Today, Sunday Sept 11th, was a bit overcast and breezy but ideal for our 3.7km walk around the lake with my Animal Companion mates. We all usually visit individual hospitals to spend some quiet patting time with nursing home seniors, so only catch up to each other socially twice a year.
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At first I was very energetic and sprinted on my four apricot paws steadily overtaking about twenty other dogs who had headed out early. I was busy reading some WeePlies to other WeeMails left at some bushes so missed the start!
At one stage my Human Mum Helen thought I was trying to win the gold medal as I put my body in top gear and rushed from last towards the front group of dogs, then from third to second to the front of the pack.
Mum told me it was supposed to be a pleasant walk not a race. After more than ten years with me however she knows my personality and had talked to me beforehand about pacing myself if I was going to be in a competitive mood. Of course I ignored her advice and just raced at my sprint speed until about a third of the way. I found my little heart was beating rapidly and a tight aching was spreading down my legs.
Rather than prove Mum was right and I was wrong to start out too fast, I deviated off the path to the nearest trees and left some WeeMails. This gained me some respite so I repeated the sequence for another ten trees. By this time I was well back in the pack but surprisingly happy to match my pace with 14 yr old Siena and just pad quietly to the coffee shop. It was a good walk. We thanked Carla and Mike for organising it. Woofs from KoKo
Well time flies – Monday saw me at Greg the Vets in Subiaco having my ten year check yup. YES! I am now older than my human Mum.
I was very well behaved while Greg checked my teeth (95% great), my heart (still beating like a two year old’s), my lungs (sadly for my Mum not deteriorating in anyway, so I can still yell at her VERY LOUDLY), and of course I tolerated that little unmentionable test.
Bambi Rose (Greg’s cat) kept an eye on me in the Waiting Room
As a reward for my good behaviour my Mum Helen took me to Cliff Sadlier Park for a big run around.
There were old friends and new mates to play with at the park.
I played ball chase with Jack and Honey whom I had not seen for a long time. Us cream and apricot dogs don’t grow grey with age but instead, as you can see, change colour.
I discovered that Jensen and Albi still like to have fun. The most sprightly and cheeky puppy I met today was aptly named Minnie. Her golden fur glowed in the evening sun. She was with her auntie Maggie.
My love interests were spiked when I laid eyes on the gorgeous Marnie – she looked deeply at me with her King Charles Spaniel eyes and I melted into the green summer grass. She looked so… sweet! Coco and Lulu also seemed happy meandering around leaving Weemails for their mates.
As we walked around the park we met a trickster black dog who jumped back and forth through the hoop, and George with his colourful collar.
The play fighting twosome Elvis and Indy kept us laughing at their antics and jumping away when they came too close.
The last photo shows Blondie trying to win a competition for the longest doggie tongue!
Please tell your doggie mates that they have won a place on my dog blog. I would not want them to miss their chance at celebrity status!! KoKo
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