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Mysterious woods

Our holiday is definitely turning out to be an active one. We are still in the Slovenian mountains and yesterday we made a wonderful walk in the woods. Not just some wood, but a rather mysterious one. Very different from the woods in Holland. This wood has little streams and big boulders and waterfalls. It is very lush and it smells great, it is a green smell with a touch of clear mountain water.

Lush green woods

I ran up and down the little paths and smelled the air. The game I sensed was far away, not worth chasing. So I just enjoyed the view and the wonderful smell.

Me in the woods

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I thought we were having a lazy holiday, lying in the sun and all that, but it turns out to be an active one, too! We moved from Croatia to Slovenia. It is cooler here and there are mountains! And a huge lake. M tells me it is called the lake of Bohinj. She says I was here earlier, two years ago on our first holiday together. It is a very pretty spot.

Lake Bohinj

It is a place to have really cool Adventures. We made a nice walk in the dense woods surrounding the lake. It was quite adventurous, as you can see. M and P had to climb over obstacles like this – no problem for me of course, I just jump over them. And I wait politely for M and P to follow me.

Woods of Bohinj

We also explored the lake and its small beaches by canoe! I love to travel in a canoe, I did it before, you know. I am totally relaxed on the water. I just jump in and scan the surroundings for ducks and dangers, while M and P are splashing our way over the deep waters. It was splendid.

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Four day hike

We just returned from a great Adventure. We hiked for four days in the hills of (M tells me) Germany! It was awesome. There were lots of pretty paths.

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M and P were happy and so was I. I ran over the hills.

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We walked through fields…

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And forests….

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And more fields….

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There was a field that was extremely smelly – it was full of shit! Manure, M tells me it is called. I crashed trough it. Great!

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We visited nice little towns, too. There we took small breaks. It is important to rest after and during activities, you know.

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We slept in places like this:

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Pretty, hey? I slept next to P. Cosy.

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It wasn’t all easy, though. I had to do a lot of guarding, scanning the surroundings to make sure we were safe:

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We encountered some wildlife. I chased a lot of mice, a fox and a hare. I could have caught them easily, of course. But in the end I let them all escape, because I was in a peaceful mood. I just liked to chase them.

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We encountered some strange animals, too. I found them quite disturbing because they did not behave like they should – they came to me, instead of running from me. I wasn’t too sure what to think of them. Happily there was a solid fence that protected us from these beasts.

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M tells me we walked 65 kilometers, but I don’t know what that means. I can tell we walked all day and my muscles got even stronger. Good. It was fun!

Now I need to sleep. Goodnight!

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The best workout

Thank you for reading the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living! As I told you in the prologue, this lifestyle has four key elements: exercise, food, rest and mindset. In this post I will focus on exercise.

Exercise is extremely important for a happy healthy lifestyle. We are not made to be indoors, doing nothing (or looking at these luminous devices). We are made to move! Like our predecessors some thousand years ago. Nothing changed much in our bodies and our brains since those times. Doing what you are naturally made for makes you happy and healthy. That is the essence of my training method. It is simple, really.

Our predecessors had to hunt and gather to get food. Some lucky humans and canines still live this way, they work together in order to get their dinner. But most of us don’t do this anymore. Humans and canines got lazy as a consequence. And fat. And unhappy. So humans invented workouts and fitness programs. With schedules and do’s and don’ts and tools and clothes. Most of them are pretty expensive. And boring.

When you live according to the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living, you can skip all this fitness-program-stuff. You do not have to go to some cramped fitness studio to workout with loads of other sweating humans. You do not have to buy gear and odd looking clothes. In my training method you work with what is around you. Meaning things natural. This is my method, in five comprehensible steps:

1. Put on some practical, easy-to-wear clothes.

2. Call your dog and go out. If you do not have a dog: how sad. Adopt one. In the meantime: go out on your own.

3. Go to a natural place. Like a forest or the beach. If there is no such place in your surroundings, a park will do.

4. When you are there: play! Use your entire body (you want to become beautifully fit and muscular, just like me, right?). Run, walk, jump over logs, sprint, use your arms to throw things, climb into trees to surprise your dog. Maybe she will surprise you too, by climbing in after you. When you need to call the fire brigade to get you both out of the tree, you will have a great story to tell your friends!

5. Get dirty! Hence point 1. Humans are afraid to get dirty and I don’t understand why. It is great to get dirty! It makes you feel alive!

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When you do this workout, you will get in sync with what your body and mind are made for: running and playing in the wild. This will make you happy and healthy, I guarantee. Now probably some humans will ask about the training schedule. That is simple: you should do this every day, for at least one hour. Preferably in the morning, because then you can smell the new day. If you are too busy, you can do it at the end of the day. It will help you unwind and get rid of all the unhealthy stress you accumulated during the day.

A natural surrounding is essential for this workout (you want to act like your predecessors did, right?). Like a forest. It has everything you need for a good exercise. Like lots of little paths, to go walking and running.

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It is great when there are some obstacles. For jumping, climbing and hiding. And doing some pull ups, if you feel like it (I prefer push ups, though. You can do them anywhere):

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You also need things to throw, in order to train your arm and back muscles. Your dog can fetch these things (most dogs love this). If you are out there without a dog and you feel a bit awkward about doing this, just pretend your dog is somewhere out there, not listening to you (this happens a lot, so no one will notice you haven’t got a dog with you). Things to throw are abundant in the forest:

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You can use all kinds of items you can find out there: stones, logs, pine-apples or odd little things like this:

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When you do this workout, you will have loads of fun, strengthen the bond with your canine (which means instant happiness), improve your health and get strong. You will get slim, too. Just give the yummy treat you deserve after this workout to your dog, that should do the trick.

After this, you’ll need some rest. I will explain all about that in following blogs. Stay tuned!

 

 

She’s back!

Hurray, M is back! She arrived in the middle of the night, but she didn’t fool me – I smelled her arrival far in advance. We dogs have a special sensor for this, you know. We can feel when our humans are returning home. So I was waiting for her.

I am glad she is back. Although I still do not understand why she went without me – she went on a hike, of all things! I know, because she packed her hiking gear and she returned with strong legs and a pretty tan. It must have been great.

We just had a long walk in the forest and on the beach and I noticed that she is more fit than before her holiday. Although I still have to wait for her. But that is normal, because humans are very slow.

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My friend Boet tells me that sometimes our humans need some time to have adventures of their own, but I don’t understand that. I think adventures are much more grand when you have them together! Well, maybe I will understand this when I am older, like Boet.

The trouble maker

This is my friend Boss:

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.

Hiking

We went hiking! We drove to a new place, a place I had never been before. We went to a house where we had our own room for the night. We sometimes do this and I always think it very odd, because there are lots of unfamiliar smells in these rooms. M puts my bed on the floor and my water and food bowls next to it and tells me this is our home for now, but it never feels like home to me. Anyway, I knew there was an Adventure ahead when they spread this on the bed:

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It is a piece of paper and M looks at it a lot, when we are hiking. P does not, he has this black device where he looks at (a lot). The thing even talks to him, and sometimes P talks to it, too. There are certain things a dog will never understand and that is fine, I am learning as I am growing up.

So we hiked and it was nice. The woods are beautiful over there:

Beautiful woods

There were vast dunes, although no sea – for some reason all the water was gone:

In the dunes

We hiked past some houses along a quiet street. There was a traffic sign telling humans to take care and slow down, for the sake of dogs. How thoughtful!

How thoughtful

We had a great hike. The device that is talking to P showed us what we had walked. M and P really like this, so I will show it to you, for their sake. I personally think it is silly because this is not what we hiked: there is no smell and no taste and no sound to it and that is what makes a good hike.

What is even more silly: they use this device for navigation. But they don’t need navigation when they are with me! I will bring them back to our car or home anytime, they just need to tell me where they want to go. I never get lost. If I had known we were heading for our car, I would have brought them there immediately. But no, they had to figure it out themselves, with the help of the paper M carried and the device of P. That is why our hike ended up looking like this:

Our route

Not very effective, right? But well, it was a nice hike.

By the way, there was one disappointing thing: there were no squirrels, no matter how hard I looked.

Alert but no squirrels

 

Springtime

Hurray, spring is here! I can smell it in the air and the sun is warmer, too. It makes me very happy, because I like sunshine and warmth. My favorite forest, where we go take a walk several times a week, is starting to look pretty. Sometimes there are a lot of dogs and I am beware of the ones that are not to be trusted (there are some bad mannered dogs frequenting this forest), but this time it was very quiet. I had plenty of time to stroll leisurely along the paths, sniffing here and there.

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M was happy too, exclaiming she saw so much pretty flowers. I have to admit they are pretty, but it is a shame there is a fence around the field where most of them grow. Now we can’t go crash through them and that, I must say, always adds an extra zest to a pretty field of flowers.

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Wonderful winter walk

We had a wonderful winter walk this morning. The weather was fine, nice and sunny. In the shadowy spots the ground was still frozen, but where the sun had warmed the earth the ice had melted away. Which is good, because one can’t smell a lot on frozen things, even with an exceptionally sensitive nose as mine.

We walked along the canal to the forest. It turned out to be pretty busy, a lot of humans and dogs were walking there. I am a bit cautious in the forest, because sometimes I encounter bad mannered dogs in this place. So when I sense another dog, I stop and smell the air:

Winter walk 1

Gladly, there were only well mannered dogs today (for instance my friend Juna). So we got on and enjoyed the walk. It is a very pretty place:

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We walked on and gradually the forest got thinner and the sandy dunes appeared. This is a nice place, because one can see very far:

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After enjoying the view we walked on to the beach. I love the beach. When I get onto the beach I run:

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I run very fast:

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There were a lot of dogs to run and play with, which was nice. I really enjoy doing that, I like it best when I can fetch their balls. I always get there first, you know, because I am the fastest dog on the beach:

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I ran and ran and fetched balls and then we walked through the forest back to our home. It was great fun. When we got home, I went upstairs to my favorite chair and look: the sun was shining directly on it! Very nice. I will sleep the rest of the day and wake up when M has my dinner ready.

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Autumn walk

Yesterday it was really warm, so M and P decided to go on a long walk. With me, of course! They will never go walking without me, I am sure about that. M tells me that walking without a dog is like going to Disney world without kids. I wouldn’t know about that, I’ve never been to this world. It must be nice, if there are kids!

Anyway, our long walk turned out to be quite an adventure. The wood smelled very good, of dogs I don’t know and all kind of wild things. It looked pretty, too:

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I had a good time, sniffing and walking and looking for interesting stuff around me. Like fir cones and sticks and rabbits:

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Because it was warm, I got very thirsty. The water tasted different than the water at our place. A bit muddy. But that is all right when one is thirsty:

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We encountered odd little things that smelled strange. I don’t think they are for eating:

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We lunched outside, M and P shared sandwiches with me and I had a stick for dessert.

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I could not sleep, however, because when we are outside it is my job to guard M and P. I like guarding, so that is no problem.

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In the end we stopped at a strange looking place. I thought we were going back to our campervan, because that is how we went to the start of the walk. But we went in one of these:

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They are big and noisy and they go by with a swoooooooooofsh, but I was not impressed by them, as you can see. Hey, I am a cool dog! So I went with M and P into this noisy machine and sat next to them while the machine brought us back to our campervan.

It was a great day! I slept from the time we got home till this morning, dreaming of all the nice things I smelled in the woods.