I haven’t done one of these for a while, but Maggie and I set out at 8am and it was so lovely, I walked a little further than I would normally do first thing.
As expected a lot of people were out walking their dogs, and I met up with a guy who had a shar pei, with a tail. I’m always pleased to see the usually ‘docked’ breeds with their tails as apart from medical reasons or if they’re working dogs that tend to burrow in undergrowth or warrens, I can see no need to remove them.
We chatted for a while, but I was dubious about his dog’s temperament to be honest as it started growling and lunged at Maggie, which of course put her on the defensive.
There was no punch up though and he said she was bouncy and wanted to play most of the time, getting vocal if she didn’t get her own way.
‘Shush you!’ he said to it, to which I answered
‘No, Shar Pei, not Shih Tzu’. (I’m quick today).
We both laughed and he carried on his way.
The beach was glorious, and I took this walking down toward the clubhouse around ten past 8.
Our ‘favourite post’ was still under water as the tide was in and the steps are still revealed.
A young lady was sitting on them with her dog, and had one of those vapour thingies so I kept away as I find them more smoky than cigarettes.
Coming back, it was a pleasure to see so many dogs having fun on the beach with their owners. One lady seemed to be training her collie which was darting about all over the place and bouncing up to her for reward.
It’s hard to believe that this picture was taken only half an hour after my first!