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Offline 2Criminals

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April swimming anyone?
« on: April 04, 2008, 04:26:18 pm »
Took Phelan to the dogpark today, nice bright sunny day, most of the snow has melted making it pretty muddy. Normally we walk down one side of the park, pass in front of the pond and walk along the other side. Today, however, the path was very muddy so I decided to turn back before we got to the pond. Apparently Phelan was not to be deterred, so when I called him to come, he ran in the other direction >:( So I followed him (thank god) and watched him walk out onto the still frozen over pond, calling him back the entire time. He has apparently decided today is the day of independence, walks out to the middle (15ft out) and CRASHES through!! Now my silly Bullmastiff LOVES the water but doesn't actually swim! So I gave him a chance to get his feet up onto the ice as I think most dogs would do. No, no feet up on the ice, just sinking and looking at me with sheer panic. So I of course being S.M.R.T walk out onto the ice KNOWING I too am going to crash through, get about a foot from him and fall through. Pull him up between us, crashing that barrier, get him in front of me holding him up and breaking the ice between us and shore. It was not warm :o Thank god I'm tall and could touch on my tip toes, and it was just a pond. Funny part (there is one) is I then walked back through the park absolutely drenched in the middle of April and no one said a word ::) Silly puppy- back to NILIF we go.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 04:31:22 pm »
I hope it's ok to giggle about that...now you're ok and no one sank.  :)  That was a cute story. 
And no one wants to make a point to ask if you're ok anymore.  Maybe they think Phelan saved YOU.   
Well stay warm and try not to get sick from your cold spring swim.

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008, 08:21:47 pm »
Oh my! That does not sound like a fun day at the dog park.  :P  Hope you're all toasty warm and dry now!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008, 08:41:57 pm »
Awww - poor you guys! You sound like you were calm, but were you really? I would have been completely insanely in a panic if one of my girls fell through ice and was sinking!!! Holy cow! You must have been freakin out! It's so lame that not one person asked if everything was alright, too. So listen, you know I have Phelan on my kidnap list. DO NOT throw him in any more frozen ponds! sheesh.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008, 09:06:01 pm »
Oh, that must have been scary but now you have a good story at least :)  Glad you're both ok!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008, 09:15:29 pm »
Awww - poor you guys! You sound like you were calm, but were you really? I would have been completely insanely in a panic if one of my girls fell through ice and was sinking!!! Holy cow! You must have been freakin out! It's so lame that not one person asked if everything was alright, too. So listen, you know I have Phelan on my kidnap list. DO NOT throw him in any more frozen ponds! sheesh.

I actually just last week completed a water rescue course, so it was fresh in my mind. Unfortunately we were training to rescue people, not pups, and Phelan is a little more important than the average person :-* I think I was too focused on saving my pup than being scared but it was definitely deeper and colder than I had anticipated!! I promise not to "throw" him in any more ponds, in fact i'm hoping that he's learned to stay away from frozen ponds!!

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2008, 09:40:25 pm »
Well Phelan better thank his lucky dog bones that you are an expert water rescuer.   i bet that wasn't part of the plan behind getting that certification though. 

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 10:14:35 pm »
You should see if you get some kind of special extra credit or extra title for a giant dog water rescue!
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2008, 12:55:20 am »
Good to hear you are both OK.  Sounds like Phelan swims as well as my Bull Mastiff did.  15 Years ago I had to dive off a dock into early spring norther MN waters when she fell off my dock and into the drink at my cabin.  I am not sure what was greater, her fear or my shrinkage.   ;)
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2008, 05:50:35 am »
Well Phelan better thank his lucky dog bones that you are an expert water rescuer.   i bet that wasn't part of the plan behind getting that certification though. 

LOL. I actually walked away from the course thinking "I am NEVER jumping in to save anyone, both of us will end up drowning", an expert swimmer I am not. Fortunately for Phelan, I'm stupid and went in anyway :-\ And Mojo-LMAO ;D
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2008, 01:29:13 am »
Glad to hear you are both ok - That would have truly sent me for a loop.  We avoid all water/frozen rivers and ponds/lakes once we hit March 15th up here - I would not be as brave as you!  Sad, though, that no one noticed you were both a bit drenched.
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2008, 02:06:23 am »
Brrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrr!!!   :o  :o  That sounds like a very harrowing experience.  I'm just really glad that you're both ok! 
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2008, 12:41:09 am »
ooooh phelan the tub is much warmer and safer! So glad you guys are o.k. ;D 
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