We Labra-Dawgs don’t sulk. We are like forever happy! So keeping in tune with our character, we decided the best thing to do would be to reminisce about one we enjoyed earlier.
When I say we I mean me- Ginger, Mummy and Daddy. Buddy hadn’t yet come to live with us when we went on this trip I want to tell you about.
This holiday was really special for me, because I saw the Sea for the very first time.
We live pretty far away from the coastline and though we all love water, it isn’t possible for us to go on these trips frequently.
So this trip was extra special.
It was morning when we reached our beach. We had been travelling all night and were pretty tired. So when Mummy said ‘We are here, Gin-gin’, I was relieved.
‘Oh, Thank dog, I can catch up on my sleep now’, I thought. My eyelids were drooping!
But as soon as she let me down from the car, I could smell something very different in the air.
I was super excited now, I’d never smelt something like this. So many pee-mails, all so different! And what is with the ground? Sand and sand and more sand everywhere. My paws sank in and I made Mummy laugh because I was walking funny!
And then I saw it….that vast stretch of water, gurgling and whoosing, and the never ending sand for miles!
I rushed in, all wobbly and funny till suddenly this huge wave came rolling towards me.
My Gosh! I stepped back, a little scared.
The sand now felt firmer, the water cold and I tested it marching up and down along the waterline. Mummy and Daddy found all this rather funny.
Daddy went straight to the sea, beckoning me to follow him.
'What? You are not even going to change? What about breakfast? And can’t you see how tired and sleep-deprived I am?'
But no amount of doleful pleading could cover up my apprehension.
And can you believe it?
Daddy actually carried me, a labradudette, and jumped into the sea!!!
‘The indignity’, I thought, wriggling, protesting!
(Swimming lessons in the sea)But then, the moment we hit the water, my apprehension was gone.
And I discovered what the sea was all about.
We had friends with us. Mummy and Daddy’s human friends and their Labradude Mogli and Labradudette Krazy.
Krazy and Mogli had been to the sea earlier and were used to the waves. They too helped me get over my trepidation.
As the hours passed, I slowly understood why Mummy loves the sea so much.
We had fun- running in the sand, digging for shells, finding crabs and watching the fisherman bringing in their boats full of freshly caught fish.
(Krazy and Me)
(Cooling off with daddy)
(Finally!Lounging...watchin the sea)
(Who's browner? Didn't know a Labradudette can get tanned!)
(See that pile on the left? That is just ONE fishing net!)
(The fishermen,hauling in their boat)
In the evening, we took long walks on the shore, testing the water bare-paw, feeling the cool breeze and taking in the soothing sound of the waves rolling.
The sea brings out the poet in you, makes you feel in tune with nature. But since I am no good at poetry, I need to borrow someone else’s words to tell you what I could feel.
‘I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by’.
It was too short a trip, if you ask me. Just two days. Mummy says we will go back, this time with Buddy. The athelete that he is, he sure would love to run on the beach and swim against the waves.