willie in malaga spain

We spent a winter away from home in a city named Malaga on the southern coast of Spain. We decided to go to the warmest area and for winter it was perfect. It was sunny every day except for one and we spent almost all of our time on the beach.

It was here that I had a revelation. I noticed something for the first time. Something ever present, but often overlooked. I had travelled with willie for almost 4 years and had never really taken much notice of this. I always felt he was different. He was a dog, but there was something inside him that was more human like or at least like the “human” that I feel we all have the capability of being. For the first time we weren’t around anyone we knew. No old friends, no family, no phone calls, no work…just the two of us. This allowed willie to be who he is and freed me to observe him without distraction.

On our first bright day in Malaga we ran to the beach to watch a spectacular Sun rise out of Africa and drench us with its golden kisses. A little time passed sweetly before an intoxicating aroma greeted our curious noses and growling bellies, luring us toward a most delightfully simple feast of BBQ sardines. Some delectable local lemon was squeezed on them, which made for an unexpected party experience in our mouths.

Willie spent the hour following our meal patiently waiting as I gave him a much needed haircut. He had been still all morning long. After this hour of grooming and coiffing, he was abounding with energy and in pursuit of an adventure. It was then that willie began a brand new LOVE affair with the world…or at least I began to take notice of it.

We would walk separately. I mean we were together, but on the beach we would walk apart from each other. He would sometimes gravitate closer to the water to cool off and then toward the trees to get some shade. I began to notice people looking at willie curiously, since he appeared to be on his own. Rather than lost, he looked just like any person strolling along enjoying the beach. Almost everyone that passed him would smile and say hello. Some even approached him and started a conversation. How strange that he could do this so effortlessly. Questions started presenting themselves in my mind. The main one being, if we already have the potential to be happy and share that with others, why can’t we do it with everyone we pass on the street? Why was he able to have 100% trust of a stranger, but someone like me would have to start from zero and gain it over time? The immediate answer was simple…willie was innocent and cute. He could not take anything from anyone and this made him very approachable. But what about who he was inside?

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willie loves the graffiti of Granada spain

Willie and I spent a week in Granada Spain. We heard from so many that this city was THE place to see in Spain. Many tourists were here to visit the Alhambra palace, but the most memorable part for us had to have been the brilliant street art everywhere.

From the moment we stepped out of our apartment to the end of our hike at the top of mountain we were greeted by colourful displays of graffiti art. Every time we turned a corner we didn’t know what beauty to expect. This graffiti was different than most. It appeared to be created by the same artist and it felt like they had put a lot of love into each creation. In turn I felt their love reflecting back like a starburst and it made me smile.

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meet willie and get a polaroid instant photo with him

When willie meets new friends we like to leave them with something to remember the moment. If you see willie out in your city, stop and say hello and we’ll give you a polaroid photo with him for you to keep! Here are a few polaroids from willie’s recent travels.

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Do you have a photo or video with willie?
If so please share it on facebook.com/followwillieinstagram@whereiswilliedog and twitter@followwilliedog. You can also email willie@whereiswillie.com or complete our contact form