The things we do for our children eh! In our case, our children are our dogs. Today I have Nico, our Dalmatian at home with me. It is a bleak spring morning – drizzle and reasonably cold for October with snow forecast for the mountain ranges. I’m happy enough inside attending to inside jobs but I am getting the look……. someone is bored……..it is quite uncanny being stared at by a dog!
Ok, you win. I change into wet weather clothing – ie quick drying, grab a rain jacket and a trusty pair of gumboots (rubber rain boots) and we head down to the beach. Now someone is happy, racing me to the start of the bush track that leads us to the beach.
It’s actually not too bad down on the beach – no real wind so no cold blast going through you as you walk along. Definitely wet though – that constant stream of drizzle but at least it isn’t pouring, driving rain.
Nico is happy fossicking amongst the driftwood and stones and I manage to get him to expel some energy chasing stones along the beachfront. A slight of hand and he doesn’t actually see where they go but is happy enough to run and try to find them.
Good enough, we’re wet and we’re exercised, time to head back up to the house. Now I think this was actually his plan all along – the towel dry – he LOVES to be towel dried. Sits very regal like while you give him a good run down. Happy boy now, curled up back inside in the dry and the warm – sleep time……..
Jan and Nico are lucky enough to live at Breakers, a boutique accommodation on the Punakaiki coastline – beachfront so easy access to the remote Nine Mile beach. Check out their website or other blog postings for things to see and do while visiting the West Coast.