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May 18, 2017

Testing The Waters

Many Ridgebacks are water averse, but I suspect Penny Mayhem has some dolphin/Lochness Monster/kraken somewhere in her pedigree. Long before any sane dog tests the frigid water of Lake Michigan after the winter ice clears, Penny is diving in head first. In my quest to teach Zero to swim, Penny's reckless enthusiasm for the lake has been a huge help.  At first, Zero would hastily brake anytime the water got near his toes. But he always kept on eye on his sister's splashing.
Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyMany Ridgebacks are water averse, but I suspect Penny Mayhem has some dolphin/Lochness Monster/kraken somewhere in her pedigree. Long before any sane dog tests the frigid water of Lake Michigan after the winter ice clears, Penny is diving in head first. In my quest to teach Zero to swim, Penny’s reckless enthusiasm for the lake has been a huge help.  At first, Zero would hastily brake anytime the water got near his toes. But he always kept on eye on his sister’s splashing.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyI could tell he was jealous of her joy, but Zero remained reluctant to join Penny.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyWe were treated to an early preview of summer heat this week, so it seemed like a perfect time to help Zero get over his doubts. I threw on my bathing suit, followed Penny into the water, and Zero followed right on my tail.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyWe started with some simple games in the shallows to help build his confidence. In no time we had him wading into deeper waters.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyWatching puppies realize the physics of water are much different than the physics of air is always good for a laugh.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppy Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyIt might not have been elegant, but Zero’s furious first attempts certainly got the job done.  And the further out Penny and I went, the more determined Zero was to follow.Rhodesian Ridgeback, montrose dog beach, chicago, marking our territory, puppyI’m happy to report that by the end of yesterday we had Zero paddling those big dino feet like a pro. We’re back to spring temperatures this weekend, but I know one puppy who is definitely ready for summer. Check back tomorrow for a full video of Zero’s transformation into the next Michael Phelps.

Comments for Testing The Waters

  1. Piglove says:

    Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. Way to go Zero! You so got this. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Ellen Quilty says:

    Big brave boy!That water must have been freezing!

  3. testing the water would be a good replacement for the smoke on the water song by deep purple :o) Congrats for winning the water challenge Zero! I often try to jump in a lake or a pond, but the mama said I probably haven’t realized that water is wet, like the rain I avoid like the plague… is that true?

  4. Emmadog says:

    Madison had the same reaction to swimming two weeks ago. Bailie dove right in, but Madison only put her paws in and watched. She wasn’t sure enough about it to follow. We know she will next time.

  5. Splish-splash! Looks so fun!

  6. Sounds like you definitely have two swimmers ready for the summer water! That will be fun to watch.

    Pam

  7. TheRidgebackLife says:

    Khoi is a very selective swimmer; he really has to have a good reason to go in. For example, my husband swimming across the river. Khoi didn’t hesitate. Went right after him. Or ducks in a pond. A couple weeks ago he spent nearly an hour of swimming up and down the pond after a pair of ducks (pets with clipped wings). I really wish I had captured that on video instead of recording the ground next to me. The ducks played tag team, so the other could rest. Pretty sure they were enjoying themselves. Neeka on the other hand? Nope. No way. Landlubber. Your pups are truly amazing.

  8. Connie Taylor says:

    You’ll also need to get Zero a pair of the swimming goggles like Michael Phelps wears too!! (That will really build up his confidence)

  9. Jo Rhodes says:

    Yay Zero! My boys have never been swimming. I don’t think that even cheese would be enough incentive to get them near water.
    Can’t wait for the video.
    Love, Jo, Sam and Dean

  10. Too cool. He definitely deserves 7 gold medals for his first outings. I only wish I could get Sam even near water. He’s definitely more in the “no how, no way” tribe of web footed dogs. *Sigh*

  11. Go, Z! It’s not a bath! It’s FUN!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  12. Judy Petitto says:

    That is just awesome! What fun.Can’t wait for the video!

  13. coastingnz says:

    Well done Zero – and possibly well done you for braving the waters too. I suspect it may have been more your influence than Penny on this occasion – ok if “Dad” can do it…… Also was that Doc or another GSP I spotted in the background of a couple of photos?

  14. Miriam Keller says:

    How much did Zero weigh at 6mos? My Jack will be 7mos on Monday and only weighs 64lb… He is my first ridged pup; he has an awesome personality, gets along with all dogs, humans-including kids, am still hopeful he will have a huge growth spurt so his breeder might consider showing him. He did well paddle boarding at San Diego Bay recently…but in the ring, well, I think he would be much like Zero and would need to compete in Single Category to Champion!

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