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Forest bliss

What can I say. Woods, little paths, a myriad of smells, little woodland things that tickle between my toes. Bliss!

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I slept a little extra for a few days, recovering from my holiday with Nicoline. Holidays with her and her pack are nice, but strenuous like a bootcamp. A bootcamp for a week! So I was tired. But not anymore. I am ready for some running in the woods and on the beach!

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Old lady

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.

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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.

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Which is a good thing, especially with old friends.

 

 

Rude dogs, lazy humans

I find it amazing how silly humans can be. Some humans, I mean. Especially humans with bad mannered dogs. Where I live there are some areas where dogs are allowed to run off leash: the forest and the beach. In Holland everything is very orderly, there are designated areas and rules for everything. I don’t know why, but when you don’t comply you get a fine and that means less money to spend on dog cookies. Which, of course, is bad news. So M complies with these rules and I agree with her, concerning the cookie-consequence.

Anyway, we go to these dog-off-leash-zones a lot. And sometimes we meet bad mannered dogs there, running off leash too. When we are harassed by such a dog and our human tells the human with the bad mannered dog she doesn’t like that, she often gets the reply “this is an off leash zone, so my dog can do as he pleases”. Truly, that is the answer we get a lot. Amazing, isn’t it? As if an off-leash-zone means you can do anything you like! As if it is not their concern that other humans and dogs are being bothered by their dog.

I find this very strange. And very unwise, too, from the point of the bad mannered dog and his human. Humans usually end up in an argument when this happens, but we dogs don’t do arguments. We strike. Not the shy and polite dogs, they will hide behind their human. But dogs like me, we don’t accept it when another dog annoys us. Especially when I am with my friends, the bandidos. When a human is too lazy to discipline his mean dog, we will. We actually like doing it, so I hope we will meet one again soon.

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Hazard free jogging

This blog is about humans. Humans jog, they don’t run – look at their pace! They are slow. That is not running. Dogs run.

Yesterday M was talking to a jogger we met on the beach. They discussed what to do when a dog reacts aggressive towards a jogger. It wasn’t about me, I never do that, of course I don’t! P and I go jogging together so I know what it is like. But some dogs do chase joggers.

The guy told M he had heard that when a dog growls at you and snaps at your legs, you have to confront him. You have to look him in the eye and shout at him to go away. Well…. I was relieved M told him this is a bad idea. When you do this, some dogs will back off, but the nasty ones will think you challenge them and they’ll attack you. I don’t think humans who like jogging consider dog wrestling part of their exercise (although it could be an interesting form of cross-training).

So what should you do? The solution is simple:  slow down to a walking pace. Never look the dog in the eye, but relax, walk on and pretend you are enjoying your walk. When there is some distance between you and the dog, start jogging again.

I know some humans hate to slow down when doing their exercise, but hey, it is a small effort compared to having to go to the doctor because a dog bit you. And by the way, slowing down gives you the opportunity to enjoy your surroundings. You can look at the sky and the beautiful trees around you! That is good for your health, too!

And yes, I know some humans will get angry because it is not their fault they meet a dog that does not behave correctly towards joggers. They’ve got a point. But in the real world, what are the options? You can stop and start arguing with the human of the bad mannered dog, but that won’t solve your problem and will probably not convince the human to go to a proper dog training (some humans never learn). I think this is a waste of time, so I’d suggest to all the joggers who read this: apply the simple solution I just gave you.

Oh, and there is something else. It is obvious but I’ll mention it anyway because sometimes humans can be really silly: do not go jogging in a dog park or on the dog beach when you are not comfortable with dogs. You might meet us.

Friends on the beach