School Is In!

Picture of the Day 14: Dog School is Now in Session

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From left to right, back to front: Belle, Tilly, Sax and Macy. Who gives a warmer welcome home than a dog? How about four dogs? I struggled down the driveway with my bags after a 3 1/2 hour drive from Bathurst. I could see Sax in the backyard, his back to me, mind on whatever thoughtless destruction one small dog can conjure.

“Hey! Sax!”

That’s all it took. Sax jumped up as if hit by lightning and galloped into my arms. He sung for a while, twisting around in circles, then danced back into the yard to find a ball. Sax is obsessed with fetch. Macy of the very long nose was next in line, grinning toothily and slapping me with her paws. Before long we had let in the neighbours’ dogs, the stern boss Belle, and the dainty matron Tilly. Mum and I loaded the four dogs into my step-father’s ute, and off we went. Traffic and road conditions meant I’d arrived at a perfect time for a walk. What else was there to do but take advantage of it?

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Oh my, Macy, what big teeth you have!

We made our walk around the riverside track, passing first through Tumut’s Billa Park and then Pioneer Park, where the dogs are allowed off the leash. It was a magnificent time of day, the river was full and black, the trees lining the sides lush and green. Sunlight drenched the water and cooled the hot air just enough. The dogs couldn’t resist a swim (or four).

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Tilly chases Sax, Sax chases everything. There were a few other walkers, a fly fishing lesson, a jogger, work on at the stables beyond Pioneer Park, where we headed up towards the race course, which offers a beautiful swimming spot. Far from an energetic walk, it was wonderful just to talk and catch up on news. Sax kept passing grins over his shoulder at me. He had plenty of hidden swimming spots to show me, sticks to pick up, duck shit to roll in. You know you’re becoming a parent to your pet when you can anticipate their intentions four seconds before they roll in poop.

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And that’s almost it! Sax and I will be into the mountains and rivers in the coming days. I intend to hike around Blowering Dam, go kayaking, horse riding and maybe grass surfing at Thredbo. If we can arrange it, Ryan and I (Ryan is leaving Bathurst tomorrow to spend Christmas in Sydney) will go camping at Lake Eucumbene and explore the high country and call into Yarrangabilly Caves. There are plenty of mountain bike trails around, plenty of rivers, and huge amounts of things I haven’t seen. 😀 I can’t wait!

I leave you with this photo of Sax pulling his most handsome face.

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About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.
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