Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Surf Dog


Spud the dog likes the beach, this is a novelty for us, our previous dogs didn’t like the seaside one little bit. They were both border collies, Badger feared the sound of kites, flapping  sails and outboard motors, Moss, well Moss lived her short life a state of sensory overload, the beach was a none starter for her. But Spud loves it.

I was down on the beach this morning about 8:30, we had the place to ourselves. Lovely.

Spud on the beach-2

Or so I thought, unbeknown to me a family of five, replete with full beach gear*, skim boards, bats and balls, windbreak, deckchairs arrived on the beach: the three little girls in pristine sundresses. Oh dear; Spud was a bit over excited, children, balls, all equals FUN in Spuds book.

Spud on the beach 1-2 

The family of five did not share his enthusiasm, and were not appreciative of his zest for life (or his wet sandy paws) nor were they willing to share their breakfast rolls.

We had to make a sharp exit; once I’d managed to catch him.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “Surf Dog

  1. He sure looks like he’s having a great time! xx

  2. Naughty Spud!

  3. Their loss….of a very fun play time!

  4. Oh dear oh dear. I have, as you might suspect, been in your red Wellies a time or two, particularly since the arrival of the Cowboy. I do think, though, that people should go to the beach in a spirit of adventure, rather than thinking of it as a day in the gazebo, nibbling cucumber sandwiches and drawling witticisms.


    Oh dear, did I say that out loud? No, I see I did not. It was Miss Sadie. But . . . I concur.

  5. Oh, I so know what you mean! My dog is a Border Collie but will only go in the water if other dogs are, and she is very friendly especially where ice creams are concerned. The photograph in your previous post reminds me of my eldest daughter, who will soon be 23…

  6. And did they set up camp right next to you? That seems to be the way of things when you’ve established yourselves in an empty space.

  7. Great photos, my dog’s a water-phobe, never managed to tempt him in apart from the odd puddle!

  8. If only more people would learn to have fun like the dogs then perhaps their lives would be more exciting. 😉

  9. Been there, done that, worn the beetroot red face…

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  11. Splash of joy and fun ! beautiful sight of your Spud.

  12. I say more dogs, fewer prissy girls! But I do tend to like dogs more than prissy girls. Shame on me.

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