If you’ve stayed at Udekki over the last year or two, you will have met some or all of the Udekki dogs (the official and the unofficial ones!). They each have a story, and more than 1 person has suggested I write about them so here goes. It’s been a while since I’ve written, so this is the perfect subject. For someone who did not think they were a ‘pet’ person these guys have gotten to me!
Have you met Tarzan? The wizened old male… A little standoffish and gnarly around the edges after too many fights with the other beach dogs. But really a big softy who has learnt how to love, and how to play again. He’s from the neighbouring fishing village and up until about 2 years ago was always on the fringes of Udekki. He is a squat dog with broad shoulders – hence the name Tarzan – but we didn’t see him around much.
May 2015 and there was a bit of a beach clean up, with dogs and cats that didn’
t have vaccination papers and/or collars taken away. Tarzan disappeared. A few days later as I got up at my usual 6 am and opened the door to feed Blackie and Treacle, there was Tarzan at the top of the stairs. Wagging his tail with a big grin on his face, and the rope that he had bitten through still around his neck. And from wherever he had ended up, he had made it back to Udekki! We thought that deserved some credit! And a little love and care from our end of things.
From that day on he began to make his presence more known at Udekki. If Blackie let him, he would sneak inside during the day, and find a spot to curl up and sleep. If it rains at night, he finds his way upstairs to sleep. Every morning at 6 he is there for his breakfast. And as Udekki has become more of his home, he comes with a story to tell each morning, and a vigorous wagging of his tail.
Tarzan has rediscovered his love of water, and his younger side! It is an dekki tradition that I meet with all the Udekki dogs for an evening walk on the beach. And it always makes me smile to see Tarzan frolicking along the sand! He then comes for a hug before he settles down to watch the sunset. He is the most water loving of the Udekki dogs, and will lie in the sand waiting for the tide to wash over him, sinking a little deeper as the water recedes.