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An Independence Day weekend swim

We went to Steven's brother's house for some swimming and BBQ. Steven's family has always welcomed Shelby, and so we dressed Shelby in her life jacket for the pool.  We didn't want Shelby commandeering stuffed toys from the children's rooms, so we also brought her rooster.

Because of her serious little face, it's sometimes hard to figure out if she's having a good time. But if you look carefully, she does appear to initiate the swim herself, and I think I caught a hint of a tail wag.

We also learned that Shelby can get by without the life jacket, though it looks easier for her to swim with it on.

As for the fireworks, Shelby seems to handle them quite well provided that they do not hurt her ears. When she was a puppy, we brought her to a fireworks show in the hopes that she would learn what they were, and not be scared of them. Several other puppies were there, their people probably had the same idea we did. Shelby was having a great time, until the first fireworks went off, after which I spent the entire time covering her ears while she trembled. I felt terrible. Poor puppy.

However, this year, we have already gone through one round of local fireworks, and Shelby handled it quite well. I've seen dogs get quite upset about the whole thing, however it doesn't seem to phase her. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with us exposing her to fireworks early on, but I'm glad she's not afraid of the noise. If anything, she's curious about it.

July 4, 2005 | Permalink

Comments

AH! i love it when dogs swim. and pugs in life jackets are adorable.
the first pic with her rooster stuck in her handle is adorable, looks like shelby is making a hike and needs her essentials :)

Posted by: ashley | Jul 4, 2005 7:18:53 AM

Shelby is a plucky swimmer and I think she is having a good time thanks to the safety of her little red vest! Good for Shelby that she isn't afraid to try new situations.

Posted by: Jade | Jul 7, 2005 2:15:05 AM

Shelby is a plucky swimmer and I think she is having a good time thanks to the safety of her little red vest! Good for Shelby that she isn't afraid to try new situations.

Posted by: Jade | Jul 7, 2005 2:15:50 AM

Does she really swim on her own? I bring Loki over to Kristine's and while he loves to go in, he stays at the first step and just hangs out. I have place him in deeper water to be sure he could swim if pushed in by her Lab Diogi, and he is actually a very good swimmer. But never seems to want to paddle about.

I would love for him to enjoy that part more. And he wouldn't be stuck on teh sidelines when Diogi takes the ball into the water.

Posted by: Katherine | Jul 20, 2005 12:29:06 PM

Where did you get that little red life vest?? What is the brand? We need one for our little pug!! Thanks!!!!

Posted by: Lillie | Mar 7, 2006 9:59:19 AM

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