This month marks the second time we’ve dedicated an issue to dogs. Contrary to assertions by staffers and some readers, I have nothing against cats. I own three of them and respect them for their aloof self-interest and unwillingness to play along. But to assuage any doubts among cat lovers, Coast Monthly promises to devote a page of reader-submitted photos of beloved cats in a future issue. So, please send your favorite coastal cat photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, back to dogs. Dogs, more so than cats, are inclined to cooperate on photo shoots. And who can resist watching one bound through the surf on the beach? In our feature story on coastal canines, we meet some fascinating dogs that make the most of the coast. They run on the beach, surf and boat, pull sleds on the sand or find joy catching trout.
Some of these canines, including cover model Bentley, were rescues. We admire the people in these pages who gave second chances to dogs that had some difficult starts in life.
Although all of our featured dogs were well-behaved and cooperated during the photo shoots, the weather did not. The sky was dark and it was raining when we headed to Galveston Island State Park to shoot the cover. We almost rescheduled, but staff photographer Stuart Villanueva persevered, giving us an artful and dramatic cover photo that captures the wild beauty of the beach and a regal pose by Bentley.
In this issue, we also feature good food, beautiful homes and gardens, skilled craftspeople, musicians and more.
Happy dog days of summer.
Coast Monthly would like to extend a special thanks to staff at the Galveston Island State Park for help with our cover shoot and with our feature on the park’s after-dark programs. Special thanks goes to Park Superintendent Trey Goodman and Lisa Reznicek, a ranger at the park.
The park, 14901 FM 3005 in Galveston, offers camping, bird watching, nature study, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and unsupervised beach swimming. Educational tours of the flora and fauna of the beach and bay areas of the park are given by appointment only. Contact the park, 409-737-1222, to make arrangements. Visit https://fogisp.wordpress.com/ to learn more about volunteering with the group Friends of Galveston Island State Park.
Also, we’d like to thank Ohana Surf & Skate, 28th and Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, for the use of the longboard featured in Behind the Wheel.
Ohana Surf & Skate has generously donated the longboard for a giveaway to a deserving Coast Monthly reader. Tell us why you deserve this longboard, and it could be yours. Send your submission to email@example.com by Aug. 15.
Winners must live in the region and be willing to pick up the longboard at the The Daily News office in Galveston. We’ll announce the winner in our September issue.