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To-do list

Although dogs live in the present, we do like to dream of wonderful things. So I made a list of my things-to-do. I like thinking up lists when I am snoozing in the sun. Lists of my favorite food and things that make me happy (which is the same thing, mostly).

Of course this list is an ongoing process, lets call this one my to-do list 1.0. I hear it is actually called a bucket list, although I do not understand what a bucket has got to do with it.

This is it:

1. Catching a pigeon (and eating it).

2. Finally attacking the Enemy, the dogs living next door. Their energy is so bad. And they are way too often trespassing my territory. I can’t wait to teach them a lesson.

3. Eating my favorite pizza.

4. Hunting antilope in Arabia, like the Salukis do.

5. Playing a part in a movie, with a very famous human (M says I have to choose George Clooney). Okay, I’ll be honest: I do not really want to do this, it seems kind of boring to me (sorry Mr. Clooney). But if I do, I can finally stop Hester bragging about her moviestar career.

6. The sun shining every day, making it at least 25 degrees Celsius. Preferably 30 degrees. From the moment  I wake up and get out of my snoozebag, till the time I go to bed.

7. A snoozebag on every floor in our house. And one in the campervan.

8. Fresh energy for my friend Zuid, so she will be young again and we can chase pigeons together.

9. An awesome ferocious Dobermann as a boyfriend, to show off on the beach. Or a proud Saluki. I can’t choose. Right: two boyfriends. We’ll all go to the beach, together! Then Boss can come, too.

 

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A walk every day

When I get bored, I do some websurfing. I like sites about cats and rabbits and dogs and food.  I notice that on dog websites humans ask a lot of stupid questions about dogs. One of them: do dogs need to walk every day?

Do humans like to be locked up in a house or garden all day long? Of course not. Neither do we. Dogs have a lot of energy and we need our exercise. Running around in the same yard every day is not enough, because it is boring. We dogs like to sniff around and do our own research, outside the fences of a yard:

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I get a lot of exercise, about two hours every day (M tells me). When I wake up, we go outside for a short time. Just to smell the day. Then during the morning or the early afternoon we go for a long walk, for an hour or two. We go to the forest or the beach or both.  In the late afternoon we do a quick round before I get my dinner. And before bed, we go out again.

It depends on the kind of dog what exercise is needed. My friend Zuid for instance doesn’t run much, but she likes to do her slow round through the forest, sniffing here and there. Other dogs need to run for at least one hour every day, or dig holes (or both). The needs are different, but every dog needs exercise. Even tiny ones like Bichons or Malteses – they won’t fetch balls for you for two hours on end, but they do need to go outside and walk and play.

So what if you’d love to have a dog, but can’t give her a lot of exercise? Buy a cat. Or, and this is a good solution for human and dog: adopt an old dog. Old dogs also need exercise, but they are happy with a few lazy-just-sniffing-around walks a day. The rest of the day they can sleep next to you, on your sofa. Where to find an older dog? That is easy: in a shelter. Or through a foundation.

Dogs need exercise every day, but, you know: humans do, too. Some of them have forgotten this, they stay in their house / car / office all day. That is why they become so fat and depressed. The solution is simple: go out and exercise! Then you will get a beautiful muscular body, just like me. Who wouldn’t want that?

My godmother

Today I’d like you to meet Zuid. She is more than a friend, she is my godmother. When I first came to my new home, Zuid was there. I had never been without other dogs in my life, so M thought it wise to have Zuid along when I arrived. Zuid is living with friends of M and P and they were glad to lend her out for this noble purpose.

She is everything you can wish for in a godmother. She is sweet, she let me jump on her and bite her in the ears and sleep next to her. Like this:

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As you can see, I really appreciated her being there. She made me feel at home pretty quickly. Now that I have grown up, I am not allowed to bite her in the ears anymore, but she is still sweet. She plays and runs with me, although she is having trouble catching up. When she is too far behind I wait for her, so I can jump on her when she arrives. Oh, and in the forest we like to chase pigeons. If it is a very juicy pigeon, she is sometimes almost as fast as I am.

Sometimes we go to the beach together. Since she can’t walk that far from our home, we go by bike. I don’t let many dogs into my cargobike, but Zuid is allowed to (so is Hester and Boet). This is how we travel:

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P.S. I am not looking at the camera, because I spotted a pigeon.