Thursday, 4 February 2010

swimming with a water-skiing rope leash

When Penny and were spending the day in the Upper Yarra Valley today, we went across to the river for a swim, and we found it a scene of activity. A bunch of kids from a Melbourne school were canoeing down the river and a man was fishing. A bit surprising, as we usually have this spot to ourselves.



However, neither group had a problem with Penny swimming at the same time, so in she went, chasing her absolutely favorite floating toy, the Whirl Wheel. Given that she won't return it right to the bank, but stays in the shallow water waiting for me to throw another one, I always have two.

I had a terrible fright once, when Penny raced off from this swimming spot and crossed a busy highway, so I've been making sure she is on a floating lead when she swims.




Of course, I have to make sure it doesn't snag on anything, but this spot is a clear pool and not too deep for me to jump in if there's a problem. However, there is a little issue if Penny ends up in the water with two whirlwheels. She swims in circles, trying to 'herd' them in to shore.

It's amusing watching her circling around with the rope making a trail behind her.

7 comments:

Twinkietinydog said...

Oh, Penny, this looks like so much fun. BOL way to train your momma to bring two Whirl Wheels. I hope next time you post about it you're getting even more. But hey, no freeway crossing, kk? Leave that to the chickens.
Twink!

parlance said...

Twink, definitely no more road crossing, I hope.

curator said...

Ah, dogs 'n' water - such a classic, joyous combination!

parlance said...

Curator, you're right about the joy. Even though I'm standing on the bank, I hear the water rushing over the rocks upstream and I see the sky reflected in the water. It's a timeless pleasure, as you say.

Teal'c said...

Hi Penny - Teal'c here!
The area where you live looks like so much fun... Everytime I read your blog I wish we had foresty looking things like that around Sydney...
Slobbers Teal'c

PS: I'm happy that you liked my sporty picture! :)

parlance said...

Teal'c, you sure looked great. Lucky you have a good photographer in the family.

Schwang said...

That looks like so much fun! I like the picture with the long lead trailing behind. Before we adopted Mr. B he lived on a lake with his foster mom. He wanted to go swimming, but since he's made all of muscle he would only sink.