Well, Sunday mornings are my lazy days.
After I feed the mammals, I read the paper front to back.
But today, I remembered I'd promised Leo a ball throwing break, and then a swim lesson in my DD33's pool afterwards; I must go there daily to check the house as they are gone for vacation.
They have a huge back yard, so I can pitch the ball really far for Leo and he books after the ball, it is awesome to watch.
SO, I took Leo over there. After he got all hot and winded, I tried to teach him to swim.
The last dog I taught to swim was a black Lab, but since labs naturally love water, and have a layer of fat made to keep the afloat - they are not super muscular, but tend toward fat layers. Plus a lab has a coat that SHEDS water and very webbed paw skin; SO the lab was a breeze to teach.
WELL. Leo is a German Shepherd. I was in this little house dress..tank thing and my underwear, as I'd forgot to bring my swimsuit. No big deal. So, I get Leo into the pool deck area (surrounded by a kid proof fence). He was VERY scared of the pool water. You could tell he wanted to come in with me, big time. I managed to FINALLY drag him into the darn pool ONCE but he sinks like a STONE! He weighs 88 pounds and is all muscle and apparently not enough fat to float him at all; on top of that, I suppose German Shepherds - due to their multilayer coat (unlike Lab), HE soaked up water in his COAT like a SPONGE, folks!
SO, once I had this gargantuan WET, heavy dog in the pool, he decides to GRAB onto me with his very big FRONT PAWS, and he is struggling and CRYING (for God sakes, LEO you are a MAN dog...act like one,
) like a big puppy! It was the most comical scene! He ended up scratching the living crap out of the inside of my left upper arm, and now am going to have these huge bruises, because his claws are HUGE and very damaging to anything they dig into!
Won't be doing that again anytime soon. But have decided to try to take him to the beach...since the water is more gradual for him, and maybe he will chase the ball into the surf.
So, plan to load up Leo and take him to the beach, this week, only 2.5-3 hours away. Some fun!