I am very excited, because M and P are packing. Books, food and hiking gear: everything is stowed in our new campervan. We will probably leave very soon! Of course I will keep you posted about our Adventures. It will be great, I am sure of that. This will be my fourth big long summer holiday – what, do you think I can not count because I am a canine? Don’t be silly, every dog can count. Why else do you think we are annoyed when you only give us one (1) cookie?
Anyway, these big long summer holidays are always great. Last year we enjoyed the hot weather in Croatia, which was very relaxing:
We had some great Adventures too, like canoeing on an awesome lake:
The year before that we had a great time in the mountains:
And the year before that I was still a puppy, having my very first Adventures with M and P. We went biking!
I am big enough now to run next to the bike, so I will do that. I don’t fit into this basket anymore, anyway. It was already a bit cramped when I was little, as you can see.
Who knows where I will go next? I’ll let you know!
All right, so I finally got the holiday feeling. I gave up on the guarding, at least: I don’t guard the path that is between the stony beach and our camper van anymore. It is way too busy to guard. I decided to guard our spot and that’s it. When someone enters our spot, I will chase him away. Maybe they think they can enter our camper van because I am sleeping, but they are dead wrong on that. I can go from totally relaxed to utterly mean in a split second. Every dog can. I guess most burglars know that, so they will not enter a camper van with a dog sleeping in front of it.
Anyway, it is okay like this. I can do some napping, preferably in the sun. It is hot here. Nice!
We are on a pretty campsite near the sea and our spot is, how shall I call it… challenging. From a guarding perspective, that is. This is what it looks like where we are now, this is the view from our camper van:
You can see the sea, some islands in the distance, a few boats. Between the stony beach and our camping spot there is a path. It usually is a very busy path, with lots of humans walking and cycling by. Some have dogs. There even is a bad mannered black cat lurking around here. You can imagine I am very busy because M and P chose this spot. I have to guard all day. It is tiring. I mean: I am on holiday too! I would like to rest! Jeez. I hope they will pick a more quiet spot on our next campsite.
We are still in Croatia and we moved from the inland (truffle country) to the sea. That means we are in squid territory now! I was hoping to get the change to eat new things this holiday and I am glad M and P honoured my wishes. This is what we eat here:
M and P like it very much and they share it with me. It is grilled squid and it tastes de-li-cious.
I thought it might be a good idea to help M and P a bit, by catching some squid myself. I was planning to do some squid hunting, I am sure there are lots of squids in the sea here. So I looked very carefully into the deep waters. I saw one, but it was very little so not worth getting wet all over.
In the end I did not find a juicy squid that was big enough. Too bad. It turns out to be an easier option for M and P to buy grilled squid in a restaurant and share it with me. Well, at least I tried.
We travelled a bit farther and now we are in another country, M says it is called Croatia. I was a bit sad when we left pizza country, but it turns out they have pizza here, too! And a lot of other, also very tasteful stuff. M tells me the region we are in now is Istria and Istria is known for its splendid food. Like game, cheese and truffles. And raw ham, a bit like the ham they have in Italy. It tastes wonderful, I can tell you. This is what I ate yesterday:
All right, I’ll be honest: it is what M ate. But I got a big part of it! It is cheese with truffles, truffle spread on bread and prsut, the Istrian ham. Delicious.
Truffles are a kind of mushroom and they grow underground. Here they have special dogs to find them. I met some of them today, when we were taking a walk. They are trained to find truffles, which isn’t too hard because you can smell a truffle from miles afar. At least, I can and so do these dogs. Did you ever smell a truffle? Not a very subtle odor, you must agree. Anyway, these dogs find the truffles for their humans, just like hunting dogs find game. Only truffles don’t run away, so it is much easier to do.
The walk we made was nice. The town where we are now is very old. It smells of cats and humans and truffles.