Dog & I Finally Go For A Walk…

This afternoon, Lady and I actually made it out the front door and went for a walk along the beach, finally snatching hold of the remains of the uncharacteristically brilliant sunshine. It was a perfect day, and yet we almost missed it. Moreover, if I’d checked the weather forecast for the coming week earlier, I’d have pressed the eject button much sooner and soaked up more of those rays. It’s still Winter Down Under. Yet, today the temperature reached a high of 26°C or 78°F. As it turns out, most of next week it will be rainy and overcast. So, just when I was going to get back into my fitness regime, I’ll be stuck indoors. Typical! Anyway, Spring is on its way and soon I’ll be complaining about the heat.


Still, I’m chuffed we got to the beach at all. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been struck down by a weird virus which has brought on sinus trouble and extreme fatigue. I’ve been sooo tired and sleeping most of the day, although I’ve also managed to read half of Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist. So, it appears  my eyes and mind were at least getting some exercise, while the rest of my body crashed out.

However, while Lady and I made it to the beach and had our walk, the pups were not so lucky. I had tried unsuccessfully to recruit our daughter to come with us so we could take all three. However, she’d returned from the snow yesterday and is exhausted. Our son was glued to his games. Besides, the other leads had gone missing and I blame my frenzied clean-up for burying them, which might not make a lot of sense to some of you, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty who understand. Life is chaos.

Bilbo with ball

Bilbo appropriating another dog’s ball.

Speaking of walking the dogs, how do they know I’m thinking of taking them for a walk before I’ve even got he lead? The plastic bag? All it takes is seeing that pair of shoes and socks. Yet, they don’t seem to go crazy every time they see me put on the shoes. I’m sure they know the difference. They know when there’s a walk at sake, and when there’s not. By the way, I should also point out that I’m now very haphazard and unstructured about their walk times. I made that mistake with our last dog, Bilbo and he just developed expectations. Expectations aren’t a good thing for a Border Collie to have. They’re sheepdogs and they’ll round you up to ensure their expectations are met. Hence, it pays  to have no routine, no consistency and to break just about every rule in the parenting text book to get some peace and quiet. I’m sure they have ESP. I kid you not.

Lady swimming

I hope you like the photo of her royal scruffiness emerging from the surf. She loves swimming almost as much as sniffing and I just have to hope their isn’t a dead anything on the beach because she not only rolls in it but rubs it right into the fur follicles so it won’t come out. She might be called Lady, but she can be rather uncouth at times.

Beach Sunset

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed joining us for a trip to the beach. Have you been for any walks lately? Please share in the comments below.

Best wishes,


PS These photos were taken with my phone and I can really notice a difference in quality to the Nikon SLR.


10 thoughts on “Dog & I Finally Go For A Walk…

  1. pensitivity101

    It’s in the breed isn’t it Rowena. Maggie is half border collie half springer spaniel and you can almost set your watch by her for walks. Tells are
    Turning off/closing our laptops
    Hubby swinging his legs off the settee and reaching for his support stockings
    Me standing up.
    Closing the windows
    and that’s before we’ve even got out of the lounge!!
    Wouldn’t be without her though, even though she’s a pain sometimes (bless)
    Nice to have the beach handy like us, yes?

  2. Rowena Post author

    I love being so close to the beach and the water, but it’s also amazing to have that vastness of space when you look out to sea. It’s so different from being cramped into a concrete jungle. I also had a bit of fun recently when I realized that when you head head from here, you end up in Chile. That certainly is a vast expanse of ocean!
    Best wishes,

  3. IreneDesign2011

    Your dog looks so happy for the walk a the swim, Rowena 😀
    My Odin does also know, when it is time for walks. This changes by the year, as it gets more early dark in the winter and it is too hot early in the summer. But he knows me well enough to see the signs for preparing for the walk too. Partly shephard too.

  4. maxwellthedog

    Max sends his affection and a couple of awoos to his dear friend Lady about whom we haven’t much of late. Wonderful to see the lovely pup (and a great Bilbo photo for memories) enjoying a sea side romp. Max, too, was at the beach frequently over the past couple of weeks as we road tripped the northwest portion of the US. The clean up afterwards, even for a Malt-sized canine, can be fearsome. Plus…mmmm…wet dog smell!

  5. Rowena Post author

    Lady sends a big woof to Max. She’s been missing him. I’ve been writing less about the dogs and general happenings arund here this year while I was beavering away on the book project. However, that was put on hold during my 50th birthday celebrations and I need to get back to it soon even if part of me feels like ditching it. Too much work. A l;ot more work than I’d thought.
    I don’t know if you’re blogging more these days but I’ll pop round now and catch up.
    Best wishes,

  6. Tails Around the Ranch

    Looks like a beautiful walk-about. Sam in particular is spot on whenever he senses I’m about to leave the house. It’s heartbreaking to disappoint him when I’m going out in the middle of the hot day where he’d not be happy in quick time. Hope you are able to find those leads next week while it’s rainy. 🤞🏼

  7. maxwellthedog

    The silly dog blog is a bit more active with the recent round of road trips stories but in the past it has never suffered from a regular posting schedule and won’t in the future either. 🙂 Lady stories are always welcome!

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