Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Friends and New Tricks

It took a few days, but Barley and Zaphod have figured out how to play. They like to have play time after their morning swim. Here is a sample of it.

During our morning swim on Wednesday, Phod learned a new trick. It goes like this:

I have one ball, can I get 2?

I have 2 balls can I get 3?

No I can't, but don't worry little ball, I will be back. No ball left behind.

Phod learned he can catch and swim with 2 balls. This was great when the other pups missed where balls went because he would bring them back to shore, and he was good at letting the other dogs get theirs if they were around.

Note: While at times the dogs go out far to get balls, it is not very deep. As far as they go is likely only waist deep on a adult so if someone got into distress (although we watch closely for signs and end play before anyone gets too tired) one of us could run in. 

Phod has had a wonderful time at the beach. He has been his gentle, quiet self, although he has been slightly more dominant (perhaps because there is a second male here) and a bit more confident (he managed to take himself for a second swim).  He has been wonderful with all the kids we have met, but slightly cautious meeting new men (especially a neighbour with a cane, very unsure of him). Overall, he has been wonderful, and my parents are not worried about having him at all in the fall for 2.5 weeks. (The same can't be said for my beloved Hailey, but they will all be fine). There was a little mischief, we will share next week! 

Today we take the long journey back home. Wish us a smooth trip!


  1. New experiences - especially good ones are great for dogs - it really does give them confidence and it sounds like Phod had a wonderful time

  2. Great it was a successful visit. Safe trip home. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. You read our minds because we thought the water was really deep and looked dangerous. One ball at a time kiddo, BOL
    Lily & Edward

  4. Wishing you a safe trip home, we would have sunk like a rock in all that water. Phod looked like he was having the best of time though and I bet he took a real good nap when he got home.
    stella rose

  5. Cool trick! Good luck on your drive back, be safe!

  6. Sounds like Phod had such a great time. Love those pictures with balls :-)
    I wish you a safe trip!

  7. Love this post!!! Loved seeing you with TWO balls in your mouth!!! Smart!!!
    Thanks for your visit!

  8. Oh, what a fun playtime! And look at that beautiful water to swim and play fetch in. I am glad you all had a great time!

  9. hahaha!!! Bobbing for balls!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  10. Balls and swimming. Ah, the pawfect activity ever!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. they had a blast and you can tell from the video and the water photos that they did! Safe and uneventful travels back home!

  12. What a FABULOUS time.

    HEY... When I (Frankie Furter) was in "SCHOOL" fur learning to be a Therapy Dawg... I learned about canes and Walkers... by furst sniffing them and then having those folks WALK ME on my Walkin String... Same with wheel chairs... I walked beside them and then learned to sit on the lap and THEN to Walk Along Beside the person in the chair while my walkin string was attached to the chair arm...

  13. Phod looks like he loves swimming. And the two played together so gently!

  14. Roxy and Dui play like that as soon as we get up...about 6 a.m. lots of noise and gnashing of teeth! We're so happy Phod is enjoying his vacation. Hope the trip home is okay. It's nice to know he'll get along when left there. You can go off worry-free. Well nearly, there is still Lee.

  15. Have a safe and hopefully quiet trip home! I love how swimming sometimes energizes the dogs. I think it's something about getting cooled off that makes them rambunctious!
    Sheba loves to try for 2 or 3 balls in the yard, I'll have to try multiple ones when we go swimming too!

  16. Haha, that's great! Have a safe trip back!

  17. So glad you all went well!! Safe travels!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  18. I think Phod is so brave to go into the deep waters!

  19. So lovely to see the fun he is having! Have a safe trip!

  20. I am impressed you can fit two tennis balls in your mouth! I bet it is so much fun to swim and PLAY!

  21. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Whoa, Phod you are a pawesome swimmer! My paws seem to be made for swimming, butI am not very confident about it. Maybe you could teach me?

  22. Phod is so cute swimming! I know he enjoyed this trip!


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