The Penny Polar Plunge

During high summer, Lake Michigan temperatures are refreshing but quite brisk. As fall fades to winter the lake temperature plummets. At the dog beach this means the water quickly clears. First the small dogs, then the short haired dogs and finally even the thickest coated pups stick to the shore.

Now that we’re in December all the dogs keep well away from the nearly frozen water. All but one, of course.
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Something is not right with Penny’s head. But I guess we knew that already.

I don’t throw sticks for her to fetch, there’s no dogs for her to chase, but for some reason Penny still feels compared to zoom across the frigid lake.

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It’s like she’s morally opposed to placid water and so takes it upon herself to displace as much of it as possible

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My current theory is Penny must move so fast that it heats up the entire lake and makes it feel tropical to her

The water is unbearable to be in for a few seconds, but Penny happily spends a few minutes enjoying her one girl polar plunge club.

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And then the nutjob rockets towards us at full speed

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Where Eko and I watch, half with bewilderment, half with the hope that Penny-popsicle won’t come and shake freezing water on us

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I have a waterproof jacket… Eko? Not so much. So I get to laugh while he tries to evade being touched by the Ice Queen

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“Keep those frozen paws off me!!”

We quickly make our way back to the car and I wrap my knucklehead in a towel. After she’s warmed up a bit, I run warm water for a shower.

At which point Penny starts whining and begging me not to subject her to such a cruel fate.

I do my best to understand my dogs. But sometimes I just shake my head, laugh and don’t even bother trying. Some things aren’t meant to be understood.

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Hey, Will, Eko, and Penny: It’s been a while, but I’m back. Sadly, I hate to report that Tuffy Cat passed away earlier this year, of pneumonia. He has really been missed a lot. I tried fostering a tiny (very tiny), yellow kitten. I was told that his name was “Flash”. I renamed him “Jumping Jack Flash”, and wow could that boy run… then take off… and ZOOM, Flash was airborne! It took me a while to learn to duck and yell incoming when he was in the immediate area. He’s a cute little guy, but very high energy (and I’m not). I did foster him again for a few days. It seems most people want older cats that aren’t so spastic.

So, how are the kids getting along. I read about Penny’s need to be an Ice Queen. That is too funny. Most animals really hate the cold water, but she always was a little different. I guess Eko has to take her in tow now and then, but I doubt there’s not much hope of that.

Did I hear right? Are you and Eko on the road again? I’ll try to catch up by reading some of your more recent posts. I just wanted to pop in and say hi to everyone.

Happy New Year,
Dottie

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