I forgot to tell you: last weekend we went camping and we made some nice walks. Including one walk with my friend Swieb! Actually his real name is Swiebertje, but as a true friend I am allowed to call him Swieb.
Like me, Swieb is an expat. I am from Greece, he came from Spain. As a consequence, he does not like the cold Dutch weather. So his human bought him a sweater!
Yes, you may laugh. I laugh at him a lot when he wears this. He can handle it, he is cool.
Swieb is also very lazy:
And I mean really, really lazy:
But not last weekend, when we went for a walk. We chased through the forest and the sandy dunes, following our noses and enjoying the lovely smells of rabbits, foxes and deer. We had a good time. Alas there are no pictures of us chasing foxes, we were too fast for the camera! But it is true, we did run. You will be amazed how fast Swieb can go on his stubby legs.
Don’t tell him I called his legs stubby. He will not talk to me for at least a year, when he hears that. Must be his male Spanish ego.
I had the most awesome weekend. My boy-friend was here! We had a great time.
We played on the beach:
We made a nice long walk in the dunes:
After that, we chilled together:
It was splendid and terrific and totally cool. He is gone now, gone to his own home. Which makes me a bit sad. I do hope I will see him again, soon!
We dogs like to challenge nature. Not because we think we can win – that is a human perception, it is typical for silly humans to assume one can win from nature. No one can win from nature! But one can challenge her, in order to test ones strength. Which is an awesome thing to do.
Take gravity. What goes up will always come down. Balls, for instance. And labradors. But that won’t stop us from trying! Like one of my friends shows us here, he is one of the bandidos:
I am very good at testing gravity, too:
Some dogs need bigger challenges, so they explore even further. My friend Boss does, he likes to test the ocean. He tries to ride the waves:
He is truly awesome, isn’t he? Anyway: we like to challenge nature to test ourselves, to learn and develop ourselves into stronger beings. We like the play. Which is all the same thing, really. Have an awesome weekend and go explore what you are able to do!
I had the most thrilling weekend. My boy-friend stayed with us! I adore him:
When we meet we always do really cool things. Like cruising in a flashy car, along the beach:
We played for hours:
He is very good at throwing the frisbee:
I have to run really hard to catch it!
It was pretty awesome. He has gone home now and I am going to sleep and dream of our adventures. Goodnight!
I had the pleasure of seeing my old friend again, movie star Hester. It has been a while since I saw her – she is very old and doesn’t go to the beach anymore. But yesterday she had a good day and we went to the woods together. She still looks gorgeous, by the way.
It was fun. The sun was shining and Hester pottered around happily, sniffing here and there. I was actively investigating our surroundings, in case there was a squirrel passing by or a dangerous dog approaching. Nothing of the kind happened. We just had a happy walk.
Which is a good thing, especially with old friends.
In my previous post I mentioned that I had a serious conversation with my friend, Jip. This is what it looked like:
Some of my friends who weren’t there when this happened ask me what this was all about. What were we saying? Well, it was something like this:
“You are a mean bitch!”
“You are a mean bitch!”
“Yes I am!”
“You are right, you are a mean bitch!”
“Ha! We both are mean bitches!”
“We are two mean bitches!”
“Okay. That’s settled, then.”
“Yes it is.”
“Let’s have some fun!”
And that is what we had, with the rest of our pack:
Look who I met on the beach again: my look-alike!
She is my friend from Greece, she arrived this year at her new home in Holland. She lived in the shelter in Athens, the same shelter where I grew up. It was nice to meet her again. We gossiped a bit about the shelter back in Athens and then we started to run. After that we investigated our surroundings. We like it in Holland, especially the beaches: they are huge! Great for running.
I have an awesome weekend because my boy-friend is here! He is a really cool kid. We went out together in my cargobike:
We went to the beach! We played frisbee:
He can throw really far! We also did some swimming, although the water was cold – but that won’t stop us, we are tough!
We played for hours and hours. After that, we rested in the sun. I gave him my bed, so he had something soft to sleep on.
It is very, very nice. I really love him.
Look who I met on the beach:
Her name is Filia and she has just arrived in Holland. She looks a bit like me, doesn’t she? She is from the shelter where I grew up, in Athens, Greece! And now she lives in Holland, because a Dutch human adopted her. Which means she is an expat, like me.
Together we explored the beach and tested the water.
When we got warmed up a little, we started sprinting. M and I sometimes do this, but for me that is very easy because M is slow. Sprinting with a dog like Filia is more challenging! Very nice.
Do you see how she is looking at me, asking me to go faster? When she got tired and slowed down a bit, I motivated her to move on:
In the end we both were wet and tired. We had a great time. I hope I will meet her again soon!
Do you want to adopt a gorgeous dog, just like us? Take a look at the website of the shelter. They have awesome dogs and cute puppies as well. If you live in Holland, you can go to the site of Huize Zwerfhond, the Dutch foundation that arranged for Filia and me to come to Holland. Please do, because I’d like to meet more expats like Filia on the beach!
This is my friend Boss:
They call him the trouble maker. Because he is strong and independent and not easily doing what he is told. And because he steals all the balls at the beach. Well, that is a bit of a nuisance, especially if it is your ball he stole and you particularly liked that ball. I never have this problem: no dog can steal my ball, not even Boss. I am the fastest on the beach, you know.
Anyway, I think Boss is a fabulous dog. I think it is great he is strong and independent, that is what a german shepherd should be! I never have trouble with him, when we go to the beach or the forest. When we are out together we explore the surroundings and go wherever we want. I feel very safe with him by my side. When I am at his place I even sleep on his bed! We are true friends.