Tuesday, 25 October 2011

dogs and fitness

We believe it's important to keep up Penny's level of fitness, especially as she had her knee operated on last year. She had the traditional repair of her cruciate ligament, and for about seven months she swam regularly, often twice a week.

Now that we have more confidence that she is recovering well, we've returned to some of our previous activities. The long-awaited return to Cindy's Allsports class has been the highlight of our week. So it was disappointing the see that she had a slight limp after last weekend's class.

It was a hard decision to stop going to the Allsports class, but we will rest from it for a while to make sure she's okay.

So, back to the swimming...

I decided to take her to Kepala Canine Resort, because it's a bit closer than the other pool we've attended for about a year. Also, Penny can play in the water rather than just do therapeutic laps.

One of the things I love about Kepala's indoor pool is the mural. It makes me feel relaxed just to lean back on the fence and look at it.



I also like the fact that the pool is raised above the level of the floor, so I can walk around with Penny and encourage her to swim by racing her for her floating toys. She gets up a real speed when I'm hurrying around the edge to grab the toy. The entry is easy for her, too. There's a raised platform for entry:



She's supposed to enter by the ramp to the right of this photo - although there's a gentle slope, dogs need to be confident enough to push off into deep water when they reach the bottom of the slope. Definitely not a problem for water-loving Penny.


She thinks that's a pretty good place to come out of the water, actually. (But about half the time she did come out at the other end, the correct place for emerging. It depended on which ramp was closer when she reached the toy.)





It's entertaining to throw more than one toy in the pool and watch her organising the retrieval. Eventually she came up with the idea of swimming for one, depositing it on the side, and going back for the next.




She always collected her favorite first, of course - the beloved Whirlwheel.


It was great to discover that her AussieDog Slapathong floats, too!

13 comments:

Honey the Great Dane said...

Awww...sorry to hear about the return of the limp! But that looks like a fantastic place! I wish I could take Honey there! :-)

parlance said...

Honey, I forgot to explain that the limp isn't the same old injury - it's in the front!!! Hopefully it will resolve itself without too much angst.

Hound Girl said...

ok I will try and repost :)

I am super jealous, I wish we had one where we live - this would be wonderful for haylies hips and she would have a blast. I love the last pic of Penny

Kari in Vegas said...

I wish more of my dogs loved swimming, but alas only 1 of 4 does

Stop on by for a visit!
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Johann The Dog said...

Sorry about the limp...been there! Maybe just a compensation adjustment? That swimming pool is so great!

Slavenka said...

Parlance I must say that you are so lucky when you can take Penny to place like that ,it is so nice.

Lassiter Chase and T said...

That doggie mural sure does look nice. That place looks pawsome!

parlance said...

Honey, the way you're gradually moving down the east coast, I reckon you might be swimming here in a couple of years!

parlance said...

Hound Girl, I do know how lucky we are to have such great place to swim!

parlance said...

Kari, lovely to hear from you. I did pop over to your blog and I've marked it so I can catch up with all your posts in future.

parlance said...

Johann, reading about your therapy over the years has been an inspiration and is one of the reasons I'm not too upset about this setback. You have soldiered on through your issues and I'm hopeful we can do the same.

parlance said...

Slavenka, it is indeed a lovely place.

parlance said...

Lassiter Chase, the mural is just great, isn't it?