Dogs, owners get taste of spring at Sandy Point

Posted April 08, 2014, at 5:39 a.m.
Molly, a 7-year-old chocolate Lab, chews on a piece of driftwood while playing at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday.
Molly, a 7-year-old chocolate Lab, chews on a piece of driftwood while playing at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday. Buy Photo
People and their dogs enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. The spot is popular among dog owners, some of whom drive a considerable distance to spend time at the beach.
People and their dogs enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. The spot is popular among dog owners, some of whom drive a considerable distance to spend time at the beach. Buy Photo
Steve Henkel of Stockton Springs and his dog Sarah-Jane were among those enjoying the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon.
Steve Henkel of Stockton Springs and his dog Sarah-Jane were among those enjoying the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. Buy Photo
Steve Henkel (from left), Dave Zurek and his wife, Kathryn Zurek, accompanied by their dogs, enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. The weather is finally showing signs of spring in the region and more people are spending time outside.
Steve Henkel (from left), Dave Zurek and his wife, Kathryn Zurek, accompanied by their dogs, enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. The weather is finally showing signs of spring in the region and more people are spending time outside. Buy Photo
Bruce Skakle of Stockton Springs hands treats to dogs while enjoying the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon.
Bruce Skakle of Stockton Springs hands treats to dogs while enjoying the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. Buy Photo
People and their dogs enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon.
People and their dogs enjoy the mild weather at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. Buy Photo
Dave Zurek of Orland tosses a stick in the water while playing with dogs at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon.
Dave Zurek of Orland tosses a stick in the water while playing with dogs at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs on Friday afternoon. Buy Photo

The signs of spring come in many forms in Maine. One of those signs is being able to walk without fighting your way through deep snow.

For dog owners, the long walks can start up again without having to risk having their best friends’ paws freezing to the landscape.

Sandy Point in Stockton Springs is a popular destination for local dog owners, who know each other and their dogs by first name.

On a recent afternoon, a group was leaving the beach as Steve Henkel and his dog walked down the road. After a short conversation, Bruce Skakle said, “I will go back to keep you company.”

The two men and their three dogs headed back to the beach to soak up more of the warm spring sun.

 

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