Tofu, a Labrador/Irish Water Spaniel cross, has been with us nearly two months now and has settled in so quickly to his new home. A house isn’t a home without a dog and it’s lovely to see him bounding over to you in the morning when we eat breakfast together. I love wandering around Necker in flip flops or barefoot – which is definitely a good thing as Tofu loves stealing socks. If you leave one lying around, he’ll have it. The smellier, the better apparently!
He’s had a lovely time exploring and meeting all the other wildlife on the island. He’s watched the flamingos nesting from a distance – it was so lovely to see them nesting again this year for the first time after the hurricane. He’s had a few conversations with the parrots but is still a little unsure of the giant tortoises. He will cautiously watch them and bark in surprise when they make their slow movements – you can imagine him wondering why these things that look like rocks are moving!
Kat and Adam, two wonderful members of our Necker team, take him down to the beach every morning. He’s a cheeky chap and has invented a new twist on hide and seek… he likes to hide the ball and give them the runaround! He’s also happy digging holes on the beach and flicking up sand in the sand pit as he chases his ball around. He’s also already finding his sea legs – he’s been out on a paddle board twice now and absolutely adores it. As soon as you get the board in the water he bounds straight onto it. He also likes floating around the pool next to an inflatable flamingo.
When he’s worn out from all the excitement, he’s often found napping under the bamboo chairs at the Great House. I wonder how long he’ll be able to do that for – he’s already getting to be a rather large pup. He’s four months old and now weighs 9kg! Miso, our other Labrador/Irish Water Spaniel cross, has been keeping an eye on Tofu and it’s great to see the pair bonding well.
He’s been smothered with love and attention and it’s great to see how quickly he’s become such a much-loved part of our lives on Necker.