BONE UP: If you've ever stood on the sand and watched the yearly Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, that Septembertime waggers-on-the-waves fundraiser for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, you know the feeling of a Fido jealousy. Don't know Fido jealousy? It's not necessarily a bad thing, though it can be keenly felt: When you have Fido jealousy, you want your own pooch to have the fun experience, and you'll ferret out a way to make that happen. Here's a good first step: Sign up your favorite furry one for surf lessons ahead of the Saturday, Sept. 7 event. Way ahead: Lessons open at Del Mar's Dog Beach on Saturday, June 28. That's right, we did indeed say "open": They've proven so popular that the Rancho Santa Fe will hold lessons over several upcoming Saturdays, so all waggers who want to be on a board come the first Saturday in September will have their chance. (And we expect many dogs will, given that the Surf-A-Thon raises funds for the animal-helping center.)
FETCH YOUR LESSON: The classes come in two flavors, surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, and lesson number one costs forty five dollars. If you want to continue with more clinics down the road, you'll save money, too, so that's a nice thing. What Fido doesn't want to finesse his moves out on the water? And, be assured, if you go the stand-up paddleboarding route, that is "now part of the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon"! There's some on-land time in the instruction, note, before you and your barker head out into the H2O. Call it a lively canine-nice project for summer, with a fun and photographable end: You and your pup hanging thirty together come the big day, and helping give back to other animals, too. That's right, hanging thirty? Instead of ten? Paws and feet? Good luck, surfers and surf dogs. You charm everyone with your wavey waves and big, totally rad hearts.