~Her First Swim
Cliff has had her to the pond a couple of times–and retrieved in chest-deep water before. The key to the quick success was her love of the retrieve. This water work is one of the many benefits of having your Weim crazy for the retrieve.
Please note that there was a couple of bumpers left from a trip out with another Weimaraner earlier–and Cliff tossed a rock to try to get Henri to retrieve the additional bumper. Hurrah–for-Henri she did several water-retrieves, and there was no hesitation at entering the water. And, she picked up that extra bumper too!
New Things Take Time
Hi and happy fall!
Just a quick note to let you know we have found an indoor pool with regulation dock diving dock and have taken Skeeter there twice in the last month. It is primarily a rehab clinic for dogs, but the owner also opens it up for recreational swims and dock diving practice.
The first time was a swim assessment and she passed with flying colors. The second visit was to work on getting her to jump off the dock. The first time or two it took a lot of coaxing but then the next time she jumped. After that, she began to hesitate again. The trainer said that was entirely expected. I know once she gets over that initial fear she’s going to fly!
I have included a video. 😮 Unfortunately, she required coaxing for the most part. She will gain confidence and become an excellent dock diver with time.
Skeeter’s Practive Dock Dive
We Lost Kava
Oh, by the way, Skeeter lost her best friend about six weeks ago. Our Kava was put down due to a liver mass. At thirteen years, I couldn’t see putting her through anything just for me. She was suddenly VERY ill. Therefore, the decision to let her go came without notice.
We were both so sad to see her go. Skeeter got sick after that for about a week. It was worrisome. She had severe bloody stress diarrhea. We had to put her on IV fluids and injectable meds due to vomiting. We couldn’t find any medical reason for her illness. Maybe just grief and that stress. Poor girl. Obviously much better now!
Thanks for Skeeter Valentine and you take care, Kaliece
Breeder’s Comment: We are pleased that Skeeter is learning to dock dive. It is an excellent opportunity. She appears to be getting comfortable with the process. Soon, it will be second nature. Maybe the two of you will end up on television.
We were very sad to learn of your loss of Kava. We know it is hard for everyone. Thank you, for taking care of Skeeter on every level. We hope the two of you find great joy together.