Friday, July 24, 2009

Wet Dog

We went to Wolfe's Pond today for a much-needed dose of the wild. Marge was only 100% comfortable on the wooded trails and NOT where there were lots of people and kids and noises, but since I have not yet heard back from my vet (hopefully tomorrow morning) there is no use in belaboring the issue.

Marge has slowly been getting more comfortable with water. Though she refuses to go in the ocean, she will willingly cross very shallow streams and such and will go deeper as long as there are treats.

We were walking along the pond and I decided to throw a treat it for Marge to go out and get. I'm always concerned about Marge swallowing too much water when she wades because she likes to stick her nose in and blow bubbles, but this spot wasn't particularly algae-ridden or anything. I did it a few times only a few feet from shore, and then tossed one a bit father in.

Marge must have either forgot for the moment that she was running into a pond, or simply didn't know that the pond would drop off. So I threw it in, and BAM! She went off running, like I have never seen her do in water. Once she was outfar enough that the bottom dropped off, she kind of did a faceplant into the water, got herself completely soaked, and stood there for a couple of seconds in what seemed like total disbelief. Unfortunately, it was not caught on camera. This is how she looked immediately after, though:

Thankfully, it didn't bother her too much, because we played the treat-in-pond game a few more times after that and she didn't mind at all. After that, she zoomed up and down the shore rather blissfully. She won't go in so far that her feet don't touch the bottom, but I'm thinking that one day I'll just go in with her and convince her that it's fun to actually swim.


Sue July 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

My gang are turning out to be true water dogs. We're having so much fun at the lake this summer.

Astrid Keel July 25, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

I love Marge's expression on the second picture! Priceless! Glad you had a good day. :)

Martha July 26, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

We just love her face!!! Sounds like a great day - we know all about wet dogs in Scotland! We have come home for a few days hoping for a miracle change in the weather!
Martha & Bailey xxx

Cinnamon and Mint July 26, 2009 at 7:18 AM  

Hi Marge. Although Cookie loves the water and he can swim, he is not that comfortable in a deep water either.

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Anonymous July 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

Hey, thanks for stopping by.
I hope Marge will learn to enjoy swimming soon. About a month ago we took Jake and Maggie on their
first trip to the lake. Luckily, there was a full-grown lab there who was swimming. I think that seeing another dog doing it helped them have confidence because they were swimming in no time. Now they absolutely LOVE to go swimming.

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