Every year on his birthday I take Ben for a special walk. In the past this has been to one of our favourite beaches – but this year was necessarily a little different. Daisy had a grooming appointment so she would look her prettiest for his pawty (complete with the traditional peanut butter and banana dog birthday cake), so it was the perfect opportunity to take the old fellow (he’ll be nine on Saturday – officially a senior Newfie) for a special walk.
We began with a ramble through Stockhill Wood …..
These are Forestry Commission woods, mainly planted with mature conifers, though there are some areas of mixed woodland too. Ben was feeling very happy and excited to be out by himself. He loves Daisy very much but oh, she does boss him around mercilessly. So this special birthday outing was just for him …
We took a different path to usual and he could hardly believe his eyes when he saw in front of him not the beach but ….
A LAKE!! With lovely easy access for stiff elderly legs. He didn’t hesitate for even a micro-second before heading towards the water …
And plunging in …..
He swam and swam and swam! First one way and then the other – and this, he thought, was even nicer than the sea – no pesky waves to splash his face – and no need for scrubbing and sluicing afterwards to get all the salt out of his coat ….
But all too soon it was time to come out. After all we had to collect his naughty little sister from the groomers …..
And her reaction was priceless! “You’ve been where?!?!?! And you did WHAT??!?! WITHOUT ME!!!!!”
After which, in spite of being told she was the prettiest and most nicely groomed Newfie in the whole of Somerset, she went into a mega-sulk ……
You can almost hear her thinking ….. “If Mum doesn’t take me next time, there’ll be TROUBLE!!”