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!