We are walking through the forest and it is very still and peaceful. I love all the smells and stop for a good sniff. Pearl is darting around like a young deer.
“She’s so happy, isn’t she?” says Seamus. “She makes me feel young again. My legs just can’t keep up with her.”
I do love racing her for a ball and leaping through the dunes together. She is keeping me more fit than I’ve ever been.
“Look Eivor, there’s a squirrel high up in the tree,” says Seamus. I look up and I can see him leap from one tree top to the next like a trapeze artist. It looks as if he can fly!
“Remember the first time you saw a squirrel when it was just us boys?” says Seamus. “Your face was priceless!”
I had never seen a squirrel before and our companion sent me a quick message not to chase it. I stood up on my hind legs to watch it run up a tree and onto one of its highest branches. He was so quick and nimble!
“We never chase wild life,” says Seamus. “When we are walking free in nature we have to respect nature. This forest belongs to the squirrels, the deer, the birds, the pine martens, wild cats and all other wild creatures. We leave them in peace and leave nothing but our paw prints here.”
“I love exploring,” says Pearl. “There’s so much to see. I love watching the osprey catch a fish and the eagles soar overhead. We do not meet many people or dogs here. The humans we meet when we are hiking are in a good place within themselves and I never have to bark at them.”
A female hiker walks down the hill towards us with a big smile on her face. Pearl’s ears go up, she runs towards the stream and I follow her. Our companion clicks her tongue. We slam on our brakes, spin around and run straight back to her.
“Wow, they really listen,” says the woman. “Are they easy to train?” Seamus goes to lie down on the grass anticipating a long conversation. “Very easy,” says our companion.
I walk over to the woman and she bends down to stroke me. “They’re very gentle aren’t they?” she says. I put my paw on her knee and let the love flow from my heart to hers.
“I think dogs were put on this earth to make us happy,” she says.
I look deep into her eyes. I think we were all put on this earth to make each other happy.
Much love to you all,