“I remember the first time we walked on our beach,” said Seamus. “Ruby and I were happy dogs since our rehoming and loved our life in the Lake District. Our companions love the outdoors and we were always exploring the fells and lakes. It rained a lot where we lived and one day our companions decided to take us on holiday in the Scottish Highlands where the sun shines more often.
Our first runs on the sand took our breath away. There was so much space for chasing a ball at high speed. The sand felt soft under our paws. The air was fresh and made you smile. Ruby and I loved it. We looked at our companions and asked “Can we live here?”
Our companions looked at each other and said “Can you imagine what it would be like if this was our daily morning walk?”
We encouraged them to dream. We kept sending them pictures of the four of us walking this beach every day. We sent them pictures of us watching the sunrise and the sunset.
Our companions did not know anyone here and did not have any work here. They started making pictures in their mind of us living here and walking here every day.
They surrendered their dream to a Higher Power for the Highest Good. They knew their dream, they did not know how to get there. They had faith. They trusted the process. They took one small first step and help arrived from unexpected corners.
A year after we first had our dream we were living here. Ever since then, every day feels like a holiday. We are so grateful and feel so blessed. That was more than five years ago. Ruby was so happy that we moved here and did not want to miss a single walk.
I am pacing myself. I am nearly thirteen years old and have to take it easy. When it is cold or windy I prefer a short walk. When the weather is warm I still feel like a pup. I love being by the sea. The sea water is so good for my legs and an endless beach is what every dog dreams of.”
“I had never been to a beach before,” says Eivor. I was quite institutionalised from living between four walls for the first three years of my life. I found the open space overwhelming. I could see how much Seamus and Ruby and all the other dogs loved it and now I cannot think of a better place to run.
I have learned from Seamus how to be sensible and pace myself. I run with the ball and then I keep hold of it for a while to give myself a breather.”
I feel as if I have landed in heaven on earth. I had never been on a beach before and to come here straight from a shelter was like a gift from God, far better than anything I could have ever imagined.
I am so happy here. We walk four or five miles every day and I spend most of our time running. I have so much energy and this is the perfect place for me.
I love hiking in the mountains. We do that once a week after the snows have gone. Home is where the beach is and I am always happy to come back home.
We send you all so much love,
Seamus, Eivor and Pearl xxx
Daily Prompt: Beach