The phrase “A Dog’s Life” takes on even more meaning when the dog enjoys the pleasures of island living. Let’s shadow Angel, my now-island dog, as she goes about daily life on the island.
But, first, a word about TRUE island dogs. Some have collars, some don’t. No tags are required, as far as I know. Island dogs definitely don’t travel on leashes. Rather, they roam quite freely, trotting down the various island roads, going for swims as they please, even chasing the occasional chicken. Alas, I don’t trust my City-bred (e.g., always tethered) dog to understand that running around near vehicles is dangerous to her health. Nor do I trust her not to bark relentlessly at random passers-by because she seems to think she owns the entirety of this end of the island. And so on. So, while Angel loves being an island dog, she does have restrictions. As you will see, she lives a great life nonetheless.
The truest of the true island dogs are “potcakes” – a Bahamian version of a mixed breed mutt. Potcakes tend to have orange/brownish coats with short, coarse hair. They also tend to be mid-sized, lean, and very durable to a rugged life. Very few indoor berths for these dogs, and certainly no sleeping in the bed with the owners! Covered in sand and salt from the day’s adventures, potcakes are just fine outside in the temperate weather.
Angel’s Better Life
So, what does Angel’s life look like these days?
Well, she does get to sleep indoors, though not in my bed (anymore). Her paws are scrubbed pink by running through the sand, whereas they had always been black from city asphalt and dirt before. She luuuuuuuvs to go outside – no more hesitating because it’s snowing or sleeting. No more crying because salt on the ice is stinging her paws. No more doggie daycare. No more days cooped up in a crate at home waiting for the dog-walker while I work for hours on end at the office. Plus, she finds so many interesting lizards to chase and new noises to bark at!
Here is my island dog at rest and play . . .
Not a bad life, eh?!
Angel makes frequent appearances throughout most of my blog postings. However, for posts where she is the star, click on the “Angel” category in the dropdown list in the right margin for a list of those posts. Enjoy!