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June 3, 2015

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
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.

Comments for Salvage Squad Season

  1. OMD you are a smart girl! You found a shovel… now you can dig for treasures without getting dirty paws! Pawsome! How about a snorkel set for the pups?

  2. I am sure the beach crew love having Eko and Penny there helping with clean-up! Love the proud and jubilant look on Penny’s face!

  3. Doonzer says:

    Remind us: how on earth did you train Ridgebacks (not known for water skills) to stick their heads UNDER water and poke around?

  4. fredrieka says:

    anything that we can fit in our mouths, momwithoutpaws says we are like toddlers she has to watch what I am nibbling on if it is near the pond it would probably be frog legs

  5. OhMelvin says:

    Penny and Eko have more exciting lives than I do!!!

  6. Cupcake says:

    Thank goodness you guys are there! It looks like you’re doing a thorough job of cleaning the litter. The shovel is awesome. That’s a keeper!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  7. Amazing photo series! I love that they’re pitching in to clean up the mess- good dogs! 😀

  8. Kismet says:

    It’s a public service. Those non-biodegradable shovels would have been there for eons.

  9. Connie Taylor says:

    I’m sure Penny has heard about all the old shipwrecks in the lake from Eko, and with her new shovel she just might find the next big treasure! Even bigger than when the Titanic was rediscovered. Then you will all be on the “National Geographic Channel” discussing how Penny found her treasures!!!!

  10. I love how your pups ‘dive’ for treasure. Sam wouldn’t go near the water, let alone get his head or paws wet even if it meant a 5 lb. brick of cheese. He’ll be supervising from the shoreline deck chairs. Water/diving, yeah – never gonna happen with my guy. 😉

  11. coastingnz says:

    That’s just one of the things I love about your kids, they find fun in everything they do.

  12. Ogee says:

    I believe this is a powerful argument for more dogs at more beaches!

  13. Emmadog says:

    Such environmentally conscious pups! I guess you have to help the team dragging the treasures to the nearest trash bin.

  14. Misaki says:

    Looks like they were having loads of fun!

  15. Eve says:

    So thankful your pups are on cleanup detail there!! Love the face on Penny with shovel find! Made my day!!! LOL

  16. Oh boy! Looks like a lot of fun……….and that purple shovel – WHAT A FIND! Yay for Penny the Salvage Queen!

    Hugs, Sammy

  17. Dottie&Tuffy-Cat says:

    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

  18. Cathy & Banjo says:

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

  19. they are great treasure hunters and cleaner uper’s

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