Teddy and Koko mud bath

Hey Holla: Q&A with dog walker, Keri Anne Main and her pup, Teddy 

It’s not just humans that enjoy and get great benefit out of the trails, our furrier friends also love a good adventure. We chatted to a regular dog walker, Keri Anne…

Where are you from? Ballito, Dolphin Coast.

How old is Teddy and what type of dog is he? Teddy is a 3 year old Chocolate Labrador.

How long have you been walking at Holla? Since 2018!

Do you have other dog walking buddies? Who are they? Teddy and I are blessed with several friends who are dog owners that enjoy taking their best friend on an adventure. Teddy’s best friend is Koko but bring on the Weim Squad, Lexie Maidman and the black French poodles Bill and Bob.

What do you love most about Holla Trails? The word “Holla” sets Teddy off in a frenzy. He knows exactly what that word means and when we turn onto the R102 then the excitement really kicks in. Holla Trails is an environment where my dog and I can experience the best of the outdoors and what the Dolphin Coast has to offer.  From seeing familiar faces on the trails, catching up with friends, getting the benefit of outdoor exercise, the bird life, the variety of trails and the fact that I get to share all of this with Teddy.  It creates a great bonding experience and we both benefit. 

Do you use the trails for running or riding at all? Only walking for now.

Favourite route? Depending on the weather our preferred route is the pink route but we do venture out on the brown route during the cooler months. Sometimes I can’t believe that we have these beautiful trails right on our doorstep.

How often do you visit the trails and is there a preferred time of day you enjoy most? As often as possible. Preferably three times per week and usually around sunrise. It is the perfect time of day and it really sets the tone for the rest of the day.  Teddy and I are still trying to find our groove after lockdown and get back into a routine. 

Anything else you would like to tell us about your dog walking adventures at Holla? That is exactly what they are. Adventures. All those wonderful smells are sometimes distracting for Teddy. It can take ages for us just to leave the car park because of all the smells between there and the air strip. Once we pass the airstrip we are on our way. We don’t let rain or a bit of mud hold us back. If there are mud puddles Teddy always makes a beeline for them and enjoys a good mud bath to cool off. I am at my happiest when I can see that my dog is fulfilled. After a walk it is usually a swim in the dam before heading back to the car for a cup of coffee. Then the day begins.