What is there to say? A slightly cantankerous beach dog with white socks, who constantly wags her tail, and is known for her bark! But look at those puppy dog eyes!
Girl was on the fringes of Udekki for a long time. Another one who discovered that life at Udekki was better than the fishing village. For the last 2 years I have been trying to get a proper collar on her – all we can manage is a ribbon. She was tied up for hours in the sun with no water hence her fear of having anything around her neck. And although she loves attention she will often cower as though she is expecting something bad.
As she was always on the fringes we had not been able to get her desexed. And then it was too late! She was obviously very pregnant! August 18 months ago she had 8 puppies, yes 8! And she’s not the biggest dog! She had them in the trees behind the beach between Udekki and the navy base. Fortunately we were able to find homes for 7 of her puppies, and of course we then got her vaccinated and desexed – and then that’s when she decided that life at Udekki was the better option! Strawberry was her one puppy that we didn’t initially find a home for, and he became one of the Udekki dogs. Yes, it is a ‘he’ despite the name.
Girl has become a little calmer and a little more used to life with people and with other dogs. But she is still the best guard dog at night! Despite this sometimes fierce front, she loves attention and will often run inside just to say hello and to enjoy a pat! Every morning she is upstairs ready for breakfast with the other dogs. She is the most delicate eater, and always waits for permission and a little attention before eating.
We have no idea how old Girl is, but she is now well and truly one of the Udekk dogs. She eagerly awaits the traditional sunset beach walk – and will come and find you if you’re not there in time!
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.