When I think about our Spain, Morocco and LISBON journey in 2012, my packing fingers get itchy.
Our 2.5 weeks house and dog sitting experience in the hills an hour from Granada was a dream. LULU the heart stealing dog was our charge, or was that the other way around? In any case I for one was smitten. She was like an only child with her routine of walks, meals, treats and tick checks (maybe not a child). When it was cold outside we turned the heater on and she curled up beside me, when it was warm we followed the sun together around the courtyard, her on the warm pebbles right beside my chair. There is no doubt she was a woman’s dog.
But our real bonding came at walk time. I mentioned the hills right… we walked up-down-over-around and across hills three times every day. One of those walks I christened The Forts, to distinguish it from Morning, Pine Forest, Snake and I refuse to walk up that hill walk.
The Forts were used in the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 between the Nationalists (Franco) and the Republicans. When this walk was not covered in atmospheric cloud it offered I want to stay here forever views. I think it was also frequented by IBEX because Lulu (some kind of hunting dog me thinks) was always eager to get there and reluctant to leave. She came with a she bails up cats and Ibex warning from her owner and I would like to add a she chases snakes warning to that as well.
The Civil War Forts, Moclin, Andalucia
Have a Fantastic Friday – I am dreaming of Spanish Lulu – but feel free to leave a message, tweet, facebook share, Pin It or Google+ it – you won’t disturb me at all 🙂
What a beautiful spot. 🙂 How lovely to have a dog to keep you company! 🙂
Such a beautiful dog and so full of character. She was like an old lady who knew what she wanted and expected from life. 🙂
Sounds like a good way to experience a place – dog and house sitting! You’d definitely see a different side.
Yes, I hope we get to do more house and pet sitting in the future 🙂
Oh my gosh this post made my day because you included the link to Lulu, Jan! She’s absolutely adorably cute! My dad taught history in high school for some 30 years I love that as well. Going back to look at Lulu again. Thank you! 🙂
It was only when I did this post Mike that I realized I have not done one on Lulu. I have heaps of photos of her and the countryside so I intend to do one soon. 🙂
Lulu sounds adorable and special. I’m sure she made your house sitting experience more enjoyable. I can understand why you miss her. The walk to the Fort sounds spectacular.
It was a dream house-sit and we were so lucky they chose us. Thanks for commenting Marisol.
It really was Lily 🙂
Okay – do you need any help with your luggage when you return to Spain? Seriously 🙂
That dog sounds so cute, and a great way to explore the area – walking up such steep hills is a great way to exercise!
I would go back to Spain in a flash Lisa. It is a fantastic country and Lulu was special 🙂
Sweet story, but I was looking for a photo of the pooch!
Hi Corinne, There was a link on LULU that takes you to a post that has a photo of her. 🙂