Posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, maybe, extra ‘news flashes
Wednesday June 21st 2017
Suddenly, one day last week, when we cross the road from the car park in Highbury, Isis springs through the long grasses of the meadow and before I know it, we are heading for the fallen tree. The one she was so passionate about last year.
The one where the sticky plant grows in profusion.
and covers Isis from head to foot with its little green and brown burrs which have to be picked from her hair one by one.
The tree which has branches shooting out in all directions, so that when she ducks and dives in and out of them, she weaves an impenetrable web with her extending lead. The only way I can untangle the lead is by crawling after her, inch by inch. This involves squirming under and over the tree trunk, fighting one’s way through swathes of seeding weeds and being prodded all over by sharp twigs. One tries not to think about the insect life which might at any moment drop down one’s neck.
Three or four clambourings was quite sufficient, thank you, and I began to give the tree a wide birth. She would eventually forget it, I hoped. (Silly me.) I felt guilty because she enjoyed the tree so much, but enough, after all, is enough.
Today, though, Hairy One’s joy at her rediscovery of the tree gets to me and I don’t have the heart to deny her her pleasure.
Ah, though, it suddenly strikes me. It’s different now. Last summer she had never been off her lead except in the garden. Now I can set her free. I know that she will stay in the vicinity of the tree.
Brilliant. She can scrabble under and scramble over the trunk, burrow through the undergrowth, dart in and out of the low branches, and
make little tunnels to wriggle through and follow the scents.
Isis has a wonderful time. Her tail doesn’t stop wagging. She is enraptured by all she can smell and feel.
And all I have to do is sit on the trunk and watch her.
This is the life!
Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dogwatchuk.co.uk