I look over at the pup laying beside my wheelchair on the beach and whisper, “Come on big girl, before I get stuck and you have to pull me out…”
We had a nice day of sunshine (a rare beast in England as everyone knows!!) so I thought I’d spend a day training Pup in different surroundings, that and I needed time to get away from the things going around my mind.
I smile as we wrestle to get off the sand back to regular ground, maybe this wasn’t something I should have done alone, but you live and learn don’t you?
Pup is now excellent off leash and stays glued to my left side regardless, “Come on Dad, there’s a seagull over there!!” Said the excited look on her face, “Okay, okay…I’m going as fast as I can!!” I laugh at the urgent whimpers.
We got half way and I released her from command with a simple, “Go play!” And she shot off like a rocket about 100 feet away from me before turning to look at me and bolting back, kicking up sand happily.
As I moved slowly through the sand, I watched Pup run circles around me and realised something. There would have been NO WAY IN HELL I would have driven myself onto such tricky terrain or even considered going to a beach before I got my dog.
And it hit me…
It’s started and I didn’t even realise…She’s taking me out of my comfort zone and I wasn’t even aware…
I started to sob and laugh at the same time.
“I’m on a beach, Pup!” I said as she darted up to me, jumping up into my lap as she spotted the tears running down my cheeks. Burying my face in her neck, all my bottled up emotions came flooding out and I clung to her for dear life as I broke down.
Though my worries are still there, I feel better with my companion and can battle on a while more.