For quite some time now I have been thinking of having another dog. Man’s best friend is a wonderful traveling companion, giving unconditional love to it’s owner in return for nothing more than food, love, kindness and protection. There are so many dogs that have been mistreated, abandoned and unloved that animal rescue centres are full of these unfortunate, loving animals. A friend told me of a rescue centre near Estepona in Spain, a country where sadly only too many dogs find there way into these centres. I got in touch with the centre and arranged to call in last Thursday. When I arrived I was welcomed by the staff, but somewhat shocked by the number of dogs they have in their care. There were dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Living in a van it would be unfair to have a huge dog, Spanish male Mastin’s for example can grow to one hundred kilo’s, a very large dog. I was looking for a medium sized animal as I am not so keen on small dogs. I looked at the sad faces in each of many pens in which the dogs were kept and was offered the chance to take any of the dogs for a walk. I considered four dogs that I thought would be right for me and took each in turn for a long walk. One stood out for me, a two year old Padenco Cross. She was friendly, alert and we seemed to bond instantly. Back at the centre I completed the adoption papers and arranged to collect her the following day after I’d had a chance to buy a new collar, lead and other essentials. On Friday morning I collected ‘Lana’. I am not a great believer in fate but my name is Alan and Lana has the same four letters, shorely it was meant to be. Lana jumped into the camper without any problems and was happy to sit looking out of the windows as I made my way to an overnight camping spot. She seemed happy to be with me and settled down straight away, finding a comfortable spot which she now calls her own. In the last few days I have met many dogs owners who have all said what a beautiful dog Lana is, and have all be amazed by the fact that I have only had her for a couple of days. It appears to others that she has been with me since she was a pup. She walks on the lead and is also happy to run on the beach chasing sticks which she brings back to me without any hesitation. She is friendly with other dogs, children and adults alike. I couldn’t wish for a better companion, and a better start to what I know will be many happy years spent together.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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