I was supposed to be at Aunty Jen’s today, but me and mum had a special day on the beach. Mum said she had a big decision to make. I’m not sure why that meant we had to go to the beach, but humans are funny things.
I really liked the beach. I’ve never been there before and it smelled all strange – salty and fishy and seaweedy. And it felt really funny on my feet. The sand got stuck between my toes and the grass was much tougher than the grass in our garden.
We had to walk over these big sandy hills that mum called dunes before we saw the sea. I ran through the dunes, but mum couldn’t – she said her legs and feet aren’t as good for running on sand as mine are.
And then we saw the sea. Wow! It was big and wet and it moved all the time. I wanted to run into it but mum wouldn’t let me – I think that she was afraid it would take me away because I’m so small.
The beach was really big too. There were some dogs and children in the distance and I wanted to run and play with them, but every time I tried to go and say hello mum called me and gave me liver or turkey or bits of kibble. It was delicious.
When we walked up the beach there was more water running across the sand for me to play in. I really liked plodging in the water, but then mum said I got a bit over enthusiastic and I ran into a deep bit without looking where I was going.
I got really really wet, and then I got really cold, so mum picked me up and put me in her coat for a while. I haven’t been carried in her coat since I was a pup (I’m nearly grown up now – but don’t tell mum, she’d be really upset).
Once I’d dried off we climbed up a sand dune and mum sat while I slid down the dune and ran back up. And then I slid down the dune and ran back up again. And then I did it again. And again. And again. I’ve never seen mum laugh so much so I just kept doing it. It was so much fun! After we left the beach we stopped for mum to have tea and cake. We sat outside in the sun and I had to sit nice and calmly while mum ate her cake.
Mum seems much happier now. She said she’s made her decision and it means we can have lots more days on the beach, and we might even go to different beaches. I can’t wait.