Leaving my marks

As I told you in earlier posts, we are going to move house. The house is not finished yet, but M tells me we are moving soon. I am looking forward to it! It has a big garden for me to guard. I can’t wait to chase all the squirrels, rabbits and foxes out of it. There are some juicy cats living in the neighborhood, too. It will be fun!

We are at the new place almost every weekend. M and P work in the garden and I investigate the place. I am busy leaving my marks. Verbally, by barking really loud at humans and animals walking by. Hey, everyone should know we are going to live here! It will be my task to keep intruders out. It is important that everybody knows they will encounter a ferocious guarding dog if they step over the fence:

I am also leaving my marks in a visual kind of way. One can never be too shy on these matters, you know. It is very important to show this space is occupied, by a huge dog (with big feet).

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Cold

Last weekend we were at our new house again. M and P worked in the garden and I guarded the place. After a while I felt I had to retreat indoors, to do some guarding there. I also thought this was a good idea because it was kind of cold outside.

However, inside it turned to be cold too. The heating does not work! I do hope it will be fixed before we move, because…. well, I am from Greece, you know. I am equipped for a warm climate. Not the wet cold Dutch weather.

Happily M knew a solution to this. She saw me shivering, took her coat and wrapped me in it! I usually do not approve of clothing for dogs, but when it is very cold it has its benefits. I was glad to have her coat on. Sweet of her to do this, too.

Happy surprises!

Look what I got:

A box full of surprises! All kinds of yummy things hidden in paper and little cups. I unwrapped them carefully and ate them all.

M gave it to me as a present, because today is the last day of the year 2017. Tomorrow it will be a new year with a new number, M tells me. Typical human to measure time in numbers – I think that is very odd. Anyway: they wish each other a happy new year, so I will do so too. I hope this new year will be full of adventures and happy surprises, forĀ  all of you! Happy new year!

Exciting encounter

We just returned from a long walk in the dunes and on the beach. It is cold outside, winter is here!

I don’t mind the cold. As long as I keep moving I am warm. So I was glad when we were on the beach, so I could run.

However, after a while I slowed my pace, because there was something very awkward moving on the beach:

It was slithering over the sand (one can hardly call that movement walking) and it was not amused to see us. It made noises and M said: “I don’t think it likes us being here.” Well, I am certain it did not like us, because I could understand what it said. I won’t repeat it here, but it was very clear. Sea creatures use some rough language!

We never met a sea creature like this before. I cautiously investigated it, from a distance – one never knows how wild creatures react and I like my dainty nose. Anyway: it smelled like salt. Fishy things. Exciting!

Sticks!

This is a time full of surprises. We are in the new garden a lot and it turns out M loves sticks just as much as I do! I never knew that…

She digs and saws and hacks and pulls at shrubs and little trees.

We play with the sticks and then she does the most wonderful thing: she piles them up very high! It is like a wall, made of sticks.

That is nice! It means I will have an endless collection of sticks to play with when ever I feel like it. Awesome.

Beautiful day for a walk

We walk every day, of course we do! Humans have to get out at least twice a day, you know. Into the great outdoors. Or to the dog park. This week we made a lot of walks and this was the nicest one. The weather was splendid, autumn bliss.

We walked in the dunes. First we entered the dune-forest and then we went out into the open, climbing the little sandy hills:

And then, the best part of all: we were on the beach! I love the beach. There is no place more splendid.