My partner and I were walking our four Standard Poodles near a big, wide estuary which has mangroves around the water’s edge. Mangroves are a diverse group of woody trees and shrubs that inhabit the shallow intertidal margins of sheltered coastal and estuarine environments. They break up waves and help prevent them reaching the shore. As a result, mangroves play an important role in erosion control and shoreline protection. Many species of birds make extensive use of mangroves for roosting, feeding, and breeding.
Next to the mangroves is grass, then a footpath, another 15 feet of council property and, beyond that, million dollar homes with beautiful gardens. The four dogs were trotting happily along when all of a sudden we heard a lot of squawking, quacking, and splashing. A mother duck, swimming in the mangroves, had alerted her babies to our presence and was gathering her family. With a huge rush of adrenalin, all of the Poodles headed for the water! I yelled for them to come back. Panda returned first as she never gets more than belly-deep in water. Year-old Thea, the most obedient, as she doesn’t chase things, came out of the water next. Sherman doesn’t know how to swim so he came back too . . . not happy about it, but he’s only wet up to his sides. On the other hand, Dixie is a very strong swimmer and loves to swim.
Author: Anne Bennett
As originally published April 2009