Ressie celebrated her 1st birthday at the Longbeach - Dog Beach Zone. No bumper to bumper traffic at the 5S Freeway, growling hungry stomachs, nor a long detour because we got lost, could stop us from getting the birthday girl to the beach for an afternoon of fun. Dogs and more dogs as far as your eyes can see. They came in so many sizes, breeds, colors, and personalities. Everyone of them seemed to be celebrating something. Some loved the water, others stayed on the beach, and the majority of the crowd were running around and were enjoying a game of tag with each other. So many times I saw Ressie stealing someone else's tennis ball, or sniffing at people resting and enjoying their snacks. Not before long it was time to say goodbye to the cool waters, dog filled stretch of beach, and to new doggie friends. Ressie slept the whole way home.