Carmel by the Sea, California is truly a special place. It is a cottage town that I would define charming, sophisticated, rustic, artistic, lush, wealthy, friendly, and lets not forget the Spectacular Sea! I have been visiting Carmel since I was a little girl, having lived in the Bay Area the visit was only an hour and a half away. We would always bring our dogs on the visit because then and now Carmel is the most dog friendly city in the Nation. Dogs are everywhere! I am a dog lover so to be surrounded by dogs in shops, on sidewalks, seated with their owners at cafes and to see them run and play on the beach brings me so much joy and happiness. The freedom they have is something I envy and desire. Watching them play, and run moves me into playmode too! I don't think I am alone with this feeling. Below are highlights of a Dog's World in Carmel by the Sea!!!!! The Ocean/Beach Dogs Life in The Town Dogs are greeted everywhere, and they seem to all be well behaved. I have never seen a dog fight or bad behavior in all my visits to Carmel Transportation needed! This is the most elegant dog. I call this dog the Deco Dog! A graceful giant that stays with her owner everyday at her Art Gallery. A regal Irish Setter enjoying his days with his owner at Fourtanes Jewelry Store. I enjoyed browsing and had my eye on a $55,000 ring! On a side note I will never be a hand model! I am okay with that. Hello Fluffy! Lloyds Shoe Store has been around since I was 8 years old! Wow I couldn't believe it was still here on Ocean Avenue. Of course I walked in!!! SHOES!!!! Time for a Trim I see both of you!! Taken at Carmel Mission This is the owner's dog of Gallery Plein Aire. He is smiling in case you wondered. The owner Cyndra Bradford is an extremely talented artist and on my last visit to Carmel I purchased one of her paintings. This beautiful oil is so rich and I love that blue eye! Cyndra took in the horse from neglect and brought him back to life. I wanted to visit her Gallery again and say hi. I was fortunate to watch her start a painting and in 2 hours see her progress. So impressed and envious of her talents! I feel that joy again just sharing these pictures and a little taste of Carmel. Stay tuned for next post on the Lush Life Carmel has to offer!