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Bucket List #63 Run on the beach w/ Duke

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For as long as I can recall I’ve always yearned to take Duke to the beach. I’ve seen dozens of dogs frolic in the open air and having all the different elements coming together. Duke was born on 12 August 2009 which makes him a senior dog. I have thought about moving to the coast for so many years and I’m kinda bummed it’s taken this long! But with patience and perseverance, all things are possible.

I arrived in Cape Town Sunday, the forth of April 2021 and that very Tuesday was my first day of work. Got through a lot of emails and meetings and just as I was done for the day, I shut down my PC and off we went to the beach. It felt so surreal to have the opportunity to do simply that. Duke was excited as he normally is on excursions and when we got down to the water we both pretty much ran in… not even knee deep but the water wasn’t even too cold.

We walked along the shore, running from the waves and saying hi to a few fur-babies along the way. Duke chased after a very hyperactive little pup and seemingly had the time of his life! I don’t think I could really express how amazing the feeling was to finally expose him to what seems like he was meant for but we smiled the entire time being there. He’s nose and paws were covered in sand and salty water.

Surprisingly enough he didn’t drink much water as he usually does when I gave him his water by the car and I think the busy road at the off-street parking was a little much for him but he leaped into the car and took a solid nap on our way back home. As soon as we unpacked the car, he jumped right back into the car, so I’m guessing he wasn’t quite done with the beach after all.

Took him to the beach again and also visited some parks, he seems to be taking in a lot of new environments and I think he loves the atmosphere out here. There are times when I wonder if I made the correct decision bringing him all the way to Cape Town but he seems to be smiling all the time! LoL

I know he misses he’s ‘cousins’ back home because they usually all went out on excursions together but hopefully they will visit us soon đŸ™‚

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