Tuesday, 8 January 2013

out in the wide, wide river

Penny hasn't built on her recent success at fetching two toys at once while swimming in the Yarra. It must have been an accident, because she doesn't appear to remember how she did it.

Yesterday she was, as usual, swimming in the river for her Whirl Wheel, but she absent-mindedly took one with her when she went for the other.

So, a problem. How to bring them both back to shore? She's a determined  dog, and swam in circles, trying to figure out how to do it, gradually drifting further and further downstream.

We weren't worried. Well, not yet. But she was starting to flag - we can usually see she's tiring when she sinks a bit in the water.

Here's a clip of how she solved it. You can hear us calling her to head back to shore with the first one. After all, we didn't really care if the second toy floated down the river and out into Port Phillip Bay, as long as Penny got back safely to shore. But as you can see, she wasn't going to give up. (By the way, the birds chirping in the background are bellbirds.)

After all that effort, it was time to shake the water off...

and roll on the toys.


Slavenka said...

Wow,good job Penny!

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Good job Penny! You are smart to bring them back one at a time! I like the huge smile on your face when you are shaking the water off you. You look so proud! We are proud of you too!

Mitch and Molly said...

What a wonderful way to stay cool. You look like you were really enjoying yourself, Penny!
The bellbirds have such a pretty song!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Slavenka, and Mitch and Molly, and also Lassie and Benjie.