Beach Trip

This is actually from a few weeks ago, oops! Before we got Daisy, we decided to take advantage of the good weather and take Rio on her first beach trip, ostensibly to teach her to swim. Hunmanby’s always good for dogs and the water is safe to swim in, so off we trekked.

Things I learnt on the beach trip: Rio can’t swim.

Swimming Fail

Neither can Kim.


Why are my non-Border Collies such useless swimmers? On finding themselves marginally out of their depth, both Kim and Rio shut their eyes, flail wildly, and half an hour later make it to shore. Just to bear in mind, I went into the sea with them, and let me tell you, the North Sea is bloody cold even in June. In the photo of Rio flailing above, I’m stood 2ft to the right crying with laughter at her failure. The water is just above my knees, so it’s not deep.


Alfie came with us on this beach trip too. Rio is a lot more tolerant of him than I am. He’s not a bad dog, he’s just a typically spoilt small dog with no manners and no boundaries, although he has a sweet temperament and he takes everything in his stride happily.


Other things I learnt on the beach trip: Rio is still trying to be a Border Collie. She even adopted Dylan’s ears for the day.


So, Rio liked the beach and hated the sea. Kim still likes the beach and the sea, providing she’s not having to swim. Dylan still thinks the beach is ok but loves the sea so much that he shook with excitement, made pitiful crying noises, and mowed people down so he could at least see it from the moment he got out of the car.

Hunmanby Gap


Jane and Andrea have been telling us to visit this beach for months, and we finally got around to it last week. It was really cold, but the dogs loved it. Kim loved chasing the birds, Mollie lovedThe gangchasing Kim, and Dylan loved herding all of us into the sea.

Beaches are a rare trip in our household because we live right in the middle of the country. The nearest coast is at least an hour and a half away, and dog-friendly beaches are usually further than that.I have no idea why the horizon is so crazy on this picture. Either the dogs were leaning to the left, or the world was leaning to the right.

This beach really is fab though. It was pretty busy for a cold wet day just after Christmas but you can’t tell from the photos. We met 2 pointers, 2 Labradors, 6 Jack Russell Terriers, 3 Norfolk Terriers, 2 German Shepherds, various crossbreeds, and 1 Golden Retriever puppy who was so excited to be there, but the beach was so huge we never really bumped into them unless we wanted to.

Mollie in the seaIt was freezing, as I may have mentioned (I think it was around 2°C) but the dogs still went in the sea. Mollie is obsessed with the sea. We had only had her a few weeks when she came on a camping holiday with us, and she spent the whole trip chasing the waves up and down the shore. It was clear that she’d never had the opportunity to just run about and have fun, and on the first day she refused to come home. Luckily she was still a fat little dog at the time so it wasn’t hard to catch her. She still finds the sea totally irresistible.Kim, Mollie and Dylan. Dylan was off doing his own thing when the girls took off, hence why he's behind! He was accelerating and overtook Mollie.

We walked for just over 2 hours, but Kim got very cold and we decided to call it a day.

Mollie, Kim and Dylan at Hunmanby Gap