This was Olivia's first trip to the beach, and for being on the cusp of entering a fear phase, she did wonderful! I've said it before and I'll say it again: having a well trained adult dog to show a puppy the ropes is amazing. Liv took so many cues from how Nola acted, and by the end of the walk (around 2-2.5 miles) she was perfect.
Not too many decent pictures this time. The snowbirds were down and being their usual obnoxious selves, and consequently the beach was full of trash. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're here. Working in the vacation industry tends to make you appreciate them! However, for the most part they're assholes who litter the beach worse than the college spring breakers. This isn't your home. Treat our beaches with respect, and it wouldn't kill you to say excuse me or thank you. Fuckers.
I also had a major case of hanger (when you get extremely, homicidally angry due to being hungry. It's a real thing.).
|"I'd like to pose here."|
|"Like a boss."|
|"She keeps treats right here!!"|
|The snowbirds were behind us. That water is funky due to the rain we've had.|
|Didn't stop Nola from explore it though.|
|Such good girls.|
|Liv even follows Nola's automatic stop and sit when I stop.|
|"You have got to buy this dog a striping knife."|
|"I see the snowbirds. Can I chase them like I chase the sea birds?"|
|The girls as so different. While the She Devil was off exploring the shells and water, chasing the birds and occasionally checking in.....|
|Livvy just wanted snuggles.|
|What's this?! Nola fetching?!|
|These next couple pictures illustrate what I was talking about with Nola teaching Olivia. They were in the middle of a heated game of chase;|
|I called them back, and Nola immediately turns and comes at me. Olivia was slowly to process this and kept going for a few steps.|
|Until she realized Nola wasn't in the game anymore and it was time to be serious.|
|Another fetching fake-out.|