For most, Montrose Dog Beach visits happen seasonally or weekly. For some, visits to the dog beach are a daily ritual. For Serdar Cetinbag – known as Steve to his friends – one trip to the dog park is a slow day.
“Some days, I’m the first one on the beach and the last one off it. I have to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere,” Steve says, flashing an impish grin. Steve, his humor and his dogs – Mahkanna and Mimi – are fixtures at the beach, no matter what time of day you go.
Steve first visited the dog beach shortly after the tragic death of his son – an Army Sergeant – three years ago. “I just needed to get out of my apartment, and once a day wasn’t enough.” So began Steve’s two and three-a-day visits to the dog beach. A routine he continues to this day. “I cut back to two visits recently, in anticipation of how famous your blog is going to make me, of course.”
Steve laughs and walks down the beach with his girls to say hello to a few friends. “I keep coming here for my friends – human and dog, old and new.” Steve says. “I come because of some things and despite some other things. But it’s important to me that I keep coming back.”
For Steve, as for many others, one trip to Montrose Dog Beach is never enough. For so many reasons, we all come back.
This blog post is part of Mutt Jackson’s THE JUST LOVE PROJECT. On a weekly basis, we’re posting stories that highlight the moments of love and kindness we discover through experiences with our fellow humans and dogs. We’re starting with stories centered around our beloved Montrose Dog Beach and will expand worldwide.