Oh life as a puppy is just so exciting. One adventure after another! Yesterday we all went to the Beach!!!!!!! Yes, finally I got to go there! It was such fun, I wasn't at all afraid of anything, well maybe a little of an ill mannered Terrier, more on him in a moment. But the sand beneath my paws was wonderful, even though WOL I did have a wee bit of trouble running fast on the soft sand. I did a kind of bunny bop over that. And the ocean, it stretched for miles and miles, I couldn't even see (oops is that a pun?) the end of it. Mom said it went right over the horizon. That must be so far away. Daddy wanted me to stay on my lead but Mom said that wasn't quite fair as Leafy always has a free run and besides I do have very good recall. Also Leaf would make sure I didn't get into any trouble or run too far away. So, I got to run off lead - WHEEEEEEEW!!!!!!!! As we went in the afternoon Leaf's usual buddies weren't there but hey I made some friends of my own. First a big, portly, greying a little (or should that be distinguished silver) Goldie walk over, he was so polite, made all the proper Doggy introductions and then showed me how to enter the water. I wasn't backward in following his lead either, oh it was grand, all that water. We splashed around and had such a grand time until his human called him. Then some other doggies came over and we all said how-do-you do and played for a little while. I just LOVE meeting other dogs, it's all so friendly and fun, fun, fun. Of course Leafy and I played and played. We played Chasey, naturally she won , I can see why she's nick-named The Little Pocket Rocket. Boy can my sister FLY!!! She looks like a Greyhound coming down the straight (not that we approve of racing them) she's so fast! But I aquitted myself very well. Naturally she also bowled me over a few times and Daddy got worried and told her not to be so rough. But hey, I don't mind and I 'get her back' by biting her mouth Daddy also took a ball for me to fetch. I love playing fetch but my sister does somewhat spoil the fun. She seems to think I mustn't get the ball, so Mom had to keep her occupied while Daddy and I played fetch. Silly Daddy though threw the ball waaaaaaaaay to far the first time. Honestly I think he thought he was bowling for England, Mom had to let him know just short, low throws not over arm fast bowling as I'm only a puppy. And guess what??? You may know that Ms. Diva Leaf is totally allergic to water, messes up her fur or something, BUT.......as I went boldly in and got treats she just couldn't be left out and actually got her paws and her legs wet!!! Now this has to be a first. I was surprised the news peeps didn't arrive to report on this astonishing event. It may never happen again with Leaf but I know I will definitely go into the big Ocean, I just loved all that water. Oh I was covered in sand, wet and having such a jolly time. I was very good with all the people, didn't misbehave once and came right back to Mom or Dad just as I've practiced so much at home. Mom was so proud of me, as BTW she was a little concerned about my ability to remember recall with so many distractions. The only disappointment for me, well more Leaf as she's experienced in these matters and has promised Zac she will train me - it's their first mission in making me a cool puppy - the Seagulls for some reason were no where to be seen. Not one single one. Don't know if they got word Leaf was coming and all flew off but not a single one was spotted and believe me Leaf assures me if there had been any she would have spotted them and given chase. For my part, whilst I really want to be a 'cool puppy' and join Zac and Leaf's Brother hood (I'm a Cadet at present) I wasn't all that worried because I know there will be another chance for me to learn how to chase Seagulls. Mom says I mustn't do that, but hey I'm going to listen to Zac and Leaf on this one cuz I'm a cool puppy . I did have one little 'squeal' moment. Daddy and Mommy were playing their usual game with Leaf, standing way apart and having her run between them, and I was joining in as best I could - I just cannot run quite as fast as Leaf - when up come this rather rude Terrier. His name, we all discovered because his humans kept calling him, was Jackson. He was a little in your face, actually my face to be precise, and I wasn't too happy about that. Daddy protected me and Leaf, who had just reached Mom, absolutely FLEW back to see what had upset me. Mom said she did hold her breath, as she didn't want any trouble, but fortunately Leaf's a very well mannered girl and she didn't cause any problems. Daddy had me cuddled up between his legs too. Eventually Jackson did respond to his peeps but I've a message for him - "Jackson, if you want to say Hi please read the book on Doggy Etiquette it's not polite to be so in your face it's scary especially for little puppies" - but I don't think he meant any harm. Just not well read. And had he been more polite I'd have willingly played chase with him, he was cute The other thing Leaf wanted me to discover were stinky fish remains. Mom and Dad were both very pleased we didn't find any, even though we tried very, very hard, cuz they said it makes the car smell on the way home. Plus of course, we are not so nice to be near either - well for humans anyway. But oh it was such fun and I cannot wait to go again. Now I'm a certified Beach Babe as well as a City Slicker. I did sleep all the way home, it's tiring being at the beach. Leaf said as I grow I'll be able to run more and not get tired so quickly. I sure hope she's right cuz I want to run and swim and play ALL day!