Cardiff Beach, CA

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

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Apparently my family used to live in what they call California. My brother has told me stories of his glory days of living outside, catching rabbits and fighting off coyotes. When my folks told me we were visiting, I was excited to see this place.

Right off the bat, I noticed many of the same plants as we have here in Houston: palm trees, Bougainvillea, and those dangerous Oleander bushes (you do know they are poisonous, right?) What California didn’t have, however, was humidity, fire ants, or mosquitoes. I’m down with that!

California gets a lot more sunshine, too. One of our outings was running on the beach. Wow. The water is blue. I only know of our murky, warm water here in Texas. This was kinda cool because you could see inside of it. Whoa. The water was colder, and the waves were a bit bigger, which made me a little nervous. Maybe some of you big dogs would really like it. Anyway, Cardiff Beach in Carlsbad, California has a three-mile section dedicated to our kind. Yes, a doggy-friendly beach. Unlike Texas where we are welcome most places, California is a little picky about where doggies are permitted. What?

If you drive out from here, you stay on the 10 for a very long time. So long it is beyond my ability to count (21 hours). You would hook up to the 5 freeway once in San Diego and take the Via De La Valle exit. Plug in the following address, and you aren’t far: 3006 Sandy Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014

Cardiff Beach has these enormous cliffs up above. I saw some houses up there. What a view they must have! The sand is soft and clean. We need to keep it that way, so dogs must be on a leach, and your humans need to clean up after you.

Beach mornings are refreshingly cool. We got to actually watch the sun start to come up, which was neat. Lots of my kind were already out swimming and surfing. As the Houston summer heats up, you might consider heading west. I would definitely recommend Cardiff Beach by the Sea!

PS I just heard rumblings that me and my family are moving from Houston, TX to Phoenix, AZ. I don’t know where this land is, but I am always up for a new adventure! I will continue sharing my experiences with you all. Stay tuned!

Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas, and will now head to Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and rewires businesses for success through her consulting and trainings. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at

You never know what he’ll be up to next!