We took a field trip to Weston Super Mare today. We haven’t been since our friend took us last time some nine years ago when Maggie was just a puppy, and we introduced her to horses being exercised on the beach.
The water is still miles away, so getting the dogs swimming was a definite no-no, but they were permitted on the beach itself and had a lot of fun chasing the seagulls and in Maggie’s case, another dog’s ball.
Actually, the owner of this very cute two year old American cocker spaniel was quite happy to throw the ball for both dogs, and Maggie was equally happy to share.
We people watched, taking note of the number and variety of dogs, all of which were sociable, playful and well behaved. Over coffees and ice cream, we relaxed and enjoyed the day, then returned to the car to fetch water for the dogs which were taking shelter from the sun under the A frame picnic table.
Bud has a proper collapsible water bowl, but Maggie is used to having her drinks out of a plastic bag. Our other dog was the same (he would never drink from a bowl when we were out), but it was lovely today as another dog owner offered us the use of his dog’s water bowl.
We then moved on into Weston itself, which was horrendously busy. We were lucky to find a place to park without having to pay the extortionate car park prices, and walked through the park to a sandwich outlet for our lunch.
Coming out of town, we were passed by over a hundred scooters, so presume there was some kind of rally on as they were everywhere and it was like being an extra in The Who’s Quadrophenia movie from the 70s.
We decided to have salad for tea, so on the way home stopped in the supermarket for cold meats etc, then did a quick detour down to the river for the dogs to have a much needed cooling dip. They had both been so good for us, they deserved a reward. Maggie was in the water like a shot, full of play and swimming to her heart’s content. Bud was in, quick dunk, shake and then out. It appears that he is used to having a long walk after his dip, but to be honest we were all too hot and drained for one.
Not to worry, both dogs are flaked so obviously content.