M and I, we walk a lot. Sometimes P comes with us, but mostly M and I walk together. We go to the beach and the dunes and the forest. We walk, stroll, trot and hike. I like to run a bit too, waiting now and then for M to catch up with me.
We live in a city, but happily we have nature close by. Although it is humanized nature, if you know what I mean: not the mountains and huge woods and empty coasts we visit when we travel, but nature that is designed by humans. With broad paths and roads.
But happily, when you know where to look, there are also little paths and secret places to find. One has to be very attentive to get to know them. Sometimes they do not look like a path at all, until you round a specific bush or tree and then it stretches out before you: a small and winding path, all the way through the dunes or the forest.
Those are the paths that we like best. It feels like they are our paths, known only to us, to explore and have Adventures along the way. Trotting along paths like this make me truly happy.
In the last four years I have developed sophisticated ways of telling humans what I want. One has to do that, because humans tend to miss the most important things around them. They for instance focus on one thing when the action is elsewhere.
So to make sure they do not miss what I want, I developed The Method. When humans are eating something delicious, I have a subtle way of letting them know I want to eat it too:
Something else I developed over time is a method for making sure I go with them when they leave the house. Usually I don’t mind being alone in the house, it gives me an opportunity to doze in the sun undisturbed. But sometimes I do very much want to go with M and P. So when they start putting their coats on, I do this. Now it is impossible to pass me, obviously, so they will have to take me with them:
With canines, of course, one does not need this kind of method. We sense what another dog wants and give it – or not. Although some dogs are amazingly incapable of sensing another dog’s intentions. With them there is only one approach to get the message through.
It was my birthday this week, but I did not get the things on my wish list. So no new cargobike for me – although I explicitly asked for a new one. And also no mountain cat, what I asked for last year. I had a vague hope my humans would give me a cargobike filled with mountain cats but alas, that did not happen. Apparently even they can not arrange everything. By the way, this is a mountain cat. They look very juicy:
I could feel sad now, since I did not get anything from my wish list. But I am not, because I am a positive dog and because they gave me something awesome instead: a surprise trip! First we went to this beautiful estate, where we made a nice walk on the huge grounds:
There was a country fair, with lots of special plants and things for M’s garden. There was even fruit with names on it. Very special fruit:
After our visit to the fair we went camping!
We made long walks from the campsite. It was all very nice. What a great way to celebrate my birthday!
I am a lucky dog. You know why? I made a list of all the things that make me so lucky:
I could have been a poor and skinny stray dog in Greece, but I became a wealthy city dog. Because some loving humans organized for me and my friends to come to Holland and they got us adopted. This is me, 5 months old and new in Holland. Cute, hey? No wonder M and P adopted me on the spot!
I get lots of yummy food, sometimes really fancy stuff:
I have nice soft warm beds on every floor in our house:
We have this as our backyard:
And this (when you take the other turn):
I do all sorts of fun stuff. Like (when M isn’t looking) fooling around with little dogs. I like to surprise them, so they start running and I can chase them! They are always very impressed by my approach.
I have exiting Adventures with my humans, M and P. We travel!
I have loads of friends:
On top of all that, I have my own blog! Which you are reading now. Thank you for that!
I wonder: what makes you happy? Can you tell me?