|I can't believe I got the toy in there, too!|
This week we've been doing a ton of swimming. The trail to get to the river is about a mile and the dogs run free all the way to the river so they've been doing some running and bunny hunting as well.
We've gotten Phoenix completely off of the sticks and onto water toys. My husband bought her a boomerang that floats and she loves it! She still loves a good stick, but toys are so much safer to use.
Phoenix had a 100% retrieval rate on the toy but she didn't always bring it back to us. If we don't catch her as she's coming in she will run around and drop it somewhere on the beach. I really need to work on her retrieve to the hand more.
"You didn't need this toy back, right mom?"
I had my husband throw the toy across a few times so I could get some "cross body" shots. I love this one. It shows off how fit Phoenix really is.
Phoenix is pretty smart! She figured out that if she can't touch the bottom with all four paws, she might be able to touch the bottom with her back feet and she can stand up like a person. This little trick does not help her to swim straight, though!
She ends up swimming with her front paws coming up high out of the water (causing her butt to sink) and splashing around when she gets to the part where she can't touch the bottom. If we throw the toy far enough she gets into her groove and swims more straight.
Here's a good one of her actually swimming properly! Once she gets into it she does really well.
|Her nails are slightly longer than usual but not as long as this photo makes them look!!|
We even got Zoe into the water a couple of times. She wasn't that happy about it and preferred wandering around on the beach. We are working with her to get her into the water more!
Every once in a while they would get zoomies on the beach after being in the water. I love watching them run!
We had an awesome time at the river this week as a whole family. My husband swam and the dogs and I had fun playing. I'm going to be so sad when winter comes and it's too cold to play in the water. It was a blast!