Who let the gods out? Erkermederstrand, The Netherlands

Well, we did. Just one to be precise, but boy did she make up for it. Oh, my dog! 

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Shake off @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Jeroen had the balls, Nicky carried the stick.

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Sticky business @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

And Luna couldn’t wait. Are we going now?

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Patience @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Yes, that’s my poop bag! Can we go now?

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I am ready @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Neither could I wait with my camera in hand. We went to the Erkermederstrand, next to the Vakantjie Park. Try to repeat that three times? It is a sidearm of the Ijsselmeer and there is dog beach Luna knows oh so well.

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Beach Bum @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Did I mention it was the last school holiday weekend on a sunny day along the water? Crampers camp next to each other, a sight to see. Not everyone is as spoiled as I am. I guess it’s better than nothing.

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Space @Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fietzies we’re out in force in Dutch style, it is actually really nice to see. Just some cyclers are more observant or less arrogant to pay attention to their surroundings. It is a pretty area though, drifting away is excuse-able . 

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Sunshine @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

We ordered sunshine from the weather girls for today, I still got the touch. Two nights out in old town had taken its toll down. Luna was still confused about the comings and goings, as was I.

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Not sure.. @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

She had a couple of sniff attempts on me whilst sitting behind me in the car. Nope, still couldn’t work it out. She is a healthy mix of ‘Podenco’ and Sheppard. A herder and jumper, curious about everything.

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Jumper @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Luna was rescued by a Dutch animaltarien organization from Portugal at 5 months of age.

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Puppy @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Her defense behavior is obedient but very observant.

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Not this time @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

This explains her way of trusting her instincts and don’t trust anyone you don’t know. ‘This is how it is in my home’.

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Who’s next? @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I respect and appreciate that.

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Hop Hop @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

She has her own personality and just doesn’t like unknown people entering her home.

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Stranded @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

This clever girl avoids people as much as she can.

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Back for more @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

She knows her family and that’s all that matters.

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Cute @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

It was somewhat frustrating for me, I admit, but that’s okay. She missed out on some serious cuddlxs though.

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Cuddls @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Turns out she even doesn’t trust other dogs that crossed her path. Sharing isn’t caring in her mind.

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Not sharing @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Plenty of other dogs came to greet and meet us. I was finally able to play with puppies. Maybe it isn’t the ‘Dutch Dog Thingy’ after all.

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Playful @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

It was a shame in a way that I brought my camera.

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Shaking it @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I would have enjoyed a play in the water with Luna and the other dogs. The things I miss out on for you.

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Reets @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Like any puppy, she likes chasing balls, sticks, mud and water, and anything else that may have moved.

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Chaser @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I haven’t seen so much excitement and anticipation in anyone’s eyes for a while. 

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Anticipation @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

‘You know what to do.’ ‘Throw that damn stick!’ 

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Still waiting @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I asked Nicky to tease her a bit so that I could capture the moment.

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What are you waitng for? @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

And when the stick finally swung out of her hands, all water broke loose.

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Coming thru @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Nothing was gonna stop her now.

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It’s Mine! @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Lunar turned into a Werewolf.

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Wolf @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

We saw a few different animals that day.

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Bear? @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

There is a bear chasing salmon.

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Salmon? @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

And we found ourselves skippy, greetings back to the land of Oz.

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Yippie Skippy @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

A seal being silly.

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Seally @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

A diving black bear dropped in just as well.

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Nothing @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I don’t know what magic potion was in the water that transformed her to the water beast.

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Transformation @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

With or without the stick.

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Splish @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Luna was well in her element and just couldn’t get enough.

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Splash @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Her jumping skills are extreme. She could jump over Jereon I believe.

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Jump, Jump @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I am really happy with these shots.

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Patrolling @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

On a single-shoot mode on the camera, I caught some beauties.

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Dripping @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Imagine how many photos I would have taken on burst-shoot mode?

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Incoming @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

It was a fabulous way to spend the Sunday afternoon and a perfect end to my visit in Zwolle.

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Water Polo @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Just what the doctor ordered. Mondays are dreaded by everyone and I be on the sheep train back to Hamburg.

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Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Hope you enjoyed the photos of a lunatic, it was so much fun. I did. Give Luna a bighug, Nicky.

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Poop Bag @Erkermederstrand, Zwolle, The Netherlands

I really like this Dutch invention for dog walking. The poop scoop. Who let the poo-ch out? 

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