drink 2 bottles of water. Probably half a gallon or so. This was only on the trail. When we got back to the car, he drank more. And the only place in the complex to get water for him was in a restroom in a restaurant. So it is better to bring more water, as otherwise, you will have to hike to the restaurant.

family is resting after the hike

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Cheepsus in his plastic pool

Swimming Pools for Dogs? Nope, I Hate It

In the beginning of the summer, my wife and I decided that we will get a swimming pool for Cheepsus. This item was not on our new puppy list, but we thought it would be a great idea as he really enjoyed swimming in a pond. Moreover, it seemed that this was where he spent his whole time while at a daycare.
So we bought him a small swimming pool from local Walmart, and one hot summer day decided to try it. I think the photo below says it all – Cheepsus did not like the pool at all. He was afraid to step into the pool, but when he eventually did – he was just standing and doing nothing.
Cheepsus in his plastic pool
Maybe this is because the water in the pool was fresh without any dirt as it usually is at the daycare.
Cheepsus in a pool standing Cheepsus in a pool Cheepsus and his friends
 
Does your dog enjoy playing in such pools? How do you keep your dog cool during hot summer days?
Diana Robert Cheepsus Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls: Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in New Hampshire

Arethusa Falls: Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in New Hampshire

Diana, Cheepsus and I did this hike on Saturday. We arrived at Arethusa Falls trail parking around 11 AM. We did couple other hikes in White Mountain region before. So we were expecting that we will have to pay for the parking. We were very happy to discover that it was for free. Park rangers were just asked for a donation for using the trail.
 
 
We did the hike on Saturday. The trail was super busy packed with other hikers and dogs. Of course, Cheepsus enjoyed this as he got attention from almost everyone we met on the trail. However, Diana and I would have enjoyed less crowded trail where we could keep Cheepsus unleashed.
 
 
On the way back from the falls we took an alternate trail instead of going the main Arethusa Falls trail. If you will be hiking with your dog, definitely take alternative Bemis Brook trail on the way to the falls or on the way back. There is one quite steep part on this trail, but it is totally worth it. The trail goes next to a creek with 4-5 pools where your dog can swim and play.

Our Next Hike

Most likely our next hike will be in Lake Winnipesaukee region. We want to do Mount Robert trail - I have to do this trail as it is named after me. Mt. Roberts is the westernmost peak in the Castle in the Clouds complex in the Ossipee Mountains. While the summit features strong views to the north, perhaps the most scenic portion is the ledge area along the Mt. Roberts Trail. The Lake Winnipesaukee views from this section are second to none. This will be another addition to the list of dog friendly hiking trails in New Hampshire.

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