Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Basenjis on Vacation

Normally when we humans think of going on vacation, we look forward to it for weeks and view the experience as a relaxing and fun time.  However, I'm not so sure that all of our pets think the same way.  While some of our beloved basenjis may delight in having a new place to explore and more trouble to get into, others (I call them "homebody basenjis") may be stressed about not being in a familiar place. 

In our family, we have one of each:  Reef, the ever-curious intrepid explorer; and Biko, my anxious little boy.  Nevertheless, every year we cart them both with us when we make the annual family trek to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (after all, they ARE members of our family!), and we do the best we can to make the experience safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.  Here are some pics from this year's voyage:

Reef gets out there right away and explores the beach.  The sticks there were especially yummy.

Reef also wastes no time in exploring the beach house, eventually claiming the best seat as her own.

Biko hides under the chairs at the pool.

Reef, ever the cool cucumber, would rather sit in the sun all day!
Since Reef was so brave, we put her in the pool to cool off.  She most definitely did NOT like the Octo-Fun! 

Finally, Biko came out of his shell and decided to hunt some ghost crabs on the beach.

Reef was sad to go home.

Biko was delighted to go home!  He did his happy dance as soon as we pulled into the driveway.
So while not all dogs were happy about the idea of going somewhere new, eventually even Biko came out of his shell and had a good time at the beach.   But he definitely was the happiest of all of us to go home!  I guess some dogs just like their own palaces the best :-)

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