Salvage Squad Season

When the ice on the shores of Lake Michigan recedes and the snow melts, the lakefront comes alive. It’s a beautiful time of year, for the most part. But the thaw also lets loose months’ worth of flotsam. In combination with less than considerate people, this time of year is unfortunately ripe for debris at the beach.

However, there is one brave Salvage captain who tirelessly works to keep the water clean.
Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

Eko scouts the shallows for targets

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

Then free dives for his prize

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

Literally bobbing for apples

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

This summer Eko’s back at his trade, stirring up the sand in search of buried treasure

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

Unlike last year, Penny’s interested in Eko’s mining operation. But in these pirate waters, you keep what you find so Eko’s not keen to share his haul of sticks

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure.

Penny’s not so easily dissuaded and has taken to following Eko on his deepwater expeditions

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

She’s proven herself an adept diver 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

Penny’s big haul was a new first for the Salvage Squad

Rhodesian Ridgeback, cute, puppy, chicago, dog beach, adventure

A shovel! The team now has its own equipment for their next expedition 

Yes, all the debris at the beach is a nuisance, but the annoyance is dampened by the joy the pups get from hauling the junk to shore. It’s also a great opportunity to practice the most important command (“leave it!”) and do our part to clean up the beach a bit.

30 thoughts on “Salvage Squad Season”

  1. I love how they just stick their heads right into the water! It would be a great thing to see from below…

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  2. Great photos, Will. I love the one where Penny’s is “partially” under-water, but that tell-tell ear is plain to see, They both seem quite comfortable to be water-dogs. Possibly some Lab blood in the family? lol
    Dottie&Tuffy-Cat

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