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That "OTHER" Dog Beach: Newport Beach, Kind Of

Kia was the runt of the litter
Kia was the runt of the litter
Keith May

At an unincorporated no-man's land at mouth of Santa Ana River at border between Newport and Huntington Beaches sits a hidden dog beach--that other dog beach. While most automatically think of Huntington Beach's Dog Beach on Pacific Coast Highway, this one is a bit more secluded.

It's so unknown, in fact, that even when photographer Keith May asked a lifeguard at 74 about it, he had never even heard of such a place. The beach has no name, no cops, no leash laws. Just dogs running wild and having the time of their lives (there's even a few surfing ones in the mix, like Kia up there!) in the gentle surf and shallow river. When asked if he had to describe what city the beach is located in, May replied Newport, since the sandbar is on that side of the river. So Newport it is.


Renee, of Surfin' Paws, offers inform surfing instruction for dogs on most Sundays. Cheers to you, Renee!
Renee, of Surfin' Paws, offers inform surfing instruction for dogs on most Sundays. Cheers to you, Renee!
Keith May
Can't get my tail wet...
Can't get my tail wet...
Keith May
Free-range dogs!
Free-range dogs!
Keith May
TOTALLY free-range... but cute. Why do dogs always look so worried when pooping anyway?
TOTALLY free-range... but cute. Why do dogs always look so worried when pooping anyway?
Keith May
Shake it off--I am not a crook!
Shake it off--I am not a crook!
Keith May


 
The true face of happiness right here, folks
The true face of happiness right here, folks
Keith May
Kia the surfin' dog even has her own website, kiapet.com!
Kia the surfin' dog even has her own website, kiapet.com!
Keith May
This not-so-little dude was a first-timer
This not-so-little dude was a first-timer
Keith May
Awwwwwwwwwwww.
Awwwwwwwwwwww.
Keith May
We're not sure what kinda dog this is, so we're just gonna go with "Cute."
We're not sure what kinda dog this is, so we're just gonna go with "Cute."
Keith May
Wait, what was that?
Wait, what was that?
Keith May
CHARGE!
CHARGE!
Keith May

 

Most dog beaches are complicated by tons of rules... not this place.
Most dog beaches are complicated by tons of rules... not this place.
Keith May
Anybody lose a flip-flop?
Anybody lose a flip-flop?
Keith May
Keith May sez: "Guy named Jason Livesey wheeled down a 3.5 hp winch and was soon pulling his friend in on a cable. (Winch-Surfing.) All the dudes around were pretty impressed."
Keith May sez: "Guy named Jason Livesey wheeled down a 3.5 hp winch and was soon pulling his friend in on a cable. (Winch-Surfing.) All the dudes around were pretty impressed."
Keith May
Winch surfing!
Winch surfing!
Keith May
Whenever he's not surfing, Hector the dog ...
Whenever he's not surfing, Hector the dog ...
Keith May
Throw the damn ball, do it do it do it!
Throw the damn ball, do it do it do it!
Keith May
If they could see her now!
If they could see her now!
Keith May

 

Hector loves (to eat) Poncho!
Hector loves (to eat) Poncho!
Keith May
Hey, you got a little something on your nose there...
Hey, you got a little something on your nose there...
Keith May
Handsome.
Handsome.
Keith May
Who else thought that was a watermelon slice at first, too?
Who else thought that was a watermelon slice at first, too?
Keith May
Poetry in motion
Poetry in motion
Keith May
This little gal was saved from the Dodger Stadium...
This little gal was saved from the Dodger Stadium...
Keith May
Of course he just got a bath
Of course he just got a bath
Keith May

 

Dogs don't care!
Dogs don't care!
Keith May
Brittney Rodriguez and Justin Kaplan. And Logan.
Brittney Rodriguez and Justin Kaplan. And Logan.
Keith May
Dog beach not on radar
Dog beach not on radar
Keith May
Hoffman happy.
Hoffman happy.
Keith May
Lucy the Australian Mini Shepherd seems unsure...
Lucy the Australian Mini Shepherd seems unsure...
Keith May
What is it with little dogs and big attitudes?
What is it with little dogs and big attitudes?
Keith May

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