Today I went with Mimi & Jade to a Swimming Pool for Dogs who need to strengthen their muscles. It was only a 20 minute drive from home, so not far for for us to get there. When we got there I was left in the car whilst Mimi & Jade went in and got ready. Jade had a Floatation Vest put on her, as she can get tired from all the energy she uses when swimming. Jade is an excellent swimmer and has never needed a Vest before, but she is getting on in her years and we thought it may help her in the pool. Mimi had her own Vest, as she is still learning how to Swim wthout being 'bum' heavy because of her long body.
After they had done some laps, Mum asked how a dog who had never swum, would go in the pool, as I was not keen on water or getting wet ( I don't like baths either). The lady said I should be ok, so Mum went and got me from the car. I barked a lot at the strange lady, but she did not mind and got me ready (she said I was cute :) ). I had a martingale collar put on and then a small Floatation Vest put on me. It had a handle on top so I was easy to pick up like a handbag !!. The nice lady carried me up to the end of the lap pool, and put me in the water with a long lead attached, so she could walk on the pool deck as I swam. I immediately started swimming back to Mummy who was so amazed that I was not panicking to get out. I swam like I'd done this many times before (but hadn't) down to her, she was so excited at my 1st Swim in a Pool.
I had a little rest while Mimi & Jade did more laps, and then I swam up & down the Pool with Mummy on the other end of the lead. I was swimming very well and trying to catch up to Mum but she walked quick and my little short legs were going as fast as they could, but I just could not carch up to her !!
After my Swims I was dried off in a towel and wriggled like a squirmy worm, making it hard for mum to get me dry, but I was excited and wanted to run around and get dry.
Mum says I can go back for more Swims and hopefully one day I won't need a vest, but until then I will be wearing one to get my confidence up.
Today Mummy took me out to KCC Park where they were having Lure Racing for any small breed dogs that like to chase things. She was not sure how I would go, as I am a bit of a 'wall flower' when it comes to going out in public.
When we got there I was given a number for my Races that I would be in for the day. All the First timers were allowed to have a couple of goes. Four of us at a time were put into these single boxes, which were closed behind us. That was scary as I could not see Mummy. Then she came in front of me but there was mesh wire stopping me from getting to her. Then Mummy walked away from me, about 110 yds away, Oooh I could hardly see her !!!
The wire cage door opened and I did not know what to do , I think I heard Mummy and started running towards her voice. There was lots of shouting from a long way up the other end, and the other dogs ran up to where the group of people were. I got half way and decided I would go back, as I could not find her.
In my 2nd Race I knew where Mummy was, so I ran really fast to where I could see her, & Aunty Manda, who were calling me.
For my 3rd Race we all had colored "scrunchies" around our necks, to match the color of the racing Boxes we were put in . When the gate was lifted I ran down the straight to where Mummy was. She was sooo pleased I came to her, even though I was last. My short little legs were making it hard for me to run on the grass, which was a bit soft and spongy, which is why all the others got to the end first. (they had longer legs !!)
The last run of the day we had to jump hurdles, well, big PVC Pipes about 3 inches high for us to jump over along the way. I jumped them all, and it made Mummy laugh as I was running as fast as my little legs could go, and my ears were flapping in the wind :)
Today was really fun and it gave me a good workout too.
Mummy will take me back again for some more racing as it is something I can do that the Big Dogs can't.