Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The End Of Summer

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer. This year it also marked the end of our heat wave. Since May we've endured temperatures in the 90s and 100s, but Monday it was 80s and breezy. Then on Tuesday the temps remained in the 70s and the sky was a cloudless blue. What a perfect day to make our last trip of the season to the lake.
It's always difficult to decide which dogs to take along. Samba and Morgan both love to swim, but we try to give everyone a chance, so this time we took Sky, Lola and Norma Jean. I was hoping that Norma Jean's love of swimming would rub off on the other two who aren't enthusiastic about water.
We met J, Splash and Gracie and went directly to the boat. Norma Jean couldn't wait to board the boat and almost jumped off the dock. She was so excited that I had to hold her tightly on the boat. She wanted to go over the side and start swimming before we even got to the cove. Once we docked, she was the first one into the water.
Lola swam out to Rob a couple times, but mostly enjoyed just walking around in the shallow water.
Sky was astounded that the other dogs actually jumped into the water and swam way out. He just stood on the boat and watched in awe. He got his feet wet a couple times, but preferred to watch the others.
Splash, Grace and Norma Jean all swam after their toys and kept all three humans busy throwing them farther out.
We took a break to have a snack and to let the dogs rest.
It was a gorgeous day and I could have spent the day on the boat reading and sipping wine. The dogs had other ideas.
Norma Jean created a little splash, but in the manner of a typical teenage boy, Splash had to show off for the rest of us.

He likes to jump off the back of the boat. Sky couldn't believe what he was seeing.

All too soon it was time to leave for home.
Lola had done well for a dog who isn't crazy about water.

Sky just didn't know what to think about any of these water activities.
Grace was sorry to have to leave the lake.
Splash would like to keep swimming, but maybe there were some treats waiting at home. Splash is a chow hound.
Norma Jean thought it was a perfect day. She's a true water dog and looks forward to next summer.
Back at J's house they were all excited and happy. There's nothing better for a water dog than a day on the water.
They all slept on the way home. Now they can start dreaming about playing in the snow.


Benny and Lily said...

what a splish splashin day. Wish I could dive like that
Benny & Lily

Shane Kent Louis said...

Yeah, summer is enough, I really enjoy my summer with my Pawrents, and Paw Friends, how about you, well I think you really enjoy it too. nice photos!

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Miss Kodee said...

These are great photos! I understand the one that doesnt like to swim. We had a black lab once that just couldn't swim!! She fell in the lake a few times and each time we had to jump in to save her. Love the photo of the one mid air!

Stella said...

That is what I am dreaming about, sticking my snooter down into the snow bank and see whats there. Long walks in the snow. So nice!

Look forward to seeing you out in the white stuff!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a perfect way to spend the day! We're glad your temps cooled down for you.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

Great water outing :D Luved the photo of Splash flying into the water! What fun!

Waggin at ya,

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

I'd love to be able to take Miss Ivy out on a boat or to a dock. I've never seen a dog who loves the rain as much as she does. I know she's love to swim.

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SissySees said...

Sissy wants Sky to know that she doesn't even like to get her feet wet at the beach. She bets he'd enjoy sand crab hunting with her, even when the waves sneak up on you and get you wet!

Marjie said...

Sadly, all seasons must come to an end. Happily, that means other fun things we can anticipate, like playing in leaves!

Thor hated the water, too, unless it was playing with the stream from the hose.

Mad about Craft said...

But we don't want snow too soon, I haven't recovered from last winter's yet.

The dogs look like they had great fun.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A few of the pools here are opening them up on their last day to let the dogs swim. Someone suggested I bring Todd, but I won't take him--He hates to even go out in the rain. But a couple of our dogs, love it as much as your pups do!! :-)

parlance said...

Those lucky dogs!

gMarie said...

looks like big fun. Did Fudge ever get to go to the lake? I don't recall seeing that. g

Nichole said...

Love all the water pics, as always! We're happy to have some cooler temps finally as well.