I currently get to have Dylan around 50% of the time…it will never be enough as he’s such joyous company. So 50% of the time I’m missing him.
There’s no such thing as ‘just’ a dog, he’s a family member.
I’ll always chose to be a dog’s human. It’s a lovely job, and I thrive on the lifestyle of getting outside, everyday, whatever the weather. Collies never turn down a walk even when it’s dark, bleak, and minus degrees he’ll be bouncing by the door ready to go. Somehow, getting home after a long slog in the rain on a cold day feels like an accomplishment – we made it! – and can set me up for the day. This was especially apparent when recently walking down from a coastal ridge in 50mph winds, which lifted Dylan from the ground if he skipped (he likes skipping). But together, the three of us made it to the beach.
I’m clearly leaving out the amount of mud, sand and leaves Dylan regularly accumulates in his double coat, and the rolling, nay diving into cow/sheep/dog poo or dead rotting animal. And, the shaking! Oh the shaking! Because all of that is heavily outweighed by the pleasure of walking with him. Of knowing him. Of cuddling him. His massive smile and sense of adventure.
It’s 7 years since we collected Dylan. A superbly adorable ball of energy. That makes it 6.5 years since he consistently returned to a whistle call – which sounds like nothing, but it was a big big moment. And 6(ish) years since the words sit, stay, wait, leave, and down all started meaning the same things to us both.
So Dylan and I are doing a #photoaday from a #dylanseyeview
Having just returned from Dorset I’m amazed by the genuinely dog-friendliness of the pubs we visited. The same can be found in Northumberland. I recommend websites Doggie Pubs and Alistair Sawday Special Places for great places to eat and stay that are genuinely happy to meet your dog and have him stay.
This TED animation about how dogs seeing with their noses is brilliant! I’m looking forward to viewing the world from his point of view over the next 363 days.