A pretty hot day today. Seeing as I have been neglecting Cookie on her walks recently, I took her out for a much-needed walk. For her and for myself as well.
In these years of being in Melbourne, the park has always been a place of peace and enjoyment. I see people just sprawled on the grass, not giving two shits about anything else and just getting some shuteye in the shade. Couples who often bring two glasses and a bottle of wine, just enjoying in each other’s company. Families having a little picnic together. Dog lovers who risk getting caught by the park rangers (me included) by unleashing their dogs for some romp time. And the skateboarding fellows who are working hard on their tricks as always.
And there’s the odd act every now and then. I remember seeing a bunch of guys practising parkour on some park decorations, really cool. Not to mention this guy who tied rope between two trees for tightrope walking practice. And this bunch of people who played a game of hockey on unicycles, fascinating. And the interesting patron of the day, a bloke who’s working out the kinks in his bartender cocktail tricks; he’s really not bad juggling those bottles and mixers.
Cookie’s been really improving recently, she’s learnt to look around for me while running free and come sprinting back, tongue wagging and panting in excitement. Compare this to the past scenarios where she would run and totally forget about the existence of her owners. Well folks, this took like four years to accomplish! Slow progress but we got there in the end. I’m still wary of letting her off the leash at road junctions though, especially when the park is right opposite. She has this idea that the quickest way to the park is a straight diagonal. Which is entirely correct if cars and traffic lights did not exist.
It makes me happy that Cookie enjoys herself on walks. And I get to take a break from staying in the house all day long. Time for another walk soon.