I took my new boy Russell down to mom's lake house to swim this weekend. I thought he might want to go b/c he tries to swim in his water bowl and makes the biggest mess. He is part jack russell and part short haired german pointer. He is truly a 'real' dog. And I was so 'spot on' that he would love to swim. He is very attached to me and I thought if we got in the water, he would surely follow, which he did. Then he seemed a little panicky, so we took him to the bank to get out, but he was trying to go underwater to get the rocks! We did get him out, but he jumped right back in and swam for at least 20 minutes, he had the best time.
He has an interesting history. His first human had several physical disabilities, including hearing, vision impairment and serious heart problems and she was such a young girl, in her 20's. She was going through another heart surgery and just did not make it. My dear friend Libby was her vocational counselor and her job plan was to be a dog trainer. Russell was her dear companion and her learning curve for training and he must have excelled, he knows some 20 odd tricks, but we only know of about 10 of them. No doubt she would have been a wonderful dog trainer. My friend took him in so he wouldn't go to the shelter, then I decided I should give him a try. Chewy needs a good buddy b/c he is so social and lonely. If you knew about my other pup Oliver, I ended up just fostering him for about 6 months and finding him the perfect placement with a stay home mom and they are both so much happier for the match. He wasn't interested in Chewy and tormented my poor cat and I knew he needed more attention than I could give him.
Anyway, Russell is a real gem and already part of the family. He is fiercely protective of me and his 'pack'. He and chewy just have the best time. I have to thank his first mom for being so loving and giving him such a tender heart.