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An early morning walk on the Étang de Leucate

A water-side dingy on the Étang de Leucate

A water-side dingy on the Étang de Leucate

Each morning follows the same pattern. I climb out of bed early, make a coffee, try very hard not to wake Cynthia, and try even harder not to wake ever-energetic Abbie. I need to focus on work. I need to find a way of generating more of an income. We rely on Cynthia’s pension too much. Cynthia doesn’t mind. I do. I’m supposed to be the hunter-gatherer, the provider. I’m not.

So I take my MacBook and my coffee, unfold my Lavolta bed table, climb onto the Hymer’s fixed rear double bed. I tether the laptop to my iPhone 7 Plus, sip my coffee and compose my thoughts. I’m focused and ready to work.

That’s when I hear the beast awaken.

I feel the vibration as it stirs from a deep and dreamless sleep. I hear the slap of elephantine ears being shaken, and then a thud as sixty-five pounds of quivering muscle lands on the Hymer’s double-skinned floor. Abbie’s awake. She’s jumped down from her nighttime blanketed couch, and she’s heading my way.

I feel the thin concertina bedroom partition quiver as a hesitant nose pokes through. It’s soon followed by a long and powerful body. Abbie stands on her hind legs, places her front paws on the edge of our bed, and stares at me. She stares until she wins. I close my MacBook, climb off the bed, and unhook her lead from its wall-mounted catch. What can a man do? How can you resist this look?

Please, PLEASE take me for a walk

Please, PLEASE take me for a walk

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  • Jeff Henshaw February 4, 2018, 3:34 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Just to let you know that the link to this article post does not work when clicked on in your email, but does work when clicked from the previous article.

    • Paul Smith February 5, 2018, 5:47 am

      Yep, just a problem with the email I sent out Jeff. All of the site’s links are working correctly.

  • Alan B February 4, 2018, 6:17 pm


    • Paul Smith February 5, 2018, 5:55 am

      Abbie, or the scenery?

  • Francis Gallagher February 4, 2018, 7:14 pm

    I have a dog (Lancashire Heeler) quite small, just as determined as Abbie to out stare me to get a walk her name is Ivy and she always wins all the best Francis

    • Paul Smith February 5, 2018, 5:56 am

      Who said that dogs are less intelligent than people? They seem to have a pretty good life to me.

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