This month we are turning these pages over to your photos of happy hounds who just love Norfolk beaches...
Gallery special on beach-loving pooches
This is Ella, a German shepherd dog. “She is three years old and loves water!” says owner David Lake. “The picture was taken at Mundesley beach whilst we were staying in North Norfolk. She was running after the kids when the photo was taken as she wanted to join in playing catch with a ball.”
“Scout, my Staffordshire bull terrier, is four years old, full of fun and very stubborn when she wants to be, knowing eventually we will give in and let her have her own way! She enjoys the beach and will run in circles around us and dig holes. She enjoys a paddle but won’t swim and then when she does its only by mistake!” says Karen Bailey.
Sabre is a six-year-old Alaskan malamute, a rescue dog. “The photo of Sabre on the beach makes me smile and everyone who sees it smiles too. A friend always calls him ‘beach face’ as this is his happy place and it shows in his face and whole persona,” says Debbie Betts.
DAISY AND BELLA
Litter sisters Daisy and Bella enjoying the sea at Caister-on-Sea.The four-year-old Jack Russells’ dad was a smooth coat and mum a rough coat. “Two very different characters who get on well together and are very close and protective of each other and us,” says Stephen Moore.
“My name is Jasper, and I’m a cocker spaniel and I’m four years old. My favourite things are , the beach , swimming , playing ball, chasing birds and rabbits (I never catch them) but it’s great fun! The photo was taken at Cart Gap beachbetween Happisburgh and Sea Palling.” (By owner Dave Bunting, from Norwich)
“Shadow is a three-year-old black labrador; he lives next to Caister-on-Sea beach and enjoys daily runs and loves a swim in the sea. He would chase his ball all day if he could” says Rachel Green of Caister-on-Sea.
“This photograph was taken at our favourite Norfolk beach: Holkham. Our lovely dog is called Indy, she’s a two-yearold cavapoo. She loves eating, sleeping, playing and a good belly rub!” says Maria Garavand from Norwich
“I’m not lucky enough to have a dog of my own, but I am very lucky to live next door to Skye,” says photographer Paula Sparkes. “I bring her along for days out; she is brilliantly behaved and she does make a wonderful model!”
“My dog Gerald is an Alaskan malamute; he is two years old and he loves to run on the beach .The picture was taken on Sea Palling beach,” says Maz Kaminska.
“Maisie is our much loved three-year-old golden doodle. She is very energetic and loves to run and play - and get muddy and sandy! We’re foster carers so Maisie provides a lot of unconditional love and playtimes to the troubled children in our lives,” says Kathryn Carter.
Italian Spinone Bryn is five years old. Says owner Louise Brooks: “One of the reasons we moved to Norfolk was to have more space and access to the beach for our dogs. We and they just love living here! Our local beach at Happisburgh, where this was taken, is just a few minutes away and like most beaches in Norfolk, super dog friendly with lots of surroundings pubs and cafes where we can take our dogs too. No wonder Bryn has a massive grin on his face.”
Archie is a two-year-old Japanese Shiba Inu, “He’s a real character, very active and absolutely loves being outdoors, especially in the woods or on the beach, running among the dunes with his best mate Dougie or on his own. He turns heads wherever he goes as he has really contagious smile and as you can imagine we love him to bits like a baby,” says Ksenia Coghiel.
“Octavia, known as Tavie, is a seven-year-old labrador. She loves to make friends with other dogs and run along the beach and loves to fetch her tennis ball from the sea. She has a very cheeky personality and is completely irreplaceable. Tavie loves nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa after a long beach walk with her family,” says Elle McSparron.
“This is Milo, our playful 18-monthold long-haired Jack Russell terrier, who loves to chase a ball and finds any excuse to swim in the sea on our local Heacham beach. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place here in Norfolk,” says Jo Hubbard.
This was Dachshund Dottie’s first trip to the beach at Gorleston. “As you can see she had an absolute blast. Dottie is already an Instagram hit at just five months old and is organising her own sausage dog café next month,” says owner Michelle Waterson. “This photo was taken on the beach at Waxham Sands Holiday Park when we went for a picnic one evening. Benji is a two-yearold springer spaniel we rehomed from a family in Birmingham. He’d never been to the beach before we got him but he loves to spend hours there now swimming and chasing his ball!” says owner Becca Martin.
Max is a red fox labrador. “An adventure at the beach is always his favourite, he enjoys a splash in the sea followed by a game of fetch. This photo was taken during our visit to Holkham beach for the day,” says Jemma Crane.
“Nellie is 17 months old and is the daughter of one of my other dogs, Neville. She loves zooming around on the beach and enjoys her training classes, especially agility,” says Fifi Austin.
“Digger was 12 weeks old when we went to Holkham for his first trip to the beach. He’s a working cocker spaniel and is very energetic as you can expect! He loves swimming and thoroughly enjoyed his first sea experience,” says owner Millie Clarke. “Lex had been playing fetch in the sea with his ball and at one point was completely bowled over by a wave - the sea had been quite wild for most of our stay - hence his rather damp appearance,” says Dave Lawrence. “He was hoping to get a biscuit following a quick slurp from his water bowl. Needless to say he did indeed have one or two biscuits – how could one refuse such a face?”
OAKLEY AND DENVER
“Oakley is a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and he has just turned two. He loves attention, his big (adopted) brother Denver and posing for the camera is his favourite thing to do. They are my absolute world and even have their own Instagram account @denverandoakley where they have nearly 8,000 followers,” says Beth Crisp.
Head-in-the-sand Monty is a Saint Bernard. “He is one and a half years old and loves running around like crazy! He keeps me and my family very busy - he loves to pull plants out from around the garden and gets us to chase him around to try and get them back! He also enjoys sleeping and general drooling on everything,” says Jenni Duffin.
“Storm is a seven-year-old vizsla, born and bred in Norfolk,” says Ian Smalley. “He loves the beach and ocean; we walk a lot of early mornings at sunrise and he paddleboards with me as well.”
“Woody is our labrador who celebrated his 13th birthday whilst we were on holiday in Happisburgh, where this photo was taken, in June” says Carol Bolton. “We adopted him from Blue Cross when he was two and he goes everywhere with us, including our many holidays in Norfolk – especially Happisburgh and Holkham.”
Nelson is a much loved two-yearold golden retriever. “He was born in a house right on Mersea Island, Essex and has loved the sea and sand ever since. His favourite things are digging, zoomies and chasing balls,” says Katherine Bygrave.
Hector is a Hungarian vizsla. “This was taken on the part of the beach between Sea Palling and Eccles on one of those windy mornings at the beginning of June. There is a lovely bench on top of one of the dunes that looks out to sea and Hector goes up and sits on it every single time we walk past,” says Ksenia Bulygina. “Freddie is a one-year-old yellow labrador, obsessed with the water and swimming, and loves nothing more than digging on the beach. Overstrand beach is perfect for letting him have a good run and swim as you often find you have a small stretch of it to yourself.” says Hannah Joy from Ipswich