Let’s talk to the animals..

Lovely dog

In the early morning down on the beach, along the promenade and in the park there is a wonderful collection of our furry friends starting their day with joy.

Bella, who has seen it all, ambles along as her Dad greets everyone. He used to share his home so that the local dogs had somewhere to stay when their families went away on holiday. He knows everyone and the dogs fly across to say ‘Hello’ to him. They never forget and the joy in him as he bends to greet them is special to see and as Buddy burst through the trees to find him this morning, I swear she was flying.

Furry friends greet each other and start to run and play instinctive games as they share balls and chase each other around trees. If you listen carefully you can hear them talking to each other.

Chief the lurcher, with a Dad barely awake, comes straight in for a cuddle. He is a wonder as he winds his body around mine and rests his head against my waist, looking up and saying ‘Gone on stroke me, you know you want too’. I stroke his head as I talk to his Dad, who affectionately calls Chief a ‘love sponge’, which is a perfect description.

Shadow is part wolf and floats through us all. He sees and catches moments that pass others by and when you look into his eyes there are many worlds there. He ‘bear hugs’ with his front paws and you need to stand rock solid to be with him.

This is their time and it’s a privilege to share it with them.

I finished work the other evening and went out to post some letters. I walked back the long way round by the beach and sat for a while with my friends on the ‘Old Boy’s Bench’ as it’s known locally. Zac the border collie had just lost his ball on the beach and was sitting rather forlornly under the bench. While we all nattered about the tides, nature and life, the sun set and the gulls took to the sky. Zac had a flash of inspiration and found a lolly stick. I managed to throw that stick for an hour for him to fetch before it gave up the ghost.

As night drew in we all parted and walked up our streets for home and the air was filled with ‘Good night’, ‘Sweet dreams’, ‘Sleep well’ and ‘Catch you soon’.

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23 Responses to “Let’s talk to the animals..”


  1. 1 frederick anderson July 26, 2016 at 5:13 am

    A day in the life – wonderful! I wish Honey was a sociable. Today she was accosted by a Staffy pup that was full of play, and she did put up with him for a bit before she gave that ‘enough’ growl. Honey is a rescued blonde Labrador. Actually, I think we rescued her owners, but we still love her, for all her insecurities.

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  2. 3 dgkaye July 23, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Lovely little trip you took us with you on Jane. Thanks for the warm and fuzzies. ❤

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  3. 6 clarepooley33 July 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    You threw a stick for an hour!! The dog must have been exhausted after that! My parents loved Border Collies and had three of them during their long marriage. Balls were favourite toys for all three of them but the Queen of the Ball was Bella their last Border Collie who would play ball all day if we’d let her!
    Wonderful soothing writing Jane – I love your posts!

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  4. 11 Al July 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    We enjoy this same scenario almost every evening. You’ll have to come walk with us someday. Beautifully told, as always, Jane.

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  5. 13 ianscyberspace July 21, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I just love your descriptions. Dogs really can communicate with their eyes and of course the wagging tails do get ones attention. lol. What a happy scene you’ve described. Thank you!

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  6. 15 Marylin Warner July 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Love and hugs to you, Bella, Chief, Shadow, and all your wonderful details. As you know, dogs–and all our pets–are so close to our hearts, too, and a treasured part of our lives…even after their deaths. ❤ you!

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  7. 17 Claire green July 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Wonderful, I really enjoyed reading about your furry friends and your walk along the beach, Iyou write so well that I was transported through time and space and spent that time with you….xxx

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  8. 19 journeyintopoetry July 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Oh this just has to be one of my favourite recent posts Jane! So beautiful and uplifting, and chockablock full of love as always.

    And I needn’t say it but will; it’s as beautifully gathered together and written as always.

    The photo is just precious! ❤️❤️ Xx

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  9. 22 Granny Trish July 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Oh, Jane, how beautiful to read this, I shared every moment on that beach and in that park. Glad you can share this “Life Beauty” with friends and the wide web. Love Granny Trish x x x x

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    • 23 Jane Sturgeon July 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Yay Mum, how lovely that we have sussed the comments thingy….lovely to ‘hear’ from you. You are always in my heart, so we share all these joyful moments together. ❤ always my lovely, xXx

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