Monday, April 6, 2009

In Up to Her Ears


H-Mom likes to think that she is calm and collected. Not prone to panic attacks or unreasonable anxiety.

Well, today Madison figured out how to swim. Not just jump around by the shore, act crazy in the shallows and stand waiting expectantly as the other dogs bring in the well-tossed balls and the much-coveted duck decoy.

Today, Madison spread her legs like four algae-covered water wings and struck out for the deep end.

H-Mom was hyper-ventilating.

See, Madison wasn't exactly going AFTER a toy and coming back. Madison was out there just swimming for the joy of having finally figured out how to swim. She was going in one direction, circling awkwardly around (the turning still needs to be perfected) and swimming over to check out something else. She struck out for the middle, with nothing particular in her sights and seemed like she would be just perfectly content to keep going.

Peter said he would go in after her if she seemed to be drowning.

Lois suggested that H-Mom take a valium or something. Translated: relax.

And all this time, Madison was just happily paddling around. Investigating the vast expanse of dog lake, which had been so completely unavailable to her before today.

And she was loving it. And swimming with ever-increasing grace. No thrashing, no panic.

Yes, the one with the pointed ears is Madison. In up to her ears. Over her head.

And no one had to go in after her.

11 comments:

The Devil Dog said...

Well, I think that's enough to give any mom a heart attack. Mom says she sympathizes with you. She also says she hopes you have lots of towels! LOL.

Roxy

the professionals said...

hats off to madison

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

Dog Dad is happy that collies don't like swimming in the water.

Essex & Deacon

Joey said...

Hi Madison - I've gone swimming in a lake a few times, but my parents were too chicken to unhook my long line. H-mom was very brave.

See ya!
Joey

P.S. The awards look great!

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

That must have been a lot of very wet dog at the end!!!

Deetz said...

WAY TO GO MADISON....WooHoo
No fear...I like it.
I have never swam before so I admire you. You are very brave...my mum said valium should be sold over the counter and the world of dogs and humans would be a much more relaxed and stress free place.
Deetzy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Good for you, Madison! You are one brave girlie!
Our mom would have been having a stroke too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

Ha ha, that is good exercise for h-mom to get her heart rate up watching you swim. I would love to go swimming with you.

Kisses,
Dexter

Stanley said...

WoooOOOoHoOOOOoo Madison!

Isn't swimming FABulous? I surprised my girl too (and myself) the first time I started swimming in the deep. It's such a great feeling all weightless with that gorgeous water surrounding you. I'm sure you're going to be a water baby from now on. Hope your mama's blood pressure has gone down by now!

Next time, have your mama get some vid of you swimming. Please?

Goober love,
Stanley

Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Our huMom would have been totally panicking. Scotties don't swim very well - in fact Lilly will hardly put her feet in water and when she gets bathed she prefers a shower so her feet don't get too wet. Java, on the other hand is a good swimmer but he never gets the chance to try it out - the creeks where we live aren't deep enough to swim and the water is reaaaaaaly cold

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

Arr mommee knows how yur mommee feelz. Wen Waldo goes swimming, mommee getz worreed cause Waldo's such a big dopey boy and she finks dat he will get lost, or sumfin.

Mommee needz to chillax!

Wuv,
Gus and Waldo


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