A new family walk

Since Koopa got introduced to the beach on his first walk we’ve been loving taking him there! It’s becoming a real special time for us all.

We jumped in the car one day last week and drove down the road to a beach near to where we used to live.

It was the end of the day, it was cooling down outside and the beach was lovely.  Mark had Freddie in the wrap and off we went!

family walk on the beach praslin seychelles

Arthur and Koopa are so cute, they were off in their own little world exploring together.

Family walk. Toddler and Puppy on the beach. Praslin Seychelles

How cute is this picture of Arthur’s footprints and Koopa’s paw prints in the sand!

Family walk on the beach. Footprints and paw prints. Praslin, Seychelles

Along the way Arthur stopped to throw some stones into the Ocean, definitely one of his favourite things to do!

Family walk. Throwing stones in the ocean

We walked until we found some trees that had fallen down.

Family walk Praslin Seychelles

We had so much fun playing around, climbing running and hiding in them.

Family walk on the beach Praslin Seychelles. Daddy and baby. Baby wearing Family walk on the beach, praslin seychelles Family walk on the beach. Praslin, Seychelles Family walk on the beach praslin seychelles family walk on the beach praslin seychelles

Arthur thought it was great and Koopa did too! It was lots of fun watching the two of them chasing each other around, enjoying each other’s company.

We were having such a lovely time that we hadn’t realised it was way past Arthur’s dinner time and we had to head home.

Family walk. Praslin Seychelles

Of course when a small boy is having so much fun, just going home is not always as easy as all that!!
Our little master of distractions found anything to take as long as possible to get home!!  He threw stones and seaweed into the sea, splashed around and generally just slowed right down to do anything but go home.

The thing is, he looks so cute while he’s doing it, it’s pretty hard to get angry!

In the end the only thing for it was a mama piggy back!!

Family walk on the beach. Piggy back. Praslin Seychelles

It became one of those magic moments.  Those unplanned, simple yet oh so beautiful moments.  The ones where we sit back and think yep, that’s why we live here!!  This is definitely a special place for us now and a lovely place to go for a family walk.

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Life Unexpected


Meet Koopa!!

Yep, our family has increased again!  Koopa, as in Koopa Troopa from Super Mario (I know, we are pretty cool!) is our newest arrival!

You might think we are insane for getting a puppy as well as having a 2 month old baby and a 2 year old!  You might be right, but after we were burgled again we decided it was time to get a dog!  We’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this was the final straw.

So the burglary happened Monday night and by Tuesday evening we had this little guy.


I feel like it was a ‘meant to be’ sort of situation.   Let me explain:
We told our next door neighbour what happened.  She already had 2 dogs and said we really should get one.
Randomly, later that morning her husband was given a puppy by someone he worked with (That kinda thing does just happen here as I’ll explain later).  When I saw it I asked her to let me know if she heard of any more.  Turned out there were more puppies and they brought him right on round to us.

Okay, so this might not sound like a regular way to get a dog.  I guess it isn’t.  But, here that’s totally normal.
Dogs aren’t really kept here in the way that they are in the UK.
Nearly all dogs are outside dogs.  They tend to be sort of free range too due to most people not having fences around their properties.  You see a lot of little dog packs around.  They are never intimidating though.
Lots of ‘free range’ dogs results in a lot of unwanted puppies, unfortunately not a lot of people get their dogs spayed.  Therefore it really isn’t that unusual to be offered a puppy, or a kitten for that matter!

When we got him he was 6 weeks old, he’s now 8 weeks.  I have taken him to the vet and he has been given his first vaccination and is on a months course of worming tablets.  We’ve got some flee stuff coming out from the UK this week for him too, just in case!  I couldn’t believe how cheap it was at the vets, I payed 300scr (£15)!

We are really happy to be taking in little Koopa and giving him a home where he is really wanted, looked after and truly a part of the family!

Koop is a “creole breed” essentially what that means is he’s a mutt! But he’s a super cute one!!!
He is a really lovely natured little guy and Arthur adores him.  They spend lots of time playing together outside in the garden.

Koopa and Arthur

We have to remember that as well as our family pet he is here to help with security. He sleeps outside on our veranda for three reasons

  1. So that he will be aware of anyone breaking in
    Right now he clearly is not much of a force to be reckoned with.  But, the main thing is that he will hopefully bark and generally draw attention if someone tries to break in.
  2. Because we are not totally insane and know that we need to keep Koopa separate from Freddie for now!
  3. Because Mark is actually allergic to dogs so we don’t want dog hair in the house!  Although, so far so good Mark has had no reactions to Koopa!  He has never had a dog or a cat before which is why I think he reacts to them, so I think that he will build up a tolerance!

So there you go!  The fifth member of our little island family!