My sister went back home a couple of days ago, but while she was here, we managed to sneak in a 2 day trip down to Croatia to jump in the ocean and enjoy a little bit of salt and sunshine. Her trip as a whole did not go as planned. Once we found the kitten, whose name is Loki by the way, we were sort of locked into watching him and regularly giving him medicine, which prevented us from doing all the things I had planned. Of course, we were more than happy to stay at home and take care of the little guy, but when Loki's eye took a turn for the worse and his energy and appetite plummeted, the vet thought it would be best for him to stay there a few days. We were grateful for the break and given the fact that Kenza was flying out of Zagreb anyway in just a few days, we just spontaneously packed the car and hit the road! Some very nice people let us stay in their summer house, because last minute booking in Croatia in August is next to impossible. (Thank you for that, kind friends!)
Since we were staying near Zadar, we thought it would be fun one day to hop on the car ferry and check out an island nearby. We set off early Saturday morning to Ugljan island after some quick researching, with donuts in hand. We drank good coffee on the ferry out of actual coffee cups and Odin was a dream and so well behaved — I was so proud! All that training really paid off! Once we got to the island we explored looking for little hidden beaches and swimming areas that allowed dogs, which proved to be more difficult than we had expected (there are no dog signs EVERYWHERE). But in the end the journey always ends up being the part you remember, even the part where we hiked over sharp rocks in flip flops in 100 degree heat for 45 minutes to find a secret cove which ended up being basically a garbage pile and an abandoned fire station.
After a good lunch in Preko to lift our spirits and a couple of cold, cold beers, we rented a peddle boat and just took off with Odin on board. It was hilarious and so much fun to see our wet dog walking around the little boat. We swam around a little, snapped some pictures, and headed back to the car ferry. That night we had big plans to go out, but after another beer and a pretty great lightning storm that we watched from a bar on the beach in Zadar we got sleepy and decided to go to bed (we're all getting old, even my 20 year old sister, and let's face it, going out sucks). The next morning we hit the road again and sat in a gnarly storm and some horrible traffic before saying goodbye to Kenza. I miss her so much already. :(
Even though it was quick and not the most well planned of vacations, it was fun and spontaneous and hilarious and I don't think any of us will forget Odin's unique swimming technique or how he sprinted straight into the ocean as soon as he saw it! And now, here are a lot of pictures...
This is the first beach we stopped at, and the water was too perfect to pass up. And even though there was a no dog sign nearby, Odin didn't seem to care and ran straight in. Also, can we just talk about that last picture for a minute? Hello, how is that my life? How is that my husband? How are those my boys? Ugh, it's too good.
We stopped for a really GREAT lunch in Preko — the food was so, so good — to lift our spirits after finding a million no dog signs on every single beach. Preko is a very cute little town on Ugljan and I highly, highly recommend checking it out and eating at Roko.
A few snaps from our peddle boat, including a very soggy and salty pup. This was so much fun. I jumped off at one point and Odin almost lost his mind trying to figure out a way to save me. In the end he just ran around the boat trying to get Damir's attention and trying to work up the courage to jump in to save me himself, and then let out the saddest cry ever. Words cannot describe how much I love my dog. :D
By the way, we're back home now with little Loki, who has more energy than any creature I've ever seen. His eye is still not doing that well, but we're doing our best and hoping we can restore some amount of vision so he can have a better life. But we're in love with our newest little guy and we're committed to giving him the best life possible!