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Dog Beach

Long Beach
Sept. 5, 2004

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Long Beach stretches for about 6 miles, most of it nearly deserted, even on a Sunday in summer. (The town raised a seawall as a barrier against dangerous waves sometime during the 20th century, before beachgoers decided they liked waves. Now they all go elsewhere.) Nearly deserted, that is, except for the hundred yards or so of the Dog Beach, where dozens of labradors, German shepherds, border collies, and doodles churn up the sand and frolic in the waves, while their owners try to keep the children from doing too much digging in this particular sand.