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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 mouse catcher

Did you know dogs catch mice, too? Actually, we are much better at it than cats are. Well, some of us are. My friend Juna, for instance. She even made an instruction video on this subject. Most important is you have to be very fast in locating the mouse, digging it out of it’s hole and eating it (that is not in the video, alas).

Juna is a podenco style dog, she was born on the Canary Islands and travelled to Holland. So like me, she is a foreign dog. Some dogs say we are refugees, but we rather think of ourselves as expats. Because we weren’t smuggled here in a scary boat, oh no! We were flown to Holland by airplane and caring people were there to assist us. In Holland our lodgings and food and everything was arranged, the way things are arranged for expats.

This is Juna, cooling off in the water of the canal (mouse catching can make you very hot):

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Juna is very quick and she likes to hunt. Unfortunately her humans only let her run off leash at the canal, where there are just mice to catch. When she is walking in the dunes and the forest, she is always on leash. Because her humans say that when she sees a rabbit she is off chasing it and won’t listen to them anymore.

I hear this argument often from humans when their dogs don’t come when they are called. I think it is time to set this right. Because, you know: it is a misunderstanding. When a human is good to his dog, the dog will always return. Only sometimes it will take a little longer than the human wants! I’ve met dogs that return to their humans after half an hour, some  after three days. But they always return. It would be nice if humans had more faith in us….