I spent years wandering within the confines of whatever worlds I found myself in, with a dog by my side ...
In Cromwell, New Zealand, Sandie-dog and I would travel through the gorge to the Arrow River, or disappear to a favourite bend on the Clutha River. In Blenheim, we were just as likely to wander over to Anakiwa and spend hours in the cove there.
In Te Anau it was McKay Creek, on the edge of Fiordland National Park, our secret destination, with its backdrop of mountains just a kilometre away, Or Lake Manapouri, Lake Te Anau ... a chocolate box selection.
In Dunedin, it was a case of mood leading us to whichever beach - we had a huge number of choices. Long Beach was a favourite, even though it took us off the peninsula where we lived and back up the other side, then over a hill. On the peninsula, we were careful not to bother the sea lions found lounging on those rugged beaches, and other times, there were penguins. But Sandie was a dog of great wisdom, with an overwhelming passion for water. She would even swim amongst ducks, caring only for the swim, willing to share with anything else that was out there.
Dogs are succour for the soul, companions of the heart ...
It's quite difficult not having one yet. I've been 10 years lonely.
Note: all but the Anakiwa photograph were taken by my lovely friend, and talented photographer, David Wall.