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November 08, 2005

Swimming Lessons for Puppies

When you live on the water, and don't have complete control over your legs, it's a good idea to know how to swim. Unfortunately, the puppies didn't.

So-- time for swimming lessons.

Daddy's (Tasso's) old water wings were still around, so they were reused. Passed down a generation... pretty funny.

They fit quite well... and were very necessary. As it turned out, these guys did not have natural instinct to tread water; when dropped in the water, they simply froze and sank. With the water wings, they had a chance to explore carefully what happens if they move. Except, they didn't. But once I started moving their paws, they somehow figured it out, and kept kicking. Now, 3 lessons later, they can stay above water for quite a while. Good thing, because a few days later, both fell in, but stayed up until we fished them out.

Next lesson: WHERE to swim when you fall in....


Posted by rick at November 8, 2005 01:35 PM


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