I'm a proud momma. Dog-ughter (pronounced like daughter), a.k.a. Katie-love, can swim!!!!!!!!
Here look. I'll show you!
Katie, being a golden retriever, has always been in love with water. She isn't too hesitant to just walk in and lay down for a bit of a cool off. She has also been know to gulp large amounts of water and splash.
I swear she was saying momma, oh how I ever want to follow you, but first I must get longer legs so I can keep my cute little nose dry.
I even explained that dogs are natural floaters and that her wee webbed feet were designed for this too!
Come on girlfriend, let's give this swimming thing a try!
She didn't really seem to mind all this when I held her.
But as soon as I started to let go I could hear her thinking I had tricked her...
"Momma, there is no ground here."
"How could you do this to me?"
"What do you mean paddle with my paws? It'll never work"
"I need ground! Whhhaaaaa!"
"Oh wait. This paddling thing isn't so bad."
"Momma, I don't know what you were worrying about, I'm a swimming natural."
Yup. There's my girl!! Swimming! I'm a proud momma!!
Excited goldens are often known to run in really big fast circles!
There she goes!
I often find myself singing that Cake song about her "going the distance" ... "going for speed"
Wet goldens that have just run around a lot often like to shake afterwards and if you are within the splash zone it's a bit wet.
Nothing compares to the smell of a good 'ole wet dog!
You see, Katie loves sticks!
And guess what she loves sticks in water too!
See the yummy stick Katie?
She did jump after it a bit in the water. And still needs to get the hang of fetching a floating stick, but I could tell this was doggy heaven for her!
At one point, I think she decided she was going to swim the whole lake. Either that or I forgot to teach her how to turn around?
I guess I will have to think harder about which way I point her before she just takes off and paddles.
Man 'o man this little doggy has my heart!
Awww... that little tongue!
Now, if this isn't a picture of golden happiness... then I don't know what is.
A BIG thank you to Mr. Happy for taking the pictures!
And I can sure see a lot more swimming in our future as the dog days of summer go on!