October to May is ‘stinger season’ here in Darwin. Stingers are box jellyfish. It’s a good time to stay out of the water because it is not a creature you want to meet. Most of the time it’s not a problem for dogs as they’ve got a covering of fur, but there have been quite a few jellyfish in the water recently and with Elsie being so young and curious I decided to give the beach a bit of a break, so we haven’t been for a while. My fear is she bites one, which could be disasterous. One dog was killed at our beach as a result of a jellyfish sting last year. So we’ve been swimming at our favourite spot at the creek, and we’ve been to the dog park a lot which has a huge billabong where the dogs can swim. This is Flo and Elsie in full ridgeback mode, spying their quarry, who carries on sniffing, oblivious. If you look reeeeeeeeeealllllly closely you might be able to see the speck of dog on the other side of the billabong which caught their attention. There is some debate as to whether ridgebacks are sight hounds or scent hounds. I’m thinking that their sight is pretty flipping good though I probably need to show them flash cards of african wildlife so that they don’t waste their energy on black dogs who couldn’t care less. A little less of this mischief and a little more playing would be good thanks ladies.