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  1. I really enjoy your blog! Very interesting locations that you have ventured to. I know you look for locations where you can have Polly run untethered. How is she when another dog approaches? We have a very small dog, less than 4 lbs, and are always very wary when any dog approaches, especially when they are off leash.

    • Hi Jim, Polly is friendly with dogs and very gentle with smaller dogs (she’s been well-trained by our 2 cats), but we always call her back and put her on leash when we see another dog, just in case. Then I’ll ask the other owner if the dogs would like to meet and let them do so on-leash if they OK it. When we have the beach to ourselves (as we seem to do most of the time) we let her run wild and play, but unless it’s a dedicated off-leash dog area I never let Polly approach another dog without permission. Nina

  2. nice blog…great video…we loved dauphin island…did you know it is one of the most wonderful birding places when the songbirds come back from their winter in mexico…it is a awesome sight to see…learned about many birds there…but this was all before katrina and the one after that (which my senior brain is forgetting) so i don’t know what it would be like now….but the area is beautiful nonetheless……

    • Jil, You’re right! This is a big birding area, and the Bird Sanctuary is right next to the campground. I don’t know much about birds, but it’s definitely a cool place to walk around and experience nature. Nina

  3. Love the video, and that you finally got your dog to love the water. Samantha is still a challenge! She won’t go past her chest – when we were in the 1000 islands NY I even got in the water and all she would do is run out to her chest, bark at me, run back to dad, bark at him…and repeat. :-) There was a beach near Wilmington, NC that we spent some time on and she wasn’t too keen on the waves (she looked like a seagull going back & forth) Anyway – glad to hear that your Polly has embraced the beach – looks like a super happy pup! Looks like what we need to do is more traveling to get Sammie water friendly!

    • Geekyexplorers…yeah, Polly was “stuck” at the belly-point in water for many months. We got so excited the first time her paws left the ground! It just took alot of play and encouragement. If you’d asked us a year ago if Polly would ever be a water-dog we probably would have said “no way”, but she got there in the end. So, just keep playing w/ Sammie and water…you never know :) Nina

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