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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-19-2007, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Close call!

Wasn't sure if I should put this in the Coffee Shop, but it does have to do with the pups and others might have similiar experiences......

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon and evening at my dad's and enjoyed his lovely back yard, with the inground pool, the large space of grass for the pups to run in and the nice deck to lounge around and gab. It was a beautiful day too. Not too hot, pleasantly breezy and just warm enough.

We were keeping a very close eye on Ricky and Sammy seeing as they have no idea what an inground pool is and with the excitement of running around with their 'cousin' Davey, a J.Russell, we didn't want them plunging in! When our 3 kids decided to go swimming, I sat at the steps and carefully handed Sammy to Lina who helped him paddle along. It was the cutest thing. He didn't look like he was having a blast, but he also didn't look too afraid. Cautious, but willing to give it a try. Very cute!

I then tried with Ricky who is bigger and heavier. He wasn't at all thrilled and was quite scared to even attempt going in so I was slow and patient with him. I got a few scratches on my neck to prove it too. His swim was very short and sweet, but that's o.k. He tried and that was that.

Later on, both Ralph and I were standing around chatting with everyone, but with one eye always looking out for our 'boys' (the furry ones). All of a sudden we spot Sammy step off the cement surrounding the pool and onto the solar blanket that my dad had just placed a short time before. OMG! Ralph said 'Sammy's in' at the same time as I shrieked "Nooooooo!" and we both ran like the wind. Ralph got there first and grabbed him although he was still 'walking' on the cover and only half submerged. I took him in my arms and started bawling like you wouldn't believe. Reliving it now is very hard actually. I just burst into sobs and held him hard to my chest then Ralph took him in a towel while I clung on. My dad was a heartbeat behind us and held onto me too and was also teary-eyed and emotional. It all happened in a flash! Ralph is not a swimmer and Sammy was in the deep end, so I was ready to plunge in, but it didn't get to that point - thankfully! In fact, Sammy likely thought he'd just stepped into some blue puddle because he was calm as can be and I have a vision of him turning his head when he heard us coming as if to say "What? What's all the fuss about?"

The cover, which is what must have made him think it was a solid surface, is also what saved him from falling deeply into the water. Sammy would have likely started paddling, just like he did when I had put him in only an hour or so before, but goodness knows if he'd get all tangled up in that blasted cover.

I can tell you that it took me close to an hour to calm down and stop thinking about it so much. I held him in a towel for as long as I could before he insisted on getting down. Needless to say, we all moved into the house at that point! The emotions that just burst from me were so instinctive and primitive that they proved to me and Ralph that these little critters, with their scruffy looking, hairy faces and Sammy, with his goofy grin and bed-head hair after he's wrestled with Ricky, his endearing overbite and with his adorable mannerisms are so near and dear to our hearts that just thinking for one second that we could have lost him was a very painful thing to go through. We were lucky.

Treasure your pups and give them some extra loving. They are so precious!

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Oh Marj! How frightening! I am so glad Sammy is O.K. I'm sure he didn't know what the fuss was about. Pets, like kids, can disappear in an instant. I'm so glad you kept a close eye on your boys. Sometimes we get involved in a conversation and then lose track. Give them both an extra hug!!
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Marj,

That had to be scary. I'm glad it turned out okay. Ricky probably did wonder what was so upsetting. :-)

I remember visiting my sister in AZ when McKenna was five months old. She was doing a great runlikehell through the back yard, came through some hedges and sailed two feet out into the pool. We had been watching her run and we both went to the pool and she paddled right to us before we even had to jump in. She learned her lesson because later that week we were at my in-laws and again, in the middle of a RLH she saw the pool and literally slid to a stop like a baseball player sliding into home plate.

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Marj,
What a good reminder. You want them to have great experiences yet you don't want them too comfortable. Especially with them not knowing how to get out. Thank goodness you were there to be watching over Sammy!

Thanks for sharing your lesson with all of us!
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Susan, that must have been funny seeing McKenna sliding to a stop! lol

Thing is, the tarp made the surface of my dad's pool look solid to Sammy... and for a step or two it WAS solid. If he'd gone under and then tried to disentangle himself from that well.... it wouldn't have been pretty. We had just put him in the pool earlier that afternoon and he paddled with his head held high.

Anyway, it's something we've always looked out for with our 3 kids, so you can be sure we'll be on alert with the dogs near pools!




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Frosty did the same thing at my parents' house. He just walked right out onto the cover (similar to what you're talking about with a solar blanket, I think... it has the bubble wrap thing going on, right?)! He only sank down a few inches, and because he just kept going, he didn't hardly go under at all. We just reached down, scooped him out, and away he went! haha
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Thank goodness Marj you were there and could get him out quickly.That is scary.....

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Marj,

I am so glad everything is ok. We all have to be very careful with solar blankets; I have had clients that dogs have gotten caught under them and drown and a few years ago at a party a young child got under a solar blanket and drown.

I am sorry you had to experience that, I know how much you love your boys. Just glad the boys are ok, Casper and I sent you and the boys
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Marj, how frightening!! I am glad he is ok. He was wondering why Mommy was crying. You are so right, they just sneak into your heart & never let go!!
I am so sorry you had to go thru that!!
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That sounds so frightening!

I was horrified when Gucci stepped out on our pool cover when she first got here, but she was so tiny, and the cover was on so tight it didn't even budge! But boy.....did my heart!

I think its good to teach all dogs to swim and where the steps are, especially if you own a pool or frequent the same on often.

But I'm still worried about it, and won't leave her out back alone! They are indeed so precious.

Glad everyone is okay!
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