After a blazing hot Christmas Day, when we had to sponge poor Loki & Jontay down with cold water throughout the day, we decided that a trip to the beach today (Boxing Day) would be a good idea, as we have been wanting to check out this particular beach for some years now! (it's wonderful how having a large breed pup back in the family galvanises one into action & we are fortunate to have lots of rivers & several beaches within relatively easy driving distance). Not quite as hot today, but still uncomfortable, so we decided against taking little Jontay, who gets very anxious on car journeys, & the beach is a 45 minute drive from where we live. Loki, on the other hand, seems very happy to go wherever we go.
We headed off to the beach mid-afternoon, when it was a bit cooler. Loki seemed to love the feel of sand beneath his feet, as we climbed over the dunes & came to a large flat area. He took off at high speed, but as we had him on a 28foot long trainer lead, he didn't get too far. I really would have loved to have let him off-leash, but he is just five months old & this was unfamiliar territory, & we have only done off-leash in our local park, so was not prepared to risk losing him. The sky overhead was brilliant blue with white clouds, but not too far away, the sky was dark.
We walked up a sand track through some more dunes, with Loki excitedly climbing up them, sniffing at bits of driftwood & wild succulent beach flowers ....& one or two unsavory things. Then suddenly the ocean opened out ahead of us. Not too many people on the beach, but Loki met up with some children, & a couple of dogs ....a Siberian Husky which didn't look too friendly, & a fox terrier which desperately wanted to come over & play with him.
We took him down to the water's edge & it was so funny to see him leaping up in the air as the waves lapped gently around his feet, & then he would go into play mode, with his bottom sticking up in the air, & bounce around. I had forgotten to take my camera, but my DH took photos with his phone, so hopefully I will be able to post some below. We spent a few minutes frolicking in the waves, & then my DH said he could hear thunder. He had just started doing a video of Loki prancing about, when the heavens opened up above us. Within seconds, we were hurrying back to the car in a torrential downpour of rain. As the car was parked some distance away, & we had to climb uphill through sandy dunes, our progress was less than fast, but Loki seemed to be enjoying the whole experience. We arrived back at the car absolutely drenched & we had no towels to dry Loki or ourselves down with. So we did the drive back home with our clothes moulded wetly to us ....Loki promptly went to sleep & didn't wake up until we reached home. Then we rushed indoors & dried him off & changed into dry clothes. Loki seemed totally happy about it all & enjoyed a hearty (late) lunch before having another snooze.
This is definitely a place we plan to return to often, with Loki & our Gordon Setter boy who will join us in three days.