Spring is here! I can feel it and I can smell it, it is a fresh green kind of energy. Sparkling and joyful and bubbling, just like me. I love spring! We made a nice long walk, so M and P and I could take in this new energy that is all around us:
There are loads of flowers in the city where we live. Of course M had to make a picture of me against this background. So I posed for her, why not? As a bit of a celeb I am used to humans wanting to take pictures of me.
We had a great time. This is truly a beautiful city.
This is odd. We walked one of our favorite paths in the dune-forest and encountered something new. Man made, no doubt, but odd nevertheless. I approached it carefully, one never knows what things like this will do:
When I was near, I smelled it was a tree. They pulled a tree out of the ground and put it back in the earth again, upside down! Silly humans.
I do not think the tree likes it, regardless of the pretty face it has now. I think it gets a little nauseous standing upside down. Next time we walk here – and M isn’t looking – I will push it over and dig it in, so it will be feeling okay again.
We take a walk every day and that is always nice, but sometimes it is something special. Today M and I had this kind of walk. I will try to explain why this one was special. It is not because we went to a new place, because we walked in the dunes and on the beach, like we often do. I think this one was special because we did it together.
This may sound strange to some humans (I bet the canines reading this will understand, though). One could say that all the walks we make are together, but that is not so. It is like this: sometimes when M is stuck in her writing she takes me out for a walk. While we walk she thinks about what is bothering her and I take the opportunity to smell and run and play with other dogs. We are out, but we are not really walking together. Not in the sense of togetherness. We both do our own things.
On our walk this morning we were truly walking together. We ran in the dunes and played games on the beach. I was totally focussed on her and she on me. When this is the case we are like a team, paying attention to our surroundings but not really interacting with other dogs nor humans. We have fun together. And that is awesome.
So P is back home and he took the snow with him! It is amazing, the things he can do… This morning when we went on our first little walk the world suddenly had changed. Yesterday I smelled the air and sensed something was coming, but I did not know what to expect. This morning it became clear what I had smelled.
The paths and trees and everything is covered in a thin layer of soft cool stuff that tickles between my toes. It is cold and therefore there is not much to smell – the earth holds her breath in the cold, you know. Everything is quiet. How did P manage to do this?
I am a path-finder, a way-finder. No matter where we are, in Holland or in the mountains in a far away place: I always know the way back. Back home, or the way back to our campervan, which is home too. I do not know why I can do this – it is typically human to ask a thing like that. I just do it. It comes natural to me.
This skill is not always needed, because sometimes the paths are so obvious that even M can find them:
But sometimes we walk in the woods or the mountains or along the coast somewhere and the paths are pretty hard to find. Sometimes there are no proper paths, only tracks made by wild animals. I find these easily, too. I lead M along the way, so we will go safely back to wherever our home is.
We had a nice little morning walk, M and I. First we biked to the beach – that is: M on the bike, me running next to it. Since our cargobike is broke, this is our transport now. I think it is a cool bike, so here it is:
We walked to the small beach near the jetty, which is a great place for investigating. It has nice views, too.
Then we went to the big beach, where I did some relaxed running.
And made an effort in digging a huge hole for my brand new squeaky ball.
Then we went back home, M biking and me running. She is working now and I doze in my favorite chair. What a great way to start the day.
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.