At last! Penny is able to go out with other dogs. And, just after Penny reached week 14 after cruciate surgery, it was the day of Cindy's doggie Christmas get-together at Kepala.
My dilemma was that Cindy, quite correctly, told me that Penny needed to be off lead when she was with the other dogs. (And how true it was - Penny curled her lip and snarled at her old friends when I tried to take her into the pool area on lead.) Once she was off-lead she was fine.
So, how to keep Penny from exhausting herself racing in and out of the wonderful pool?
Well, a simple solution. I threw her favorite toy, the Whirl Wheel, which she hasn't set eyes on for four months. Off she swam to get it.
Hurrying, of course, to make sure none of the other dogs beat her to it.
And then, of course, she had to guard it, which mostly involved standing around on the edge of the pool - and, incidentally, resting.
After a few swims, we joined the others who had moved on to the grassy area. I thought Penny might race around with the dogs who were playing chasey, but she preferred to take it quietly with the humans.
And I'm pleased to say she seemed fine the next day.