Lauren Conrad: Sun, Sand and Puppies!

Lauren Conrad

National Photo Group

updated 03/09/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 03/09/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET

Lauren Conrad is living the California dream.

The fashion designer and reality star kicked off her heels for a photo shoot and went barefoot in the sands of Malibu on Thursday, happily running down the beach next to a group of adorably golden puppies.

Conrad, who has a dog named Chloe, eagerly got into the mix with the pooches, kneeling down to pet them as they ran around.

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