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Beach life

I love the beach. We have it very near our house, so we go there almost every day. I love the spaciousness of it, I love sensing the silky sand underneath my feet, how soft it is and yet hard enough to give me a solid grip when I press my feet down to jump really high. I love the fresh water of the ocean to cool me down after some thorough running.

There are a lot of things I love to do on the beach. Like running, playing with other dogs, digging deep holes and fetching ball. When I am lucky there are seagulls for chasing. When I am even more lucky, there are funny little birds I do not know the name of. They are small, like little balls, they have very short legs but they can run so fast one does not see the legs anymore. Of course I am faster. Too bad they can fly.

No matter what the weather is like: the beach is always the best place to go.

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Challenging nature

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:

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I am very good at testing gravity, too:

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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:

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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!

Nice little morning walk

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:

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We walked to the small beach near the jetty, which is a great place for investigating. It has nice views, too.

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Then we went to the big beach, where I did some relaxed running.

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And made an effort in digging a huge hole for my brand new squeaky ball.

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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.

Lucky me!

Most days are good, but some days are even better. I was on the beach, fetching ball. However, after a while we came to a part of the beach with loads of nice smelly things. Of course I had to discover what it was – it turned out to be a few crabs, already eaten alas, and one dead fish. Anyway I lost focus on the ball and another dog took it.

Little fish!

I didn’t mind, really, because at that moment I found the fish more alluring. But humans tend to attach to stuff, including balls. I witnessed some angry argument between two humans earlier, because the dog of one of them had stolen the ball of the other dog. Not M, mind you, she won’t get angry over something trivial like that. She has no need: we possess loads of balls, because I find a lot of them for her.

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The human of the dog who stole my ball, however, did not know this. Apparently his dog steals balls often, because this human immediately came up with a clever solution: he offered another ball to M. M accepted graciously. After a while, when I had lost my interest in the fish, she threw it for me. When I caught it, I had a most wonderful surprise. It was a squeaky ball! My favorite! What a great trade-in. Lucky me!

The art of fetching ball

Most dogs love to fetch balls. I have been thinking about this – I like it too, I like it a lot, but why? Sometimes I muse about things like this, when I am snoozing in my favorite chair.

When we dogs fetch balls, we experience a lot of different emotions and feelings. First there is anticipation. The human takes the ball into its hand and we focus on that: we see the ball, we know what is coming, we feel our muscles straining, ready for action. It is the sheer joy of knowing a human will throw a ball for us.

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Then the moment is there: the ball leaves the hand of the human and flies through the air. This is when we start running, but not at full speed immediately. At least, that is how I do it. I run and look at the ball at the same time. I make sure I follow the orbit of the ball, adjusting my speed to the speed of the ball. While running, I calculate where it will come down. I enjoy the wind on my coat and in my ears, I feel the ground under my feet, I spread my toes for optimal balance and power. I experience all these sensations at the same time, which makes it thrilling.

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When I have figured out where the ball will land, I accelerate. I love to use all the strong muscles in my body. I race towards the spot where the ball comes down, because I want to catch it before it hits the ground. I am most peculiar about this: the best way to do ball-fetching is catching it in the air. I want to do the same with pigeons, but so far they are flying too high – pity.
I stretch my long legs and jump.

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Then, when I have catched the ball, another part of the play begins. My muscles relax a little, because full speed is not required anymore. I feel the gritty texture of the ball in my mouth – mostly we play this game on the beach, so there is always some sand involved. I turn around and face my human and I start running back to her, fast but not too fast. This is the moment when I enjoy the feeling of fulfillment: I have got the ball, I catched it flying, it is totally mine. Sometimes I savour this moment a bit longer, by digging a hole and burying the ball in it.

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Then I take it out and bring it back to my human. And we start all over again (that is why I bring it back)!
All this: the anticipation, the speed, the part where we need to calculate which way the ball is going, the joy of catching it… all this is why we love to fetch balls.

Beach

We just returned from the beach and it was awesome. It has been storming all night, so the sea was rough and the air was clean. I did not meet any friends, M and I were alone. So we played ball and I ran.

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Every dog loves the beach. The space, the vastness… no matter rain or sunshine or storm, it is always very nice to be there. Running on the beach is a great way to start the day!

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I had a great morning. The sun was shining, it was as warm as springtime. Although of course it is autumn, the air smells of old leaves and earth.

We went to the beach and P and M threw ball for me. My favorite ball, the one with a hole in the middle. Great for catching.

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I am not only the fastest dog on the beach; I can jump pretty high, too. I just stretch my long body and push myself with my hind legs, up.  Easy.

Priorities

Sometimes I really do not understand humans. For instance: they seem to sort their priorities in the wrong way. I thought priorities were the same for humans, dogs and all other animals alike:

1. Food

2. Shelter

3. Happiness

The first two are straightforward, you can direct all your energy to obtain those two. When you have them, you can go to number 3: happiness. I think happiness is the same for humans and dogs, too: being healthy, feeling energetic, being with the ones you love, enjoying the warmth of the sun, being outdoors, feeling connected. We all like that, it makes us happy.

So why is it that humans do so many other things, stuff they do not really like, when they already fulfilled the three top priorities? Take M and P. We have a nice and warm house and food every day. They look happy to me, most of the time. Of course, one has to invest in keeping food, shelter and happiness, so that takes some time. However, they spend lots of time on things that do not contribute to obtaining food, shelter or happiness. They sit behind these luminous devices for hours and hours every day and talk into these black boxes. They fuss about catching the train to get to their appointments on time. All these things have nothing to do with obtaining food, shelter or happiness. So why do they do it?

It would be so much better for them if they would take me as an example. We could have a big breakfast, go out together (the three of us) and when we are back home again we could sleep in the sun. When we wake up, we have some snacks, another nice walk and play and then we can snooze again. That would be nice!

M tells me sometimes there are conflicting priorities and you have to sort them out. I understand that, we dogs have this too. For instance when we are out fetching balls and another dog wants to play with us. Like this:

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Then we decide what to do: continue to gnaw on the ball, or play with the other dog. We take this decision in a nanosecond. We dogs are very good at quickly sorting our priorities, getting them right. I think humans can learn a lot from us.

 

Private beach

I hardly ever do this:

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Lie down on the beach, I mean. But today it was so quiet, M and I had the beach all for ourselves! I had to experience what it is like, to lie down on a private beach. I know my friend from Switzerland, Hubert, has his own private beach in Saint Tropez, so I was wondering what it feels like. Apart from kind of cold (but maybe that is different in Saint Tropez) I thought it nice, but also a bit lonely. Happily M had this device with her, so I could run very fast to fetch the ball. But it is nicer to run with other dogs and fetch their balls.

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I must admit I was very lazy this week. I felt a bit moody and not like doing anything. Of course I had to go out with M or P, they need their exercise. They even go out when it is raining – I don’t know why. I told them time and again we can stay indoors when it is pouring, like it did a lot this week, but they do not seem to understand. Maybe they like walking in the rain.

Today it is a sunny day and we just returned from the beach. M and I walked a long way and I drained all the laziness from my long limbs by running ultrafast. M brought this magical device with her:

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When she has this with her, her arms get tremendously strong and she throws the ball very very far! I like that. I wait for her to throw it and then I run like hell, looking up to the sky where the ball is going. Usually I catch it before it hits the ground. When I am doing this, I do not want to play or sniff the sand, I even run past little crabs (although I remember where they are, so I can eat them along the way when I run back to M).

So I had a good time on the beach. Besides from fetching the ball I met a friend, his name is Luca. I like playing with him, although sometimes he is a bit pushy. In that case I show my teeth and he backs off. I also met Lana, a former stray dog from Spain. We always measure forces when we meet. Today we found out we are both still strong. After this I ran some more.

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Now we are home again. I will rest in the sun and enjoy the feeling that my laziness left me.