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Friday, September 21, 2012

Don Kenzote and Lady Viva

As Viva "told" us during our last visit to the island of Rømø, the Danish West-coast is one of her favorite places. With it's large and open spaces, Viva can spider the horizon for anything approaching. She likes early warning best.

When Lady Viva wants it, she gets it.

This time we touched down further north down the West-coast, on a narrow strip of land, dividing the Northsea from Ringkøbing Fjord. It has beaches and sand dunes as long as the eye can see. And although this area is more crowded in the summer, the weather in September only attracts the all-weather die-hards due to the seasonal storms and rapidly dropping temperatures of the approaching autumn. Which in short, is perfect Hovawart weather.

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The ocean was too rough for some actual swimming. The combination of storm and strong currents was simply too dangerous. It was not necessary though, to convince Kenzo & Viva to adopt a stay-on-all-four tactic when venturing into the roaring surf.

Kenzo, still the water rat of the couple, seemed to show the proper respect instinctively. He has experienced being rolled-over by waves before, and probably learned his lesson the hard way already.

At first it made me reluctant to play with him, afraid to throw a tennis ball too far in the surf. Kenzo's enthusiasm cured that quickly.

Throwing not so far was just as much fun. And in the chase Kenzo charged the waves and hunted the foam hovering about. Like a modern day Hovawart version of Don Quixote.

Don Kenzote.

He loves his ocean, the surf, the roaring of the winds, being in the middle of nature. Don Kenzote was in his element.

That's why we ignored the leash laws - it is required for dogs to be on lead until September 31 on all the West-coast beaches.

As I see it, not letting Don Kenzote enjoy his ocean, is downright cruel and I would have payed the fine with pleasure. If I got one. Thankfully that didn't happen.

Of course, we leashed up again when we could see any people approaching. And I must say, other dog owners did that as well, which was great for Viva, so we could pass by in a calm way - meaning a big circle.

Viva was not the least interested in getting wet, as she likes her swimming water nice and calm. And she found a new game for the occasion, to wait until Kenzo got the ball retrieved from the surf, and then steal it from him. The new big hit.

A few toe dips in the shallows was just fine for the Lady. Not that she could keep it very dry, the weather conditions made sure plenty of water came down from the sky. And when we ended up in a hail storm, we were literally washed off the beach.

I asked for Hovawart weather when we left home: "Let it rain! Let it storm!". We were not disappointed.

Today is our last day before we return to Copenhagen. Not only for the dogs, also for us humans there were a lot of things to see and do, like small fishing villages with nice restaurants, together with a lot of history - the remnants of the Atlantic Wall, the many shipwrecks, museums - and art inspired by the elements. I am sure we keep coming back for more.


  1. Kenzo looks like he is a champion at battling those waves. I'd admit, I'd be a little scared too!


  2. That was some great beach action. Safe trip back to Copenhagen. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. This place looks gorgeous! The kind of beach I could sit on for hours, with the appropriate clothing, just watching the waves.

    Viva's game made me laugh as that is what my dog does as well. She lets the other dogs dash into the water and fetch the ball while waiting on the shore for the right moment to steal it from them.

    Thanks for sharing your holiday with us. I hope you have a safe journey home.

    1. Ha! Shiva is a clever girl! And yes, I could sit and dream on such a beach too, there is something soothing with the sight, smell and sound of the waves.

  4. Isn't it great when you can take the dogs to fun holiday places? Kenzo is one tough doggie playing in those waves!

  5. Oh, how fun! Don Kenzote indeed (and of course Lady Viva)

  6. This is always fun . We love to be in Denmark , too. One of our puppies lides close to Fredericia now, Edda von den Wikingern.
    We have been in Lökken two weeks ago and Elodie loved to be on the beach and jumping in the dunes. It was her first time at the Northsea and she learned to accept salty water. She is an Austrian girl not used to rough conditions.)))
    Let`s look forward to the next holiday on the west coast of Debmark


    1. Hi Marlis! Løkken is fantastic, we would also like to visit there. And thanks for telling us about Edda, I am sure she will have a wonderful life in Denmark :) Btw, I found your blog about your hovies, glad to find another Hovawart blogger!

  7. It's great to see the dogs out there enjoying themselves. And - truth be told - I probably would have broken the leash law as well. When there aren't many people around and everybody leashes up when others get close, no body's hurt. Glad you guys had a good time!

  8. I hate the cold, myself. And yet I love the drama of the clouds and the sound of the waves. Hovawart weather might not be the best for swimming. But it's certainly exciting.

    Glad you had such a nice holiday together.


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