Thursday, June 16, 2011

Becoming A Water Dog

Yesterday we went to the lake. We loaded Morgan, Norma Jean and Samba with all their life vests and toys and towels and drove to J's house where Splash, Gracie and Runtley were waiting for us.

My dogs and Runtley got dressed in their vests while Splash and Gracie wore their swim harnesses.

Once we were on the boat, Samba checked to make sure the treats were safely on board.

Then we were under way to the swimming cove.

Let's play!

Samba, Morgan, Gracie and Splash couldn't wait to get in the water and start retrieving toys. We could hardly throw them fast enough.

Even Runtley was ready to get wet.

Norma Jean wasn't sure. She watched from the boat for a few minutes, but everyone was having so much fun.

Pretty soon she got off the boat and splashed around in the shallow water. I let her do whatever felt comfortable.

Soon it was time for a break and treats.

 The dogs waited while the humans had lunch.

After lunch it was time to swim some more.

Norma Jean was showing more interest.

Then she saw a toy floating and nobody showed any interest, so she went after it.

 Gracie stopped to watch.

Look who's swimming.

Now there was no stopping her.

She was swimming each time we threw the toy.

She was really enjoying the water.

Runtley was watching her tennis ball.

Got it!

This was something I had hoped for.

Finally it was time to head home.

Runtley was tired after a busy day of fetching her ball.

Grace is always sorry to leave the swimming cove. She could keep going for hours.

Samba had a wonderful time.

Morgan was tired.

Norma Jean showed that she's a true water dog and is looking forward to teaching Tess and Noah on the next trip.


♥I am Holly♥ said...

Going out in the boat sounds like lots of fun! Swimming does too but I'm not sure Holly would go for it...she doesn't like water too much! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

SissySees said...

I love it!! I still miss my childhood lab when I see your dogs in the water photos. I'm so glad Norma Jean decided to be a swimmer.

Stella said...

Looks like a perfectly wonderful day to us! For pups and for their


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What great pictures and what great fun!! I love watching dogs swim and enjoy themselves!!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

OoH dats a lot of water, I am not so sure I would have as much fun in it as all of you did. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Two French Bulldogs said...

You guys are hysterical with your life preservers on
Benny & Lily

rottrover said...

Oh Norma Jean!! YOU are a water dog!! Good job!! Mom has a huge smile on her face! I love to swim. I'm so happy you "took the plunge"!!


Wyatt said...

Oh, fun fun fun! Can I be a PWD too? I like to swim :)


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Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That looks like THE BEST DAY OUT!!! Swimming does make you very hungry. Glad you remembered the treats.

Full marks to Norma jean for braving the water.

XXXoOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

Molly the Airedale said...

You're a natural swimmer, Norma Jean! Good for you! What a fun day for all of the dogs!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Lapdog Creations said...

I always look forward to your lake/boating pics... so much FUN!!!

Sheltie Times said...

What a great day on the water. We are hoping to introduce Katy to water this summer. Bailey is afraid of the water after being pushed into a pool by two of his golden cousins. We are hoping if Katy takes to it, he may loose some of his fear.

gMarie said...

I don't do water - but I love it when the dogs do. There is just something about watching the dogs swim that brings a big smile every time. I'm so glad that Norma Jean decided she wanted to swim. g

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Looks like so much fun Sue....your dogs are so lucky!...
Hope you all have a great weekend,
Susan x