The best place for our dogs to get this enjoyment? The dog park!
Unless, of course, you live on multiple acres and have a whole crapload of dogs, then you can just stay home.
A couple of weeks ago I went along with the fam to the dog park Jimmy and Strudel love. It's nothing fancy... just a large pond in the middle and then grass surrounding it in an oval. Lots of room for the dogs to stretch their legs and the more aquatically inclined can get their swim on.
Look at the beautiful pit bull puppy. Aw, they are so cute and innocent looking at this age!
(Please click the photos to enlarge. It really pisses me off how small the "large" setting is, and how huge the "extra large" setting is.)
I tried my camera's continuous photo setting for the first time and holy crap, I didn't realize it takes a picture like every millisecond! I had to delete no less than 200 pictures when I got home. But, it was pretty neat to find this series of pictures, showing Strudel shaking off the water.
I was mesmerized by this one black lab named Duke. I don't think I've ever seen a dog more in love with the water, or with as much stamina. For a full hour he did nothing but swim out to get the tennis ball and bring it back to his human. So well trained and gorgeous.
Mikayla got this quick clip of him. Look at how intent he is on his human and the ball. The other dogs are running all over the place and he doesn't even give them a glance.
Gotta love that belly flop!
Strudel has such a great time running with the other dogs. In fact, she tends to run herself into exhaustion, and once in a while she just has to plop her furry ass down and take a breather. Let the other dogs sniff her while she stretches out. It doesn't matter to her that she's stretching out in muddy water, or that it is absolutely frigid.
She reminds me of a gator the way she pulls herself along while still lying down. But then... she's off again!
Remember what she looks like after a romp in the park when Daddy has been too lazy to give her a bath?
Well, when Mommy is there she makes sure we make use the accommodations. And don't let the picture fool you. I basically took over from there. Jimmy is too squeamish to clean Strudel's girly parts.
That water too is completely freezing, but at least it's clean and when she comes home and dries off she looks more like this.
And yes, she does have a leash on while in the house. It's rarely off of her lately because with it on, when she takes something she's not supposed to, sometimes we get lucky and as she's running away we step on the leash and she's stopped in her tracks. More times than not though, I'm made to chase her round and round in a circle trying to get whatever it is she's grabbed. There have been some close calls when I've stuck out my leg to step on the leash and have nearly landed myself in a fat lady split.
I'll leave you with that delightful imagery.
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