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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

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.
Regards,
Jeff.

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    Paul Smith - February 5, 2018

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

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Alan B - February 4, 2018

Irresistable!

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    Paul Smith - February 5, 2018

    Abbie, or the scenery?

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Francis Gallagher - February 4, 2018

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

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    Paul Smith - February 5, 2018

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

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