Thursday, June 30, 2011

Can Norma Jean Teach Swimming?

Yesterday was a hot (90 degree), sunny day so we decided a trip to the lake would be fun.  Morgan stayed home because she's showing her age and these trip tire her. Samba stayed home because she still has stitches in her foot. So we took Norma Jean, Tess and Noah.

The big question was, would Norma Jean remember how to swim out and retrieve the toys or without Morgan and Samba there to provide an example, would she forget. And, if she remembered, could she teach Tess and Noah?

We met Splash and Gracie and headed for the swimming cove.

Once we arrived, everybody was ready to get wet.

Splash and Gracie like to create a splash by jumping off the boat. My guys are still learners and wear vests to give them support and confidence.

This looked promising.

Nora Jean remembered what she was supposed to do and set a good example for the others.

 Noah caught on quickly.

Tess never did retrieve the toys, but she showed that she could swim with the others.

Splash and Grace are tireless.

We did lots of swimming together.

One of the toys floated under the boat and Rob swam back to rescue it. The girls were keeping a close eye on him.

Then it was time for a break and some lunch.

 After lunch everyone was ready to swim some more.
Splash led the way.

Noah decided that he was finished for the day and settled down on the boat.

We decided that Norma Jean was so confident now, we'd remove her vest and see how she did without it.
Obviously, she does great without the vest. She's just as confident swimming naked as wearing the vest.

Tess still needs the help of her vest, but she's doing very well.

Finally, it was time to come aboard and have a snack before heading home.

My two fish puppies, Grace and Norma Jean were sorry to leave the lake, but there will be other days to swim.


SissySees said...

Hooray Norma Jean! I wish you could TRY to teach Sissy to swim. Gretchen is a natural, but of course, Sissy would NEVER allow her little sister to teach her to swim...

Marjie said...

Tess called up Thor. She said, and Thor quotes, "I'm a water dog, not a retriever. Mom was confused."

Or that's what would have happened if those two could use phones. Looks like it was a fun day.

Dawn said...

Looks so much fun! Lol I'd be jumping in with them!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Boy does that look like fun to beat the heat.
Benny & Lily

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Great day out...and what fun for the pups! We think they want a repeat visit very soon.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

The best way to spend any warm day!!!

parlance said...

Oh, what a lovely post! A lake! Penny has swum in the edge of the sea, and near the bank of rivers - both of which make me, on the shore, a teensy bit anxious. But a lake and a boat sounds like heaven.

rottrover said...

You go, Norma Jean! Good girl!!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

With the heat we are having, it must have been a great day for a swim. Not sure we would like it, but it does look like fun.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Molly the Airedale said...

What a great way to beat the heat! Good girl, Norma Jean!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

What a terrific outing! They all looked like they were in a very happy place! Excellent learn to swim techniques :)

Waggin at ya,

Lapdog Creations said...

Yay Norma Jean! :)

Rich said...

What vest do you use?