September Mondays, on the whole, aren't like Mondays in most other months.
After all, the first Monday of the ninth month of the year is a holiday, and other Mondays deliver small but sweet pleasures, from the first Monday you switch out your normal coffee for a pumpkin-flavored java to the first Monday of autumn (and all of its wake-up crispness).
And for many canine-loving Californians, the second September Monday has become all about the surfing dogs of Del Mar, from their colorful puffy vests to their styling goggles to their polished, on-the-waves, hang-twenty moves.
But alas, and woof, and sniffle, and such: Dog Beach's best-known paw party, the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, did not happen on Sunday, Sept. 11, the long-scheduled date for the Fido-fun fundraiser.
An "unfortunate water contamination advisory" prompted organizers to postpone the event, a happy happening that sees both pooches on surfboards and pooches on the sand (plus, of course, all of their human companions, too).
The new date for one of late-summer's saltiest shindigs? It's in the fall, early fall, on Sunday, Oct. 2. Dogs and their people will still be out in full furry force to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center of Rancho Santa Fe and all of the critters the center takes care of each and every day.
Keep in mind that many of the canines who catch a wave or two at Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon have practiced over numerous summer weekends, all under the tutelage of those who know about sharing safety tips and skills tailored to dogs and their people.
So it's a heart-warmer that these pups will get to surf in 2016, after all, after a full summer of practice. Even if the date is a bit late (dogs are pretty patient, on the whole, at least compared to we humans).
And as for that anticipated Monday and the fresh photos of dogs on surfboards? It's still ahead, on Monday, Oct. 3, the day after the Del Mar gathering. Truly, for pup buffs, it is one of the best Mondays on the calendar, and it yields some spectacular snaps.
Just because it was postponed by a few weeks doesn't mean that the dogs won't be in rocking their surf gear soon. Stay tuned...