Category Archives: Walks

Being outdoors is awesome.

Selfie on the beach

We just returned from the beach. That is: the big beach, not the little spot where we were the last months. There were a lot of humans with their dogs, telling each other how happy they are that the entire beach is open to dogs again. Well, we are happy too! There is a lot of space for all of us, for running and digging. I hope the little crabs return soon, too.

In between the running and splashing through the water I had time to make a selfie. My first selfie on the beach!

Selfie on the beach

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A walk every day

When I get bored, I do some websurfing. I like sites about cats and rabbits and dogs and food.  I notice that on dog websites humans ask a lot of stupid questions about dogs. One of them: do dogs need to walk every day?

Do humans like to be locked up in a house or garden all day long? Of course not. Neither do we. Dogs have a lot of energy and we need our exercise. Running around in the same yard every day is not enough, because it is boring. We dogs like to sniff around and do our own research, outside the fences of a yard:

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I get a lot of exercise, about two hours every day (M tells me). When I wake up, we go outside for a short time. Just to smell the day. Then during the morning or the early afternoon we go for a long walk, for an hour or two. We go to the forest or the beach or both.  In the late afternoon we do a quick round before I get my dinner. And before bed, we go out again.

It depends on the kind of dog what exercise is needed. My friend Zuid for instance doesn’t run much, but she likes to do her slow round through the forest, sniffing here and there. Other dogs need to run for at least one hour every day, or dig holes (or both). The needs are different, but every dog needs exercise. Even tiny ones like Bichons or Malteses – they won’t fetch balls for you for two hours on end, but they do need to go outside and walk and play.

So what if you’d love to have a dog, but can’t give her a lot of exercise? Buy a cat. Or, and this is a good solution for human and dog: adopt an old dog. Old dogs also need exercise, but they are happy with a few lazy-just-sniffing-around walks a day. The rest of the day they can sleep next to you, on your sofa. Where to find an older dog? That is easy: in a shelter. Or through a foundation.

Dogs need exercise every day, but, you know: humans do, too. Some of them have forgotten this, they stay in their house / car / office all day. That is why they become so fat and depressed. The solution is simple: go out and exercise! Then you will get a beautiful muscular body, just like me. Who wouldn’t want that?

Guarding the beach

I had a great day, yesterday. We walked my favorite route: along the canal, through the forest to the dunes and then to the beach. M and P had a coffee at their favorite beach club and I enjoyed the view. And did some guarding, of course. That was easy, because as you can see it was very quiet:

Guarding the beach

After the coffee we returned home, through the dunes and the forest and the canal, again. There I met my friend the labradoodle (I will post her picture another time) and we ran around for some while – I love her furry coat, it is great for biting! She does this doggy dancing training, which I find hilarious. I tease her a lot about this, she gets really pissed and chases after me, haha!

Anyway, after all this walking and running I was really tired, so I slept for the rest of the afternoon. Nice.

The best beach

Hurray, I am home and the beach is still here! We went there today, I ran next to our cargobike. The path to the beach is nice too, it is lined with lots of smells (rabbits! rabbit shit! foxes!). This is what the path looks like – and me running next to the bike:

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Then we take a sharp turn to the right and we park the bike, overlooking the sea. The leash is off and I am off! Off to the beach:

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Today it was very quiet, there weren’t a lot of other dogs to play with, alas. But M and P threw ball for me, which was great. I love this beach. I think it is the best beach in the world. What is your favorite beach?

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Beauty tip

Recently I was on a different beach. There were no little crabs, alas. But there was something else and it was awesome: mud!

At first I did not know what happened when I ran to fetch the stick. My feet were slipping , black stuff was tickling between my toes. Then I discovered the endless possibilities of this new ground. I could make slidings, very long ones! Sorry, there are no pictures of the slidings, I am a very fast dog, you know. But here is one picture of me, resting in this delicious mud:

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And this is how I looked afterwards. Mud is very good for your skin, did you know that? And it smells great, too. I feel beautiful now.

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Managing rude dogs

Everyone with a good looking, muscular body can tell you you have to maintain it. So do I. It takes a lot of training to get a body like this, I can tell you. We train every day. Usually, we start here:

Grassy walk

It is near a canal and has lots of lovely smells: mice living in the grass, dead fish that lie on the shore and duck shit. One day I even found a pile of little white buns!!! I had to be quick then, because I know from earlier experience that M does not want me to eat this. Of course I outwitted her and managed to eat at least three buns before she chased me away.

After our warming up at the canal, we go to the forest. This is it:

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It is pretty, hey? There are lots of dogs there, usually, to play with. There are some mean dogs too, which I avoid. Sometimes avoiding is better than fighting, you know. Especially if they are bigger than you. Managing mean dogs is very easy, I’ll tell you how to do it. When a mean dog approaches you (head low, staring at you, backhairs standing up, sometimes even growling already – all very nasty and unmannerly) you act as if there is something very interesting next to you. You stop, turn and start sniffing. This means you are not looking at the rude dog anymore, which always takes him by surprise. Then you walk on in an airy way, sniffing here and there, still not looking at the ill-mannered dog, until you are past him. Then you turn around, laugh him in the face and run as fast as you can.

By the way: this method only works when you are a fast dog. Otherwise just keep on walking and sniffing and ignoring the rude dog, until you don’t see him anymore. Then start gossiping and post his picture on Twitter. Or, better: enlist him and his boss in a Cesar Millan training. That will teach them!

When M is busy, we go home after our walk in the forest. Sometimes, when we have more time, we walk on to the beach. This is it:

Beach

It is great. I like it even more than the forest, because I can run really fast here. Sometimes there are little crabs for eating. Usually there are a lot of other dogs, so I can fetch their balls and invite them to play with me.

After two hours or so (I know, because M tells me) we go home. I get a nice little doggy snack, a big gulp of water and I can sleep for the rest of the afternoon. Life is good.